Captain Toms

Captain Toms

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Good to get together in Otis Green & The Blues Machine for the first tune in a long time....thanks to Captain Toms rehearsal space...a great Aberdeen institution...
Happy 21 years (yesterday) of being at Ann Street ❤❤
Saw this...🤣
We are organising a series of events for Torry after lockdown.

Could we use your equipment for outdoor & indoor music events

Torry Festival After Lockdown 2020

Anyone interested in organising a Torry festival for after the lockdown?

We need a few people to use their skills to put it together online.

please add your name & any skill or support you can give.

thank you.
Hi Tom
Can Macswing get a room from 8-10 on Monday 17th Feb..
thanks, dave
!!!
Thanks Tom for taking off our hands a bunch of drum stuff. We needed the space, hopefully you can use the stuff..
80s Metal Night on16 November with https://www.facebook.com/medusatouch/🤘😁🤘
Had a great weekend recording the new Numbskulls album, thanks again to Paul Emerson and Tom for making it great!!

Captain Toms is Aberdeen's largest rehearsal / recording / tuition studio. We also run Fat Hippy Records and have worked with many of Aberdeen's most successful bands.

Welcome to Captain Tom's Ltd, Aberdeen's finest rehearsal and recording complex. Rehearsal Rooms
We have four acoustically treated, soundproofed, purpose built rehearsal rooms. All fully equipped with a PA system, drum kit, guitar amps and bass amp. Recording
Our purpose built digital recording studio provides affordable recording services for just about anything that makes a noise. Tuition
We pro

Operating as usual

11/08/2021

Who doesn’t love a good drum riser? Only a fool surely!?

We’re certainly loving our new drum riser! Here it is with our entirely gorgeous honey amber Yamaha Stage Custom hire kit on it. Nice.

If you need it, you can hire the drum riser for just £30 per day and the kit for £40 per day.

Who doesn’t love a good drum riser? Only a fool surely!?

We’re certainly loving our new drum riser! Here it is with our entirely gorgeous honey amber Yamaha Stage Custom hire kit on it. Nice.

If you need it, you can hire the drum riser for just £30 per day and the kit for £40 per day.

29/06/2021

Yas! At least 1.618 million huge thanks to Reckless n Hobble for creating this most epic and mighty piece at the studio today!

Love it!

Yas! At least 1.618 million huge thanks to Reckless n Hobble for creating this most epic and mighty piece at the studio today!

Love it!

01/06/2021

Another batch of upgrades happening this week!

Awfy excited to get these Mackie full range PA’s installed in our rooms over next week or so. Your vocals and backing tracks are gonna sound ace!

Another batch of upgrades happening this week!

Awfy excited to get these Mackie full range PA’s installed in our rooms over next week or so. Your vocals and backing tracks are gonna sound ace!

28/05/2021

More cab upgrades today!

Another long term dream achieved as we’ve gone all Marshally and updated all our 4x12 cabs to Marshalls! Few new Marshall heads too and plenty of the Orange CR120’s we all know and love here.

Yet more to come next week….

More cab upgrades today!

Another long term dream achieved as we’ve gone all Marshally and updated all our 4x12 cabs to Marshalls! Few new Marshall heads too and plenty of the Orange CR120’s we all know and love here.

Yet more to come next week….

27/05/2021

A shed load of gear upgrades happening in all our rooms over the next couple of weeks...

Today it’s a dream we’ve been waiting to achieve for many years, an Ampeg 8x10 cab for every room! Along with some rather lovely TC Electronics BH800 heads. All the bass tone, happy days!

More to come very soon….

A shed load of gear upgrades happening in all our rooms over the next couple of weeks...

Today it’s a dream we’ve been waiting to achieve for many years, an Ampeg 8x10 cab for every room! Along with some rather lovely TC Electronics BH800 heads. All the bass tone, happy days!

More to come very soon….

07/05/2021

Good news peeps! We'll be back open for full band rehearsals and recording from Monday 17th May!

Some restrictions will still apply of course, so you’ll have to be a little flexible with times and set up, but at least we can start getting back to it!

We'll also be continuing our duo rehearsal rate of £12 per hour for the foreseeable future, we know it ain’t easy being a power 2-piece in a big world!

Good news peeps! We'll be back open for full band rehearsals and recording from Monday 17th May!

Some restrictions will still apply of course, so you’ll have to be a little flexible with times and set up, but at least we can start getting back to it!

