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Gumbo La La



  • Zydeco, jazz and honky-tonk band
  • Great repertoire of 1940s & 50s honky-tonk, jazz and R&B songs
  • Perform as a 4 piece and can reduce down to trio duo or solo
  • Can play acoustically or amplified, instrumental or with vocals


The band are based in London but are available for bookings throughout the UK.

Standard Set Times

  • Two one-hour sets with a 25-minute break in between

About this Act

With a sound located somewhere between the deep south and South London, Gumbo La La play the rootsiest honky-tonk, zydeco, jazz, folk and R&B in the UK. They like nothing better than to play foot-stompin' tunes that you can dance the Texas polka to. Conjuring up the spirit of the 40s and 50s, Gumbo La a take inspiration from the songs of Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Hank Williams Sr, Duke Ellington, Big Joe Turner and Clifton Chenier. They take an old sound - harmony vocals, accordion, fiddle, double bass, and acoustic guitar - and make it new.

As a trio or quartet, Gumbo La La are sure to get your guests up and dancing, though if you're looking for something more low-key, why not book the Gumbo La La duo - they can provide a set of purely instrumental vintage jazz music. The musicians in Gumbo La La are some of the finest players around, and have played with numerous renowned artists such as Van Morrison, Bob Geldof, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Richard Thompson, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Loudon Wainwright III.

Set List

Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
Flip Flop And Fly - Big Joe Turner
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
I Would Rather Go Blind - Chicken Shack
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Night Train To Memphis - Roy Acuff
Shake Rattle And Roll - Big Joe Turner
That's All Right Mama - Elvis Presley
The Chicken And The Hawk - Big Joe Turner
The Night They Drove Old Dixy Down - The Band
Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
Way Down In The Hole - Tom Waits
What'd I Say Parts 1 & 2 - Ray Charles
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan
Tonight I'll Be Staying With You - Bob Dylan
Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotton
Man Of Constant Sorrow - Soggy Bottom Boys
The Water Is Wide - Carter Family
The Weight - The Band
Wildwood Flower - Carter Family
Autumn Leaves - Lenny Breau
Baby Baby All The Time - Nat King Cole
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
Hot Toddy - Herb Hendler
I Wanna Be Like You - Richard Sherman
Little Sunflower - Freddie Hubbard
Moanin' - Art Blakey
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Blue Monk - Thelonius Monk
Lonesome Road - Nathaniel Shilkret
Love Is A Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Honky Tonkin' - Hank Williams
Iko Iko - Dr John
Jambalaya - Hank Williams
Such A Night - Dr John
Sugar Bee - Cleveland Crochet


  • 1 piece (guitar and vocals)
  • 2-piece (guitar and vocals, double bass or fiddle or accordion)
  • 3-piece (guitar and vocals, double bass, either fiddle or accordion)
  • 4-piece (guitar and vocals, accordion, fiddle, double bass)


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