Amongst the many talented bands and singers who are currently appearing at Barnes Rock events or who have appeared in the past are the following:
THE 60s ALLSTARS
Alan Lovell – guitar & vocals
(The Swinging Blue Jeans)
Del Mandel – lead guitar & vocals
John Dee – bass guitar & vocals
Mick Avory – drums & vocals
The 60s Allstars are four very experienced musicians who in their own right deserve recognition for what they have done throughout the years. The band members between them have worked with The Kinks, George Harrison, PJ Proby, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Foundations, Brian Knights Blues Band, Marty Wilde and many others. The sound that they have managed to create is the very authentic sound of the 60’s with a modern approach. Rock & Roll at its very best!
The 60s Allstars had played in Barnes for many years, originally at the Red Lion, Castlenau and subsequently at Barnes Rugby Club near The Wetlands Centre, where Barnes Rock took over the organisation of events.
The quality of the 60s Allstars performances set the precedent for the aim of Barnes Rock which is to present musicians of a proven pedigree and professional track record of success in the sixties to nineties.
** Click here to see The 60s Allstars in action on YouTube
As the name suggests, The Persuaders play 70s music which will get you rocking all night long!
From right to left:
Robin Bibi – guitar & vocals
Del Mandel – guitar & vocals
Andrew Heart – bass guitar & vocals
Ivan Hoe – drums & vocals
Robin Bibi has played guitar with The Pretty Things, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Helen Shapiro, Cliff Bennett, Ben E. King and Barbara Dickson and has shared billing with such legendary names as BB King, Bob Geldof, UB40, The Stranglers and Jethro Tull.
Del Mandel worked with George Harrison in the 70s and has played or recorded with members of the Beatles, Kinks, Foundations, Ten Years After, Alvin Lee Band and many others. In the 80’s he toured Britain and Europe as a member of Aubrey Lovejoy & Tennessee Rain, backing country singers from the USA. He also played with JJ and the Fliers [recently described on Radio1 by Ade Edmonton as the best band he ever heard ] featuring the late great Archie Leggett on bass and Jon Cleary on piano.
Andrew Heart is a fine bass guitarist who has worked with Billy Idol, Brian Connelly’s Sweet, Bob Geldof, Phil Lynott, Gus Isidore (Seal) and Micky Moody.
Ivan Hoe began his professional career at 17 with the South African equivalent of the BBC Big Band. Ivan was also a member of the Larry Amos Band – South Africa’s leading blues/rock band. Since then Ivan has performed and/or recorded with a diverse range of bands and artists ranging from modern Jazz with Jazzuki, theatre companies, the Mickey Jones Band (MAN) and Tortoise Corpse (Thrash Metal). Ivan is currently a member of the Grapevine Blues Band.
The Persuaders put on a great evening of principally 70s music guaranteeing a crowded dance floor to songs by Bowie, TRex, Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood mac, Abba, Foreigner and many others.
Bill Mead – Guitar/Vocals
Stuart Sollors – Guitar/Vocals
Baz Payne – Bass Guitar
Spencer Blackledge – Drums
The Sharpees were originally a North Kent based band made up of three ex-members of Rebel who played at most of the Kent and London circuit in the late 70s and early 80s. They released their first single “Rocka Shocka” with the well known East London label Bridgehouse Records. Original member and founder Bill Mead’s long history of differing styles which mesh with the Sharpees unusual aggressive mix of blues, rock, country and classical styles so well, ensures that the band is always exciting and fresh with much improvisation.
Bill Mead started the Sharpees back in 1980/84 with Pete Goodey and John Smith. He reformed it in 2004 and the Sharpees are now based in Shepperton, Middlesex.
The band regularly tour France, Holland, Belgium and Greece as well as performing in the UK, where they have played gigs all over the south coast, but most notably, some prestigious venues in London e.g. The Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho. Dingwalls, Camden Lock. The Nashville Rooms, Kensington (where Motorhead’s Lemmy liked the band so much he tried to buy Bill’s Rickenbacker!), The Golden Lion, Fulham, The Greyhound, Fulham Broadway and The Hope And Anchor, Islington.
