Friday 14 July 2017

The Kast Off Kinks

plus The Rod Stewart Songbook
performed by Cregan & Co
and Mike d‘Abo


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The Kast Off Kinks
The Rod Stewart Songbook performed by Cregan & Co
Mike d'Abo
The Kast Off Kinks
The Rod Stewart Songbook performed by Cregan & Co
The Kast Off Kinks
The Kast Off Kinks
The Kast Off Kinks
The Kast Off Kinks
The Rod Stewart Songbook performed by Cregan & Co
Mike d'Abo
The Kast Off Kinks
The Rod Stewart Songbook performed by Cregan & Co
The Kast Off Kinks
The Kast Off Kinks

Find out more about the artists below:

The Kast Off Kinks are coming to Hampton Pool to bring us an array of catchy hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Expect all your favourites, like You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset and Come Dancing. Why not come dancing at Hampton Pool this summer?

To find out more about the Kast Off Kinks, carry on reading…
The iconic British rock band, The Kinks, are acknowledged as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time. Their first hit, You Really Got Me, in 1964, broke new ground with driving power chords and Dave Davies’ distorted guitar sounds. This was a was a template many bands followed as rock and roll fed into heavy metal, new wave and grunge.
Later, the band’s style changed to more melodic songs, highlighting Ray Davies’ lyrical and observational skills in songs like Sunny Afternoon, Dead End Street and Waterloo Sunset.

They found new commercial success, particularly in the USA, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and returned to the UK top 20 in 1983 with Come Dancing. The Kinks continued as a recording and gigging band until 1996, when the Davies brothers went their separate ways with solo careers.

During the band’s 32-year career, there have been several changes in its line-up. Pete Quaife, the original bassist, was replaced by John Dalton in 1969, and keyboard player John Gosling was added in 1970. Following the two Johns’ departure in the late 1970s, Jim Rodford became the Kinks’ bassist (after a short tenure by Andy Pyle) and Ian Gibbons took over on keyboards. Original drummer Mick Avory left the band in 1983, to be replaced by Bob Henrit. Mark Haley played keyboards for a period in the late 80s/early 90s.

Now there is The Kast Off Kinks
The Kast Off Kinks formed in 1994 to keep the music playing on. The original line-up consisted of the band that played Lola (apart from Ray and Dave) – Avory, Dalton and Gosling. In 2009, the line-up became the band that played Come Dancing – Avory, Gibbons and Rodford (respectively the Kinks’ longest-serving drummer, keyboard player and bassist) and still with Dave Clarke covering for the Davies brothers. Jim then became very busy playing with The Zombies and Argent, so John Dalton was persuaded out of retirement to stand in for him and now plays very regularly with The Kast Off Kinks.

Almost every other ex-Kink has guested with The Kast Off Kinks, including Ray Davies.

At Hampton Pool, we are expecting a great line-up featuring Mick Avory (the original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60s and 70s), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80s and 90s and still with Ray Davies) with Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, and has performed with the Beach Boys, Noel Redding and Tim Rose).

What people say
’A full house, and a standing ovation. To anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate.’ The Stables, Milton Keynes
’Nothing short of superb. From start to finish it was filled with hit after hit.’ Mad Ferret, Presto

Mick Avory (Drums, vocals on Dedicated Follower Of Fashion)
For most fans Mick Avory is the definitive Kinks drummer. He joined The Kinks (at that time still known as The Ravens) in January 1964 and remained with the band through to July 1984.

The first hit album to feature his drumming was Kinda Kinks although his most brilliant moments would come on the albums Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur. His last recorded performance was on Word of Mouth, where he was featured on three tracks.

Since leaving The Kinks, Mick has been a member of Shut Up Frank (featuring Dave Clarke, Noel Redding, Jim Leverton, Richard Simmons and Dave Rowberry). Two five-track CDs, one vinyl LP and one live CD from the Cheltenham Racetrack came out on Mouse Records. And there were tours of Sweden, Norway and New Zealand.

Mick also played with The Class of 64 (with Chip Hawkes and Eric Haydock), The 60s Allstars, Brian Knight, Legends Of The Sixties and, has been a permanent feature of the Kast Off Kinks for the last 20 years.

