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Slim Chance - Tivoli theatre, Wimborne | Nick Churchill, Daily Echo

“The loose, unassuming, but forceful spirit of Ronnie Lane permeates everything, from the vintage sound of Kuschty Rye with its Motown-esque bass figure and the good-time cover of Leadbelly's Duncan & Brady, to the end-of-the-night lick applied to the chart hit Ooh La La and, indeed, the originals from their delight-drenched new album On the Move”.
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Slim Chance: And the Band Plays 'On the Move' | Tom Semioli | Huffington Post | 21/1/16

“As they did with Ronnie, the current line-up of Slim Chance digs deep into the roots of rock 'n' roll throughout On The Move with songs, grooves, and arrangements that resonate as simultaneously classic and modern. Their command of the blues, to my ears, stands with their virtuoso countrymen Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, and Andy Fairweather-Low, among others.”
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Mark Blake | MOJO | On the Move Review

On the Move sounds like music made with drinks in hand and wide smiles on faces
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Mat Snow | Q | On the Move Review

Their second LP is an aged-in-the-wood delight of fiddle, mandolin, accordion, guitars and keyboards texturing swinging rock'n'roll.
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Kris Needs | Record Collector | On the Move Review

Richly garnished by fiddles, bottleneck and accordion, the rejuvenated Slim Chance may conjure echoes of Lane's The Passing Show, but ultimately seem to be emerging with a rough-shod, rollicking sound of their own.
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Nigel Williamson | UNCUT | Pete Townsend interview

"... it's the music he made during his gypsy years with Slim Chance that continues to have the most influence"
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Tom Semioli | Huffington Post | 28/11/2014

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance Are Alive and Well
"Me brother ain't dead....he's still alive. As long as these boys keep playin'... and these people keep singing his songs...he's 'ere with us!"

On a chilly November evening, a joyous Stan Lane - brother of the late, great Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter, bassist, founding member and heart and soul of the Small Faces and The Faces - is holding court at the hallowed Half Moon in Putney. This cherished, intimate venue has served as one of England's most beloved, essential music pubs since the early 1960s, presenting such seminal artists as Roy Harper, John Martyn, John Mayall, Dr. Feelgood, Bert Jansch, Alexis Corner, The Yardbirds, Kate Bush, the Rolling Stones, The Who, and Elvis Costello, among scores of others, to the working class residents in the Southwest London borough of Wandsworth.
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Craig Chaligne | Half Moon, Putney | 14/11/2014

Slim Chance make their way back to their spiritual home then proceed to play a storming set to a capacity crowd. Louder Than War's Craig Chaligne was there.
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David Cavanagh
UNCUT, July 2010.

It was one of the most ambitious tours of the '70s. A merry troupe of minstrels, travelling the country in caravans, accompanied by clowns, animals and a big top. Ronnie Lane, the beloved entertainer, was taking his music back to the people. From May into June 1974, while the likes of Deep Purple cruised from hotels to concert halls in limousines, Lane and his band Slim Chance snailed around Britain in a raggle-taggle convoy. Wearing spotted neckerchiefs and scarves, they almost begged to be flagged down by a patrol car and asked what century they’d come from.

Ronnie Lane was a Plaistow boy, a Mod, an April fool (born April 1, 1946), a writer of deep-thinking songs and an occasional rogue. “He was a superstar… a wonderful mixture of East End nous and Romantic,” says Bruce Rowland, the drummer on that 1974 tour. Songwriter Graham Lyle, half of the Gallagher & Lyle duo who played on Lane’s album Anymore For Anymore, describes the tour's concept as “irrational but typical of Ronnie. He wanted a troubadour existence. He would turn up at a town, set up his tent and play to the locals.”

It was called 'The Passing Show'. A picaresque odyssey along the highways and byways, it framed Ronnie's love of good-time music within the wider context of a Romany way of life. Viewed through the eyes of conventional rock tour promotion, 'The Passing Show' was crazy. It required the country's least flexible officials – the town councillors, police constables and fire chiefs – to look at life not as a protocol but as an adventure. And deep at its heart lay an intriguing puzzle: Lane himself. Had he given up the jet-set glamour of The Faces for this? To eat his meals round a campfire and wash his body every few days in a municipal baths? To gamble his shirt on a pipedream, a chimera, a circus?
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The Show goes on: Songs of Ronnie Lane (Fishpool)
Rob Hughes, Classic Rock Summer 2012

Fitting tribute to late English treasure from ex-bandmates.
It's fair to say that Ronnie lane’s post-Faces output is probably the least celebrated music of his career. Yet it marked a particularly fascinating time in his life, forsaking the rock star life for a rural existence on a Shropshire farm and putting together a travelling carnival of sould to bring his unique wash of gypsy folk and roots – what called hobobilly – to showgrounds and small venues throughout the land. This warm tribute to Lane was cooked up by two veterans of his '70's band Slim chance – Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson – who tracked down other ex-colleagues to revive a bunch of songs from the era. The vocals might be a bit thin (Lane was a terrific singer after all), but the musicianship is top-rate, especially on an accordion-led version of Anymore for Anymore. More importantly, the whole endeavour captures the indomiable spirit and sheer joie de vivre of Lane himself.

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