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Charlie Gracie and Graham Fenton Interviews

In support of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Charity Concert held at the Godolphin Club back in November 2015, Charlie Gracie and Graham Fenton were both interviews by BBC Southwest’s Matt Shepherd for Freddy Zapp’s “Saturday Morning Juke Box” on BBC Radio Cornwall.

Graham Fenton interview on BBC Radio Cornwall Graham Fenton interview on BBC Radio Cornwall, first aired 21st November 2015 (17MB file)

Charlie Gracie interview on BBC Radio Cornwall Charlie Gracie interview on BBC Radio Cornwall, first aired 28th November 2015 (7MB file)

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Charity Concert Featuring Charlie Gracie, Wednesday 18th November 2015

Charlie Gracie returned to the Godolphin Club in Helston for another fantastic night of rock ‘n’ roll!

Concert Poster Sold Out!Sold out a week before the event! No ApologiesOnce again, and due to popular demand, the fantastic “No Aplogies” opened the show!
Graham Fenton with the Sugar BulletsGraham Fenton live on stage with Mike Beckett of the Sugar Bullets Graham Fenton on stage with the Sugar BulletsGraham Fenton with the Sugar Bullets including Buddy Digeorgio on drums
There were some fantastic dancers in the audience!There were some fantastic dancers in the audience! Freddie Zapp and Matt Shepherd - joint comperesFreddie Zapp and Matt Shepherd – joint comperes
Matt Shepherd with Teresa JollyMatt Shepherd with Teresa Jolly wearing a t-shirt kindly supplied by Iain Reay Guy Mackenzie with Graham Fenton and Charlie GracieGuy Mackenzie with Graham Fenton backstage with Charlie Gracie
Guy Mackenzie with Charlie Gracie and the Sugar BulletsGuy Mackenzie with Charlie Gracie and the Sugar Bullets Charlie Gracie live on stageCharlie Gracie live on stage
Charlie Gracie with the Sugar BulletsCharlie Gracie with the Sugar Bullets Graham Fenton at Redruth StationGraham Fenton at Redruth Station – Rock ‘n’ Roll legend leaves Cornwall
You can never trust a man with a Bentley!Penny Whittle of No Apologies with sponsor Martin Kennedy Bell and Guy Mackenzie in the foyer after the show. Air Ambulance letterLetter of thanks from Cornwall Air Ambulance

Posted in Charlie Gracie, Graham Fenton, No Apologies, Sugarbullets

Rock ‘n’ Roll Charity Concert Featuring Charlie Gracie, Wednesday 12th November 2014

Click on the photos below to see larger versions.

Concert footage is also available on the Guitar Collection YouTube Channel:

The Ron Barrett Trio with Charlie Gracie practice before the show
The Ron Barrett Trio with Charlie Gracie practice before the show.
Charlie Gracie
Charlie Gracie Live at the Godolphin Club 57 years after his first visit to Cornwall!
Charlie Gracie with the Ron Barrett Trio
Charlie Gracie and his band…the Ron Barrett Trio!
Charlie Gracie and the Ron Barrett Trio at the Sound Check
Charlie Gracie and the Ron Barrett Trio at the soundcheck.
No Apologies
No Apologies Opened the show with some great acapello numbers from the 50s, 60s and earlier still!
The Pistoleros
The Pistoleros closed the first half with their versions of R n R and 60s standards.
The Ron Barrett Trio
The Ron Barrett Trio opened the second half and had originally planned to do 4 numbers but, with time pressing, just did one.
Guy Mackenzie at the Drum Kit
Guy Mackenzie and my Mapex Meridian drum kit.
A Shot of the Dancefloor
The gig was sellout and raised over £2,000 for the Cornwall Air ambulance Trust Charity! Some great dancing too!
Freddy  Zapp with the Winner of the Guitar Auction
Apart from a raffle there was an auction for a guitar specially built, at no charge, by my friend Trevor Williamson and signed by Charlie Gracie. The auctioneer was Matt Shepherd of BBC Southwest and the winner is pictured with legendary Cornish DJ Freddy Zapp who compered the show. It was a great evening!
Setlist for the evening signed by Charlie Gracie
Setlist for the evening signed by Charlie Gracie.
Charlie Gracie Charity Concert 2014 Financial Statement
Charlie Gracie Charity Concert 2014 Financial Statement
Posted in Charlie Gracie, No Apologies, Ron Barrett, The Pistoleros

Charlie Gracie Interviewed by BBC Southwest

Charlie Gracie interview on BBC Radio Cornwall Charlie Gracie interview on BBC Radio Cornwall (32MB file)

Charlie Gracie interviewed by Matt Shepherd of BBC Southwest and first aired on legendary dj Freddy Zapp’s “Saturday Morning Juke Box” on BBC Radio Cornwall.

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joe meek the farewell concert-amersham r ‘n’ r club saturday 10th april 2010

The Saints formed in 1963 by Joe Meek as backing band for Heinz. Their version of "Wipe out" was reckoned by many to be better than the Surfaris!
The Saints formed in 1963 by Joe Meek as backing band for Heinz. Their version of “Wipe out” was reckoned by many to be better than the Surfaris!
Rick(y) Winter original drummer of the Saints -and a guitar lover (collector?) too!
Rick(y) Winter original drummer of the Saints -and a guitar lover (collector?) too!
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Wipeout – featuring Rick Winter
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Somewhere over the Rainbow – featuring Dave Vincent (The Big Bopper) and Nigel Fear. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” originally sung by Judy Garland but a great later version by Gene Vincent also other by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and not forgetting Connie Talbot from “Britain’s Got Talent”!
Bobby Rio --still charming the girls ( including my daughters!) and sounded great too!
Bobby Rio –still charming the girls (including my daughters!) and sounded great too!
Clem Cattini --original drummer of Johnny Kidd's Pirates and then the Tornados and, of course, their recording," Telstar". Later session drummer on over 50 UK no. 1 records!
Clem Cattini –original drummer of Johnny Kidd’s Pirates and then the Tornados and, of course, their recording,” Telstar”. Later session drummer on over 50 UK no. 1 records!
Charlie Gracie --An inspiration to many wannabe guitarists (including a very young Paul Day!) when he first toured the UK in 1957 and still inspirational aged 74!!
Charlie Gracie –An inspiration to many wannabe guitarists (including a very young Paul Day!) when he first toured the UK in 1957 and still inspirational aged 74!!
Mike Berry was in good voice-as ever!
Mike Berry was in good voice-as ever!
John Leyton with his Anniversary award --celebrating 50 years "at the top" in Show business
John Leyton with his Anniversary award –celebrating 50 years “at the top” in Show business
John Leyton still signing autographs!
John Leyton still signing autographs!
Posted in Bobby Rio, Charlie Gracie, Clem Cattini, Dave Vincent, Joe Meek, John Leyton, Mike Berry, Nigel Fear, Rick Winter, The Big Bopper, The Saints