Rory Gallagher / Tom Petty / Robert Plant / Dr Feelgood / George Thorogood / Free / Bad Company
THE ROBIN BIBI BAND
Robin Bibi is a well known and popular performer. A fine Blues Rock guitarist, he is a highly versatile character and a true professional who really knows how to entertain and can keep a crowded dance-floor on their feet throughout the evening. He has played guitar with artists such as the Pretty Things, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Helen Shapiro, Cliff Bennett, Ben E. King and Barbara Dickson and has shared billing with such legendary names as BB King, Bob Geldof, UB40, The Stranglers and Jethro Tull. His repertoire covers classic music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
STEALING DAN AND DON
Stealing Dan and Don play Barnes Rock in a slimmed down trio format keeping the total authenticity, subtlety and sheer brilliance of the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen completely uncompromised.
The Trio features:
Chris Clarke – Keyboards, Trumpet and lead vocals.
Chris has lead Stealing Dan and Don since its inception back in the late 90’s and has actually developed his own unique arrangements of some of their notable songs, whilst at the same time keeping a true and faithful interpretation throughout … and his powerful vocal delivery really brings out the best in these classic songs.
Polly Raymond – Lead / backing vocals.
Polly is a fine and highly experienced session singer who has worked in all contemporary musical styles from swing/jazz through soul to rock
Robin Bibi – Lead Guitar
No stranger to Barnes Rock, Robin is one of the UK’s finest blues guitarists who has worked with the Pretty Things, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Helen Shapiro and many others. A seasoned session man himself, Robin is totally at home with the music of Steely Dan and brings a lively, rocky element into the band. He has also worked with Chris and Stealing Dan in different formats since its formation.
Expect to be treated to a selection of the following classics:
Reelin’ in The Years • Rikki Don’t Lose That Number • My Old School • Black Friday • Doctor Wu • FM • Kid Charlemagne • The Fez • Haitian Divorce • Bodhisattva • Ruby Baby • Pretzel Logic • Babylon Sisters • Peg • Josie • Do it Again • Hey Nineteen • Time Out Of Mind • Gaucho • Deacon Blues • Only A Fool Would Say That • Pearl Of The Quarter • King Of The World • Night By Night • With A Gun • Daddy Don’t Live In….NYC • Everything You Did • I.G.Y. • Greenflower Street • Throw back The Little Ones • Century’s End • Home At Last • Black Cow • Midnight Cruiser • Florida Room • Fire In The Hole • Any Major Dude Will Tell You • Kings • The Caves Of Altamira • Cousin Dupree • Parker’s Band • Everyones Gone To The Movies • Dirty Work • Rose Darling • Don’t Take Me Alive
CLASSIC, UNIQUE AND UNMISSABLE !!!
THE JOHN WARWICK BAND
Without doubt, one of the best blues-soul singers in the UK today, John Warwick was vocalist for the famous sixties Richmond Rhythm & Blues band, Steam Packet. His band, Blues Express, was voted best blues band in the UK by Melody Maker. He now fronts The John Warwick Band and has a large loyal fan base in London. John has a powerful gravelly voice and with his soulful delivery, he sounds like he’s spent a lifetime belting out rock and blues numbers in late night bars!
Expect to hear any of the following from John’s repertoire:
Unchain My Heart • 6345789 • When Love Comes To Town • Walking The Dog • Midnight Hour • I Feel Good • Mustang Sally • Sticks And Stones • The Letter
ANDREW HEART’S ROCKSTOCK
Andrew Heart brings you a wide variety of songs from the 70s to the present day. Whether on his own or with his full band, the dance floor’s always full!
Andrew Heart – Bass/Vocals
Andrew has worked with Billy Idol, Brian Connelly’s Sweet, Bob Geldof, Phil Lynott, Gus Isidore (Seal) and Micky Moody.
