Carona Virus (March
As you will have noticed on our
Home Page, we have cancelled all forthcoming performances.
future updates will be posted on the Home Page.
set to retire after 30 years (March
As we prepare to celebrate
30 years of music making we are
also coming to terms with Bryan's decision to
retire. Bryan was a founder member of Revival
and as well as being the resident comic, has also
managed our bookings for the last 30 years.
final performance will be at Mapperley Sports
and Social Club on May 22nd, when we hope as many
of you as are able, will come along and give him
the send off he deserves.
It will seem strange for the remaining five of
us to walk out onto a stage without one of Bryan's
funny stories, or quick one liners bringing a
smile to our faces but
in true show business style the show will go on!
We are delighted to
report that we have recruited Kevin Kirwan, a
local musician and friend who is an excellent
Bass player and alround nice guy. We look forward
to introducing him to you at a future gig.
Happy New Year to you all from REVIVAL
has been a while since the "Latest News"
had any news for you. This is partly because we
have had a few challenges with the web-site but
mainly because life in and around the band has
remained pretty much business as usual with nothing
Fotunately we now have something to share with
As we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020, we
are looking forward to completing our 30th year
together. You will no doubt have seen by now that
we plan to mark the occasion with a weekend at
the Bonington and a couple of gigs at Mapperley
Sports and Social Club. To coincide with this
special occasion we are working on a new cd. The
Title of which will be PEARL, to reflect the 30th
anniversary.The track list will consist of songs
and instrumentals played by the band as their
first set on their first ever performance way
back in May 1990. Many of these numbers have been
dropped over the years as new material has been
added and have not featured in the present play
list. To put matters right, they will be making
a comeback both on the cd and in our live performances
during the year.
talking about our latest recording it is staggering
how much time and effort goes into the process
both musically, in terms of performance but also
from a technical perspective in the engineering
and production that is necessary to produce the
quality cd that the whole band is happy with.
In contrast it is worth pointing out that when
performing live, REVIVAL never use any pre-recorded
tracks. Everything you hear at a Revival gig is
produced by the six of us live and without the
use of a safety net! That inevitably means that
occasionaly mistakes will be made and while as
a musician you strive for every performance to
be perfect, live music has a habit of catching
you out when you least expect it. In many ways
the odd mistake makes live music more exciting.
We know that as a friend of Revival you don't
mind when we get it wrong! We are now looking
forward to another year of getting it right most
of the time and sharing our love for what we do
with you all.
Once again our very best wishes for the coming
year and we hope to see you at a gig during the
year. If you are unable to join us this year,
thanks for visiting the web-site and for your
interest in the band.
Please keep an eye on the Tour Dates for new gigs
as they are confirmed.
ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED AT BONINGTON THEATRE
are delighted to announce the addition of a matinee
performance for the Sunday following the Saturday
evening concert on 29th September.
Tickets are now on sale at the box office for
Sunday 30th. The performance will commence at
Thanks to everyone who will be joining us on Saturday
evening and for enabling us to once again sell
out the Theatre. Tickets have sold out so quickly
that we have decided to add an extra date.
We hope this will provide an opportunity for anyone
unable to obtain a ticket for the Saturday evening
show, to to join us on Sunday at this fantastic
TOGETHER AGAIN (December 2017)
have now completed two performances with the whole
team back together. On stage that old familiar
feeling returned and we had a great time, with
our leader back where he belongs.
From the reaction of our audiences and the compliments
we received, it seems that everyone present felt
as we did.
Normal service has been resumed!
are now looking forward to the last two gigs of
2017 and preparing for 2018.
connected with REVIVAL would like to wish you
all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
again for all of your support throughout this
Geoff, Bryan, Steve, Jim and Alan
We are delighted
to report that Geoff has continued to make steady
progress and will now be returning to the stage
for the December 2017 performances.
The first of
these will be at Woodborough Village Hall on December
full REVIVAL gig of over two hours on stage is
both physically tiring and mentally exhausting.
In recognition of this, the Band has been determined
to help Geoff manage his return in such a way
that he not only enjoys the experience but does
nothing to set back his recovery.
Thanks to everyone for their good wishes and for
your understanding as we continued to honour our
commitments without Geoff.
