Are you experienced? This crowd definitely was

Gathered together on one stage for one evening was a collection of great names from the swinging 60s – and they gave it their all.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 29th November 2014, 11:00 am
Star name: Alan Mosca is one of the legendary artists who will be performing as part of the show
Star name: Alan Mosca is one of the legendary artists who will be performing as part of the show

First up, The Ivy League, whose brand of music and comedy got the show off to a cracking start.

Not content with their own hits (Tossing and Turning, Funny How Love Can be and others), they also performed some excellent covers. All this and great comedy too!

The Union Gap UK played the hits of their American namesakes, with renditions of hits like Woman Woman, Lady Willpower and of course Young Girl before backing the legendary Dave Berry.

Dave performed a selection of his vast repertoire, including Little Things, Mama and The Crying Game.

Despite his age, Dave is wearing well and can still glide across the stage to the delight of the packed auditorium.

The second half kicked off with Merseybeat band The Swinging Blue Jeans.

Of all the bands on the bill, the Blue Jeans actually sounded more like a beat group (the others sounding polished) with a raw, gutsy sound.

Of course, they had to play their massive hits Good Golly Miss Molly and Hippy Hippy Shake among many others.

The show was held together by Alan Mosca (ex Freddie & The Dreamers), who kept us entertained between bands.

After a draw – the prize being a guitar signed by all the artists on the bill – the headliners came on stage.

Hermans Hermits celebrate their 50th anniversary this year (as do The Ivy League) and with their sole remaining original member – drummer Barry Whitwam – keeping a fatherly eye on proceedings, the band launched into a hit fest.

Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat, Silhouettes, Mrs Brown dominated the first half of their set, and the hits just kept coming.

My Sentimental Friend, Sunshine Girl and No Milk Today built up the excitement to the massive hits I’m Into Something Good and There’s a Kind of Hush.

Of course, by this time everybody was on their feet reliving that marvelous decade.

There was a grand finale when everybody came on stage and all too soon this night of nostalgia was over.

Great music played by great musicians, playing the hits the way they should be played, live, for an appreciative audience.

Martin Hutchinson