Wilburys at Brian Epstein Tribute

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Stars come out for Blue Plaque unveiling

The Wilburys played a great finale set at the Heritage Foundation tribute lunch to Brian Epstein at Regents Park Marriott on Sunday June 29th after the Blue Plaque unveiling in Argyll Street, London W1 where Epstein’s NEMS company was based from 1964-67. Wilbury drummer Dave Stark helped to organise the event and spoke at the unveiling, along with Heritage Foundation president Vicki Michelle and Adam Ant, to a crowd of around 200 plus press, radio and TV.

Beatle-related guests at the lunch included Bill Harry, Tony Bramwell, Geoffrey Ellis & other ex-NEMS staff, Joe Flannery, Tony Crane of the Merseybeats, authors Mark Lewisohn and Kevin Roach, Martin Lewis, songwriters Mitch Murray and Les Reed, actor Andrew Lancel who plays Brian in the new play “Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles” which opens at Leicester Square Theatre on July 30th (www.epsteintheplay.com), plus Andrew Sachs, Nicholas Parsons, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden and many others.

Messages were also read out from various Epstein clients & friends including Paul McCartney who wrote, “I know Brian would have been very proud to think that he had earned a Blue Plaque in the West End of London. He played a very important role in guiding the early career of us Beatles and more than that he was a lovely man whose friendship we all valued and who I will always remember with great fondness. Congratulations Brian, love from Paul McCartney”.

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Trembling Wilburys Rock the Room

We were without bassist Marko ‘Jeff Lynne’ Laver on the day but our good pal Spike Jefferson stood in for him most admirably. Everyone loved the set – except the Queen, or rather her look-alike, who complained we were much too loud. Well, that’s rock & roll your majesty, and if ace guitarist Dzal Martin sees you again he says he’s gonna kick ya in the crown jewels!!

All in all it was a really great day and the Wilburys went down a treat. Next stop Broadstairs Folk Festival on August 13th and Belgian Beatles Day in October, we are of course up for any gigs or events in YOUR area subject to availability and fee – contact Dave Stark on 07956 270592.

Links:
www.brianepstein.com
www.epsteintheplay.com
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Wilburys Rocking In To 2014

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Trembling Wilburys at Dingwalls, Camden Lock

The Trembling Wilburys ended 2013 with two great Christmas gigs, the first at the legendary Dingwalls in London’s Camden Lock, and the second at our pal Denis Cook’s new venue, the Flamingo on the Pond in Watford. The Dingwalls gig was also drummer Dave Stark’s SongLink 20th Anniversary party, and saw a great turnout of music industry friends and supporters, along with many new faces seeing the band in action for the first time. Continue reading

Wilburys Meet Wombles Man As Cribbins Is Honoured!

Glen and Dave with Bernard Cribbins

Glen and Dave C meet Bernard Cribbins

Showbiz legends were in abundance at the Regents Park Marriott Hotel in Swiss Cottage on Saturday 16th November, when the Heritage Foundation paid special tribute to actor and comedian Bernard Cribbins OBE on achieving 70 years in the business. Best known for narrating The Wombles TV series; his appearances in three Carry On films; two hit records (‘Right Said Fred’ and ‘Hole In The Ground’) plus appearances in Doctor Who, Jackanory, Fawlty Towers, Wrong Arm Of The Law and many other TV programmes and feature films, Cribbins (84) was delighted to receive recognition from his peers at the Heritage Foundation’s annual Christmas Lunch. The glitzy event (complete with crackers, turkey & mince pies) concluded with a full set by the Trembling Wilburys, whose singers Glen Knowler (as George Harrison) and Dave Collison (as Roy Orbison) are seen flanking Cribbins. This turned out to be one of our best performances yet, and a great warm-up for our special Xmas party night at Dingwalls in Camden on December 3rd. Continue reading

London Beatles Day Report

Rod Davis with the Wilburys

Rod Davis with the Wilburys

The Trembling Wilburys returned to London Beatles Day on Sunday October 20th for the third time to play a short acoustic set, marking exactly 25 years of the original Traveling Wilburys, which was well received by a highly appreciative crowd. The event was also much busier than usual due to the presence of author Mark Lewisohn talking about his mammoth new Beatles biography “All These Years – Vol. 1: Tune In”, and signing copies all afternoon in an adjacent room – thereby sadly missing our fine set (!) which consisted of ‘She’s My Baby’, ‘Dirty World’, ‘If I Need Someone’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘You Got It’, ‘End of The Line’ and ‘Handle With Care’. Continue reading

Lights, Camera…

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The Trembling Wilburys singing around the stationary microphone

In just a few days time, the Trembling Wilburys will be releasing their first video, “Handle With Care” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of the original which set off the whole thing. Originally released on the 17th of October, 1988, “Handle With Care” was the Traveling Wilburys biggest and most popular hit.

