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Watson Brown Band

We do mainly 60's and 70's covers with a few soul and rock and rollers thrown in.






The band played 50's -60's music  Buddy Holly/Elvis/Shadows/Searchers/Cliff Richard/Billy Fury/Marti Wilde/Del Shannon/Chuck Berry/The Belmonts

Ronnie Fletcher singer
Martin Bohen Guitarist
Dave Drummer (replaced by Mike Harrison 2007)
Mike Gardner Bass
They played around Manchester at working mens club/charity events/pubs in the region

The Chevrolets

Look out for a new band on the scene with members of the following  Manchester bands of the 60's among it's personnel 

"The Chevrolets"  who are a four peice combo comprising of   John Featherstone (Ex   "The  Chuckles") on Lead guitar/vocals , Steve Wilde (Ex  "The  Lancastrians") Drums, Jono Walsh (Ex "The Rattlers")  Bass and vocals, completed by Alan Taylor (no relation to the Casua's Alan Tylor) Ex "The Federals  on Lead Vocals.

The band perform rock n roll and 60's classics and bokings are accepted via their manager my goodself via  the following contacts   and   the following phone contacts  01925813783   or 07748605272.



Manchester based function band “Nite Life” have known each other for over 30 years and their friendship and enthusiasm comes across in their performance.   

Probably one of the best four piece live bands in the North West, their aim is to Entertain (with a capital E) the audience with a set list so comprehensive and as flexible as can only come with such experience from a genuine 60's tribute band. 

Travel from the 60's to the present day with music to guarantee to get your function dancing and your feet tapping.  

Styles and material range from 60s, 70s and 80s  rock and pop covers to the more sedate ; quicksteps, foxtrots, waltz and music from the shows.  Strict tempo and old time are equally represented with a barn dance, St. Bernard’s, square tango and other ballroom favourites.             

Comic asides and communication with the audience is the stock in trade of Nite Life along with the flexibility to make sure your function is a fun night to remember for all your guests.

Visit their website
Chris Statham, ex Axis, is still very much on the road with a great request show featuring a huge range of songs and styles.
For more info. and to book Past & Present (Chris & Louise / Blues Brother, Soul Sister) checkout his great website

Past and Present are still available
12 or 13 June, 19 or 20 June, 10 or 11 July, Fri 24 July, 21 or 22 Aug

Simply Soul

Simply Soul was formed by Phil and Andy from Phoenix City Smash way back in the sixties. 

Over a quiet drink they decided that the best music to perform was soul and that was the start of the formation of the new band.

Since then the band has developed into one of Manchester's finest acts who never fail to impress. The standard of musicianship and the entertainment value make them real class act. 

Simply Soul will be doing the Lymm Festival 2009 on July 4th.

If any old friends want the opportunity to see the band at a public gig they should visit for more info. Alternatively email paul for Phil's mobile number.

Visit their website:

Pete Oliver

On Pete’s premature retirement in 1985, his CV already filled 5 briefcases, of news, reviews and photos alone.

His records, cds and trophiess adorned the walls of his bar restaurant in Portugal, where he still sang every night.

A computer expert estimated that after another ten years he did in Blackpool where he was a Pier bill-topper, he’s probably done over 10,000 gigs and over 300 tv shows  - most recently being Phoenix Nights, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Coronation St, Shameless to name but a few and many years ago, The Kenny Everett Show, plus many long forgotten.

THE VOICE easy to describe a cross between Joe Cocker, Van Morrison and Chris Rea.

THE IMAGEa cross between John Lennon and Maurice Gibb.

take your pick he has 4 different shows.

since 2000 his superstars multi tribute show has toured Germany, Croatia, Bosnia and Majorca, with 3 dancer singers, now solo, he portrays P.J. Proby, The Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, and a humorous Ozzy Osborne, with an incredible Righteous Brothers medley and more.

SHOW 2 is a Joe Cocker tribute commercial rock pop.
SHOW 3 is a ballad dinner restaurant type show with question and answers on his prolific career
SHOW 4 classic 40s 50s memorable sing alongs for over 60s.