Richard Hudson (“Hud”) – Drums
Richard worked with The Strawbs, Hudson-Ford and The Monks and wrote the No1 hit ‘Part Of The Union’.
Peter Parks – Guitar/Vocals
Peter has worked with Rick Wakeman, Cliff Bennett, Patti Boulaye, Screaming Lord Sutch, Wee Willie Harris and Rosco Gordon.
Becky Turner – Keyboards/Vocals
Becky has worked with Dell Richardson (Osibisa), Howard Tibble (Shakin Stevens), Alan Warner and Big Sur.
Paul Cox is one of the best showmen and singers around today. Equally at home with Soul and Blues songs, and more than capable of Rockin’ it up, he has been described by DJ and Blues Band legend Paul Jones as having “ one of the best voices in the UK.” Paul has an impressive track record, playing with great guitar players including Snowy White, Ray Minhinnett, Henry McCulloch, the late John Slaughter, and recently French guitarist Chrlie Fabert. Paul is a regular at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe , including Montreux, Ronnie Scott’s, the London Palladium, and the Royal Festival Hall. He has opened for some of the greatest artists in the world, including Ray Charles and Eric Clapton, and sung with Paul Rogers, Bonnie Tyler, Sam Brown, Ruby Turner, and Debbie Bonham.
Amanda Claire will get you all on the dance floor with her wide variety of classics from the 60s to the present day.
Amanda performed in “Mamma Mia!” in the West End and in “Joseph” as the Narrator including the national Tour. She also performs in “The Winner Takes it All” playing the part of Frida, with top function band “Impulse Live”, Singout Sisters and with her own function band. Variety is what makes her so different.
DAVE AND PHIL LUSHER
Dave Lusher’s father was Don Lusher, well known trombonist, and his mother singer with The Lou Preager Band, inspiring both him and his brother to play music. They started a band together when Dave was 15.
Dave was very much influenced by Jimi Hendrix. He stood in for the guitarist in Pilot, famous for their hits in 1974, “January” and “Ho Ho Ho It’s Magic”. In 1976 he formed Ex-Directory and had a record deal with Shell Talmy who worked with the Kinks and The Who. The band played together for 5 years.
Dave and his brother Phil continued to write music. He then formed a band called Mirror with his former wife and her twin sister and had a record deal with Arista, going on to do the Eurovision Song Contest heats in 1983, coming second.
Dave has continued to be involved with music and various bands over the last 25 years and has just had a very successful reunion gig with Ex-Directory.
Julie Clifton has been a professional singer for many years. She has worked with various top London bands performing at West End venues including The Savoy, Grosvenor House, Cafe Royal and a residency at Cafe de Paris. Her theatre work includes ‘1st Murderess’ in Chicago and ‘Ronette’ in Little Shop of Horrors. Julie has performed all over the world including RAF and Army bases, a residency at The Royal Cliff Beach Resort in Thailand and sung at weddings in Gibralter.
Julie has also entertained on P&O Cruise ships Canberra, Arcadia and Oriana. She currently sings locally and enjoys a more settled life teaching singing in 8 Surrey Schools.
In the words of one promoter: ‘The Crawdaddies take us back to the classic era of The Rolling Stones and The Artwoods, and even further back to the source – Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and the roots of the blues with John Lee Hooker & BB King. The line-up features drummer/guitarist/vocalist Mark Freeman, (Rolling Stoned, Michael Schenker/John Otway) and includes fellow members of ‘The Rollin’ Stoned, the late great, Art Wood’s All Stars, The Downliners Sect and more…’
The Crawdaddies’ current line up is:
Mark Freeman ~ Guitars and Vocal
(John Otway / Downliners Sect / Mafia / Rollin Stoned / Art Wood All Stars)
Keith Grant ~ Bass Guitar and Vocal (Downliners Sect / Artwood All Stars)
Chris Dennis ~ Lead and Slide Guitars and Vocal
(Rollin’ Stoned / Mafia / Hypnotics / Revolvers)
Vanessa Lewendon ~ Keyboards
( Zaine Griff / Jean-Jacques “JJ” Burnel / Tim Blake / Paul Fox/ David Raphael)
Sam Kelly ~ Drums
Over the years Sam has worked with Chaka Khan, Dr John, Ben E. King, Robert Plant, The Foundations, Gordon Haskell, Billy Ocean, Desmond Dekker, Eddie Floyd, Roger Chapman, Michelle Shocked, Stan Webb, Gary Moore and Ottis Taylor………… to name but a few. Recently, with Mick Ralphs, Paul Jones, Imelda May, Robben Ford, Andy Fairweather Low and Chris Barber…..and now, ‘The Crawdaddies’ !!!
