1995-99 began when 1995 saw the release of the new Mungo Jerry album, Old Shoes New Jeans, known in Mungo circles simply as “the Blues album”.




1st February Winter Gardens, Margate
2nd February Assembly Hall, Worthing
3rd February Guildhall, Portsmouth
5th February Sands Centre, Carlisle
6th February Usher Hall, Edinburgh
7th February City Hall, Hull
8th February Embassy Centre, Skegness
9th February Regent Theatre, Ipswich
12th February Town Hall, Cheltenham
13th February Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
14th February Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon
15th February Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
16th February Alban Arena, St. Albans
17th February Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Worcester
18th February Leisure Centre, Bletchley
19th February Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
20th February De Montfort Hall, Leicester
21st February Victoria Hall, Stoke
22nd February North Wales Theatre, Llandudno
23rd February Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool
24th February Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle Of Man
26th February The Dome, Doncaster
27th February City Hall, Perth
28th February Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
1st March Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen
2nd March City Hall, Newcastle
5th March Palladium, London
6th March Pavilion Theatre, Southend
7th March Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
8th March Corn Exchange, Cambridge
9th March Guildhall, Preston
10th March Assembly Rooms, Derby
11th March Davenport Theatre, Stockport
12th March St. Georges Hall, Bradford
14th March Central Hall Theatre, Chatham
15th March Fairfield Hall, Croydon
16th March Cresset Theatre, Peterborough
7th July Gladbeck, Germany
8th July Stadfest, Minden, Germany
21st July Hotel Kristina, Finland
22nd July Kristnan Kapunki, Finland
26th – 30th July Germany
4th August Cavendish Hotel
19th August Koblenz, Germany
25th August Schwedt (East German/Poland border)
26th August Stettin, Poland
17th November South Coast World, Bognor Regis
1st December Queens Hall, Widnes


8th April Snetterton – outdoor gig 

Snetterton gig.
Fans photo.
21st April Berwick Holiday Centre Berwick Holiday Centre ticket.
25th May Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green
1st June Portugal
8th June Rockley Sands Holiday Park, Hamworthy, Poole
13th – 15th June T.V Germany
12th October Solo with The Troggs, Hamburg, Germany
18th October Interview with Julia Hankin, Radio Newcastle
19th October Opening of Record Fair, Newcastle Polytechnic (afternoon)

followed by gig at The Royal Archer (evening)

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 18th-19th October.

What a great weekend! First port of call was Radio Newcastle for an interview with presenter Julia Hankin .

Before long he had Julia and friends singing along to San Francisco Bay Blues, Lady Rose and Feels Like I’m In Love.

The record fair on Saturday morning was incredible!

A merchandise stall was hastily put together with records, CD’s, books, t-shirts and fanzines all doing good business.

I’ve gotta say that Ray amazed me on this trip. Not just musically but in the way he stood and chatted to fans who seemed to come from just about everywhere. One even came from Cornwall!

He made himself available basically all day and seemed to enjoy himself as much as anyone.

Archer '96 gig.
Mungo Jerry at The Archer, 1996. Fans photo.

Ray had flown up on the Friday morning and the band arrived during the record fair and of course once there, they just had to set up and play.

They played an ‘unplugged’ set playing many of the old songs. Have a Whiff On Me, That Old Dust Storm, Lady Rose, Take This Hammer and a great version of Ain’t You Glad.

The whole gig had a great feel to it, I only wish that we had taped it.

There was one wonderful moment when a young boy of about eight or nine came and stood in front of Ray who was seated in front of the others.

The young lad was loving every minute, clapping and dancing along with the music, much to the amusement of all of us there. Brilliant!

The evening gig was performed at The Archer pub with Ray having the packed house in the palm of his hand. Somebody Stole My Wife, Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-o, Party Time, Alright Alright Alright . All had the place jumping and before long the whole place was going absolutely crazy. It was threatening to get out of hand at times!

The rock biographer and friend of Mungo, Alan Clayson was part of the weekends entertainment and seemed astonished at the audience reaction. Even more so when the band told him that in Sweden, it was even wilder!

24th October Winsen/Luhe, Germany
25th October Stade, Germany
26th October Reinbeck, Germany
27th October Butlins, Skegness (2 shows)
28th October Butlins, Skegness
8th November Butlins, Pwlheli
15th November Ocean Hotel, Saltdean, Brighton
16th November Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
30th November Recklinghausen, Duisburg, Germany
1st December Rattlesnake Saloon, Munich, Germany
3rd December Dampfkessel, Buchs, Switzerland
4th December Bar 90, Lugano, Switzerland
5th December Krome, Ems, Switzerland
6th December Bhigm John Zur, Obing, Switzerland
7th December Evil Rowdies Club, Gommiswald, Switzerland
20th December Hartlepool Borough Hall Hartlepool ticket.
21st December Winter Gardens, Margate


1st February Dougie’s Tavern, Hebburn
2nd March Butlin’s, Bognor Regis
16th March Butlin’s, Ayr (2 shows)
21st March Carlton T.V



23rd March Grand Theatre, Swansea
24th March Pavilions, Plymouth
26th March Fairfield Hall, Croydon
27th March Civic, Wolverhampton
28th March Dorngate, Northampton
30th March White Rock Theatre, Hastings
31st March Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
1st April Assembly Hall, Worthing
2nd April Civic Hall, Guildford
3rd April Embassy Theatre, Skegness
4th April St.George’s Hall, Bradford
5th April Guildhall, Preston
7th April Empire Theatre, Sunderland
8th April Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
10th April City Hall, Hull
11th April Sands Centre, Carlisle
12th April Town Hall, Middlesbrough
13th April Norton Grange, Isle Of Wight (Mungo Jerry only)
14th April North Wales Theatre, Llandudno
15th April Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