We'll also be continuing our duo rehearsal rate of £12 per hour for the foreseeable future, we know it ain’t easy being a power 2-piece in a big world!

05/05/2021

No way…. It’s Happy Birthday to us time again! Somehow Captain Toms has made it to a logic defying 24 years old today… would never have imagined we’d still be here 24 years later when we started the started the studio way back in 1997.

For obvious reasons this last year has been our quietest and least productive ever… But I’m sure we’ll more than make up for it in the next couple of years! As always, a massive thanks to everyone who’s supported us, been part of our wee rock n roll adventure and helped keep the dream alive for all these many years… We’d be nothing without you all and you are all the reason we keep going!

Hopefully see you all very soon for some extremely loud and bouncing good times!

No way…. It’s Happy Birthday to us time again! Somehow Captain Toms has made it to a logic defying 24 years old today… would never have imagined we’d still be here 24 years later when we started the started the studio way back in 1997.

For obvious reasons this last year has been our quietest and least productive ever… But I’m sure we’ll more than make up for it in the next couple of years! As always, a massive thanks to everyone who’s supported us, been part of our wee rock n roll adventure and helped keep the dream alive for all these many years… We’d be nothing without you all and you are all the reason we keep going!

Hopefully see you all very soon for some extremely loud and bouncing good times!

02/05/2021

Wee Sunday morning movie shoot for a secret squirrel happening today…. Sure feels good to be back doing stuff and enjoying the ace creative space we have here!

Wee Sunday morning movie shoot for a secret squirrel happening today…. Sure feels good to be back doing stuff and enjoying the ace creative space we have here!

20/04/2021

Well alrighty then… Game On! From Monday 26th April we’ll be back open for solo and duo rehearsals, terrible banter, miscellaneous accessories and light snackery.

We’ll be continuing our duo rehearsal rate of £12 per hour till we can get back to full band jams... from hopefully middle of May sometime… tbc asap… kfl.

Can’t wait to see and hear you all again… been waaaaaaaaay too long!

Well alrighty then… Game On! From Monday 26th April we’ll be back open for solo and duo rehearsals, terrible banter, miscellaneous accessories and light snackery.

We’ll be continuing our duo rehearsal rate of £12 per hour till we can get back to full band jams... from hopefully middle of May sometime… tbc asap… kfl.

Can’t wait to see and hear you all again… been waaaaaaaaay too long!

[12/24/20]   Well, that’s all for us for 2020 peeps. Massive thanks to everyone who helped keep us going through this abnormally tricky year.

Get this classic Thrashist Regime xmas song in your playlist and have a fabulous festive one, we’ll see you all on the other side whenever we’re allowed to open again!

16/12/2020

Sweet! So ace to see Cold Years debut album in the Kerrang! 50 Greatest Albums of 2020!

Check out the full rundown here: https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-best-albums-of-2020/

We're beyond excited that Paradise has been ranked number 42 in the Kerrang! 50 Greatest Albums of 2020!

We'd never have imagined that our debut album would make it on this list alongside all these incredible albums by all these incredible bands. Thank you to Kerrang! and thank you to everyone who has given it a spin. Big love.

Check out the full rundown here: https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-best-albums-of-2020/

[12/04/20]   Mighty new album from The Ruckus, About Ruckin' Time, out today on our wee label Fat Hippy Records.

It's wall to wall rock n roll from the first the first beat to the last! Don't miss out, get it plugged into your ears now and check it out!

30/11/2020

Thrashist Regime

This makes us really happy! So ace to see Carnival of Monsters has made number 4 on Worship Metal's list of the Top 10 UK Thrash Albums Of the Last 10 Years!

Thrashist Regime have long been a mighty band and it's just great to see them getting the respect they deserve on the worldwide thrash scene!

Absolutely delighted to see Carnival of Monsters has made number 4 on Worship Metal's list of the Top 10 UK Thrash Albums Of the Last 10 Years!! We're in with illustrious company and several bands we really respect and look up to! Honestly delighted - we still think it's a great record and we're mega proud of it. Awesome when people agree! Cheers to the folks at Worship Metal - it's genuinely got some of the top thrash coverage around.

29/11/2020

The Ruckus

Haha love it, who knew Bojo was such a massive supporter of The Ruckus!?

Best get that new album and stay safe!

Listen to boris and the guidelines

Buy the album

Listen to The ruckus

Save lives

27/11/2020

Fat Hippy Records

Yas! The legend is true…. Good things do come to those who wait!

