Tuesday, 20 October 2020

A Chance to See the Dung Beatles December 13 2020

The Dung Beatles have been asked by The Court Theatre in Tring to stage a Dung Beatles evening. The theatre is struggling to keep up with rent and rates payments at the moment. The group replied with a resounding yes to both help them out whilst also giving the band some welcome performance time.

The date was set to Saturday the 12th Dec and the tickets sold out within 48 hours! 

As a result, the theatre set up a second night on December 13th.  There are less than 40 tickets left for that one, so if you are looking for a great evening, snap up those remaining tickets!

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Book Review - Murder of a Multitude, a Beatles themed mystery

 

Murder of a Multitude


By Dexter James
Published Independently, August 2020
Price: UK £8.02 US $10.50 (also available as an ebook)
ISBN-13: 979-8675957330

This book will slip under the radar of most Beatles fans because the title doesn’t reference the Fab Four, but for those Beatles fans who also enjoy murder mysteries, this is a must read.

The second book in the Mario Simpson book series concerns a serial killer at loose in New York City. The victims are not random but targeted because of their first names. Young women whose names appear in Beatles songs are being murdered on the anniversary dates that the songs matching their names were released.

Although the clever detective figures out this pattern quickly, the wily killer is frustratingly frequently one step ahead and the politically minded police commissioner exasperatingly obstructive.

The book was a fast and fun read. While it is a murder mystery, the killer is identified quite early in the story and the majority of the book is the fast-paced, race to apprehend the culprit before more victims are murdered. Beatles fans reading will enjoy the lyric-based clues which add an interesting extra layer to the story, but readers who don’t know anything about the Beatles will still have a gripping story to read and enjoy that has clever twists to keep the reader hooked.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Beat Archiv in Germany honoring John in many ways

 Our friends from Beat Archiv in Germany have been been busy in recent weeks and have shared the following to share with our readers.

On October 3rd, 2020 there was a recital in honor of John Lennon with his songs and songs that he also played. Many musicians performed, including the Quarrymen Chas Newby and Rod Davis.

Corona-Home-Concert-DVD-R

Exhibition "20 Years - One Minute Silence - In Memory Of John Lennon"

"A tribute to John Lennon" 21.09. - 08.12.2020

You can stay up-to-date with all their tributes and activities by visiting their site: www.beatarchivgc.de


Friday, 2 October 2020

Beatles Day Live in Dublin in November 2020

BEATLES DAY 2020 is set to take place at the Workman’s Club on Saturday, November 7th.  There are afternoon events and evening events – and you can find out more at these links – AFTERNOON TICKET and EVENING TICKET.  Also check out the Dublin Beatles Festival Facebook for more info.
 
Tickets for the above shows are very limited, owing to Covid-19 safety guidelines, so please buy early, in order to avoid disappointment and future family arguments.  These events will sell out quickly.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest partners with Gibson Gives to Celebrate John's Birthday

 


Gibson Gives Comes Together With John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Partnership Celebrates Lennon’s 80th Birthday

With Live Virtual Events and Giveaways

 

NEW YORK, NY (September 21, 2020) In honor of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) have announced a partnership with Gibson Gives--the charitable arm of Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand--to support musicianship, music education and songwriting for people of all ages. Among the initiatives, 24 Lennon contest winners will receive an Epiphone LTD Edition Les Paul Quilt Top Pro and an Epiphone Zenith Masterbilt Acoustic Round Hole.  Songwriters, artists and bands are encouraged to enter the 24th annual JLSC with over $300,000K in cash awards and giveaways. All entrants will also qualify for weekly contests, offering additional gear giveaways including a Gibson guitar.

October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. His contributions to music, culture, activism, art and fashion resonate to this day. In celebration, the Lennon Bus and Contest will have a virtual Imagine Party on October 9 on the Lennon Bus’ Instagram Live (HERE). The special show will feature celebrities, JLSC winners, Lennon Bus participants and educators. Tune in to hear in depth stories around John Lennon’s Gibson guitars and the songs he wrote with them, as well as giveaways and promotions.

Brian Rothschildco-founder and executive director of both the Lennon Bus and the JLSC, said, “While venues, live music and events are on hold, we’re focused on the songwriting contests and providing songwriters with even more gear each week while they are stuck at home. Contest entries help support Lennon Bus programs and Gibson Gives shares the same commitment to the next generation of players.”

