The Iron Boot Scrapers

Playing the music of today on the instruments of yesterday

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The Iron Boot Scrapers took to the streets in 2008 and soon became the great white sharks of the busking bands; the unfortunate consequence of this is that we got so many gigs that we can rarely busk now, something that is spiritually close to us; the impromptu rolling up and playing, the spontaneity of performance and the genuine gratitude and appreciation of the passers by; all in the open air and sunshine. Truly the most honest of performance.
Using the instrumentation of the 1920's, but we seek to embrace the attitude of those early musicians and to play the cutting edge music of this present day, and not to play the ossified music of one hundred years ago; however still using the thump of the sousaphone, twang of banjo, drums and other authentic instrumentation of that past time; all with uplifting vocal harmonies.

There are 3 Iron Boot Scraper projects
  1. The street band acoustic performance. This is great for those wanting a band, at their event, that is mobile and requiring no amplification. We will mingle with your guests and will give your party our own brand of musical viagra boost.
  2. The full on dance band. We play with radio mics, so we're still entirely mobile and will regularly invade, and rock out with the guests. This option will involve lights and PA amplification. There is an option for a post DJ dance option, spining the mp3s for your dancefloor.
  3. The Steampunk band playing our own IBS original material. Hear samples of our original material form 'The Recordings' page. Using our original instrumentation we become the Victorian Street band that H G Wells evicted from his street by literally moving us on to another time. Now, stuck in the 21st Century we struggle with current musical genres and create our own in the process.
Clients of The Iron Boot Scrapers

The British and Dubai Royal Family, Eastenders, Romania's B'estfest Rock Festival, GlaxosmithKline, Andrew Lloyd Webber, K T Tunstall, Microsoft, Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse, Ken Dod, 'Suggs' from Madness, The Queen, Cilla Black, Richard E Grant, Nicholas Parsons, Judith Chalmers Jasper Carrot, Richard Branson and the architect Richard Rogers.

Prestigious Venues

The Athens Olympics, Eastenders, Hammersmith Apollo, Dubai Shopping Festival, Henley and Cowes Regatta, Commonwealth Games, Earls Court, Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Blenheim Place, Royal Courts of Justice, Grays Inn, The Savoy Hotel, Natural History and Science Museums, National Portrait Gallery, HAC (Honourable Artillary Company), Glastonbury Festival and Epsom, Kempton, Windsor and Brighton Racecourses

Town Festivals

Norwich, Worcester, Leicester, Cardiff, Swansea, Brighton, Hastings, Havant, Portsmouth, Inverness, Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester, Canary Wharf, Bracknell, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, Devizes, Arundel, Burgess Hill, Harrogate, Aylesbury, Chelmsford, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Maidstone, High Wycombe, and Southport.

Countries we have performed in

India, Egypt, Romania, Holland, Turkey, Greece, China, Portugal, France, Dubai, Republic of Ireland, and, of course, England, Scotland and Wales

References (most of these references were taken from our Facebook site, so you can check up on their authenticity there! see below)
Click here for our facebook site where you'll see all the enthusiastic comments people leave about our performances

Great, marvelous, brilliant!                       K T Tunstall

Just a wee note to say thanks very much for playing at Winterfest this year. We had a great time and really enjoyed your performance. The day raised around £1,500.                      Amnesty International

You guys are AMAZING!!!!!! Seeing you perform at my sister's wedding last night, in Ilfracombe, was a highlight of what was an already perfect day and we all had the time of our lives; you had the entire wedding party up on their feet and many of the girls went home with black soles from taking off their heels so they could dance! Everyone commented on how great you were, how it was the best wedding they had ever been to/best band they'd seen at a wedding and how well your quirky style fitted in with the venue and the relaxed, but fun, atmosphere of Jane and Perry's wedding. Really, really great job, thanks for coming all the way... love the hats...sorry you had to give them up for the majority of the night!          From happy Maid of Honour at Jane & Perry's wedding in Ilfracombe, 

Saw you guys on Sunday night at my cousin's party. AMAZINNNNNG. Everyone loved it. Thanks        Roger Morgan, Private birthday party

you today also, even though its another day. happyhappy music:):)                     Polly Lindsay, Brighton street festival

Thanks Ian. You guys were fantastic, I think everyone was a bit blown away... Thanks so much for doing such an excellent job, and for being such nice guys to have around on our wedding day. Can't thank you enough                Joel and Rhiannon's wedding

Thanks to you and your team for a great night. Everyone really enjoyed your stuff and I could not have expected anything more.          Nigel Ireland at his 60th birthday celebrations

Saw you at Brighton Garden Centre today, loved 'sex on fire'. Just fab!!!! Made my day                        Siobhan Murphy

I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding and making it such a fantastic day. Those that can remember the day have said how much they enjoyed you!!                                            JoAnne Riddle

Brilliant night in the Old Speckled Hen at Goodwood                             Roger Hunt#

Friday night at The Goodwood Revival was one of the best live gigs I've been to in ages John Cahalin

You were great last night at the wedding in CornwallStewart Hunter

Thank you so much for braving the weather on Saturday here at Osea leisure park! I hope you all got back ok in the end? You were all fabulous. I can't praise you enough!! My customers are raving about you!    Janie Robinson (M.D.)

A massive thank you for performing on our wedding day on 22nd June 2013. You were excellent and you had everyone up dancing all night. All of our friends are talking about you and asking for your details! Max Thoms

Great gig in Westminster, by jove, well done chaps! Matthew Kelly

The wonderful Iron Boot Scrapers at my mum's funeral, with many thanks, it was a fab send offSean Hawkey

What a fantastic night on Saturday, you guys rock! You were the talk of the party! I love the way you interact with the crowd. Thank you so much :) Johathan Freshney

Massive thank-you to you all for such a fab gig at my wedding party in Cambridge, was wonderful to have you play for us, everyone (and rightly so) thought you were fab! Sandra Freshney

Saw you guys in Cambridge today and LOVED it!Andrea Holden

Loved  watching you guys do your stuff in Devon this afternoon and Holly & Phils wedding party. Really fantastic!Evolve Photography

Fantastic gig last night guys, loving the new stuff, shame you couldn't stay a bit longer!Martin Rigby

My word, thank you all for a fantastic night out last night. A splendid start to my birthday weekend. Queens of the Stone Age will never be quite the same again (in a good way) Luka Hammo

Saw these guys tonight in Hastings - absolutely brilliant, great fun - would recommend to book them Martin Gould

Just a great big thank you for making our son's Birthday party last night fantastic! He loved it. Great entertainers!    Andy Tanner

Thanks for the great entertainment at my bruvs wedding. Much respect; you guys rock! Ben Saunders