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Quarrymen banjo to be auctioned 10 July!

In 1956 Rod Davis’s parents bought him a banjo so he could play like his hero, Lonnie Donegan. A school friend, Eric Griffiths, invited him to join John Lennon’s schoolboy skiffle group - it had no name at the time. Of course he said “Yes” and was soon playing Donegan’s hits with the group who  started calling themselves “The Quarrymen” - they were all schoolboys in the fourth year at Quarry Bank School in Liverpool.

Rod bought himself a banjo tutor and with help from Eric soon mastered the three basic chords needed for the simple skiffle songs of the day. When John Lennon broke a string in mid-song he would swap his guitar for Rod’s banjo and continue playing, meanwhile Rod had to replace the broken string in time for the next song.

When the group practised at the house of Julia Lennon, John’s mother, she would often borrow the banjo to show them the chords to a new song. Rod played this banjo throughout his time with the Quarrymen, including at their first appearance at the Cavern in early 1957, at the Rosebery Street gig and at the St. Peter’s Garden Fete on 6 July 1957, the Day John met Paul.

Rod drifted out of the group in late summer 1957 and soon afterwards Paul McCartney filled his vacant  place.

The banjo is a 4/5 string Windsor Victor Supremus model from the twenties or thirties. It will go under the hammer at Christie’s Auction House in London on Wednesday 10 July.

 

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Above: Rod with banjo 2024.

Below: A much younger Rod with brother Bernie and sister Rosie in 1957

Rod Davis with banjo, brother Bernie and sister Rosemary

Burnham BookFest Sat 18 May 2024

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On Saturday 18 May the Quarrymen - Colin & Rod, with David Bedford and Henry Duff Lowe - were at the BookFest at Burnham on Sea at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. There was plenty for Beatles fans that afternoon, Beatles Hairdresser Leslie Cavendish, who was on the Magical Mystery Tour, talked at 2pm; David Bedford was on at 4pm with “The Birth of the Beatles - Skiffle and Beyond”; a “Conversation with the Quarrymen” took place at 6:30pm followed by a Quarrymen performance at 8pm!  

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Quarry Bank Hall, Liverpool 6 July 2024

On Saturday 6 July - a fateful date! - the Original Quarrymen and Friends return to Quarry Hall, one of the first stages that they played, at the school where John started his Skiffle Group, the Quarrymen, in 1956, with some friends from the Fourth Year. Last of those friends is Rod Davis, who played with John 1956 -57. Together with drummer Colin Hanton who played with John, Paul and George until 1959. On keyboards is Henry Duff Lowe, son of the man who played piano on ”In Spite of all the Danger” and on bass, prolific Beatles author David Bedford. Special guest is Clark Gilmour, from The Cavern.

Running Order
6pm:
 Doors Open: enjoy the bar and explore a range of original Quarry Bank and Lennon memorabilia, in the school John Lennon attended
7pm: support from Clark Gilmour, Cavern Club Liverpool’s resident Beatles tribute artist
7:30pm: Q & A - Conversation with the Quarrymen
8:45pm: Live set from the Original Quarrymen and Friends!

Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/quarrymenliverpool

Calderstones Website Link: https://www.calderstones.co.uk/thequarrymen/

Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/4qqY5kmab

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St. Peter’s Church Hall, Woolton, Liverpool 23 Aug 2024

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A special gig for The Original Quarrymen and Friends - Colin Hanton and Rod Davis back in their native village of Woolton - together with Henry Duff Lowe and David Bedford - with support from Edward Rhodes. 18 year old Edward - frontman of Preston Indie rock band “Pendant” opened the show for us at the M&S Bank Arena last summer, he was so great we invited him along tonight!

Tickets and more info from :

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/quarrymenatstpeters

Photo left: L to R: Pete Shotton, Eric Griffiths,,Len Garry, John Lennon, Colin Hanton and Rod Davis in the St. Peter’s Rose Queen procession on 6 July 1957.


 

Liverpool Beatles Museum Sat 24 Aug 2024

Saturday 24 August Colin and Rod will be at the Liverpool Beatles Museum in Mathew Street where they will be chatting to Roag Best. These guys can talk for England, so you will be sure of a great afternoon’s entertainment. Tickets are available from Pete Best’s official website:

www.petebest.com

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Tamworth Sun 15 Dec 2024

The Quarrymen - Colin and Rod, plus David Bedford and Henry Duff Lowe - will be in concert at the Bolehall Manor Club, Tamworth, together with Pete Dicks of the “Beatles and Beyond” radio. The show starts at 7pm and you can get your tickets from the link below:

https://stagestubs.com/.../the-quarrymen-with-a-little...


John Duff Lowe’s CD, “Open for Engagements” is now available on Itunes, Apple Music and Spotify!

Duff’s CD now on Spotify!

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Podcasts and Videos!