March 22, 2013
There’s never been a better time to be the word ‘plebs’; the plural of ‘plebian’ - formerly used to describe non-aristocratic land-owners in ancient Rome - recently made a strong comeback with its own ‘gate’ (see ‘plebgate’) but 2013 is set to be an even brighter year with the word getting its own ITV2 sit-com... Plebs.
To celebrate the launch of the Ancient Rome-based comedy, we supplied our brilliant cover trio The Watling Street Band who donned some rather flattering togas for a performance at ITV studios on London’s South Bank. Performing sets as both a strolling acoustic act and a fully amplified band, the Watling Street chaps quickly earned the favour of guests at the event with some quirky takes on popular hits.
The band, who perform with an unusual line-up of Banjo, Tuba and Drums, performed a wide range of cover versions in their own inimitable, slightly mockney-by-way-of-west-country-farmer style. But the guys went one step further to fit in to the Roman feel of the event, changing the words of a few songs including Mysterious Wench, and I’ve got a Brand New Roman Chariot. They also learnt the theme tune to the TV show When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do.
Take a look at some more pictures from the event below.You can also see video of the band performing here.