“Gibson Gives is all about inspiring, creating, and supporting music one guitar at a time,” says James ‘JC’ CurleighCEO of Gibson. “This is our opportunity to ‘imagine’ what could be possible for future musicians by partnering with the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, especially during this challenging era.”

John Lennon Songwriting Contest and John Lennon Educational Tour Bus:

JLSC.COM |LENNONBUS.ORG TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK 

Gibson Gives:

GIBSON GIVES.ORG

Gibson:

GIBSON.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | GIBSON TV

Epiphone:

EPIPHONE.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

 

Monday, 28 September 2020

GET READY TO ‘TWIST AND SHOUT’ with THE MERSEY BEATLES


 GET READY TO ‘TWIST AND SHOUT’ – THE MERSEY BEATLES
ARE HEADING TO BLACKPOOL FOR A VERY SPECIAL SHOW

 

Blackpool’s special place in the story of the greatest band of all time will be celebrated when The Mersey Beatles bring their smash hit show to the resort’s famous Winter Gardens.


After wowing sell-out audiences around the globe, the world’s best-loved Liverpool-born Beatles tribute will play an unmissable show at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday November 21.


Tickets – priced just £18 – went on sale at 10am on Friday September 25 from
www.ticketmaster.co.uk


The Beatles themselves played Blackpool no fewer than 11 times – including two sell-out dates at the Opera House in 1964. They also played legendary hits Help! and Yesterday live for the first time anywhere in the world during a live TV broadcast from the resort in 1965.


These unforgettable Blackpool moments will be replayed by The Mersey Beatles on November 21 in a true feel-good show that not only captures the spirit and sound of Beatlemania, but the psychedelic wonder of the Fab Four’s Sgt Pepper album and the melodic brilliance of their later work.


Formed in Liverpool in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) Brian Ambrose (Ringo) any Tony Cook (keyboards) – were the resident Beatles’ band at the legendary Cavern Club between 2002-2012 where they clocked up more than 600 shows.

 

Since leaving The Cavern, The Mersey Beatles have toured the world many times over winning legions of fans, including members of the Beatles’ own families.


Julia Baird, John Lennon‘s sister
: “The Mersey Beatles absolutely nail the sound of The Beatles. They have that brilliant ability to get people up on their feet dancing and John would have loved that!”


And The British Beatles Fan Club described them as:
"The best Beatles tribute band around”


The Mersey Beatles know the Fylde coast well. They have played three sell-out nights at Lytham Festival and cannot wait to return to Blackpool on November 21.


Steven said:
“We’ve played all over the world in the last 20 years, but Blackpool Opera House is a real bucket list moment for any performer. The list of artists who have performed on that world-famous stage – including The Beatles themselves – is just incredible.


“Blackpool has such a strong connection with The Beatles and their story so we can’t wait to play the very same songs they did when they were here and celebrate those legendary moments with the audience.”


The show is part of the Winter Gardens’ Safe and Sound series of events. The Opera House’s 3,000 capacity has been reduced to 800 to allow for social distancing between audience members. There are also increased public health measures throughout the venue.


Mark added:
“Given the global pandemic, this year has obviously been really hard for all musicians. Our world tour was stopped back in February and we’ve been itching to get back out to play for a live audience so this gig is going to be very special.


“It’s brilliant that with the measures the venue has put in place people can come to shows again. We’ve had some great gigs on the Fylde coast – most recently three sell-out nights at Lytham Festival – so it will be great to return and play the Opera House. Blackpool get ready for a fantastic night!”



Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Dear John - Streaming Concert for John's birthday - Oct 9

 

 

‘DEAR JOHN’

 

FREE STREAMED JOHN LENNON TRIBUTE CONCERT

OCTOBER 9TH 2020

 

A HOST OF ARTISTS INCLUDING PERFORMANCES BY OR APPEARANCES FROM:

PP Arnold, Peter Gabriel (as part of the 'Dear John' video), KT Tunstall, John Illsley of Dire Straits, Richard Curtis, Lindsay Ell, Larkin Poe, Gowan, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Andy Fairweather Low, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, Mollie Marriott, Lyndon J Connah, Maxi Jazz, Laura Jean Anderson, Blurred Vision and more TBA

 

Hosted from the Hard Rock Hotel, London

Donations in aid of War Child UK

'Dear John' - the 2nd annual John Lennon tribute concert in aid of War Child UK - will be taking place as an online event on Friday 9th October, hosted, as in 2019, from the Hard Rock Hotel in London. The concert stream will be live on Youtube at 8pm BST.