Clive Edwards ~ Drums
Clive Edwards is probably best known for playing with hard rock bands that have included outstanding guitarists, such as Pat Travers, Brian Robertson (Wild Horses), Uli Jon Roth(Electric Sun), Bernie Marsden, John Cale, and Laurence Archer of Medicine Head, and UFO. He is now with the House of X and is also playing live shows with Ray Minhinnett in Full House Plays Frankie Miller, and also with Terry Slesser in Kossoff ‘The Band Plays On’
** Line up subject to change from time to time due to availability.
Ali MacKenzie and Derek Griffiths first met in the early 1960’s.
Ali was the singer in ‘The Birds’ who also featured Ronnie Wood on guitar and Derek was the guitarist in the much acclaimed ‘Artwoods’ who featured vocalist Art Wood and keyboardist John Lord who later went on to play with the highly successful Deep Purple.
The Wood boys were brothers, so both bands shared the same DNA.
After the ‘60s Ali and Derek lost touch but met up again at Ronnie’s house on the sad occasion of Art’s funeral in 2006. Subsequently both were asked to make a guest appearance at The Eel Pie Club in Twickenham at an event held annually to celebrate Art’s Birthday. From this small beginning Ali and Derek discussed the possibility of putting a band together and invited Keith Grant Evans and Mark Freeman from ‘The Downliners Sect’ and who had also been playing with Art in his last band ‘Art Wood’s All Stars’.
The role of keyboard player was offered to Chris Parren (ex Strawbs and Maggie Bell) who Derek had met when they both participated in the ‘70s TV show ‘Rock Follies’.
The Group fixed on the name Birdwood and that is the story so far….
THE CREAM OF HENDRIX
Neil ‘JP’ Flowers (Vocals): Neil started singing with local south London blues bands in the late 80s, including stints with Gary Brewer and the GB’s, Blues Patrol, JP and the Wise Guys, 14 Cousins and JP and the Crossroaders. He is building a solid reputation as the go-to singer for blues and rock vocals, but is equally at home with soul and jumping jive. JP has a love of all great vocalists, including Paul Rogers of Free and Bad Company.
Gary Summers (Bass and Vocals): Originally inspired by the Beatles, Gary took up guitar at age 11 and has played all over the world in numerous bands, and with many ‘name’ musicians. A relatively recent convert to Bass when he joined brothers Steve and Jeff in the Loudshirts, Gary has had stints in the NWBHM band Weapon and latterly plays regularly with British rock legend Mick Underwood in Glory Road.
Keith Boyce (Drums): Keith’s musical CV reads like a who’s who of rock. Some of the people he’s worked with over the years include, The Heavy Metal Kids, Savoy Brown, Long John Baldry, Bram Tchaikovsky, Deborah Bonham, Tim Bogert (Jeff Beck/ Vanilla Fudge) Eddie and the Hot Rods, the Angelic Upstarts, Greg Ridley (Humble Pie) and Bob Weston (Fleetwood Mac). Keith has also jammed with Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan, also Rory Gallagher. In the Studio Keith has worked with some of the world’s top producers including Mickie Most, Andy Johns, Ron Nevison, Martin Rushent, Steve Parker, Keith Harwood and Dave Dee.