Los Guiris – my New Project


Its been a long time since I last posted, I have been doing a lot of moving around Barcelona, Joining in jam sessions all over the city and playing with friends in bars. At various jam sessions with Calle Sol and  Manu Chao (who is a resident of Barcelona) I met a really nice guy who plays guitar rumba style along side Manu.


His name is Oscar ‘el Guiri’ de Barcelona. With a lot of energy and good positive vibes he bounces around Barcelona making music in the streets, tubes, trains and in concerts.  A ‘guiri’ is a person from England in Spain, Oscar living all his life in Catalunya is not actually a ‘guiri’. Using language creatively he uses a lot of English phrases in his songs and just generally. I am an actual ‘guiri’ in Barcelona ‘La Guiri’  (the female version) and so we have joined forces and made our own duo Spectacular called ‘Los Guiris’.

We have performed two concerts and have been recording songs and building up our portfolio as a band. We also have a bass player that can play concerts with us and will slowly progress into a band of more people.

Here is a song we have recorded

We have set up our Youtube channel and are slowly adding tracks to it.. you can find us here Los Guiris Youtube Channel

And here is Oscars personal musical channel … Oscars Youtube Channel

We play a selections of songs and styles from Reggae to Rumba, and also some Flamenco, Gypsy and Ska. Oscar has written a lot of songs so we mainly play his songs, although we have also used some melodies and ideas I have written and turned them into new versions of the songs. One of which is Cool as Apples, here is a version I recorded in london with Giles Leonard 

Ive also played this with The Spoken Herd.  The Los Guiris live version is with me playing the clarinet as the lead instrument.

We also like finding interesting covers such as the family monster theme tune, or Mazel Tov a great well known Jewish ‘good luck’ song.

So thats it for now.. here are some photos and I hope you enjoy seeing what we have coming up.

Oh and dont forget to LIKE us on FACEBOOK!

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Teaching in Brighton

Yesterday i went shopping i  Totnes, Devon and found myself some lovely old music books and bits of old manuscript!

Adding a few fine books to my collection ,

I love teaching and am available to teach in Brighton.  🙂

If you would like lessons in Saxophone (beginners to advanced), Clarinet (beginners to advanced), keyboards (beginners to intermediate) or general music theory then please contact me via email.

Rates: £15 per hour   (£20 when getting to intermediate level.. or after 6 lessons for printing costs)

Jingle bells Jingle bells Jingle all the way..

Looking forward to Christmas and playing all the famous tunes, new and old.

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I have been playing music since the age of 8 starting on the Keyboard, then Recorder, Clarinet when I was 11 and Saxophone when i was 16.

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Email    elma_houghton@hotmail.com      for more information.

Friday! concorde 2 Spoken Herd and a bundle of Vinnie Rose Footage

Tomorrow! Concorde 2. Spoken Herd on at 1am!

Free!! Before Midnight for People with Names on the FB event page. Dont forget to Like the Spoken Herd 🙂 We are aiming for a New Year 1000 🙂 so Herd on up people and Get down with us and Chester P , Remus and loads more amazing acts …

And with Vinnie Rose …  Check out the Footage from last weeks gig at The Brighton Arts club

Loving this venue!

Im going to leave you with this song. Its as beautiful as the girl who posted it on facebook earlier, Big Ups to Katherine Abbot 🙂

Something i wrote earlier….

Swimming in the seas of bold, swinging in the trees of old,

making memories to be told, and stories that can hold gold.

Moments gone and to come, a journey won and to be sung,

feeling life again just begun, as winter sets in with a new sun“. EH

yes! The Mighty Diamonds putting the spring in my step :)



Tonight the Mighty Diamonds played a lovely set of their old time classics in early Roots Reggae from the 1970’s 🙂 backed by beautiful Rasites who opened the show for them with strong harmonies and sweet bass rhythms they nearly stole the show 😛 but when Bunny and  Judge came onto stage they had everyone whooping and bouncing 🙂

RASITES – London Based Reggae Trio

What a lucky and awesome experience, to see such classic band.. ive loved them since i first heard them about 6 years ago. They played my favorite songs in the middle of the set ; Right Time,  Have Mercy, I need a roof, and so many sweet love songs 🙂

The Mighty Diamonds
The Mighty Diamonds – taken by Elma Houghton

Concorde 2 hosted a fabulous show with great sound and vibes yet again 🙂 ..