Put together by Blurred Vision band frontman
, the enterprising and articulate Sepp Osley, who himself could have been a poster child for War Child UK having escaped war-torn Iran as a young child in the 80s, the ‘Dear John’ concert is not only a celebration of the music, legacy, and 80th birthday of the Beatle legend, but a coming together of fans and artists from different generations and backgrounds

The evening will include performances of Lennon songs by/or tributes from KT Tunstall, Larkin Poe, Peter Gabriel (part of the Dear John video), Richard Curtis CBE, Maxi Jazz of Faithless, Lindsay Ell, PP Arnold, Andy Fairweather Low, John Ilsley of Dire Straits, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Gowan ( AKA frontman of Styx), Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, Blurred Vision with Lyndon J Connah, Mollie Marriott, Laura Jean Anderson, and more to be announced.

A video of the Blurred Video anthem ‘Dear John’ can be seen now on the band's Youtube page, blurredvisionmusic, featuring tributes from Peter Gabriel, Donovan, Fish, Marc Almond, Paul Young , John Otway and many more as well as messages from fans around the globe.


The concert will be streamed online around the world for free but audiences are being encouraged to donate whatever they can to the fundraiser. Donation links are available before, during and after the show for easy access to the fundraising page.

Full details of the event and the direct link to the streaming and donations can be found at https://blurredvisionmusic.com.

 

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Unique Mike McCartney photographs go on display at Strawberry Field, Liverpool

 

Strawberry Field Liverpool is excited to announce the opening of Mike McCartney’s photographic journey of the Strawberry Field redevelopment, ahead of his book launch later this year.  

 

Known professionally as Mike McGear, Mike is an outstanding performing artist and rock photographer who was a member of the groups The Scaffold and Grimms.   

 

Mike was persuaded by Lady Judy Martin to chronicle the redevelopment of Strawberry Field. This is his story: 

 

"I was asked by the Salvation Army...well mainly by Lady Judy Martin OBE actually (or Jude as I affectionately call her) to record the demolition of the old Strawberry Field homes and the rebuild of a brand new facility on the same site. At first I was reticent, as it was my brother's group that made the Strawberry Field song famous...not my Scaffold comedy group, but when I discovered the amazing work that the Sally Army (as I affectionately call them) quietly get on with, I agreed to undertake the 2 to 3 year task! The trouble was how do you make the bashing down of old houses and the building of a new bricks & mortar one interesting to the public?! Well...here's a start ! with this mini-exhibition of images to whet your appetite...hope you(s) enjoy! and hope u enjoy the Cafe, and the  Shop...AND the gorge gardens with the original Red Gates! ps if you see a lone Scouser roaming round the grounds in a mask...it's not the Lone Ranger, or Donald Trump...it's ME! Don't 4get to say hello!” said Mike *McGear McCartney BEM  

 

Kathleen Versfeld, Mission Director at Strawberry Field said:  

 

“We are blessed to have the support of such wonderful people as Lady Martin and Mike McCartney. I know our visitors will be delighted to see Mike’s photographs. We can’t wait for the full collection to be made available in his planned book.” 

 

A special exhibition featuring some of Mike’s photographs will go on display in the Strawberry Field centre, alongside the visitor exhibition. The exhibition covers the interwoven stories of the Salvation Army, the children’s home, John Lennon’s childhood and the writing of Strawberry Fields Forever. The addition of the Mike McCartney photographs will offer a unique opportunity to visitors, with a never before seen insight into the redevelopment of the current site. Mike’s book, filled with an inspiring collection of images, will go on sale later this year. 

 

As a special offer to celebrate the re-opening, Strawberry Field’s visitor experience is priced at £7.00 per person until the end of September and under 16’s accompanied by an adult go free. NHS workers and a guest can also visit free of charge. Visitors will be guided around the stunning interactive exhibition where “Nothing is Real” using interactive media guides. The tour continues into the magical gardens where John played as a child, allowing visitors the opportunity to explore, unwind and dream in the place, which inspired one of the 20th century’s greatest songwriters.  

