If you didn't get a flyer, or you want to print out more in order to book tickets, please download A5 pdf of the gig flyer, here.
As you may know, a few dads from the school recently formed a band (The Receders!) and did a gig featuring songs of 'their generation'. Despite taking place in mid-winter, in a barn with no doors, the evening was a huge success and we thought that we could do something similar at the school for a fun evening and also raise some money for good causes.
More about the charities.

To make it more interesting, we are looking for other mums, dads or staff who would like to take part. Don't worry the standard is NOT going to be very high. You can sing, play an instrument or have something special (juggling? pole dancing?) to add to the evening, and The Receders will be your backing group. We'd like to see your Elvis or Bananarama impression. You can perform your own requests - Karaoke-style! (if the band can play them). It will all add to the fund-raising effort, and should be pretty memorable. PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to sing or perform in any way if you come along! Most people coming to this event will be only involve in the more serious business of dancing and drinking.
More about the type of songs we play.

If you are interested in performing, or know someone that should be encouraged and sponsored to sing, please speak to Iain Boyd (07967 555 946) or Louise Harding (07740 048 365).

The event has been set for Saturday 19th March, so keep that date free. Tickets will be on sale in late January/February; if you would like to help on the night with some light bar, ticket or roadie duties, then please call Shelly Goldring (07703 310 301).
At a meeting of the Parents and Friends in January, it was agreed that all the proceeds of the event would go to charity. We are very grateful therefore to the school for letting us use the facilities and to everyone who is helping with the event.

The choice of charites reflects the interests of the band and those helping put together the show, and all monies raised will be split evenly between the following three organisations:
AWARDS FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS assists musically gifted children aged 5 to 18 in the UK, by giving them financial awards to help them achieve their potential.


HOPE & HOMES FOR CHILDREN is an international children's charity working with orphaned and abandoned children in Eastern Europe and Africa.


SHIVA CHARITY UK is an educational organisation working in Kathmandu, Colombo, Banepa, Pokhara and the Himalaya range.

Everest Academy in Nepal was about to close because of financial problems. Now it is being renamed after the school that is to save it, St Michael's School in Otford, Kent (and here's the sign to prove it, at about 3000m altitude).

Having added up and announced our grand total for the night, we will put all funds through a CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) account which will boost the total by at least 28%.

In addition, we are exploring the possibilities of matched funding from various sources. If you are connected with any discretionary fund and think you could help match our fundraising, then please get in touch.


These are some of the songs that the band can more or less play from beginning to end.
If you would like to have a go at singing one of them, or you happen to know the guitar or sax solo than please get in contact. We will provide you with lyrics, make sure the key is okay for you, and there will be an opportunity for a run through (or two) before the big night.

Another Nail In My Heart Squeeze
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Brown Sugar Rolling Stones
Chocolate Snow Patrol
Disco 2000 Pulp
Don't Stop Rolling Stones
Echo Beach Martha & the Muffins
Ever Fallen In Love With Someone Buzzcocks
I Fought The Law The Clash
I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles
I'm Only Happy When It Rains Garbage
I'm A Believer The Monkees
In The City The Jam
It's Raining Men The Weather Girls
Laid James
Make Me Smile Steve Harley
Molly's Chambers Kings of Leon
My Perfect Cousin The Undertones
My Way Frank Sinatra/Sid Vicious (more Sid than Frank)
Olivers Army Elvis Costello
Pump It Up Elvis Costello
Ride A White Swan T Rex
She Will Be Loved Maroon 5
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The Clash
Sit Down James
Sorrow Bowie
Starman Bowie
Substitute The Who
Tainted Love Soft Cell
Teenage Kicks The Undertones
That's Entertainment The Jam

Don't see your favourite song here? Act quickly and get in touch and we'll see if it has sufficiently few chords for us to learn in time.

As well as you having the fun of singing with a live band in front of an admiring crowd, we think it's only right that your friends and family should pay for the privilege of seeing you perform. So if possible, we'd like you to raise some sponsorship so you can extend the virtue of your performance to those less fortunate. Please aim for at least £60 in sponsorship.

And did we mention we're still looking for a keyboard player and other part-time musicians to join the band?

A very short auction has been suggested e.g. three or four items and no more. If you have any rock memorabilia that you can bear to part with - a shard from Pete Townsend's guitar, Kylie's signed knickers - please let us recycle it for the enjoyment of a new owner.

Yeah, we thought the name 'The Receders' was funny too ... for about five minutes. Got a better name? Think of one (or more) and we'll have a naming competition and a vote on the night.

... Rebranding group leaders, draw your highlighters.