Saturday 29 September 2012

Roller Returns

Former member of the Bay City Rollers Eric Faulkner makes a return visit to Fort Perch Rock New Brighton, Wirral CH13 2JI on Sunday 21st October 1.30pm.

An afternoon of acoustic spills and thrills as Roller Eric muses on the trip from Bay City to a gig near you.

Special guests will include The Paul Hayes Collection.

For more details contact 07976 282120.

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  1. Opening the afternoon at Fort Perch Rock was a local musician Dean Johnson. I am not a great lover of folk type music but this man endeared me and the entire audience with his nice style of patter, self penned songs including the theme to his musical about World War 1 poet Wilfred Owen entitled "Bullets & Daffodils". A short spot that was over all too quickly but I look forward to hearing him again.

    Next up was the first of the star attractions of the afternoon Paul Hayes (yes girls him off Cash In The Attic) along with his band The Collection. Opening with Route 66 and joined by guest musician Al Willard the band played a couple of numbers before keyboard player Susan Hedges took the lead vocal on "Country Roads" and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". Rick Nelson's "Fools Rush In" and "Hello Mary Lou" followed along with Carl Perkins' "Honey Dont" and the Chuck Berry classic "Memphis Tennessee" and Jerry Lee's "Great Balls Of Fire". Despite having no drummer for the gig the band showed what true pros they really are and still produced an excellent sound with frontman Paul jumping around the stage as much as the low ceiling and cramped stage would allow. The Collection are Susan Hedges on keyboards, Garry martin on bass and Steve "Golly" Goulding on lead guitar.

    time for the afternoon's main guest - former Bay City Roller Eric Faulkner. This was to be more of a folk session but with a large number of female fans present old Roller tunes were incorporated into his set of self penned story songs, Scottish folk songs by Robert Burns, tales of being a Bay City Roller and cover versions of Whisky In The Jar and A Wild Rover.

    It wasn't exactly rollermania but the fans certainly made sure everyone knew they were present as the carried the vocals on "Give A Little Love" "Bye Bye Baby" and along with prompted screams on "Shang A Lang".

    Special mention must go to Shirley who helped provide the laughs bringing Eric, the ole man as she referred to him as, a hot water bottle and cups of coffee.

    Eric was then joined by Paul Hayes and The Collection for a number of classics to close the show including "Mighty Quinn" and "High Heel Sneekers".

    Musical afternoons always have a great atmosphere at Fort Perch Rock but this one was electrifying.