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Plays Host to 60’s Singing Stars
If you’re of a certain age
and remember the swinging sixties, then the place to be this coming
weekend is Paphos Fort. On Saturday, 30th May, the ancient fort
will be throbbing to the sounds of sixties music sensations, The
Searchers and The Foundations, who will be performing live to the
delight of their many fans.
According to a report in
the Cyprus Mail , neither of the groups has exactly been taking
it easy over the last few decades - The Searchers have just returned
from a sell-out tour in Australia. Last year they released The Very
Best of the Searchers, a compilation of 25 of their classic hits
and sales have recently hit the 30 million mark. The Foundations
with their timeless hits, including the famous ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’,
are in constant demand in arenas and concert halls all over the
Concert organiser, Tony Willmett
from Carpe Diem Promotions, said it was pretty difficult getting
both bands together at the same time and place. “It’s been like
juggling five plates in the air at once - getting the right bands
together at the right time and in the right place.” As Wilmett discovered,
both groups - two of the UK’s best-loved bands from the sixties
- are very much in demand and they just go on and on. He believes
it’s all down to the feel-good factor and the happy memories that
these hits evoke when audiences hear them.
The Searchers were of course
fellow Liverpudlians and contemporaries of The Beatles and Gerry
and the Pacemakers. Hits like ‘Needles and Pins’ and ‘Sweets for
my Sweet’ kept them in the charts throughout the sixties. Over the
years the band has seen members come and go but the current foursome
has been together since 1980 and consist of the original founder
of the group, John McNally, one of the original members, Frank Allen,
and Spencer James and Eddie Roth. Together they make up one of the
most popular rock and roll bands on the UK concert circuit.
The Foundations were a soul
band who took the UK by storm in the late 1960s and were the first
multiracial group to have a number one hit in there with ‘Baby Now
That I’ve Found You’. They are hugely popular and their songs regularly
feature in films and TV ads. When they perform their greatest hits
in Paphos on Saturday one of the original members from all those
years ago - Clem Curtis – will be there along with the six other
musicians who make up the current Foundations line-up.
Searched & Found Concert
Saturday 30th May at 7.30 in Paphos Fort.
Entrance fee of €40 includes light refreshments, prize raffle and
a mystery guest opening the show.
For more information :
Tel. (00357) 26-622441 / 26-938017 / 25-653024/ 25-392411
Author: Anne Hall