Barnes Rock always put on performers with pedigree. Birdwood are no exception. Introduced by Mark Freeman, drummer with The Rollin’ Stoned, Birdwood’s band members have great pedigree, no question. Read on…..
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….
Expect to hear many of these great songs: Shaking all over, Got my mojo working, 6-3-4-5-7-8-9, I take what I want, High heeled sneakers, Kansas City, My babe, One night, All shook up, Leaving here.