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60’s Tribute Bands: The Kasuals

The Kasuals are an excellent 4 piece 60’s tribute band, they cover songs made famous by The Fourmost, The Searchers, The Troggs, The Kinks, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Billy J. Kramer, The Merseybeats, Roy Orbison, The Beatles and many more.

Alex – Rhythm Guitar & Vocals

Alex brings with him, great live vocals, that steady rhythm guitar and his own blend of cheeky humour, not to mention being an accomplished bass and mandolin player. Alex had a successful stint with the country rock band ‘Bush Country’ back in the mid 1970’s cutting a few vinyl’s along the way, as well as playing and appearing in several bands with 80’s TV comic, Phil Cool.

Alex has appeared and performed with some of the biggest names to come out of the 60’s, acts like Mike Penders (Searchers), Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana, Hermans Hermits, The Merseybeats, Jet Harris, Craig Douglas, John Leyton, Gerry Marsden, The Fourmost and The Swinging Blue Jeans to name but a few.

Colin – Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals

Colin has played and performed with some of the biggest name attractions from the 60’s – Craig Douglas, PJ Proby, Amen Corner and not forgetting a couple of years with the Rev Black & The Rocking Vicars.

Lee – Bass Guitar & Vocals

Lee played rhythm guitar in the well established Lancashire based 60’s band ‘Oh Boy’ for a number of years, he also performed with his father’s band The Fourmost at Butlins and Warners holiday resorts. When not performing with The Kasuals, Lee can be seen standing behind his mixing desk whilst touring with The Fourmost all over the UK.

Kevin – Drums & Lead Vocals

Kevin has played with and backed some of the biggest names from the sixties era – Mike Pender of The Searchers, Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana, Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley (The Merseybeats), Jet Harris, Billy Davis, Hermans Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, John Leyton and Marty Wilde to name but a few. He has been drumming since the early sixties and has toured extensively ever since.

Acts The Kasuals have supported:
Mike Pender’s Searchers
The Merseybeats
Dave Berry & The Cruisers
Marty Wilde & The Wild Cats
Jet Harris
Union Gap UK
Edison Lighthouse
Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch
Herman’s Hermits
The Swinging Blue Jeans ( Ray Ennis & Alan Lovell’s)
The Searchers
Bev Bevan’s Move
The Fortunes (featuring Rod Allen & the current line up)
The Dakotas
Wayne Fontana
Vanity Fair

Repertoire:
Walk In The Room – The Searchers
Needles & Pins – The Searchers
Sugar & Spice – The Searchers
Sweets For My Sweet – The Searchers
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
I Feel Fine – The Beatles
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
All Day And All Of The Night – The Kinks
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Teenager In Love – Marty Wilde
Runaway – Del Shannon
I saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
Telstar – The Tornados
Wonderful Land – The Shadows
Hello Little Girl – The Fourmost
Here Comes My Baby – The Tremloes
How Do You Do It – Gerry & The Pacemakers
Hitching A Ride – Vanity Fare
You Got It – Roy Orbison
Picture Of You – Joe Brown & The Bruvvers
The Letter – Boxtops
Please Don’t Tease – Cliff & The Shadows
Your No Good – Swinging Blue Jeans
Johnny B Good – Chuck Berry
Chains – The Beatles
Take Me For What I am Worth – The Searchers
Have You Ever Loved Somebody – The Hollies
World Without Love – Peter & Gordon
Move It – Cliff & The Shadows
Do You Wanna Dance – Cliff & The Shadows
On The Beach – Cliff & The Shadows
Let Your Love Flow – Bellamy Bros
Love Is All Around – The Troggs
Stuck In The Middle – Stealers Wheel
Heartbeat – Buddy Holly
Love Potion No.9 – The Coasters
Poison Ivy – The Coasters
Bad To Me – Billy J Kramer
I’ll Keep You Satisfied – Billy J Kramer
Do You Wanna Know a Secret – Billy J Kramer
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Yellow River – Christie
I’m Telling You Now – Freddie & The Dreamers
I Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers
Jesamine – The Casuals
You Were Made For Me – Freddie & The Dreamers
Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
Shakin All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
Rhythm Of The Rain – The Cascades
Glad All Over – Dave Clark Five
Dedicated Follower Of Fasion – The Kinks
No Matter What – Bad Finger
A Little Lovin – The Fourmost
I Think Of You – The Merseybeats
Just One Look – The Hollies
Rock & Roll Medley – Various Artists
Sorrow – The Merseys
Don’t Throw Your Love Away – The Searchers
I’m In Love – The Fourmost
Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
Here There & Everywhere – The Beatles/Fourmost
Don’t Turn Around – Merseybeats
Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans

