'Fab Four' head for Hertfordshire venues
PUBLISHED: 13:56 24 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:54 20 February 2013
THE Upbeat Beatles head for Hertfordshire in September for shows in Stevenage and Bishop's Stortford.
THE Upbeat Beatles head for Hertfordshire in September for shows in Stevenage and Bishops Stortford.
They will perform at The Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on September 16 (tickets 01438 363200) and Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishops Stortford on September 24 (tickets 01279 651746).
1963 KILBURN STATE BALLROOM
Helen Shapiro, Chris Montez, Bobby Vee and new band The Beatles-playing a heady mixture ofBlues, Motown and Rock
The Upbeat Beatles re-create this sound. Raw powerhouse vocals, pumped out with a driving backbeat.
John Wilson, who plays Paul McCartney in The Upbeat Beatles, has a long and illustrious music career behind him.
Johns first major recording contract was with a band called The Dodgers, which he formed with Tommy Evans who was formerly bass player vocalist and writer with rock legends Badfinger - the group signed to The Beatles record label, Apple, and their debut album was produced by none other than George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney.
John later starred with Ringo Starr in the movie Willy and the Poor Boys, which also featured members of The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Faces and Chris Rea.
Harry Nilsson was one of the famous four, along with none other than John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon. His worldwide number one hit Without You was written by Tommy Evans and Pete Ham, who originally recorded the song with Badfinger.
In 1986, John joined The Average White Band (AWB) as lead vocalist and co-writer, replacing Hamish Stewart who had left the band to work with Sir Paul McCartney. Whilst in AWB, John wrote many successful songs for, amongst others, Sir Cliff Richard and Bill Wyman.
Not only is John touring the country and the world with the Upbeat Beatles - performing 150 shows a year - he is also very busy recording his own music and a follow up album to his critically acclaimed Daddy Sang the Blues.
Roger Channing, who plays John Lennon, was the main songwriter in Hot Stuff, a rock/pop band that was signed to Ariola (now RCA) with whom they had three hit singles. Hot Stuff toured extensively worldwide and appeared on the TV show New Faces, finishing as runners up to Patti Boulaye. During his busy and varied musical career, Roger has performed in many prestigious venues including The Empire (Leicester Square), The Park Lane Hilton Hotel and Skibo Castle, Scotland (Madonna and Guy Richies wedding venue) to name but a few.
Colin Yates, who plays George Harrison, is a classically trained guitarist, having studied at Trinity College of Music in London. He has played music all of his life and has been a professional musician for 20+ years, during which time he has performed with countless musicians at legendary venues such The Marquee and The Jazz Caf. Often referred to as the quiet one, Colin hasnt spoken since August 1962.
Paul Jarrett, who plays Ringo Starr, has been a drummer for as long as he can remember. When he was 13 years old, his dad bought him his first drum kit and since then hes played live and recorded with, numerous bands at all of the prestigious music venues/studios in the UK.
He has a powerful voice, making him one of the few singing Ringos in the business. When hes not performing with The Upbeat Beatles, Paul plays drums with the critically acclaimed alternative rock band, tvfordogs, who have just released their third album, Starling.