About Ruckin’ Time, the mighty new album from The Ruckus is out next Friday 4th December on our label Fat Hippy Records to give your soul a healthy dose of rock n roll over the winter! Don’t miss out, get some!

Well alrighty then… Good news Ruckus fans…. The long awaited and highly anticipated second album from The Ruckus is out on Fat Hippy next Friday 4th December!

Aptly titled “About Ruckin’ Time” it’s classic rock masterpiece that is truly well worth the 8 year wait since their much loved debut album, Nothing To Lose, back in 2012. About Ruckin’ Time is full of mighty rock n roll, driving riffs, immense vocals, epic sing along choruses, swooping solos and pedal to the metal driving bass and drums with an ample serving of good times, loving and rocking the world you live in. If you love rock n roll, it’ll feed your soul!

You can pre-order and preview it on iTunes right here and now, limited edition CD albums will be on the Fat Hippy website for pre-order next week. Unmissable Launch Party to follow sometime next year when we’re all allowed out to play again….

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id1541379842?app=itunes

[09/13/20]   Seeing as we’re restricted to solo and duo rehearsals only for the next few weeks, we’re gonna introduce a Duo Rehearsal rate of £12 per hour as of Monday. So you can at least get in for a 2 piece jam in the meantime, till we can all get back to full band stuff.

[09/11/20]   In other more happy news, it’s great to see Cold Years debut album, Paradise, getting such a mighty response worldwide!

If you haven’t checked it out yet you really should, just ace to have a local band doing so well despite all the tricky times.

[09/10/20]   Oh well, one step forward, not more than 6 steps from 2 different households back.

So, from Monday, we’ll be back to solo and duo rehearsals only until further notice. Here’s hoping it’s only for a few weeks.

26/08/2020

Is it just me or does our snazzy new mic shields logo have a distinct Transfomers vibe to it?

Have we accidentally bought Optimus Primes facemask!? Hope he’s not needing it back, we need to use it on Monday!

[08/24/20]   More good news everyone! We can start taking band rehearsals and recordings again from Monday 31st August.
Of course, this is not a return to us being fully open as usual, just the next phase in a series of steps towards getting back to normal. Some restrictions will have to be in place and respected during this phase.

Like everywhere else, social distancing should be observed and face masks worn at all times when in the building.

Maximum 5 people per room. Bands only, no visitors allowed.

Usage will be limited to one band per room per day, so minimum 3 hour sessions only. All deals for rehearsals, such as the 3 for 2 deal, are suspended during this phase.

Session times will be staggered so bands are not all arriving and leaving at the same time.

We will of course have to collect contact details of everyone in each group.

Please try and make visit your one social activity of that day and don’t attend if you’re showing any covid symptoms.

We appreciate this is not ideal for everyone, but at least it’s a way to get back to making a noise and hopefully allows us to make enough to survive till things get back to normal. Thanks in advance for your support and understanding. Please give us a call on 01224 647500 or DM us here for any further information or to get booked in.

23/08/2020

Rock for aberdeen

This sounds like a fun wee idea for bringing the scene together and raising a few squid to help get us all rocking again. Check it out and get involved!

Mass musician collaboration

11/08/2020

Yup. No denying that the entire live music industry and all the many businesses built around supporting it are on the edge of collapse without further support. Gonna be some mission for us all to survive through until next year with no gigs.

#WeMakeEvents

As much as it's alright we can go down the pub and there is a couple things popping up, life just not the same without live events.
We all need arts, culture, entertainment and plans needs to be made to bring back events safely

Today is the day of the #WeMakeEvents RED ALERT event.

With little likelihood of the industry restarting until Spring 2021 and without immediate support from the government, the entire live events sector is at risk of collapse.

Today's campaign spans online and social messaging, video, case studies and legal outdoor events to gain media attention.

Today the UK live events industry needs to be heard, lounder than ever.

#WeMakeEvents #LetTheMusicPlay #LightItInRed #RishiSunak #OliverDowden #CarolineDinenage #SkyNews #BBCNews #festival #festivalseason #livemusic #livemusicrocks #liveevent #supportneeded #glastonbury #festivallove #gigs #livegig #liveeventssector #covid19 #redalert

gofundme.com 07/08/2020

Ventilation System for Krakatoa organized by Craig Adams

Time for us to band together and save our music scene. If you can spare a few quid to help Krakatoa get open safely for gigs again, it all helps.