Clients Include:
Butlins
Warners
Haven Holidays
Park Resorts
Yesterday Once More
Whitby Live
Kara Events
Brittania Hotels
Institute of Fire Engineers
Lancashire Cricket Club
Lanarkshire Council
Black Friars Theatre
Lyceum Theatre
Preston Guild Hall
Lincolnshire Show Ground
Stranraer Agricultural Show
North Pier, Blackpool
Windermere Golf Club
Shaw Hill Golf Club
Leyland Golf Club
Bentham Golf Club
Leyland Masonic Lodge
Preston Masonic Lodge
Royal Lancashire Show

Reviews:“The Kasuals made the Valentines “Love the Sixties” night at Timperley Conservative and Social Club just about the most memorable evening possible. They arrived super early, were well prepared and realised that in a small club with a big atmosphere they didn’t need all their amplification. Needless to say, the content of their two spots and the ultra-professional manner in which it was delivered brought back many, many favorable memories to the audience. The Kasuals have a superb balance of vocal harmony to go with with their outstanding ability on guitars and drums, and their humorous interludes (usually stories told against themselves) fit in well. I cannot recommend this group too highly – even if it means that it becomes harder to book them!” – John Everton

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Jerry Lee Lewis Tribute Acts: Steve Wicketts

Steven Wicketts is the UK’s No.1 Jerry Lee Lewis tribute act. From the moment he walks on stage you will know that this is no ordinary tribute performer. Steve’s fingers are a blur, moving almost faster than the eye can see, playing up to 12 notes per second. The response to the show has been quite extraordinary. Steve has been approached by top promoters in Las Vegas, West End theatre production companies and three of the most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll tribute shows touring throughout Europe.

One of Steve’s dreams was to record at Sun Studio in Memphis where Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis first ever recorded. He couldn’t believe it when they asked him to sign an agreement giving them permission to use his recordings in future promotions. He was so impressed with the recording technology at Sun Studio that he now uses the same system to record and produce his own backing tracks. There are no pre-recorded vocals or piano on these backing tracks, it is all performed totally live. This show is lots of fun and by the end it you will understand why Jerry Lee Lewis really did believe that he should have been crowned the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Songs Include:
Great Balls of Fire (with extra piano solo’s)
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On
Breathless (in the middle of the song, you will see Steve perform an amazing 12 note piano solo)
Green Green Grass of Home (3mins of pure showing off in a JLL style)
Wild One (Steve cleverly turns this song into Classical then back to Rock ‘N’ Roll)
Chantilly Lace
Save the Last dance For Me (a Drifters classic performed with trademark Jerry Lee Lewis gusto)
Be Bop-a-Lula
Lewis Boogie (Steve plays the piano solo that Jerry Lee Lewis captured on record at Sun Studio. This is the most difficult solo of them all, even the great man himself rarely performed this original solo)

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60’s Tribute Bands: The Piggies

The Piggies are recognised as one of the best 60’s tribute bands in the UK today. They’ve performed at many high profile venues over the years including The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Sporting Club Monte Carlo, Liverpool Empire Theatre and Stockholm Konserthaus.

Their attention to detail is extraordinary even down to vintage instrumentation and costumes of the era. Artistes featured include: The Beatles, The Monkees, The Searchers, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Rolling Stones plus many more.

Clients:
BBC Television, BBC Radio, Swedish National Television including appearing live on the Swedish Lotto with Roger Moore in front of an estimated audience of 5 million people.

Butlin’s Holiday Resorts
Haven Holidays
Gala Bingo Clubs
Hilton Hotels
Newmarket Racecourse
British Aerospace
Silja Castle

The Piggies are able to adapt their show to suit most types of audiences, from a full-scale theatre production to an intimate private party. This sixties tribute band are thoroughly entertaining and if you like the 60’s era, you will absolutely love this highly polished tribute act.

Reviews:
“From the moment that these four talented musicians stepped out of a full-scale replica of Dr. Who’s Tardis, complete with original sound effects, it was clear that this was no ordinary tribute band. Using the word “Ultimate” for any event of this kind may seem risky, but this show certainly delivers the goods – their uncanny impersonations of 1960’s icons such as The Beatles, The Monkees, The Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Rolling Stones were nothing short of perfect” – Grand Theatre (Swansea)

“They are a cover band, but a cover band who really become the artistes they are impersonating. Only the most wonderful classic songs were performed during the almost two and a half hour concert. The last half hour of the show the audience were all stood up dancing, screaming, clapping their hands and singing along to the songs. The evening was full of nostalgia and the audience got to re-live many precious old memories” – Park Theatre Orebro (Sweden)

