Click Beetle

Click Beetle plays fresh and original tunes, blowing hot and cool and covering a range of styles and genres – blues and calypsos, jazz, ballads and dance numbers – with an unusual, light-footed line-up of trombone, guitar and drums.

Drummer Paul Hookham and guitarist Ayo Akintonwa are modest, even shadowy figures, whose biographies are still being concocted. The trombonist has furnished the tunes.

Tunes performed so far include:

Big Leg, Blue Lemon, Blues at Sea, Bukowski Blues, Calthorpe Calypso, Cater Canter, Cold Story, Drift, Drinking in the Dark, Going West, Grind, Hackney Wit, Hull Truck Trot, Humber Number, Jak, Jay, Jot, Kurt’s Works, La Cocarde, Lobster, Louis, Lucky Stroke, Meknes, Mickey Fun, Mitch, Newington Butts, One Fine Day, One for the Road, Pearson Poke, Red Lion Ramble, Redriff, Rum Bar Rumba, Rupack, Shack Time, Shimmy, Slidewalk, Slip & Tackle, So You Say, South of the River, Spring Bank Swing, Stepney Grin, Still, Stout, Stutt’s Strut, The Old Delusion, Wilf’s Waltz.

There are about 100 more impatiently waiting in the stockpile.


Celebratory Click Beetle poem: CLICK


Click Beetle usually provides a printed programme for all gigs, with space for drawings by the audience.

A gallery of amazing beetles can be found on Instagram.

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Click Beetle clicks and tweets : @clickbeetletrio

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