Im tired but am filming tomorrow with Vinnie Rose at the Brighton arts club! , come down 🙂 we will be playing a set from 10pm 🙂  so i definately should go to bed!

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‘Have Mercy’  – The Mighty Diamonds – taken by Elma Houghton

Days in portugal ….

Ive been in PORTUGAL with VINNIE ROSE AND THE POWER TRIO…. we are now naming the band VINNIE ROSE (band) for sake of ease …

We played 4 shows in total !  🙂

Obrigado Portugal had such beautiful surroundings!! Someone told me that Cleopatra used to go there on holiday! .. it has a natural spring that you can drink and swim in.. that leads to an estuary river.


All the acts i saw were really talented, and some of the acts were highlighting consumerism and its baddies, drugs in society and some very relaxed opinions on smoking by one very lively  Australian.

We played my favourite gig at O’Gradys 12 bar, we were playing under a veranda to a garden full of lovely  people who seemed to enjoy it very much. We had the promise of food when we wanted and were starving from a day at the most beautiful beach ‘Smugglers beach’ but despite the hunger we thoroughly enjoyed playing over a 2 hour set and wanted to fill our souls with the music. Sipping on apple juice and vodka i felt the most relaxed i have ever been!



Keep an eye out for the next gigs coming up!!! Its is going to be a busy winter for all the bands im involved in so keep an eye out on this space!





Saxy Saturday

If the sun shines

I will run down with my sax on to the Beach

and play with

One Roots – acoustic set up 🙂

at the Brighton Music hall


– doing 3 times 45 minute slots (12pm/2pm/4pm)

Then come and


ROCK out!!                    8pm

and dance the night away at The Latest music Bar – Brighton


– Minus 1 Bass Jordon = THE POWER DUO – Elma Sax and Sam Broadhead


swinging, country rock n roll 🙂



Please come and boost us and make a awesome show for us.. we are nothing without an audience!! .. rooting to make this the best saturday ever!! 🙂 we have a film crew coming so put on your best frocks and facepaints and hats! lets rock n roll and show BRIGHTON WHERE ITS AT!!



Spoken Herd living it up in Brighton

Bees Mouth Venue – Spoken Herd – Live Hip Hop

Brighton Residency  this thursday 5th aka today!

Come and check out one of the coolest and smallest! underground Hip Hop events in Brighton ..  Warming up for their show at Concorde 2 Saturday 14th September Supporting JEHST , SKINNYMAN, ENGLISH FRANK, CEEZLIN, FRANKIE STEW & HARVEY and more.

click on images to get to links 🙂

14th september :


Worlds end gig – Brighton Vinnie Rose

Come to my first official gig with The Vinnie Rose band in Brighton this saturday!!


Come and get grooovy with us!!

8-late 🙂

One love

Music = Remedy and Love!!


Here below is a video of me Busking with a Local beatboxer In Brighton at the train station tunnel 🙂

What a weekend! .. amazing vibes and bands at the Bimble Bandada : ) ..  two of my favourite bands are the Inexplicables 🙂 … such a group of talented , quirky and friendly musicians!

and The Flap!

– these guys and girl blew my mind!!.. with such energy and charisma they uplifted us all on the sunday evening into skipping and grooving around 🙂 .. the brass are from another planet surely! .. check out the trumpet solo in this video below!

FLAP – Down Down Down – YOUTUBE

and we cant forget the amazing – THE TURBANS!

we cant expect anything than the best from these guys now.. they always play with such focus and stamina! .. a brilliant performance.. –!! they also invited me to the stage to do some belly dancing! .. very nerve racking but everyone said i pulled off! 🙂

NEXT UP – is a Childrens Woodcraft Festival in Derby! tomorrow with One Roots, and  then we go to BOOMTWON! ON friday .. to perform on Saturday at 12pm Hidden Woods Stage


Voodoo Jukebox , ONE ROOTS, and Elma Show!!




@ The Hare n Hounds – London Road Brighton








WE will also be filming on the seafront for our E.P video release of KEEP ON WAITING