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Friday, 19 October 2012

Benefit gig featuring Absolutely's "Stoneybridge town council" on Saturday 17th November 2012 at Hampstead Town Hall, London.

If I were to say "Welcome to Stoneybridge" in a high pitched Scottish accent then it may make some of you remember the Channel 4 comedy sketch series Absolutely from way back in 1989 to 1993.
Some other familiar characters were Frank Hovis, Calum Gilhooley, Denzil and Gwynedd, McGlashan,The Nice Family, George and Donald McDiarmid and Bert Bastard etc.
Absolutely stared Gordon Kennedy, Peter Baikie, Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter and John Sparkes.

A few years ago I started a campaign website to get this forgotten gem of a comedy released on DVD in full, my Absolutely fan website was so popular that I was able to prove beyond a doubt that this show should be released and sure enough because of my website the Absolutely box set was released.
Don't take my word for it, read it on their website ! Its true !

Well its been quite a while since we have seen the Stoneybridge town council on television, but in a few weeks time there is a Benefit gig in London that will feature two of Absolutely's Stoneybridge town council members on Saturday 17th November 2012 at Hampstead Town Hall, London.

Brucie and Boaby from Channel 4’s Absolutely will host "The Stoneybridge Ceilidh"
That's Gordon Kennedy and Peter Baikie ! you can also see Pete Baikie perform in the Glenbuck Cherrypickers, see video below.

Gordon Kennedy and Peter Baikie star in The Stoneybridge Ceilid
This concert is to raise much needed funds for ‘The Camden City Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service’ (Registered Charity No. 1071144).

The main act at this gig are The Glenbuck Cherrypickers (who have backed Glen Campbell, David Bowie, Morrisey, Nitin Sawney and Rolf Harris among others). The Cherrypickers reputation as top-notch entertainers is built on sublime 5 part harmonies, fiery picking and a stage show full of extraordinary musicianship, variety and humour.

Video of them in action:

The Glenbuck Cherrypickers, headline act at this gig.
Also on the bill are The Whole Shebang Edinburgh’s finest close harmony country blues band.
The Whole Shebang.
Saturday 17th November, 7 - 10.30pm
Tickets: £12 available on the door.

or Tel: 0207 284 0090 or email: cciwbs@btconnect.com
Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP
Tube – 2 minutes from Belsize Park (on the Northern Line) Bus C11, 168, 268.

Update : The Northern Line will be partially shut down on Saturday 17th November so there is NO SERVICE north of Euston station! So if you were planning on going via the tube you will have to catch the replacement bus service.
I'm new to this but I've looked into it and the replacement bus service is something that tfl provide when the tube is out of service. You can use your Oyster card just the same (remember to swipe when leaving the bus!) In this particular case, if you were intending to travel from Euston to Belsize Park then you will have to walk outside Euston station to Eversholt Street and wait at Bus Stop A.
Google Street view of Bus Stop A.
Here you will need to catch "Replacement Bus E" towards Hendon Central. The driver will announce Belsize Park, is the stop after Chalk Farm.

Coming back after the gig it looks like you have to catch 2 buses.

Here is a direct link to the tfl journey planner, this will tell you what buses to catch if the tube is shut. Complete with times and maps that work on smartphones.

So go along and support The Glenbuck Cherrypickers, The Whole Shebang and The Stoneybridge Ceilidh.

Google Streetview of Hampstead Town Hall.

Links for more information :
My Absolutely Fan website.

Absolutely Productions website.

How the Absolutely Everything DVD came to be.

Absolutely - Absolutely Everything [DVD] on Amazon.

Pete Baikie on Wiki.

Gordon Kennedy on Wiki.

A bit of Stoneybridge :) from Absolutely :

Andy (Absolutelyandy)


  1. Andy did you hear them on Sketchorama?

  2. Hi Amanda yes I did, I was invited to the recording of it in Glasgow but was unable to attend.

  3. Do you know where I can find some recordings of Pete and Jack's radio show? Thanks.

    1. Hi Amanda, No. Have you tried contacting Absolutely productions?

  4. I have a copy that sotcaa helped me find. Do you want the mp3s? A