Join the Trembling Wilburys facebook page to be among the first to see our rendition of this fantastic song.

Trembling Video Session!

One week ago, the Trembling Wilburys made their first videos at Farm Studios in Essex, directed by our pal Mark Windows. We filmed two songs, “Handle With Care” & “Not Alone Any More” and what a lot of fun it was too. Stay tuned for the results – meanwhile here are some shots from the session….
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Wilbury Gear

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Wilburys & Quarrymen Unite for Historic Gig!

Dave, Marko and Quarrymen

David Stark and Marko Laver with the Quarrymen

On Monday May 6th, an historic musical event took place at London’s St. James’ Theatre, when three members of John Lennon’s original Quarrymen (Rod Davis, Len Garry and John ‘Duff’ Lowe) were joined by two of the Trembling Wilburys, drummer Dave Stark and bassist Marko Laver, for a one-off gig which was rapturously received by a full house crowd. Dave and Marko were invited to step in as regular Quarrymen drummer Colin Hanton was recovering from a shoulder operation back home in Liverpool. The two-set gig included many skiffle and rock’n’roll classics such as ‘Rock Island Line’, ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ and ‘That’ll Be The Day’, along with Quarrymen/early Beatles originals ‘One After 909′ and ‘In Spite Of The Danger’, plus a sentimental version of Lennon’s classic ‘In My Life’.

Click here for a full report of the show at The Quarrymen website.
http://www.originalquarrymen.co.uk/html/2013_st_j.html

Quarrymen and Wilburys Combo this Monday

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Three of the original Quarrymen – Len Garry, Colin Hanton and Rod Davis.

On Monday, the 6th of May, an historic event will be taking place. John Lennon’s original band, the Quarrymen will be performing at St. James’ Theatre, London. Three members of the original Quarrymen will be joined by our own drummer, David Stark, and bass player, Marko Laver for a one off gig.

From the St. James’ website:

The Quarrymen perform the Skiffle and early Rock music, which influenced the birth of the Beatles,  including songs like“Rock Island Line”, “Mean Woman Blues”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Lost John”, and many more.  As well as their music, the Quarrymen share their Liverpool sense of humour in the stories and anecdotes with which they pepper their performance, giving Beatles fans a unique insight into the origins of their favourite group and the city in which they grew up.

The current Quarrymen lineup includes three of those five original musicians, – Len Garry, former tea-chest bass player, now playing guitar and replacing Lennon as lead singer, – Rod Davis, from Quarry Bank School,  on guitar and Colin Hanton on drums, who played with John, Paul, George and John Duff Lowe on the famous Percy Phillips recording session which produced “In Spite of All the Danger” and “That’ll Be the Day”.

 

For more information and tickets, please visit the St. James Theatre website by clicking here.

Grovelands Park Centenary Celebration

Trembling Wilburys at Grovelands

Trembling Wilburys at Grovelands

The Trembling Wilburys will be playing at the Grovelands Park Centenary, which takes place in Winchmore Hill on May the 18th and 19th. It promises to be a wonderful event full of great activities and shows.

The Wilburys will be performing on the main stage on the Saturday at around 4pm with a combination of Traveling Wilburys, Roy Orbison (our Dave Collison) and George Harrison (our Glen Knowler) songs for you all to dance and sing along to.

So, come on down and enjoy the beautiful park, all the events and our very own Trembling Wilburys.

Don’t forget to head on over and like the Trembling Wilburys facebook page and maybe even send invites to your facebook friends.

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Heritage Foundation Lunch for George and John

Trembling Wilburys Plaque

Trembling Wilburys Plaque

This Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2013, the Trembling Wilburys will be playing at a lunch to celebrate the unveiling of plaques for George Harrison MBE and John Lennon MBE.

All of the usual Wilburys hits plus a few extra ‘George’ numbers, with our very own Glen Knowler, will get the day rocking.

From the Heritage Foundation site:

The Heritage Foundation and our Annual President Vicki Michelle MBE are pleased to announce that there will be a Blue Plaque unveiling in tribute to John Lennon MBE and George Harrison MBE on Sunday March 17th 2013 at Baker Street. London W1 and lunch after at The Marriott Hotel. Regents Park. London. NW3 3ST
Tickets to this event will cost £80 including wine on the table.

To apply please call our credit card ticket hotline on either 0208 3429953 or 07703 397270