Monday, 5 October 2015

Competition winners announced!

Our latest competition to win tickets to see Let it Be on October 14th in Liverpool is over and we are happy to congratulate the following winners:

Marie Mouat - Rachel Clynch David Stansfield  - Lucy Barrett  - Hazel James 
We have emailed all winners to notify them.  Thank you to all who entered.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Review: Dung Beatles in Aylesbury

Aylesbury Canal Society September 19th 2015.

The Aylesbury Canal Society celebrated a move to a new home and the 200th anniversary of the Aylesbury Arm.

The Dung Beatles, Steve, Phil, Danny and Mike, performed here for a private dinner for members and invited guests.

Their two sets ran to over 50 songs, many of which came from the earlier catalogue and especially selected for the audience.

The first set began with "Please Please Me"and progressed through well known songs from 1963, including "Thank You Girl" featuring a great harmonica from Danny. 

After switching to acoustic guitars, a number featuring Mike on vocals for the first time was "Act Naturally". Unfortunately the microphone failed here, but Phil stepped in quickly after realising what had happened. It was a pity for Mike, on his first vocal for the band. The professionalism showed through though duly covering the failing microphone.

The band ventured into 1964 and "I'm a Loser was well received, but had no harmonica part as the original did. I'm sure Danny, after the superb "Thank You Girl" could eventually cover the harmonica on "Im a Loser" just as well.

Songs from 1965 followed including a debut for "Michelle", not previously performed by the band, and beautifully sung by Danny, including the part in French.

A mixture of numbers followed from various years plus a solo McCartney number "Every Night", where the three piece harmonies of Phil, Steve and Danny were superb.

"Can't Buy me Love", however, started with distorted vocals, and the first set came to a close with a great rendition of "The Ballad of John and Yoko".

After a 20 minute break, the band returned and started with "She Loves You". Hit after hit followed including excellent covers of "Drive my Car" and "Day Tripper", both in vocals and musicianship.

"Paperback Writer" followed where the harmonies need some tweaking to improve.

They were now venturing into the later period and "Sgt Pepper" had the dance floor full. Things were building to a great finale. "Lucy in the Sky", "Back in the USSR", had the place rocking.

"Come Together" saw Danny Improvise a superb guitar solo when it seemed the song was going to restart, again superb ad libbing and professionalism shown.

With rockers to finish,  which included a superb drum solo by Mike on "Roll Over Beethoven", "A Hard Days Night" closed the show, but the audience wanted more and the band obliged with "Twist and Shout" and "Hey Jude".

Danny was superb on lead guitar and occasionally switching with Steve. Mikes drumming was excellent, and Phil gave a solid performance on bass.

Another great gig, despite a few hiccups, but with over 50 songs in the set list, the band can be excused the odd mistake.

The crowd loved it. Here's to the next one. Go see this band, if you can, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

We should also mention that the day was not just about the gig, but a superb day was organised by the Aylesbury Canal Society, including stalls, dancers, open boats and food. Brian Barnes from the society deserves a special mention for all his efforts.

Set list;
Please Please Me/From Me to You/Thank You Girl/It Won't be Long/All My Loving/Act Naturally/Love Me Do/This Boy/I'll be Back/Eight Days a Week/Things we Said Today/I'm a Loser/No Reply/I've Just Seen a Face/Norwegian Wood/Michelle/Good Day Sunshine/Every Night/We Can Work it Out/Here Comes the Sun/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/Help!/You're Gonna Lose That Girl/I Feel Fine/Can't Buy Me Love/The Ballad of John and Yoko.

Second set;
She Loves You/I Want to Hold Your Hand/any Time at All/Ticket to Ride/Drive my Car/Day Tripper/Paperback Writer/Taxman/Dr Robert/Sgt Pepper/With a Little Help From my Friends"/Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds/Magical Mystery Tour/Back in the USSR/Ob La Di Ob La Da/Come Together/Something/Get Back/I Saw Her Standing There/One After 909/Roll Over Beethoven/You Can't Do That/A Hard Days Night/Twist and Shout/Hey Jude.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Lennon Radio Play on BBC Radio 2

Stephen Kennedy with John's statue on Mathew Street in Liverpool
Stephen Kennedy, director of the Dublin Beatles Festival, is a man of many talents including playwright. 