(followed by appearance on James Whale Show, Talk Radio)

16th April Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
17th April Regent, Ipswich
18th April St, David’s Hall, Cardiff
19th April Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage
20th April Arts Centre, Poole
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE: An old-time theatre, almost packed out to greet a condensed version of Mungo Jerry taking the stage to Let’s Get Ready To Rumble. Ray backed only by Mick Frampton, playing a variety of percussion instruments, acoustic guitar and bass kicked off with a couple of jug band numbers. Jesse James and Jean Harlow. A note sent on from the wings asking the audience not to dance around was promptly torn up by Ray as the dynamic duo kept the good-times coming with a sing-a-long version of Feels Like I’m In Love. It was followed by a song from the very first Mungo Jerry album, Baby Let’s Play House. Great to hear this one again, with some authentic rock’n roll guitar from Ray.
Tour Programme. CARLISLE SANDS CENTRE: Unfortunately, we can’t tell you much about this one as we missed the start thinking that is was an 8 o’clock kick-off. In fact it was 7.30 p.m. We took our seats during Lady Rose which was strangely missing from Monday’s set and sat through the remainder of the show which was played out as per Sunderland. Though disappointed to miss the first part of the gig, we were cheered up by an impromptu jug band set in the dressing room. Ray on acoustic guitar, kazoo and harp and soundman Phil Swan, who was trying out a tea chest bass. Phil had in fact played on the first part of the stage show. Songs such as We Shall Be Free, You Got Me Dizzy, The Sun Is Shining and Ain’t You Glad made for a great experience for both of us.
MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL: We felt that the Middlesbrough gig was the best of the three. We saw with Phil Swan joining Ray and Mick on stage.Ten Little Women, Jesse James, Jean Harlow and Bring a Little Water Sylvie had the place jumping. With In The Summertime and Feels Like I’m In Love winding down our very enjoyable three days, we wound our way home already planning our next trip.
TALK RADIO: Following the gig at Tunbridge Wells, Ray and Mick went into the Talk Radio studio to chat with host James Whale. The whole thing went brilliantly with Ray impressing James with his laid back genius. There was great interest from the listeners who rang up to ask questions. They busked their way through songs such as We Shall Be Free, Lady Rose, Baby Jump, Snakebite and Marguerita. James, who said that he “avoided interviewing musicians at all costs” was quite clearly taken…even the fan club got a plug!

25th April Benefit for Wheelbarrow, Braine, Nr; Guildford
26th April Pete Barton gig, Rhythm Station, Nr; Manchester
10th May Esbjerg Festival, Denmark
15th May Thomas Helveg, Sweden
17th May Heilbron Festival, Germany
24th May Skien Festival, Norway
7th June Latvia Festival, Latvia
14th June Watford (Venue not known)
27th June Wittingen, Germany (Playback gig)
28th June Blues Festival, Austria
29th June Rattlesnake Saloon, Germany
2nd August Wirral Festival
1st November Funcoast World, Skegness
21st November Southcoast World, Bognor Regis
28th November Rigas Kongresu, Riga, Latvia
29th November Radio Brocen, Germany
6th December The Dome, Morecombe (Private)
15th December The Stables, Milton Keynes


3rd May Winter Gardens, Margate
9th May Battenburg, Germany (Playback gig)
16th May Esbjerg Festival, Denmark (plus additional gig)
23rd May Skien Festival, Norway
6th June Dusseldorf, Germany
26th June NDR Radio Show, Kiel, Germany
27th June Suffolk (Private party)
11th July Bickton College, Exeter
13th – 31st July Cruise ship
1st August Crystal Palace
7th August Kings Lynn Festival
28th August Midas Club, Derby
12th September Sinah Warren, Hayling Island
19th September Hamm, Germany (Playback gig)
30th October Stade, Germany (Playback gig)
31st October Winsen, Germany (Playback gig)


6th February Zerbst, Nr; Dessau
6th March Butlin’s, Alveston Hall
8th May Esbjerg Festival, Denmark
22nd May 60’s Festival, Denmark
23rd – 24th June ZDF TV
30th July Ratigen, Germany
14th August Lippetal-Hovestad, Germany
7th September Processed Pea Folk Club, Etton


For this appearance at the Processed Pea Folk Club, Ray Dorset and Mick Frampton were backed by local band, The Dog House Skiffle Group playing acoustic guitar (Keith Cheeseman), tea chest bass (Alan Harman) and wasboard (Garry Pullen).

No rehearsal, just went straight on and did it – the result, a truly memorable gig! 


Stackolee/We Shall Be Free/In The Summertime/Dead Or Alive/The Sun Is Shining/Ain’t You Glad/Bring a Little Water Sylvie/Jesse James/Rock Island Line/Midnight Special/Lady Rose/Feels Like I’m In Love/Ten Little Women/Keep Your Hands Off Her/Jean Harlow/Bottle Up & Go/John Henry/Dust Pneumonia Blues/Black Girl/San Francisco Bay Blues/He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands/Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-o/In The Summertime.

Titles in RED with The Dog House Skiffle Group.

2nd October Sottrum, Nr; Bremen, Germany
9th October Leonberger Oldie Night, Leonberg, Germany
30th October Butlin’s, Gunton Hall, Lowestoft
15th December Glarus, Switzerland
16th December Krummenau, Switzerland
17th December Obling, Germany
18th December Bad-Ischi, Austria
22nd December The Locomotion, The Haige, Holland