Bedfordshire band CC Smugglers are going one way – and that’s up.
The six-piece group were a sell-out last time they played Luton’s fabulous Bear Club and you’ll be hard pressed to get a ticket for their return match at the venue tomorrow night (April 16).
They’re also headlining Hitchin’s Rhythm of the Worlds festival in the summer and singer/songwriter Richie Prynne – responsible for ‘hollering and harmonica,’ according to the website – can’t believe they’ll be on the big stage when only a couple of years ago they were in a tiny little marquee round the back.
He and core members Dan and Ryan are set to ditch the day jobs as care workers in favour of becoming full-time musicians.
Richie said: “None of us is trained, we’ve just played music and taught ourselves. But we’ve always had a really good work ethic.
“We’ve also been deadly serious about what we do. But it’s only in the last six months or so that we’ve been concentrating on it as a career.”
National recognition is coming thick and fast with slots on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music.
In the past they’ve busked outside concerts to get noticed. But it won’t be long before they’re sharing a bill with their heroes, artists like Jools Holland and Seasick Steve.
Richie’s ambition is to be “a happy old man with a long career and respect for my song writing ability.”
It could come sooner than he thinks.