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The following back copies of REVIVALS NEWS LETTER can be accessed by clicking on the dates listed below

December 2009 February 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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NEWS LETTER MARCH 2010

STILL ROCKING AFTER ALL THIS TIME

As someone who takes an interest in Bands and live music you will understand that artistic and personal differences between musicians generally prevent Bands from working together for long periods. Over time, these differences have caused the break up of many outfits including some very well known Acts. The following is an account of the formation and development of one Band, a group that with remarkably few changes and a single minded approach to their music, has delivered live shows to thousands of people over the last twenty years. Yes, Revival celebrate twenty years together this year and show no sign of slowing down. The majority now have a Bus Pass rather than a Back Stage Pass and setting up and breaking down the gear does take just a bit longer than it did, but the passion and enthusiasm for their music and the unquenchable desire to entertain their audience is undimmed.

July 16th 2010 at Mapperley Sports and Social Club is set to be Revivals Birthday Party. A chance to look back over the years and hear some of the music that is associated with Revival, brought to life in such a way that we are all transported back through the years. Can it really be that long?

In October 1989, Geoff. Wilkinson and Geoff. Ellis took their electric guitars to Swanwick Hall for a weekend away with St. Mark's church, Woodthorpe, with the sole intention of accompanying songs at the services. For a laugh, Geoff Wilkinson decided secretly to volunteer them both for a guitar duet at the Saturday evening concert. "Wonderful Land" and "FBI" were brushed up (they had known them perfectly only twenty-five years earlier!) and performed to an unsuspecting audience. The result was amazing and quite unexpected; rapturous applause from over a hundred people who were obviously trying desperately to recall their youth!

In the bar later that evening, someone from the audience came up with the idea of the two Geoffs, getting together with others to form a Rock and Roll band that could play at a "60's Night" in the Spring of 1990. Geoff Wilkinson's brother Bryan and church organist Richard Marsden were obvious choices, but a drummer and a singer were not so easy to find. It was then that Bryan suggested Ken Pritchett (who used to sing with the Wilkinsons years earlyer in a group called the "Talismen"). Luckily, Bryan still had Ken's phone number - who readily agreed. Evan Thompson - a mere youngster at the side of the other seasoned veterans - came along from the Nottingham Christian Centre as a drummer. With the help of Steve Potts (who had access to microphones and P.A. equipment), a friend who made shiny Teddy Boy jackets and the band's wives who carefully "gelled" their husbands hair (or the hair they could find), the first of Revival's dances took place.

The band members were petrified, the hall was packed and everyone had a tremendous time - and raised 800 for the church. AND they made a half page spread in the Nottingham Evening Post!!
Little did anyone know then how things would snowball. Other organisations asked the band to play and within a year they were accepting gigs at weddings, silver weddings, Churches, Schools, 40th. and 50th. Birthday parties, Golf Clubs etc. They had the honour of playing at most of the big hotels in the City of Nottingham, County Hall, the Dome at Kelham Hall (Southwell) and some functions where the audience paid 45 each to see them (though there was a five course meal including smoked salmon and waitress service - and it was for charity!!).

In the twenty years that Revival has been together, there have only been three changes in personnel. Evan found it hard taking a service in church at 8am on Sunday after playing until 1am the night before and in 1992 was happy to hand over to Allan Woolley who remained as the band's drummer until retiring due to ill health in August 2008. He was replaced by Alan Yeo who is now enjoying his second year with the band. Richard Marsden handed over responsibility for keyboards to Jim Kirby six years ago, when business and family commitments became too great.

Currently, Revival performs nearly every week; they have branched out into theatres as well as dance halls. They have played at the London Guild Hall, Nottingham's Albert Hall, Nottingham's Wollaton Park, Commodore International, Arnold's open air Festival, recorded a session at Pebble Mill for radio and broadcast a live 30-minute spot for BBC Radio Nottingham. The band also played at Nottingham's Concert Hall in January 2005.

The fan's mailing list grows continually, as does the amount of equipment the band has on stage! It is a sobering thought that Revival began almost by accident and years later is being asked to play with some of the top professional bands of the 60's. So far, they have supported Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dave Berry and Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers. It is also an astounding fact that since 1990 they've played for countless charitable institutions, which have grossed an estimated 185,000. Cancer Research UK has presented a certificate to each band member in recognition of their fund-raising for the charity. Revival are also proud to have been nominated by the Rotary Club of Nottingham (North) for Citizens of the Year. It's good that so many people have benefited from a bunch of old wrinkly wannabes having the time of their lives!

Fortunately this is a story without an ending. The Band diary continues to fill up more than a year in front with a wide range of events and venues, each organiser being confident that Revival will bring something special to their evening. After all this time rehearsals are still a vital part the Band's ethos, old favourites are revisited and new material, once selected, must be performed to Revivals exacting standards before it is added to the live set.

The real joy of Revivals success is the reaction of the Audience to the music that they play. Without an Audience to share these special musical moments the journey would not have been possible.

Thank you all for your support and here's to the future.

 

 

 

Webmaster Steve Potts Steve Potts
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