'Kuschty Rye' by Slim Chance | Directed by Paul Crompton.
Slim Chance is a constantly evolving musical collective, at the core of which are original members Steve Simpson, Charlie Hart and Steve Bingham. They are regularly joined by Geraint Watkins and John Lingwood and also on occasion by Des Horsfall, Jim Russell, Frank Mead and Brendan O'Neill.
Ronnie always jokingly claimed that he found the musicians for Slim Chance in the pages of Exchange and Mart. In 2010 Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson trawled the streets of South London and miraculously found three more ex-Slim Chancers who were all keen to sign up again to the quest for Ronnie's musical holy grail. By gigging round the country the line-up has gelled into a fine band and become a powerful entity in its own right.
The aim is to create a show which celebrates the range of Ronnie's later music: to take this show to people in village halls and clubs, festivals and theatres at home and abroad; and eventually, joined by numerous friends, to resurrect the Passing Show itself.
SLIM CHANCE HALL OF FAME
Over time there have been many musicians who worked with Ronnie after he left the Faces, as part of Slim Chance and its offshoots. The present line up is merely the tip of the iceberg and would like to celebrate the contributions of:
Cal Batchelor; Brian Belshaw; Steve Bingham; George and Ray Carless; Eric Clapton; Colin Davey; Alun Davies; Ed Deane; Hughie Flint; Jim Frank; Benny Gallagher; Carol Grimes; Charlie Hart; Jimmy Jewell; Glen le Fleur; Billy Livsey; Graham Lyle; Binky McKenzie; Drew McCulloch; Henry McCullough; Ruan O'Lochlainn; Robin Lucas; Ian McClagan; John Porter; Bruce Rowland; Steve Simpson; Ken Slaven; Chrissy Stewart; Ian Stewart; Pete Townshend; Mick Weaver; Kevin Westlake. Unfortunately many of the above - Ian McClagan, Ian Stewart, Ruan O'Lochlainn, Kevin Westlake, and most recently Bruce Rowland and Brian Belshaw - have left this world but they - and of course Ronnie too - will not be forgotten.
In the States, Ronnie worked with musicians including Rich Brotherton; Jodie Denberg; Joe Ely; Alehandro Escovedo; J.D.Foster; John D.Graham; Ronnie Johnson; Susan Voelz.
Slim Chance reformed briefly for the Ronnie Lane Albert Hall concert in 2004. Those taking part were: Sam Brown; Alun Davies; Geoff Dugmore; Charlie Hart; Chris Jagger; Mick Jones; Bob Loveday; Glen Matlock; Henry McCullough; Mike Paice; Rosie Whitfield; Keith Smart; Chrissy Stewart; Pete Townshend; Ronnie Wood; Geraint Watkins; Paul Weller.
THE LINE UP
STEVE SIMPSON has worked with Frankie Miller, Eric Bibb, Roger Chapman, and played on Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, One for the Road.
CHARLIE HART has played with Pete Brown, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton and worked on Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, One for the Road, Rough Mix, See Me, Rocket 69.
STEVE BINGHAM has played with Geno Washington, the Foundations, Colin Blunstone, worked on Anymore for Anymore and toured with the Passing Show
GERAINT WATKINS has played with Carl Perkins, Nick Lowe, Van Morrison, released his own albums and joined Slim Chance for the 2004 Ronnie Lane Albert Hall concert.
JOHN LINGWOOD (drums) Amongst others John is known for his work with Steamhammer, Elkie Books, Stomu Yamashta, Roger Chapman and Mannfred Mann's Earth Band.
DES HORSFALL (voice, guitar) and his band, Kuschty Rye, has been treading a path parallel to Slim Chance for many a year extending Ronnie's musical legacy, recently in conjunction with Katie Lane and Pete Townshend. Check out his latest exploits at www.kuschtyrye.net.
JIM RUSSELL (drums), joined the Slim Chance musical family when he came and worked with the band on the sessions which produced On The Move. Currently also working with Bob Geldoff, Jim's experience is extensive.