No point in studios without venues…. Not point in venues without studios… no fun without either.

gofundme.com Dearest gig-goers, tiki addicts, and dive bar aficionados! We miss you and can’t wait… Craig Adams needs your support for Ventilation System for Krakatoa

15/07/2020

Good to be back!

Yas! So good to be back making a racket!

Thanks Del Wilson fae DOUBLE JACK, our first customer since March! More please!

10/07/2020

Good news, everyone! We can start getting open again!

From Wed 15th July we’ll be back open for accessories sales and solo rehearsals.

Full band rehearsals and recording will have to wait for another few weeks yet… but at least you can get in to skelp a kit or crank an amp and make a noise!

14/06/2020

Wee video from Kevin Smith of us changing his acoustic bass strings in a filling the void during a quiet lockdown moment kinda way... I like the spinny things :)

youtube.com 25/05/2020

LED ZEPPELIN - Rock And Roll

Aye, right enough Robert, it has indeed been a long time since we rock n rolled… been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely 9 weeks already…. But don’t worry, we’ll get back to copious amounts of rocking n rolling sometime real soon I’m sure!

youtube.com It's been a long time since I rock-and-rolled It's been a long time since I did the Stroll Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back, let me get it back mm...

revelrousers.org 16/05/2020

DeadFire -‘My Mind Belongs To The Devil’ Ep Review.

Ace wee review of Deadfire's My Mind Belongs to the Devil EP, that we recorded earlier this year and released on our label Fat Hippy Records in February, from the good peeps at Gobophotography / Revel Rousers.

revelrousers.org Artist – DeadFire Ep – My Mind Belongs To The Devil Genre –  Drunk’N’Roll /Stoner Grunge Label – Fat Hippy Records. At the beginning of the year raucous, booze rockers,…

05/05/2020

Happy birthday to us! Captain Toms is a prime 23 years old today… who’d have funked it!?

Like everyone who’s had a birthday under lockdown this will undoubtedly be the quietist birthday we’ve ever had, but safe to say we’re just glad to still be here and surviving at the moment. As always, a massive thanks to everyone who’s supported us, been part of the adventure and helped keep the dream alive for all these years… We’d be nothing without you all!

Here’s hoping we can all get back to rocking n rolling sometime soon and be here making a racket for many years to come!

30/04/2020

Ooops! Built up a fair wee pile of birthday cards for Captain Tom Moore mistakenly sent to us over the last few days.

Worry not, we’ll forward them on to the most popular fund raising centenarian in the country to add his collection of apparently over 125,000 100th birthday cards!

22/04/2020

Very sad to hear of the passing of Sandy Brown yesterday. He was a true legend of a man and had been the one constant in an ever changing music scene since I first got involved with gigs and music in Aberdeen back in the early nineties.

He’ll be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all who ever met him I’m sure. Many a glass will be raised in his name and stories told in his memory tonight and for many years to come.

Sandy Brown

It is heartbreaking to tell you that our dear friend and colleague, Sandy Brown, owner of the Blue Lamp and genuine Aberdeen legend, died on April 21st in ARI. On behalf of us all at Jazz at the Blue Lamp our thoughts are with Brenda and Sandy’s family at this time. We are all deeply saddened by Sandy’s passing and are thinking also of our own loss of this quiet unassuming man who did so much for live music in Aberdeen.

I first met Sandy nearly 20 years ago when my friend John and I had this crazy idea to start a jazz club in Aberdeen. We thought of many places we could hold it but in the end it had to be in The Blue Lamp. Sandy gave us one of his looks and his famous ”Aye, well we’ll see” but he provided everything we suggested, extended the stage, upgraded electric power, put up the lighting, and all done quietly in the background without any fuss. That was Sandy’s way, quiet but always supportive especially if live music was involved.

Jazz wasn’t his first love, but he did love having the Blue Lamp host so many great musicians and the bustle of a busy night but I often caught him standing watching a performance and truly appreciating it.

Sandy was certainly a man of few words but he was easy company and while the music was playing next door, Sandy and I would share some cheese and oatcakes and discuss life, Aberdeen, music, politics all in a handful of words. I personally will miss him terribly and I know his staff and our audiences and musicians will miss him too.

Neil Gibbons and all the members of the Jazz at the Blue Lamp Committee

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11-15 Ann Street
Aberdeen
AB25 3LH

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Monday 12pm - 12am
Tuesday 12pm - 12am
Wednesday 12pm - 12am
Thursday 12pm - 12am
Friday 12pm - 12am
Saturday 12pm - 9pm
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