25th November (2017) was the final appearance
as a five piece before the eagerly anticipated
return of our leader in December. The venue was
Beeston Victory Club and the event was unusual
for Revival, in that although tickets had been
on sale prior to the evening, it was expected
by the promoter that most people would pay on
the door (but would anyone turn up we wondered)!
In 27 years together this was the first engagement
undertaken through an agent and the first as a
part of the entertainment programme of a well
established social club. Our sincere thanks to
all of you who braved the cold and turned out
to support us. It was reassuring to see so many
familiar faces and rewarding to show what we can
do, to so many who were experiencing an evening
with Revival for the first time. The venture turned
out to be a huge success thanks to a great audience
who kept the dance floor full all night.
has been a difficult chapter in Revival's history,
the success of the band has been in no small part
due to the great relationship between all concerned
both on and off the stage. To continue without
one of our number has been quite a challenge,
on a personal and musical level. Without the dedication
and hard work put in by Jim to take on the responsibility
of playing lead guitar in Geoff's absence, we
would have been unable to have continued and would
have had no choice but to let down many people
who had booked Revival for their special event.
Our sincere thanks Jim.
Geoff fit once again, we can now move forward
with the whole gang back together doing what we
all do best, setting the scene for a wonderful
Christmas through the fabulous sounds of the sixties.
reported in our last update Revival were unable
to perform at the Arnold Carnival (2017) due to
the sudden Ill health of one of our members. We
are pleased to tell you that Geoff, our lead guitarist
and musical director is making good progress with
his recovery and is hoping to be back on stage
before the end of the year.
It was a tough decision to withdraw from the Arnold
Carnival but given the situation we are happy
that we made the right call.
Since that time we had a long meeting and decided,
with Geoff's agreement, to continue and honour
the commitments already in the diary as a five
piece band in anticipation of Geoff joining us
once he's fit, either for a full performance or
a brief appearance, which ever suits him best.
That sorted, we have spent many hours in rehearsal
putting together set lists that are unmistakably
REVIVAL but with Jim taking on the role of lead
guitarist. The real pressure has fallen on Jim
who has coped admirably, moving between his new
role as lead guitarist and the more familiar keyboard.
Alan has taken on the majority of backing vocals
that Geoff provided but everyone has had to make
substantial changes to what they sing and play,
to ensure the best performance possible in these
The first outing was at a Private function for
a Birthday celebration. All went well with a typical
Revival performance being delivered.
In an extremely complementary e-mail from the
lady who had hired us, saying how much she and
her guests had enjoyed the evening and remarking
on how we got everyone on the dance floor, she
did say that we "all looked a little sad from
time to time, maybe because we were missing Geoff".
We certainly did miss him, the understanding developed
over years between all six of us cannot be explained
but removing one part of the Revival jigsaw certainly
changed the dynamics on stage. The 'sadness' was
probably the look of total concentration as we
all worked to remember new arrangements. Not easy
at our age!!!
Having a performance under our belts that would
have been a credit to any band, we are now committed
to continuing as planned with all forthcoming
gigs, in anticipation of the eagerly awaited return
of our leader.
Get well soon
Geoff, we all miss you
of Gedling Charity Evening
23rd September (2016) found the band at Mapperley
Sports and Social Club playing to a full house,
supporting the Mayor of Gedling in her fund raising
for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund 2016/2017.
Thanks to all of you who attended and helped to
make the evening such a huge success. The Raffle
alone raised £500 with the final grand total
for the event being £1,567, again a huge
thank you from the Mayor and of course, from everyone
associated with REVIVAL.
was a pleasure to play for such an appreciative
audience and we hope to see as many of you as
possible again over the Christmas period when
we will be holding our two Christmas parties.
This year both will be at Mapperley Sports and
Social Club and will take place on 9th and 23rd
The Tour Guide
records the series of Gigs that have been played
this year including another successful return
to the Bonnington Theatre.
As we approach the completion of two thirds of
2016 the Band are preparing for the next outing
which will be on September 23rd at Mapperley Social
Club. We were asked by the Mayor of Gedling if
we would support Her Charity for this year, Nottingham
University Hospitals NHS Trust. Pancreatic Cancer
Research Fund 2016/2017, keen to help but unable
to find a mutually suitable date, Revival have
dedicated the date already booked at Mapperley
to this cause. Tickets are £10, full details
are on the Tour Guide page.
