October Line-up at St Peters, Sudbury

John Hessenthaler of OEP Live! presents a variety of exciting shows at St Peter’s, Sudbury in October 2019.

Kicking off proceedings on Sunday 6th October, Curved Air are a unique band, synthesizing an electric blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Their hits include It Happened Today, Vivaldi, Marie Antoinette and Backstreet Luv. Curved Air founder member vocalist Sonja Kristina leads a skilled and talented new line-up bringing their unique music to an existing and new fanbase in the 21st Century.

Curved Air’s concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship. They are a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds.

They are famed for their unforgettable live performances and ‘Art Rock’ music, and in 2012, much to the excitement of their fans and press worldwide, a Live CD/DVD titled ‘Live Atmosphere’ was released, and this was followed by the release of “North Star”, the band’s first album of new material in 36 years. www.curvedair.com.

Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, tours frequently with his Acoustic Trio, playing an intimate, unique and atmospheric show. The performance promises subtle lyricism, mingled with great improvisation and rocky rhythms.

For their show on Saturday 12th October, Steve will be accompanied by his Cockney Rebel bandmates of long-standing, Barry Wickens [violin & guitar] and James Lascelles [piano & percussion]. The set will be built around tracks from any or all 13 of Steve’s original albums and will include all-time favourites like Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Sebastian, and of course the world-wide classic hit, Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me), all blending in with more recent tracks from critically-acclaimed albums The Quality Of Mercy and Stranger Comes To Town. Steve Harley Acoustic Trio perform a set which is an unmissable chance for fans to connect with the man. www.steveharley.com.

On Sunday 13th October, 1.30pm there will be a special double attraction matinee of The Bachelors and The Vera Lynn Story.

The Bachelors (originally from Dublin) had eighteen hit records in the UK charts throughout the 1960s and selling millions of records around the world and became one of the top acts, both in recording and stage entertainment. In 1964, The Bachelors put more records into the UK top ten than The Beatles. Many hits followed throughout the world, and many successful albums.

Founding members Con & Dec Cluskey, as “The Bachelors” are once again one of the top acts in the UK and in big demand for top theatre and cabaret venues. The last few years were taken up with recording, getting into the Album Charts at No. 5, European Cruises, theatre and cabaret shows in the UK. and throughout the world. www.thebachelors.co.uk

The Vera Lynn Story is lead by Lorrie Brown, the UK No.1 Vera Lynn tribute, winning a National Tribute Award.  She is also endorsed by Dame Vera Lynn herself, who after hearing of Lorrie’s award, asked to meet her. She has seen Lorrie perform and says her show is ‘Superb’.  

Lorrie has been performing her show for over 25yrs and has played all around the UK. Lorrie will transport you back to the days when the songs has beautiful lyrics and melodies, dressed in her authentic ENSA uniform.

The show will have you on your feet waving your flags with pride with some of the classic songs from the 1940’s, including of course, We’ll Meet Again.

The Alter Eagles are an amazing six piece Eagles band based in Sussex. Since their debut gig in January 2004, they’ve established themselves as one of the country’s top tribute acts, headlining at theatres nationally – and they’ll be playing on Sunday 13th October, 7.30pm.

Playing a mix of old and new Eagles’ songs, all the classics – including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado and Life In The Fast Lane – as well as Henley and Walsh solo numbers and some rare treats in a full evening show the band have built a reputation as one of the most faithful EAGLES shows in Europe, ensuring that the audience enjoys a loving note-for-note recreation in sound and vision of all the Eagles’, Henley and Walsh greatest hits and lots of great banter between the songs just the way it should be done. www.altereagles.co.uk.

Raymond Froggatt & his Band play on Sunday 20th October, 1.30pm. Raymond Froggatt is a stalwart of the music industry, a star 50 years in the making. Froggie has spent 50 years writing and singing songs that have been covered by so many other major artists including Isaac Hayes and Sir Elton John. As well as writing for Sir Cliff Richard and the Dave Clark Five had a massive hit with one of Froggie’s compositions ‘In and Out of the RedBalloon’.

In addition he writes and sings his own songs, mesmerising his audience, making them laugh with one of his many stories, or cry with emotion with a song that touches the heart like no other. raymondfroggatt.com.

On Sunday 20th October, 7.30pm there will be a Monsters of Rock double bill with John Coghlan’s Quo and Buster James Band.

Original Quo drummer John Coghlan with his great band, brings you a night of vintage Quo from the period he performed with Status Quo 1962 – 1981 with John Coghlan’s Quo.

John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in their newly-formed band ‘The Spectres’ in 1962. The group went through a series of name changes before becoming Status Quo in the late 60s when Rick Parfitt also joined the line-up. In the years that followed, a string of chart-topping hits include Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Ice In the Sun,Wild Side Of Life, Rocking All Over The World and many more. Quo fans and critics alike, often regard this time as Quo’s “Classic” period.

Since leaving Quo, John has worked with many noted and diverse musicians, in his own Diesel Band, with Partners In Crime; and the ‘Rockers’ featuring Phil Lynott, Roy Wood and Chas Hodges. Other collaborations have included Noel Redding (ex-Jimi Hendrix) and Eric Bell (ex-Thin Lizzy).  In 2013 and 2014, John rejoined Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster for the two sell-out Status Quo Frantic Four Reunion Tours, appearing all over the UK and Europe and reigniting the excitement of the early days of Quo.

John Coghlan’s Quo – The prime aim is to recreate an authentic “70’s Quo Sound” in keeping with John’s time with Quo. www.johncoghlan.com.

This high energy rockin’ blues band, Buster James Band, features front man Roger James with his charismatic personality and outstanding vocal abilities, backed by Richard Young and Mark Holmes. Add the solid rhythm section Paul Hale and Del Fletcher and you have a juggernaut of timeless classic rock.

On Sunday 27th October, 7.45pm, Let There B/DC. The band questioned if they could recreate the fire of AC/DC’s live performances, and they knew recapturing the essence of their performances was never going to be easy, and that it had to be as raw, exciting and authentic as possible. But countless fans have reassured them that they’ve succeeded and are the closest thing they’ve ever heard to the real thing.

With a current five man line-up, they have had AC/DC running through their veins since childhood and their passion for the music injects the venom into every 2 hour show that they play. Delivering all the favourites such as Highway to Hell, Whole Lotta Rosie and Thunderstruck together with rare and seldom heard album tracks such as Walk All Over You, Soul Stripper, Kicked in The Teeth and many more. www.lettherebdc.com.

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the 70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House of The King and Sylvia, as well as critically acclaimed albums Moving Waves, Focus 3 and Hamburger Concerto, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans.

With Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album ‘Moving Waves’ in 1972 and Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, and acclaimed bass player Udo Pannekeet – the band’s current line-up give a new Focus era. There is a rejuvenated passion amongst the band as it enters the studio to record Focus 11 and prepares to go out on the road again for a World Tour, in support of the new album, and as it builds up to its 50th Anniversary. Catch them on Tuesday 29th October, 7.45pm. www.focustheband.com.

For more information or to book tickets to any of the above shows, please call the Box Office on 01256 416 384 or visit www.oeplive.com.