SouthWest behind the scenes


It’s all go

A new year, a new practice room, and several new songs on the set list. Yesterday, we were working on something for everyone: “Break on through” by The Doors, “Locked out of heaven” by Bruno Mars, “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel, “Walk this way” by Aerosmith, “Message in a bottle” by The Police, and “Jump” by […]

Dordogne wedding band in rehearsal

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The 2015 wedding and party album

Alex has put together some of the images from weddings, parties and events from 2015. It’s always worth remembering the good times before heading off to enjoy the even better times to come. Book us for a wedding, party, event and come along and see us at one of our regular public gigs. Details to follow […]


Band news for 2016

Yesterday saw the first band practice of 2016 and some popular new additions to this year’s set list (Bruno Mars, Queen, Phil Collins, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, AC/DC – details to follow). There was plenty to talk about – new equipment, new gigs, new arrangements, a forthcoming wedding show – and the unwelcome news of a technical disaster […]


wedding band in rehearsal

Rehearsal Room 2

After a brief end-of-season break, we went back into rehearsals for 2016. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Rehearsal Room 2, near Bergerac, where our biggest mixing desk lives. Look out for much more to come over the next few weeks…


First glimpse of our new vocalist

At the end of the 2015 season, our awesome frontman of the last two years, Glenn, confirmed that he was retiring. Which left us wondering how we were going to fill the shoes of – arguably – the most important member of the band. We discreetly put the word out and held our own mini X Factor. Everyone we […]


When SouthWest went southeast

Last year, on the way to a gig, I asked Gérard the furthest distance he’d ever travelled for a gig. (I was thinking single gigs, not organised tours.) I remember him saying “Toulouse”. Last week, we smashed that record. At exactly this time on Saturday, we were half way to the southeast coast of France. It was […]


They were dancing in the street

Here’s a shot from Saturday’s gig in Limeuil. One of my favourite places anywhere – the point where the Dordogne and Vézère rivers meet (the other bridge is behind that tree).   Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come down and see us – and especially to all those dancers (not shown)! See you […]

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SouthWest rocked the Abbey road

Here’s a shot from last Thursday, all set up and ready to play next to the road in front of the Abbey at Cadouin. Moments later, 10-year-olds were competing for dancing space with 70-somethings – and no one wanted to stop. Exactly what our set was made for – and exactly what we love to see. […]


How’s this for a backdrop?

Here’s a shot from last night’s gig at The Panorama Bar in Beynac. No expense was spared in the building of the backdrop, which was once the home of Richard I.   Next Thursday, we’ll be appearing in front of the abbey in the achingly beautiful village of Cadouin. Then we’ll be BACK IN BEYNAC for a […]


Sarlat fete de la musique 2015

What are you doing on Thursdays?

  We’re genuinely delighted to be playing these FREE public gigs over the next four Thursdays. Thursday 23rd July: Brasserie Panorama Beynac Thursday 30th July: The Main Square, Cadouin Thursday 6th Aug: Brasserie Panorama Beynac Thursday 13th Aug: The Main Square, Cadouin Come along, eat, drink, dance and enjoy this incredible weather. And bring your friends and family – […]