Rockney legend Chas Hodges to bring street pianos to Harlow

BMA film screening

ONE HALF of Cockney phenomenon Chas And Dave – Chas Hodges, is set to launch a musical campaign in Harlow, aimed at bringing street pianos to the town.

Chas and Dave (Taken from Google Images)

The band, who’s musical style is labelled as ‘Rockney’ (Rock and Cockney) is notable for it’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics and hits such as ‘Rabbit’, coming from the Cockney rhyming slang ‘Rabbit and Pork’ meaning talk.

The event is in support of a fundraiser, which plans to bring street pianos to public areas like Harlow. This is in connection with a global organisation called ‘Street Pianos’ which encourages members of the public to perform on the pianos, thanks to the help of fundraisers like the one being held at Club Foot.

A street piano in London

Adam Smith, venue manager of Club Foot, said: “I’m really excited to be able to host this event. After watching the film I was inspired to do something. This is the start of a wider project where we would like to see pianos in public spaces in Harlow and Stansted. I see daily in schools how a piano can draw people together and how it highlights a common interest in those who may not necessarily interact otherwise”

Chas Hodges also stars in a new film; Instrument of Change: Street Piano, which is set to screen at Club Foot, situated at Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow. The documentary film looks at the trend of street pianos, which are popping up around the world and bringing players and audiences together. Chas will attend the screening along with former member of the Jim Jones revue, Henri Herbert. The two men are also set to perform together later on in the evening.

Club Foot at Burnt Mill Academy is a music venue, launched in 2017 by The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show, made notable after an acoustic performance from Indie super group Kasabian, who’s 2004 hit posed as the influence behind the venues name. Club Foot has also seen performances from Eddie and the Hot Rods along with other local talent.

Adam Smith said: “I’ve worked with Henri and Chas on many occasions, promoting their gigs in Harlow and travelling the country with them. A YouTube clip of Henri preforming on a public piano at St Pancras station, which has been viewed more than 16 million times, always grabs peoples attention.”

Henri Herbert, who as mentioned is attending the event alongside Chas, said: “Street pianos are a fun way to bring people together and share stories.”

Tickets for the event, taking place on March 29 at 7:30pm are £10, and are available on musicglue.com/clubfootharlow.

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Grace Perry

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