It may seem
a bit early and I'm sorry to remind you, that
"that" time is fast approaching! There
will be two Christmas parties again this year,
both of which will be held at Mapperley Sports
and Social Club. Tickets for these ever popular
evenings will go on sale later in the year.
came up with a list of songs that have never been
recorded by the Band but which he thought should
have been. Work has already begun in the studio
and the first of these are now taking shape. All
we know at this time is that the Album title will
be "ENCORE" but more than that is anyone's
guess. Watch this space and we will keep you informed
of progrees on this latest project.
Finaly a return
to the Bonnington in March 2017 has been confirmed
and details will be announced once tickets are
* * * * *
year has drawn to a close and once again the New
Year was welcomed in at Lark Hill retirement village
near Nottingham. This was the fourth year that
Revival have had the genuine pleasure of playing
for this wonderful audience. A New Year gig is
hard work for any musician, at least one extra
set and a late night, way past Ken's Cocoa time!!!
The warmth shown to the band by those celebrating
and a continually full dance floor is a huge reward
for the extra effort.
reaction that we get from you, our friends, at
each performance continues to amaze and encourage
every one of us. In 2015 we played twice at both
the Bonington Theatre and Mapperley Social Club,
where the band was delighted to meet so many of
you who were at a Revival gig for the first time.
We hope you enjoyed the experience and will consider
joining us again this year. There are a large
number of you who we are pleased to see supporting
us each time we play. You are always in our thoughts
when we are selecting the material for our next
performance. Leaving in the numbers that everyone
expects to hear, while including ones that people
have told us are their favourites and then bringing
a few surprises into a programme that can only
contain around 45 songs, is a very difficult balance
. Fortunately for the rest of us this is Geoff's
department, as our Musical Director and so the
rest of us just do as we are told! Seriously,
we do hope that we are continuing to play the
music that you want to hear.
has been said many times but playing live music
really is about you, our audience and the band
continues to work hard to perfect each song and
deliver the best performance possible completely
live. We occasionally mention the fact that all
the mistake that we make are "live".
Some have asked why we mention this. The point
that we are making is that we do not use any backing
tracks or pre recorded loops, as they are called,
to enhance the sound being created on stage, everything
you hear is created live in front of you by the
musicianship or vocal ability of the six members
of Revival. As it is a live performance, every
one of us could make a mistake and from time to
time we do. This, in our opinion, is part of the
attraction of a live performance as no two gigs
are ever quite the same and the element of fear
is ever present!
a final thought new gear continues to arrive on
stage as each of us strives for the best sound
we can possibly create. The "Silver "
album described elsewhere was such fun to make,
that plans are now being made to get together
in the recording studio and create another CD.
So on we go into another year, looking forward
to every performance and rehearsing hard to maintain
the Revival reputation for great live music.
a great year and we hope you will say hello at
one of our gigs.
CD was released on 19th September.
The latest studio recording
from Revival went on sale for the first time at
the Bonington Theatre on 19th September. "SILVER",
as the album is called, is the culmination of
many hours of studio time recording and even more
hours in production. The result is a collection
of 19 tracks which the band are extremely proud
The cd costs £5 and will be on sale at all
future gigs or it can be purchased by contacting
Geoff. (Details on the contact
us page) A full track listing can be found
on the CD Collection page
and samples from four tracks can be heard on the
Sounds and Videos page
It's hard to imagine that Revival have now celebrated
25 years since the formation of the band. The
history of how the Revival began and its evolution,
was recorded in a News Letter in 2010. For those
who have discovered the band more recently, the
story can be found by following this link (2010
"Silver" celebrations have continued
with an evening of dancing at Mapperley Sports
and Social Club on Friday 4th September where
a fantastic audience filled the dance floor and
created a party atmosphere.
19th September found the boys back at the Bonington
Theatre, playing to yet another a full house.
To see so many people spending their Saturday
night with Revival is a humbling experience. It
was great to see so many long term fans and also
so many new friends in the audience. It was clear
from those that were spoken to as they left the
auditorium that they had had an enjoyable night
and the reaction during the performance was fantastic.
Revival would like to thank everyone who turns
out to support the band wherever they play, without
you none of this would be possible.
Geoff, Bryan, Steve, Jim and Alan.