Anybody remember the resident group at the Bier Kellar?
Led by Dave Pearson - an amazing guitarist/bass player/arranger and if I remember rightly was ex IVY LEAGUE (lives in Wythenshawe I think).
Drummers included Brian Pearson (ex Henderson Chambers and Jimmy Ruffin), Derek Carr (ex FOUR TOPS UK tour, London Palladium, Strictly Top Cats? with Wolf Montgomery) and Dave St.James.
I joined on Hammond organ in 69/70 ish (7 nights a week) and stayed for 7/8 years.
We were unfortunately called the Kellermen by the management and did everthing from sing along to rock covers.
Visiting cabaret included Light Fantastic from Birmingham, Sweet Chariot (when Pete Oliver was driving a Bentley), Wayne Fontana (we were the Mindbenders with no dots!), a topless all girl group from Sweden, Stoney End (Jenny Darren & Tony Baker on keys (now Peter Kay's MD), Mac and Katie Kissoon (USA).
For Nathan Solomon, your dad played with us on a sunday night along with Ray Johnson on Saxes and Syd Ayhurst on Trumpet.
Anyone remember Big George at the Auto Club (I Know Pete Olly will) - best steak in town.
When I started at the Keller there were 32 house bands (from keyboards and drums upwards) in and around M/c Centre - when I moved on in `78 there were 3. All replaced by DJ`s I seem to remember.
Yes, Glyn, I remember the Bier Kellar very well - from the other side of the stage!! I will never forget your bad jokes or your brilliant keyboard playing - it was all part of my youth in the seventies. Did you work with a drummer called John Broome (Groome)at the Keller? and maybe Martin St John?
Great times - Thank you.
I'll never forget the "Kellar".
I spent many a happy night there. I went virtually every Friday or Saturday night between 1969 & 1975.
I remember that the Kellar had a fantastic band that really kept the place bouncing. For me, the one thing that stands out was the really good vibe it had. there was very rarely any bother, everybody just wanted a good night.
I was there when Mac & Katie Kissoon performed there one Thursday night!! There was about 20 who turned up which was a shame because they did a brilliant set. I also had my 21st Birthday bash there with a large group of friends. Oh happy days.
Yea there were 2 Bier Kellars one on Oxford Road facing Tiffany`s and one on London Road just before Piccadilly Station approach.
I remember those large wooden tables and those ltr stein glasses it was like entering a different world of getting drunk. ha ha 2s.6p a pint wow.
Manchester was a great scene for night clubs in those days. Also the Auto club at the back of the Union pub on Canal St. Tee Shirt George as you say did the best steak n greek salad in the world.
George took over the Century Club around 1977 down the stairs next to the British Protection pub in on Albion St rear of Central station and again produced the best steaks in the world after a few beers, wow what a taste George eventually sold up and moved to Australia and last I heard he`s passed away God bless him.
Happy days and don't get me going over the Cypus Tavern on Brook St ha ha. Chow.
Bumped into Pete Oliver out in Benidorm where he lives, still married to Laverene who used to work for Frank Lamar I think.
As for the Auto Club, the greaytest 'secret' in Manchester at the time! Knock on for Yannis to let you in, always say hi to Billy Pillin the owner (had the Green Door as well) and definately have a steak with greek sald done by Peter the chef. Great crowd of regular characters, tiny dance floor with a free play juke box, just brilliant...
Bier Kellar after a few Aussie Blobs in Yates, happy and irreplaceable days!
Dave Pearson now works with The New Batchelors....with his long time friend Jonathan Young...he replaced the sadly missed Kevin Nield (Niell?) formerly with Karl Denver. Glynn now works with a band called Timeless....based in and around the Hyde area. Still Crazy after all these years!!!!