Ian Gibbons
(Keyboards, vocals)
Ian started on accordion at age 9, playing in the school band and solo at music festivals, competitions and charity events. At the age of 14, he started a school rock band, playing guitar and singing. He changed to organ after leaving school and played in local and resident bands until 1972 when he joined Moonstone, who released three singles. Life followed, and released an album for Polydor. Ian worked with Love Affair, The Nashville Teens and various cover bands.

Punk and New Wave came along, so haircut, skinny jeans and ties were in. Ian worked with Tonight and The Records and recorded for Phoenix and other rock-based and New Wave bands until an audition for The Kinks in 1979. He was asked to join, and stayed with them until 1989, whilst also working with Dr Feelgood, The Kursaal Flyers, Blues ’n Trouble, Ken Hensley, Mike Vernon, Samson, Randy California and others, mainly recording.

Ian worked with Roger Chapman, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Ian Hunter from 1989 onwards and returned to The Kinks in 1993. He has continued to record and perform with the aforementioned Roger Chapman and Ian Hunter along with Chris Farlowe, Maggie Bell, Andy Scott, The Chicago Blues Brothers and recently on Ray Davies’ choir and other projects.

In 2008, Ian became a member of the Kast Off Kinks.

Dave Clarke (Lead guitar, lead vocals)
Dave started playing piano at four and guitar at nine. His first record in 1963 (at the age of 15) was produced by Luigi Creatore at New York’s Roulette Records. Often confused with his Dave Clark Five namesake, his 1971 solo album Pale Horse saw him temporarily renamed as Dave Carlsen. The album featured Keith Moon and Noel Redding. He also auditioned for David Bowie at the Lyceum in 1971 but didn’t go on the US Ziggy Stardust Tour.

Dave formed The Noel Redding Band with Noel, Les Sampson and Eric Bell – after false starts with Pete Kircher, Micky Gee and Mick Taylor. They recorded two singles and two albums on RCA and did four major US tours. Another album was eventually released later on Dave’s own Mouse Record label. He then formed White Line with Jimmy McCulloch and his brother Jack, and recorded two singles and one album. Dave met Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnson in London in 1977 and went to California on the Beach Boys payroll. He formed a band in Los Angeles with members of Spirit, JoJo Gunne and The Undisputed Truth – all Dave’s songs, some of which were later released on his second solo album under the name The Dream Machine. Jimmy McCulloch instigated another new LA band featuring Jim, Dave, Carl Wilson and Terry Kath (Chicago). Sadly Terry died and so, prematurely, did the band. Songwriter throughout for Southern Music, ATV Music, Screen Gems and Heath-Levy.

Dave joined the Royal Navy in 1979 and after active service in the Falklands War and elsewhere, retired as Commander in 1992, set up Mouse Records and formed Shut Up Frank (see Mick Avory). He collaborated on and off with Tim Rose from 1974 until Tim’s death in 2002 including shows in Ireland and England and three albums. Dave has been a member of the Kast Off Kinks for 20 years.

John ‘Nobby’ Dalton (Bass, vocals)
In 1959, Nobby joined Danny King and The Bluejacks as bass guitarist. He played alongside Norman Mitham who had just left Cliff Richard’s first band, recording Say Mama and Vince Taylor’s rockabilly Brand New Cadillac’ In 1962, John left to become a founder member of Mark Four along with Mick ’Spud’ Thompson, Eddie Phillips, Jack Jones and Kenny Pickett. Mark Four quickly became one of the most popular live bands in North London and shared billing with other London based groups such as The High Numbers (later to become The Who), Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and even sharing a stage with Little Eva.

In June 1966, John was asked to substitute for The Kinks’ bass guitarist, Pete Quaife, who had broken his leg in a car accident. Dalton auditioned as a temporary replacement on 9 June 1966. That same evening he appeared with the band on BBC Television’s pop music flagship, Top of the Pops. His first live appearance with the Kinks was two days later at The Plaza, King’s Heath, Birmingham, giving him no time for rehearsals. This was quickly followed by a tour to Norway and Spain. The first recording sessions he took part in with the Kinks were on 26 June 1966 at Pye Studios, London for Little Miss Queen Of Darkness.