“This was a really excellent show – a slick and impressive production with almost 50 of the best hits of the last century and all played live by four terrific musicians, playing a hometown gig at the peak of their talents” – Grimsby Auditorium

“The great thing about this show though is not just the talent of the performers but the humour that goes with it. They didn’t take themselves too seriously and told us that, just like in the sixties, all instruments on the night were played live. They effortlessly moved from one anthem to another and the costumes they donned were just the thing to add that extra bit of pizzazz. Without a doubt though, the best performance and costume had to come from their version of Mick Jagger. Not only did he have the voice for it, he had the lips and moves as well” – Wyvern Theatre (Swindon)

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60’s Tribute Bands: The Mersey Legends

The Mersey Legends are one of the UK’s top 60’s tribute bands specializing in performing authentic musical arrangements of the early sixties Merseybeat era. They have appeared at the International Beatle Week music festival 7 times and can be seen at a large number of 60’s events across the UK.

Band Line-Up:

Yanni (Guitar/Vocals) is both proud and passionate about The Merseybeat sound. He was born in Liverpool in 1950 and first played at the Cavern Club in 1964 with his band ‘The Seftons’. They went on to be very successful and recorded many singles and were very proud to be top of the bill when the Cavern re-opened in 1967. In 1997, a commemorative wall of fame was unveiled opposite The Cavern and ‘The Seftons’ have their own brick in the wall alongside the names of all the bands that performed at the club. In 1972, Yanni found further success when he wrote and sang the theme tune to the long running TV show ‘Candid Camera’. Yanni has a wealth of experience spanning more than 40 years and contributes a genuine, reminiscent quality to the sound of The Mersey Legends show.

Allen (Bass/Vocals) has enjoyed playing guitar at venues in the UK and abroad, supporting ‘The Wurzels’, ‘The Searchers’ and ‘The Fortunes’ to name but a few. He especially enjoyed performing at Butlin’s 60’s theme weekends and loves working on cruise ships. Allen began playing guitar when he was eleven years old, reaching an accomplished level of ability, evident when he made the seamless switch from guitar to bass guitar when he joined the band. He says not many bass players like the Hofner bass but he wouldn’t want to play anything else. Allen has an impressive, creative talent and uses this to reproduce the authentic sixties sound for the band.

Dave (Drums) started playing drums at 15 going to the same tutor as Mick Avery of ‘The Kinks’. In the 60’s he formed a band called ‘The Zodiacs’ playing venues all over the country even performing on the Hit TV show ‘Ready Steady Go’ and they supported numerous bands including ‘Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers’. In 1967, the band split with one member going to Australia and one to Canada. Dave stayed in the UK and was approached by Ray Dorset who was forming ‘Mungo Jerry’ but Dave had taken another job. He was really upset when they later had their big hit: ‘In the Summertime’. Dave just says “that’s life” and he is now happy to be back playing in The Mersey Legends.

Keith (Guitar/Vocals) grew up on a diet of 60’s Mersey and Brum Beat music and counts John Lennon as his single biggest musical influence. In the 60’s and 70’s Keith learned his musical trade singing and playing guitar in a number of covers bands including: ‘Rum & Butter’ and ‘Cartoon’ playing the clubs and army bases around the country. During this period ‘Rum Butter’ played a residency with Billy Fury and played support to a number of artists such as: ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘The Troggs’, ‘Tony Christie’ and ‘McGuinness Flint’.

The band constantly update their repertoire, the following list is intended as a guide only.

The Beatles
From Me To You, Twist & Shout, Can’t Buy Me Love, Eight Days a Week, A Hard Day’s Night, I Feel Fine, Please Please Me, I Should Have Known Better, I Saw Her Standing There, All My Loving

The Searchers
Sweets For My Sweet, Needles & Pins, Sugar & Spice, Every Time That You Walk In The Room

Gerry & The Pacemakers
You’ll Never Walk Alone, I Like It, Ferry Cross The Mersey, I’m The One

Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
Bad To Me, Do You Want To Know a Secret

Freddie & The Dreamers (I’m Telling You Now)
I Think of You (The Merseybeats)
Hippy Hippy Shake (Swingin’ Blue Jeans)
A Little Lovin (The Fourmost)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Hang On Sloopy (The McCoys)
All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)

Reviews:
“We were in Western-Super-Mare on the 14th May staying at the Atlantic Park Hotel. My husband and I saw ‘The Mersey Legends’ who were doing a gig there. We really enjoyed them, it was a really good night, we will certainly go to see them again” – Irene Alexander

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