John Hessenthaler of OEP Live! presents a variety of shows coming to Suffolk over the Summer.
First up, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds has two great events. Tickets for both are available at www.theapex.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01284 758000.
Sit back and take in the atmosphere as A SALUTE TO THE GOOD OLDE DAYS MUSIC HALL on Tuesday 4th June, 1.30PM, recreates the grand old days of Music Hall in an afternoon of variety, held together by your chairman Bertie Bourdiec.
Be entertained by a dazzling display of talent including stage recreations of Marie Lloyd, Harry Lauder, Laurel and Hardy, Pearly King and Queen, Vera Lynn, Max Miller and many more. Audience participation actively encouraged!
RAYMOND FROGGATT, a stalwart of the music industry, a star 50 years in the making, returns to The Apex on Sunday 9th June, 1.30PM. Froggie has spent 50 years treading the boards, writing and singing songs that have been covered by so many other major artists including Isaac Hayes and Sir Elton John.
He was songwriter for Sir Cliff Richard for ten years and the Dave Clark Five had a massive hit with one of Froggie’s compositions. Raymond 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.
St Peters on Market Hill on Sudbury, also has an ecclective mix of live events, here are a few highlights.
THE STARS OF THE 1940s – VERA LYNN & GEORGE FORMBY on Friday 14th June, 1.30PM allows you to enjoy an afternoon of music from two of the biggest stars of the 1940’s, who kept the moral of the country up during the dark days of WW2. 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.
ABBA GOLD on Friday 14th June, 7.45PM is the real ABBA deal in sound and vision. The group have toured worldwide for over 20 years and playing more than 4,000 shows to over 3 million people in 43 different countries including on numerous television shows for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. ABBA GOLD still remain one of the most influential recreation Bands of all time and have spawned several imitations, and the hits will just keep on coming. Don’t miss it, and come dressed to impress ABBA style!
THE BACHELORS still featuring original founding members Con & Dec McClusky, on Friday 21st June, 1.15PM. 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, reaching number one, with titles “Diane” and “I Believe.”
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. Playing a mix of old and new Eagles’ songs, all the classics including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, 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. Catch them on Friday 21st June, 7.30PM.
THE RHYTHM KINGS plus exclusive Special Guest OTIS REDDING III (Son of Otis Redding) on Saturday 22nd June, 8.00PM. In 1996 a group of musicians and singers were asked to join an elite band. The band were Terry Taylor, Graham Broad, Beverley Skeete, Nick Payn, Frank Mead and later Geraint Watkins. For seventeen years they toured together, working with a range of artists. The Rhythm Kings are a highly respected band in their own right and with the help of new member Greg Harewood on bass, they have recently been wowing audiences with their Bluesy, Soulful Take on Classic songs and modern day numbers with some Rock and Roll crowd pleasers thrown in.
The fact that these guys are like a family is really evident and this love transmits to the audience wherever they go, endearing people to come back time and time again. Definitely a foot stomping evening to remember sprinkled with a sense of humour. The must see band for this year!
Support comes from OTIS REDDING III who has a rich family legacy, of which legendary soul singer Otis Redding left his son with a musical heritage that extends far beyond the hit records for which he is famous. Whilst he has been bestowed with his father’s unique musical gift, and for nearly 25 years has put this talent to good use by touring, performing, writing and arranging since the early 80’s and therefore has become an accomplished and recognised artist in his own right.
LEGEND – CELEBRATION OF BOB MARLEY lovingly recreates BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS in a full live evening show, like no other band. Great musicians and singers sincerely dedicated to The Music, The Memories and most importantly THE VIBE! This dynamic band, led by the charismatic Michael Anton Phillips have a pedigree second to none, whose members have worked with many reggae greats. It just doesn’t get any better so come ‘meet those dancing feet’ and enjoy all the hits. Catch the show on Saturday 29th June, 7.30PM.
Finally, Lavenham Village Hall in Suffolk are getting treated to Britain’s Premier Rhythm & Blues Band DR FEELGOOD on Saturday 15th June, 8.30PM.
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts, along with a string of hit singles reaching global success.
The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both 29 years in the band and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 23 years. Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999 after the tragic death of Lee Brilleaux. The band continues to tour extensively throughout the World and enjoy a loyal following at home and abroad.
Tickets for the Sudbury & Lavenham shows can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01256 416384 or visiting www.oeplive.com.