John also played bass on Dead End Street. By the end of the year Pete Quaife had come back, and Nobby returned to his job as a coalman.

He replaced Pete Quaife again in 1969, this time as the Kinks’ permanent bassist. His first recording session in his second tenure with the group was in May 1969 at Pye Studio #2 (Drivin’ and Mindless Child Of Motherhood). Nobby spent most of June recording the Arthur album. He started his first American Tour on 17 October at The Fillmore East, New York. The tour lasted nine weeks and included such venues as The Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles and Fillmore West in San Francisco. He continued to play with the Kinks throughout the remainder of 1969 and into the 1970s and appeared playing bass on such notable songs as Victoria, Lola, Apeman, Celluloid Heroes, and Supersonic Rocketship. John also sang lead vocals on Willesden Green from the soundtrack of the movie Percy.

John left the Kinks in 1976. In the mid 1990s, he founded the Kast Off Kinks, with Mick Avory, John Gosling and Dave Clark and continued with them, as bassist and frontman until retiring in 2008. From 2003 until 2008, Nobby also played with the rock and roll band 5% Volume, alongside Kevin Leak, Wol Webster and Tony ‘Bones’ Pallett.

John was persuaded out of retirement to cover when Jim became regularly unavailable.

Jim Cregan co-wrote many of Rod Stewart’s hits and played guitar in his band during Rod’s solo career. Now, Jim, together with four outstanding musicians, perform an upbeat set from the Rod Stewart songbook as Cregan & Co., featuring the brilliant vocals of Ben Mills of X Factor fame.

‘If you can’t afford my ticket, go see these guys – they’re just as good and half the price!’ Rod Stewart (2011)
Cregan & Co. are a classy and very popular band, known for their excellent musicianship and beautiful harmonies. Guitarist Jim Cregan produced and played on some of Rod Stewart’s greatest hits – and co-wrote some of them too. Forever Young and Passion are just a couple of examples. A Cregan & Co performance can throw up some surprises too, because Cregan has also worked with Steve Harley and Family.

Jim Cregan (guitar)
Jim Cregan is best-known for his work with Rod Stewart, co-producing, co-writing and working as Rod’s musical director for almost 20 years. Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Russel Watson and many others have also recorded his songs. He has also played on stage with guitarists Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Pete Townsend and Chuck Berry – and performers like Tina Turner, Elton John, Cat Stevens and Katie Melua. He has received over 40 gold and platinum records to date, and he performed the guitar solo on Cockney Rebel’s hit Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile).

Ben Mills (lead vocals and guitar)
Frontman Ben Mills is best known for his appearance on the X Factor back in 2006. He has a fine, gravelly voice and his own interpretations of popular classics from Stewart’s repertoire. Ben was awarded a platinum album for his debut release which charted at number 3 in the official UK album charts. Equally at home on both guitar and piano, he has worked with musical legends Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow, and written songs with Mark Owen (Take That). In 2006 Ben reached the final of The X-Factor alongside Leona Lewis, winning accolades from Simon Cowell for his gravelly, soulful voice. Ben has his own band and performs all over the world.

Sam Tanner (keyboards)
Sam is often described as Rock’s finest piano player and has worked with many of its greatest names, including Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey (The Who), The Faces, Jeff Beck, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), John Lodge (Moody Blues), Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) and Paul Carrack. He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and is the front man of new UK-based funk-soul band, Brother Strut, that receives 10/10 reviews from Blues and Soul Magazine. Their debut album First Strut Is The Deepest topped the iTunes chart.

Pat Davey (bass)
Pat is a master of both electric and upright bass and always in demand as a session musician and live performer. He has toured the world with The Tom Robinson band, Zoot Money, Jason Rebello and Rumer, as well as jazz greats like Ronnie Scott, and vintage rockers like pianist Roy Young. Pat is at home playing all styles of music. His effortless groove and superb musicianship makes a massive contribution to Cregan & Co’s sound.