 

All funds generated by the visitor experience go towards funding a Steps to Work programme for young people with learning difficulties and other barriers to employment. 

 

To ensure safety during this time of Covid-19, visits to Strawberry Field must be booked in advance on www.strawberryfieldliverpool.com

Friday, 21 August 2020

It's in the post! Issue 74 Arriving Soon!

The August 2020 BBFC Magazine Issue 74 is has been posted to subscribers.

We promise it will help to keep you entertained while you are stuck at home social distancing! If is crammed with good reading to keep you entertained.

Remember that membership in the British Beatles Fan Club makes a wonderful gift that keeps on giving all year long with four quarterly issues of the magazine included in membership. Click here for membership details.

Non-members can order a copy of the magazine from our website here.


                                                                      Issue 74 (August 2020) includes:


  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Tribute to Astrid Kirchherr
  • Media Watch
  • Beatles Not For Sale
  • The Beatles Live at the BBC - a fan favourite
  • The Beatles and their Apple Artists
  • John Lennon and Bermuda
  • Songs They Gave Away
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • Wonderwall music & movie
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • When was the last time you played that
  • Fab Four on DVD
  • Paperback Writer
  • Ringo - Early 1970
  • Beatle Boots
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Great Photo of the Month

Monday, 10 August 2020

The Beatles in Bedfordshire

 Neil Turner wrote "I've been reading several Beatles bios and came across McCartney's visit to the village of Harrold in June 1968, where he debuts Hey Jude to a dentist and his family.

I made a short film which tells the story and retraces the journey to and through the village."



Arriving Soon - Issue 74

Coming soon - the August 2020 BBFC Magazine Issue 74 is at the printers and will be posted soon to subscribers.

We promise once it reaches you, it will help to keep you entertained while you are stuck at home social distancing! If is crammed with good reading to keep you entertained.

Remember that membership in the British Beatles Fan Club makes a wonderful gift that keeps on giving all year long with four quarterly issues of the magazine included in membership. Click here for membership details.

Non-members can order a copy of the magazine from our website here.


                                                                      Issue 74 (August 2020) includes:


  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Tribute to Astrid Kirchherr
  • Media Watch
  • Beatles Not For Sale
  • The Beatles Live at the BBC - a fan favourite
  • The Beatles and their Apple Artists
  • John Lennon and Bermuda
  • Songs They Gave Away
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • Wonderwall music & movie
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • When was the last time you played that
  • Fab Four on DVD
  • Paperback Writer
  • Ringo - Early 1970
  • Beatle Boots
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Great Photo of the Month

Saturday, 25 July 2020

DISCOVERY UK IS LOOKING FOR BEATLES COLLECTORS

Are you a Beatles memorabilia collector? Was John one of your favourites?  Discovery UK is creating an exciting new series about collecting and sharing memories, and want to hear your stories. We'd love to hear from men... but also, are there any women collectors out there?  If this sounds like you, please don't hesitate to get in touch to find out more.

Contact: Caroline - carolinebacle@gmail.com

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Opportunity for Artists and Animators

Call out to artists and animators to submit works for Here There & Everywhere, The Beatles fan film

As some of you may know there has been a huge social project going on over the past 4 years culminating in a documentary called Here There & Everywhere, which is the ultimate love letter from Beatles fans to the band. Directed by Simon Weitzman and edited by fellow fan, Andy Lee, the Fan Film project will finally be released in 2021.

However, this is a call to arms from the makers of the film to all artists and animators in The Beatles fan family. They want you to get in touch with them to submit your artwork of the FAB4, both as a band and individually throughout their careers to be included in the film. All used submissions will be credited.

They are also looking for animator fans who want to showcase their work and submit anything from 5 to 15 seconds of animation, again to be credited and used in the final film. With individual artworks they need to be submitted at high resolution via www.wetransfer.com to simon@badhalo.com and Simon will acknowledge receipt. The production will be working with The British Beatles Fan Club to work with artists on specific briefs via updates. Submissions can start now and will be accepted until the end of November 2020.

Fans can learn more about the film at https://www.facebook.com/HTAEBEATLESFANFILM and through regular updates here, so keep a look out.