"That's one hot band right there!"

- Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2


"Rob Heron evokes the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt with a quintet that shuffles and boogies with panache. Infectiously good-humoured"  

- 7/10 Uncut Magazine


"Each young member of this band are amazing musicians who play with both passion and a sympathetic regard for the history of the genre. In Rob Heron and Tom Cronin they have two songwriters that neatly combine modern topics with a quality old-school arrangement. From start to finish, Talk About The Weather is a fun romp, with some wonderful Gypsy jazz guitar flourishes, harmonica that will make your hair stand on end, and Colin Nicholson somehow manages to make the accordion listenable.”

- ★★★★ Maverick Magazine


"With a plethora of instruments to make up the body of sound, special mention is reserved for the mandolin licks an chops which punctuate tastily throughout the eleven track album. The retro recording sound is captured perfectly on this album; Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra continue on their train of, as they call it, ‘North Eastern Swing’, fusing country, western swing and ragtime into a fun-packed production”

- fRoots Magazine


"With relentlessly upbeat tempo and generous dollops of humour, Money Isn't Everything is a light hearted affair, but it is great fun. Individual Tea Pad Orchestra solos are mostly short, but razor-sharp, while Heron's singing has the fullness and brio to make his stories sparkle. They are surely best enjoyed in a saloon or dance hall. 

- ★★★ - Songlines Magazine



"On this, their second album of skewed Texas swing, gypsy jazz and hot, humorous country blues they’ve added reeds and horns for a big, thick sound, but their spontaneous combustion is always unstoppable. The chord sequences, rhythmic chops and zesty lyrical fun pour out in Drinking Coffee Rag and their YouTube video track High Speed Train. Six retro-cool lads from Newcastle, having clever fun.”

- ★★★★ Scotsman On Sunday

"Originating from Tyneside and playing pinpoint accurate period ragtime blues, this six-piece, made up of members from as far afield as Warwickshire and the Orkneys, shine on their debut album, whether it be bemoaning the current financial mess of the nation on Bank Failures, extolling the virtues of sharing a tub in Hot Bath or feeling the effects of alcohol on Hangover Blues. They also cleverly mix their Southern states sound with a recent scrapyard blaze in their home town on Great Fire Of Byker."

- ★★★★★ - Daily Express