Barrie starting singing as a boy treble in the local church choir. His ambition, to be a big band singer, was thwarted by the advent of guitar groups in the early ’60s when Barrie found himself fronting country, blues and soul bands.
Barrie’s musical experience includes solo work at weddings and other social occasions with a solo CD “In my Life” selling well in the UK and abroad.
Barrie has also appeared in many concerts and productions with local musicians and societies such Pendle Opera and Stacksteads Brass band.
Mike starting playing guitar in a skiffle group before joining a folk influenced group which became Johnny Dee & The Avalons. This was his first real pop group whose music was influenced by Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and guitarists like Duane Eddy, the Shadows and the Ventures before embracing Motown music.
He also had a spell as the guitarist in the resident band at the Nelson Imperial Ballroom and taught guitar before joining Barrie in one of East Lancashire’s first R ‘n’ B and soul band.
Between them they have witnessed and been involved in performances by many of the greats such as Otis Redding and the Stax revue, the Everlys, Del Shannon, the Walker Brothers, Roy Orbison, The Who, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Duane Eddy, Long John Baldry with Elton John, Robert Cray, the Eagles, the Hollies, and Tina Turner.
Barrie and Mike perform a range of music from the Delta to the Diva.
This not only reflects the diversity of their musical interests and backgrounds but their admiration for a new generation of performers such as Adele, Michael Buble, the Waterboys and the Foo Fighters (see Wordle).