Here are some gig and CD reviews
“Smarme’s Moving Experience, Three More Nights at The Smarme’s Arms”, Bath Fringe Festival 2006, Lakeside Suite, Widcombe Social Club
Twerton’s loss is definitely Widcombe’s gain. Due to the ongoing refurbishment at The Smarm’e Arms, entertainer extraordinaire Bill Smarme has set up cabaret in the social club, complete with nibbles and even prizes for a select few. He has obviously collected a loyal following over his illustrious career, and the trademark leopard skin guitar and emphasis on sequins and bling add extra sparkle to to his sharp witted earthiness.
He’s a performer that makes you think of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer one minute and Benny Hill the next, and all of this is backed up by sound musicianship from him and his band The Bizness. Very familiar hits, mostly from the 50s and 60s are given a whole new lease of life with a slight change in lyrics and the results are uproarious. In the best traditions of cabaret, there’s a huge support cast, much of it local. And it’s all very slickly managed – nobody seems to go on for too long.
As is often the case with music makers, they gather others around them so we had superb banjo-ukelele from Graham, chirpy ukelel from Rik Tik Tik and guitar with gently nostalgic songs about Bath from DK Angus. And just to prove that other forms of entertainment exist, John Barclay gave us some neatly phrased performance poetry and there was a rivetting talk by Colin the Bus Conductor. It was a great night.
Judy Boyd, Bath Chronicle, Wed June 7th 2006
Review, Venue Magazine February 2009
This may be the only time you see Bill Smarme getting a 4 star review compared to Franz Ferdinand getting 3 stars!!
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 1999
Long-time favourites Bill Smarme & The Business were Feavil! (a West Country (Somerset) phrase which translates roughly as Wicked!) (er…, Terrific to us oldies). How does Bill get away with it? He only has to change one word in a song and it becomes an instant festival hit! You give me feavil… indeed! But it was Bill, Sue, Mike and Phil who packed em in tightest, claimed greatest attention, got most encore screams, best reception and everything. Goes to show – clever bluegrass is one thing, entertainment is something else…
North West Bluegrass News Sept 1999