Fred Spek's CaMp CoMbO

Fred Spek's CaMp CoMbO

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Entertaining, energetic weirdo quartet CaMp CoMbO play wacky lounge, maudlin ballads, crazy swing, latin beats, polkas, circus marches and maybe a surf groove. Darkly gleeful, often improvised and full of tricks! Gobs of original music, and a modern twist on some oddball covers.

Biography

Fred Spek's Camp Combo began in 2001.  Our music is influenced by old-time jazz, swing, latins and show tunes, from the late 1800s all the way to about 1970. 
This band entertains. We can stretch out solos, but soon want to move on to another fun song. We know plenty, and along with originals, have a hoot tearing apart recognizable standards.
Infiuences include Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Lunceford, Spike Jones, Slim Gaillard, Boots Randolph, Bonzo Dog Band and "modern" composers like Thelonius Monk, Henry Mancini, Robert Scott, and Esquival.

Guitarist Nichol Robertson loves country and old time folk, but churns out some weird jazz chords too.
Drummer Great Bob Scott, is a Spike Jones reincarnation for sure! Bob played drums for Toronto wackos Look People, who's members included Jaymz Bee.
Bassist Rachel Melas plays folk, jazz, blues and klezmer (check her band The Horables!), and is with Toronto Cajun purists Swamperella.


Discography

1. Beans 'N Wieners 7 song EP (available at CD Baby)
2. Rock Paper Scissors 4 song EP
3. Roughin' It 5 song EP
4. Crackers 11 song CD

All songs can be listened to (via streaming audio
players) at http://www.campcombo.ca

Fred's compositions were featured in:
Departures Entertainment travel documentary series - 2009
Season 2 - Episodes #2 (Libya) and #5 (Cuba)

Set List

Our song book is always growing, but here is a typical set list from last Halloween:

Camper Fanfare
Band Played On
Monster Mash
Addams Family
Halloweentime (Summertime)
House of Frightenstein
Munsters theme surf
Yakety Sax
Best Looking Load of Logs
Boo Hoo
Blvd of Broken Dreams
Irony Rhumba
Spanish Flea
Gunplay shots!
Ding Dong The Witch is Dead
Cryin in the Gloom
Rock Paper Scissors
I’ll Builld a Stairway...
Animal Crackers in My Soup
I Want to Be Happy
Baby Elephant Walk
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Melancholy Serenade (Christians are Boiling)
Sentimental Journey
Just Gigolos
Serenade to A Cuckoo
Istanbul Not Constantinople