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Estartit - Costa Brava 13 July

On Saturday 13 July the Quarrymen will be appearing at the Estartit Beatles Weekend on the Costa Brava in Spain.  Estartit is a beautiful little fishing village with probably the most spectacular open-air concert platform in Europe, the Espai Molinet, on the cliffs overlooking the sea. At night coloured lights play on the huge rock behind the stage to produce a totally magical scene! Also on the bill are the band Hey Bulldogs and George Harrison Tribute Here Comes de Songs.


Podcast time!

Beatles fans will be delighted when they listen to Liverpool Echo’s Beatles City Podcasts hosted by Ellen Kirwin and Laura Davis. There are some ten Podcasts, featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Pete Best, Freda Kelly, David Bedford, Percy Phillips grandson Peter, Beatles authors David Bedford and Kenneth Womack, Sid Bernstein’s colleague Merle Frimark, plus Quarryman Rod Davis and his brother Bernie. Each Podcast lasts between 29 and 49 minutes and provides a fascinating insight into the personalities featured and, of course, the history of the Beatles.

Click on the link below – note that you will have to sign up to iTunes to listen to the Podcasts but there is no charge involved as long as you simply listen to them. Enjoy!

The Echo Podcasts are available at:   https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/beatles-city/id1442537044?mt=2


Antony Rotunno, an English Beatle fan living and working in Spain, has put together a series of Podcasts about John Lennon, including two interviews with Quarryman Rod Davis: You’ll need to sign up to soundcloud to be able to listen to them. Find them here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-343040641/episode-3-rod-davis-interview-part-1

https://soundcloud.com/user-343040641/episode-4-rod-davis-interview-part-2


Quarrymen on TV - twice in the same night!

In 2018 Billy Bragg published his fascinating book about the origins of Skiffle and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Britain called “Roots, Radicals and Rockers - How Skiffle changed the World”, to great acclaim, so great was it that the book stimulated the production of a one hour TV special entitled “Rock Island Line - the Song that made Britain Rock!” Billy invited the Quarrymen to take part in the filming and we spent a couple of hours chatting and playing in St Peter’s Church Hall earlier this year. The programme went out BBC4  on Friday 12 April at 9:00 pm. Inevitably much of what we said ended up on the cutting room floor but there were plenty of interesting people such as Lonnie’s son Peter, Chas. McDevitt Peggy Seeger, Hylda Sims and loads more to grab your attention.

Then at 10:55 on the same channel there was a repeat of  “Rock ‘n’ Roll Britannia” which featured some clips from a live Quarrymen performance at The Thunderbolt in Bristol, with John Duff Lowe, Len Garry, Colin Hanton, Rod Davis and guest bassist Mike Wilsh.

All this in addition to Colin and Len who appeared in a Beatles related tv programme on Friday 29 April!


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Hungary Sat 11 May

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Over the weekend of Sat 11 May 2019 the Quarrymen  appeared at the International Beatles Meeting in Eger, Hungary, just east of Budapest. There is a brilliant Beatles Museum in Eger, but equally important is that  Eger is where the famous red wine - Egri Bikaver - Bulls’ Blood comes from! We had a great weekend in Eger, the audience was fantastic, the museum was fantastic and the red wine was fantastic! What more could you want! Many thanks to Museum Director Gabor for a fabulous trip! To see our entire 56 minute concert on Youtube go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtAGKNecqqA

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The Egri Road Beatles Musem

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Len & Colin unveil a portrait of John for the Museum.

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A quiet beer with Billy

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No Colin, it’s Goulasch, not Scouse!

Colin on his liquid diet!

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Meeting the locals!

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Wine tasting in the Valley of the Beautiful Woman! It really is called that!

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On stage with The Blackbirds!


Germany 15 -17 Feb

The weekend of 15 - 17 February found Quarryman Rod Davis in Hannover, Aschersleben and Halle, by invitation of the Beatles Stammtisch in the first two cities and by the Beatles Museum of Halle. Rod had been asked to give his illustrated lecture in German on “Liverpool, Skiffle and John Lennon - How it all began”. His talk is illustrated by digitally projected slides and is punctured by Rod singing songs with a guitar at appropriate moments in the story. Many new friends and a few very old friends were in the audiences, including Andrea Noack, who even brought her own washboard and Edmund Thielow, who runs the Beat Archiv in Glauchau, for whom the Quarrymen have performed several times.

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With Afred Ebeling of Beatles Stammtisch Hannover who organised the trip.

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Skiffling with Andrea on washboard and Maik on tea-chest bass!

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With some of the members of Beatles Stammtisch Ascherleben 

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Fooling around with the Beatles at Halle Beatlesmuseum


Penny Lane 8 March

Our old friends at the Penny Lane Development Trust celebrated their 10 Anniversary on Friday 8 March and we were honoured to be asked to play by Julie Gornell of the Trust. Present were several local councillors and the Metro Mayor of the Merseyside Region, Steve Rotherham, plus staff and Penny Lane residents and a group of visiting Beatles Fans from Canada. Steve Rotherham,  who plays guitar himself, sat in with the Quarrymen on washboard and tea-chest bass for a couple of numbers. We were also delighted to meet up with our old mate Bill Smith, who was the Quarrymen’s original tea-chest bass player way back in 1956 when the group was founded. Bill demonstrated his energetic bass picking technique which has not lost anything over the intervening 60 years!

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Above - with original Quarryman Bill Smith

Below: with Julie Gornall (PLDT), Steve Rotherham and Kevin Roach (PLDT)

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