Last February we posted about his play Lennon being invited to Berlin and now those of us who were not lucky enough to travel to Berlin, have the opportunity to listen to the play on BBC 2 radio.

On October 9th, John would have been 75 and one day before that anniversary, Stephen's play will be aired on BBC 2 Radio at 10pm.  You can read more about it here.  It sounds like a wonderful way to start celebrating John's birthday.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Dublin Beatles Festival tickets on sale

Freda Kelly with Paul McCartney
The Dublin Beatles Festival is just around the corner and tickets are on sale.  This year's festival is  between November 6th-8th, at various venues in Dublin city centre.
The festival will have Beatle gigs, film, theatre, free events, table quiz, public interview, art, memorabilia and merchandise.  

Festival director Stephen Kennedy describes some of the highlights of the festival below.  It does sound like fun.  If any of our members plan to attend, please send us your photos and reviews!

THE ROCKITS (a Cavern Club resident band) are coming over from England – and they are going to play two sets at their show in the Workman’s Club on Saturday, November 7th.  The first set will be the ‘Hits of the 1960s’ (The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Small Faces, Elvis Presley) and their second set will focus exclusively on the music of The Beatles.  It’s going to be one big party.

And FREDA KELLY is coming over from Liverpool for a public interview with Tom Dunne at the Grand Social on Sunday, November 8th.  Freda worked for The Beatles for 11 years and is the subject of the award-winning documentary Good Ol’ Freda.  As George Harrison pointed out – “Freda was there at the very beginning and she stayed until the very end.”  This lady is wonderful.  Pure and simple.  The Beatles were lucky to have her. 

We also have a wide range of brilliant Irish acts performing at the festival too – including The Newspaper Taxi Men, Vyvienne Long, Biggles Flys Again, Jonathan Ward, Enda Reilly, Duncan Maitland, Pearse McGloughlin, Keith Grogan, The Sex Beasts, and more!

There will also be the ever popular BEATLES TABLE QUIZ – plus FREE EVENTS such as Lennon v McCartney (short film) and Pete Best of The Beatles (stage play performed by Padraic McGinley).  You can also meet renowned Beatle artist Georgina Flood – and browse rare Beatle merchandise from England’s Beatle Days.       

Tickets have just gone on sale right here:

And the mini-programme for the Festival can be downloaded from here:
Here are some of the other key links:

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Don't miss your chance to see previews of this year's plays in the Ticket to Write festival at this fun fundraiser event.

Trailers of the one-act plays being performed at Liverpool's Unity Theatre in October are  just part of the fun.  The fundraiser also features musical numbers, a prize quiz, a raffle and a supper all for just £10. And you can bring your own wine or other drinks.

The Fund-raising event is at St George's Church Hall, Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0NP on Thursday 24th September. Doors open 7.30pm.

For advance tickets and more info contact Jamie Gaskin through

Sunday, 13 September 2015

John's Gypsy Caravan restoration project

In 2012 John's Gypsy Caravan that he bought for his son Julian was rediscovered, but it was in desperate need of restoration to bring it back to its former glory.

The Delight Makers charity is striving to complete this work in the next 18 months while also making a documentary about the caravan with the hopes to have it all ready to coincide with the the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt Pepper Album. Fans can contribute to the project and the goal is that the caravan and documentary will raise funds to help promote peace and healing.

Click here to learn more

Saturday, 12 September 2015

BBC Four is asking for help from fans

Beatles fans, here is an opportunity for you to share your memories.  We received the following message from Rebecca Stewart from BBC Four. 
"I am working for a production company that is making a new documentary called The People's History of Pop for BBC Four, due to air in 2016. 

We are currently crowdsourcing photos and audio/video of people's cherished music memorabilia - ticket stubs, diary entries, teen band recordings, wrist bands, rare footage and more - to tell the stories of British rock and pop music from the fifties to the noughties through the memories of fans that were there. 

I'm currently trying to find some memorabilia of all things Merseybeat (including the Beatles) and I wondered if you would be willing to share this on your website to see if your online fan community would want to get involved. 
Everything sent in to will be part of an incredible online archive and will culminate with a television series for BBC FOUR, featuring the best of what's been uploaded to the site."