Having savoured the best sounds from Status Quo, Free/Bad Company and Thin Lizzy, Saturday night offers a four course helping of music as follows, not listed in order of appearance.
Rock Buffet comprise Vocals, Steve “the vicar” Fletcher,Drums, Phil “the ginger prince” Bowdler,Lead Guitars Colin “iron grip” Weightman, Rhythm Guitars, Steve “the hermit” Wylde and Bass, Eddy “the legend” Lush. A rock covers powerhouse band from Derby they were formed in 2009, and play mainly in and around Derby in the pubs and clubs and we play the biggest songs so that the audience know the vast majority of them and can sing and air guitar along, doing it for the love of it and to keep them in strings and sticks!
The Legends of AOR comprise Jimi Anderson – Lead Vocals, Matt Pearce – Guitars & BVs, Julia Krajewska – Keys & BVs, Mel Gabbitas – Bass & Hair, Tony Piper – Drums. They specialise in big American guitar rock with soaring harmonies. The band is the brainchild of Jimi Anderson. Born In Rigside, Lanarkshire, Scotland . Jimi’s first Rock band was in 1978, singing mainly Rush & Deep Purple songs & so his passion for ‘Classic Rock’ had begun.
The next few years brought many hours of practise & to Paul Rogers, David Coverdale & Ronnie James Dio for Inspiration.
He began writing songs and formed the Rock band ‘Sahara’ whilst spending any spare time attending a gazzillion gigs at the Legendary ‘Glasgow Apollo’ till it closed in 1985.
Various incarnations of the band ensued until they were picked up by ‘Wet Wet Wet’s manager Elliott Davis and offered a management contract on the strength of a Demo Tape.
Showcasing his phenominal voice, 5 years of recording demo’s, touring, notable sell out gigs at Glasgow’s King Tut’s, London’s ‘Borderline Club’ and a support to ‘The Wets in front of 30,000 people at Glasgow Green.
Unfortunately line-up changes of the band, mainly guitar players proved their undoing.
Jimi continued writing, performing and recording, appearing on Michael Barrymore’s shows ‘ My Kind of People’ & ‘Barrymore’ in 1997/98 and went on to sing at concerts & festivals in Romania, Turkey and Holland
Living now in York, Jimi has continued writing and has had a spell singing with a local covers band ” Invitro”.
Having spent two years as Lead vocalist with Tribute Band ‘A Foreigners Journey ‘ he toured extensively in the UK and Rhodes. Meeting new friends along the way and his voice has never been better and the next adventure begins.
After recently recording an EP of original songs at FML studios in Scotland with Sandy Jones and Greame Duffin he is looking now for a new challenge and take his own music out to people……….Any great musicians get in touch.
His latest project is a tribute to great American Melodic Rock with some great musicians and friends “Legends of AOR” debut gig was in Spain in front of a crowd of Rhodes Rockers, safe to say it was so emotional that tears were shed.
From melodic American rock we then cross back to melodic English pop with The Pepper Hearts who play the best of Beatles, and Beatles era, sounds.
Garry Barrett is on Bass Guitar / Vocals. Garry is a well respected musician and has been on the York music scene for many years now (despite his youthful looks!) He has been involved with numerous bands including: Nerve Senta, Watch with Mother, Overload, and Stone Cold Sober amongst many others. His dedication to music has taken him to many parts of the world, including Greece, Florida in the USA, Holland, Austria and France. Garry is a prolific song-writer and has penned many songs for the various original bands he has played in. Garry is a true pro and continues to gig as often as possible.
Geoff Locker plays Drums / Vocals. Like Garry, Geoff is also a former member of Nerve Senta. Geoff was also a drummer with other bands including Aldo’s Orphans and High n Dry – which featured Garry’s younger brother Gavin on Vocals. Geoff is a dedicated and reliable musician who keeps perfect time holding down a steady and unwavering tempo.
Dave Powell performs on Lead guitar / Ukulele/ Vocals.Dave’s Mum and dad bought him his first guitar from Bulmers (a famous York second hand shop) when he was 11 yrs old ( Dave says “I know that’s a bloody long time ago!”) he still owns it, even though it’s virtually unplayable! Dave is self taught and has owned various guitars over the years some of which Dave says that he wishes that he still had. In 1974 he bought a Fender Stratocaster which he still uses today. Dave started playing in bands when he was still at school and has played in a variety of bands including: Midnight,( later renamed The Envoys ) Spellbound, Airport, One Night Stand, Wavelength and Flaming Pie with former Pepper Hearter Paul Leatham. Mr Powell has played many clubs over the years and supported acts like Roy “Chubby” Brown, Dougy Brown, Stan Richards, Paper Lace, Nookie Bear and too many more to mention!
Mark Payne plays Keyboards and percussion.Mark studied the piano from aged 8 which led to a BA music. He has toured both the UK and Europe with Guys and Dolls and Ricky Valance. Now living in Selby Mark divides his time between playing and sound engineering. Mark adds both keyboards and percussion to the band and has helped to expand the range of The Beatles, Wings and sixties songs that the band play at their live gigs.
A fine, good time live band, they are sure to entertain and evoke the oldest of memories.
To close the night Aynt Skynyrd will take the stage. Aynt Skynyrd are committed to paying tribute to that legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. For eight years, they have played the length and breadth of Britain to passionate fans of this music paying the ultimate respect to a band that defined a whole music genre and generation and epitomise the best in Confederacy Rock. Aynt Skynyrd have a passion for recreating the songs of the greatest Southern rock ‘n roll band the world has ever seen – and their philosophy is simple… Don’t play it, FEEL it !
The band comprises:Mike Sawyer – Lead Vocals,John Crosby – Lead Guitar,Nick West – Guitar,Tony Batchelor – Drummer,Angela & Emma Hartley – Vocals,Dave Barker – Keyboard
Lynyrd Skynyrd were never about making hit records, although they seemed to be very good at it! That’s because they played honest southern rock which your average Joe could relate to. There was no pretence in the message or the music. I was fortunate enough to see the band in their heyday,pre Street Survivors from the third row at the Rainbow Theatre in London, a night seared in my gig going consciousness forever, e are fortunate that Aynt Skynyrd keep the music alive.
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