Thursday 24 October 2013


Thank you so much to everyone who came along to The Dakotas’ 4th John Walker charity show held at Uppermill Civic hall on Friday 18th October.
The room was totally buzzing! And what a line up! Tony Crane (The Merseybeats) Geoff Turton (The Rockin Berries) The Dakotas, The Usual Suspects, Chris Fender Black & Rosie B from the C’mon Everybody tour, then the technicians:
Paul Brierley on sound, and Kevin Cain and Ben with their amazing lights, and Michael Troy Cartmell for photographing everything that moved or stood still!
In fact everyone in that building contributed to a fantastic memorable night.
LIVE music, great company and all in aid of raising money for two very worthy charities (Save the Children and Bury Hospice) The raffle prizes were amazing and had mainly been donated by Cynthia, John’s wife who had flown over from the US especially for the show! John Walker’s own guitar we auctioned off and it made £600 alone!!!! A guitar signed by Chris Farlowe, Wayne Fontana, The Merseybeats, The Dakotas, Geoff Turton, Mike Pender and Dave Berry was the coveted raffle prize! All the artistes had an absolute ball. Extra thanks go to Ronnie Ravey, The Dakotas frontman, for compering the entire evening singlehanded.
People will be talking about this show for a L O N G time!!!
Here’s to next year!

Finale with Cynthia walker joining the musicians on stage.

If you were at the memorial concert and want to add your own comments please feel free to do so!


  1. Great night thoroughly enjoyed by our group of Walker Brother fans who travelled from far and wide. The Dakota's were brilliant as usual. Thanks for a fab night

  2. Wonderful evening - Great Music and great Friends - Thank you Tony and the Guys and everyone else involved. xx Love Carrie. xx

  3. Fabulous evening enjoyed by all, now looking forward to the next one. Thanks to everyone involved for creating such a great atmosphere, with wonderful entertainment.

  4. what a wonderful night we had - a big big thanks goes to The Dakotas, Tony Crane, Geoff Turton , Usual Suspects and Chris Black for making our evening special -not forgetting all the backstage staff as well -- we were all there to remember our lovely John Walker and you guys did him proud it was great to see Cynthia again back on stage -we all had a blast - can we do it aging next year please Maureen xx

  5. What a sensational evening it was, full of fabulous music, great artistes and nostalgic memories. Having been a Walker fan for 48 years, it was wonderful to be in the company of many fans who had travelled from all over the country (and further!!) to be there. John would have been so proud of the time and trouble everyone put in to make the evening such a success - I'm sure he was watching over us with a smile on his face. Here's to the next one!!
    Sue xx