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Another Chance to Relive Guildford’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Years With David Rose And Friends

Published on: 15 Nov, 2021
Updated on: 15 Nov, 2021

Local historian and musician David Rose, and fellow musicians Mick Douglas and John Kelly, with be giving their popular illustrated talk with live music, Guildford the Rock ‘n’ Roll Years, at The Spike Heritage Centre, Warren Road, Guildford on Friday, November 26.

Pictured at a previous Guildford the Rock ‘n’ Roll Years night at the Keep pub. From left: John Kelly, David Rose, Ben Darnton from Ben’s Collectors Records who hosted the night in conjunction with the pub, and Mick Douglas.

Hear about the Guildford bands that began by playing skiffle at the end of the 1950s, soon turning to rock ‘n’ roll in the early 1960s and what became of them.

Both Mick and John were in the Crescendos and later went over to Hamburg in West Germany to hone their talents as professional musicians.

The Crescendos with John Kelly playing his white Gretch guitar.

With David showing lots of vintage pictures of the bands on the Guildford scene back then, such as the Stormsville Shakers, the Kossacks, Ricky and the Secrets, the Switch and many more, it will be a trip down memory lane not to be missed!

The venues they played at will also be featured such as the Ricky Tick Club at the Plaza in Onslow Street, the Harvest Moon Club, the Stoke Hotel and the Civic Hall.

Mick Douglas, pictured left, with the Pete Chester Combo.

Mick and John will add plenty of their memories and great stories of what they got up to and the many artists they brushed shoulder with, some of whom became very famous.

Then, after a quick break, the trio will pick up their guitars and play out the evening with some great songs from the era in question.

Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets to be pre-booked in advance (so you don’t miss out) at £5 with £1 for tea and coffee in the interval (pay on the night) – or  If you’d like something a little stronger please bring it along with you (the fridge will be on and The Spike can provide glasses).

The entrance to the heritage centre part of The Spike is on the right-hand side, from the car park.

To book, send an email now to saying how many tickets you would like.

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