Over The Moon EP

by The Tombola Theory

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The Tombola Theory is Ben Castle’s new band. They play original pop music that’s inspired by traditional jazz.

Ben formed The Tombola Theory to pay tribute to pay tribute to Tommy 'Tootle' Truman, a school janitor and controversial character who played clarinet in a Trad Jazz band in his local pub every Wednesday night for nearly 23 years. He was Ben's first and most enduring musical influence.

Tommy died in obscurity in 2009, leaving behind no known recordings, just special musical memories for a select few. If he'd been more ambitious he would now be remembered as one of the British jazz greats.


released May 28, 2014

Ben Castle – vocals, clarinets + saxes
Mara Carlyle + Alice Grant – vocals
Oren Marshall – tuba
Martin Wheatley + Mike Outram – banjo
Pat Illingworth + Ash Soan – drums
Mark Edwards + Jim Watson – piano
Mike Innes – trombone
Tom Allan – trumpet

Written by Ben Castle
Produced by Paul Pilot
Mastered by Andreas Stickel
Artwork by Gabi Froden



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Ben has played with Duke Special, Radiohead, Quincy Jones, Matthew Herbert, Amy Winehouse, Stan Tracey, Dizzee Rascal, Kula Shaker, Guillemots, Paloma Faith, Sting, Will Young, Jools Holland, Boy George & Tony Bennett.
He's occasionally allowed off the leash to make his own music.
“You must check out this band, they are funny and they are great. They have a great future ahead of them” Joe Zawinul
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