Harry James (drums)
Best known for his work with Thunder, Harry James is one of the best-loved drummers on the rock circuit. With over 40 years’ experience of performing live, Harry is renowned for his distinctive and powerful playing style and rapport with the audience. He also proudly occupies the drum stool for Magnum. You can catch him playing with Snakecharmer featuring Micky Moody, Neil Murray and Laurie Wisefield. Harry is also currently a member of South London’s Bad Influence. In addition to his extensive Thunder back catalogue and recent Magnum albums, Harry has contributed to work by Don Airey, Russ Ballard, Shadowman (featuring FM’s vocalist Steve Overland and Heartland’s Steve Morris), Carl Sentence, Bucket & Co and Hellfire Corner. Harry has performed live on stage alongside Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, Steve Harley, Roger Daltrey, Lulu, Paul Young, Graham Bonnet, Don Airey and Mick Ralphs and many others.

What the press says
‘…these songs are the perfect soundtrack to a Friday night, the kind that make you want to get up, to dance and to sing your heart out.’ Into The Void

‘This is classic rock song writing at its best. Glorious melting guitar twanging from the Prince of Six Strings: Jim Cregan and a rhythm section a solid as your favourite Doc Martins…‘ Chris Kimsey (Producer of six Rolling Stones Albums, Including ‘Sticky Fingers’)

‘Headliners Cregan & Co really took the bull by the horns; Jim Cregan smashing out those classic Rod Stewart songs he co-wrote, played on and produced. Heads up goes to Ben Mills on vocals. This man is the real deal what a set of lungs! I wasn’t around to see Rod in his heyday – but this I think is as close as I am going to get!’ Cambridge Rock Festival

‘What a fantastic gig! ...I cannot recall a band going down so well... They were incredibly tight, oozed class and looked like they were having a great time. Most people we spoke to later in the day agreed with us that you were comfortably the ‘band of the weekend‘!‘ Giants Of Rock

‘Not a tribute to Rod, but a tribute to themselves, the man who helped make Rod the star he was at the absolute pinnacle of his career. And what a night they delivered in Southampton – brilliant from first to last, a succession of great tracks all played to perfection...’ The Brook, Southampton
In addition to fronting one of the 60’s biggest bands, Manfred Mann, Mike d‘Abo has had a successful career as a solo artist, impressive hit-making songwriter, and an actor. Most famously, he wrote the classic Handbags and Gladrags and co-wrote Build Me Up Buttercup which was a smash hit for The Foundations. Mike will share his creative talents with us in an intimate set at Hampton Pool, singing a range of favourites from his immense back catalogue.
Career highlights:
1960s – co-founded A Band of Angels with guitarist/singer John Graydon, guitarist John Baker, bassist Dave Wilkinson, and drummer James Rugge-Price.
1966 – Mike D‘Abo joined Manfred Mann and a string of hits followed, including Just Like a Woman, Semi-Detached Suburban Mr. James and Ha Ha Said the Clown, and culminating in the UK chart-topping The Mighty Quinn in early 1968
1967 – he wrote Handbags And Gladrags which has also been recorded by Chris Farlowe, Rod Stewart and The Stereophonics
1968 – wrote Build Me Up Buttercup with Tony Macauley, which became a million-seller for The Foundations
1968 – Manfred Mann disbanded
1969 – Mike D‘Abo one of the UK’s most prominent rock singers
1970 – released album entitled d‘Abo.
1970 – wrote score for the Peter Sellers/Goldie Hawn movie There’s A Girl In My Soup, and from this came the single Miss Me In The Morning/Annabella Cinderella
1971 – Jesus Christ Superstar album released with Mike d‘Abo singing the part of Herod
1972 – the album Down At Rachel’s Place was released, followed by the single Belinda/Little Miss Understood
1974 – the album Broken Rainbows was released and received very favourable reviews
1976 – d‘Abo formed a composing and recording partnership with Mike Smith, formerly the vocalist and keyboard player with the Dave Clark Five, which resulted in the release of Smith & d‘Abo
1984 – Mike released Tomorrow’s Troubador which included some Manfred Mann covers and some new material as well
1990s – d‘Abo and Paul Jones both rejoined their former bandmates, apart from Manfred Mann himself, in The Manfreds, a reunited version of their ’60s band.
2000-present – Mike continues to tour both with the Manfreds and solo (in various band formats). At Hampton, Mike will be joined by Steve Deguitis on guitar and vocals and Dik Cadbury on bass and vocals.

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