Pete’s amazing career spans over 5 decades, a real ex pop star who swapped his Bentley for a 22ft tour bus, come dressing room and mobile pa system.

He has also recorded a song for charity LET THE HEALING BEGIN which he includes in his spot.

“There Ain’t No Soul Like An Old Soul”

The Rumble Fat Band were one of the most successful Soul Bands of the 60’s and 70’s around the North West area.

Now they are back.

Three of the original members, Joe Carroll, Keith Davies and Stuart Bunyan have now been joined by Allan Cassidy, (Phoenix City Smash) and Steve Wilde (The Lancastrians), to bring you an elixir of musical entertainment ranging from Swing to Soul.

The Rumble Fat Band are completely self sufficient with their own quality equipment and can provide a line-up ranging from a Solo Singer or  5/8 piece Soul Band.



Kevin Parrott & Mick Coleman
Known to us all as The Matchstalk Men, the guys have a long history in Manchester groups - Pathfinders, Hornets, The Big Sound, etc, and must have formed one of the longest lasting musical partnerships.

Check out their info/history

The Bridgebeats

have reformed and are back on the road.  

Having  built up once again a very popular fan base and are enjoying playing to packed  venues all around the Manchester  area,   including   music  from the  bands original recordings, plus a catalogue of all the best sixties seventies hits.   
Anyone wanting to contact the Bridgebeats email:

See the group on YouTube

Visit their website:


Rock of Ages consists of

  • Les Hall (Lee Paul and the Boys, Wheels, Tamla Express ) - lead vocals and rhythm guitar,
  • Len Dyson: (Tremors, Lee Paul and the Boys) - vocals and lead guitar,
  • Nick Cook: (Tremors, Country Gents) - vocals and keyboards,
  • Dave Hill: (Lee Paul and the Boys, Rainmakers, Wheels) - drums,  
  • Graham Attwood: (Powerhouse, Pete Maclaine and Clan) - Saxophone and
  • Geoff Walker (one of the newer boys!) on vocals and bass.

They have a great website - which is very informative and worth a visit - CLICK HERE

Peter Simensky
ex-Meteors, Manchester Playboys, etc

Peter plays with Treetown and is an accomplished songwriter - as evidenced by his being voted "Artist of the month" on - a US based songwriter's site.

Who is 'Treetown'?

Treetown is Peter Simensky , but it is also the name of a band I play with about once a month. Been together about 20 years playing covers in a few local pubs more>>>>


David Booker

Now based in the USA, where he is a successful musician and radio presenter, David has a stunning pedigree in Manchester groups, including:

Dave has been highly supportive of this website throughout the project and has numerous anecdotes, memories, etc, around the site.

Visit his website and myspace site - great sounds David!


Dave was known as Dave Bowker in Manchester groups


Hard Times

To celebrate 50 years of Rock,Blues and Country music, the band will be back on the road in 2010 around Greater Manchester,Bolton and Salford areas at a venue near you playing '60s Classics and more.

Joe Baker, Guitar/Vocals
John Richards, original Hardtimes Bass/Vocals
Eddie Unwin ex Tribunes Guitar/Lead Vocals
John Lowe ex Stylos Drums
Roy Collins,Vegas Cruisers, Lead Guitar/Vocal.

The band played at last year's Pete Cowap Dusting of the Plaque and hope to be at this year's Pete Cowap Music Festival on Sunday 2nd May 2010 at the Middleton Arena.

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Topic: Still on the road
Phil Nadin says...
Just been to Blackpool for a 60's weekend at the Savoy Hotel - what value and entertainment. I have added the poster and must say that the 'Union Gap' were, by far, the most talented 60's band I have seen recently - although my ... Read More
29th April 2014 8:53pm
phil says...
Yet another 60's weekend, this time in Southport. Couple of pics, first is a fabulous tribute 'The Stones' fronted by Ben, a true lookalike (sounded good too!)the second of the original band - anyone guess who ? I like the DJ box above ... Read More
22nd February 2016 4:41am

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