Open Mic Nights are often the centre of controversy. There are two very different opinions…
‘Few groups have successfully recreated the sound, feel and look of that wonderful early 60s Mersey beat sound and these guys are as good as it gets. It’s little wonder that ‘Shakin’ Sunday’, their weekly residency at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, is packed every week!’ – Vee Tone Records.
The Cavern Club’s resident Merseybeat combo, The Shakers, have a 7” vinyl single available on Vee-Tone Records (via their website). This fab forty-five perfectly captures the earthy, raw sound of the early 60s beat boom with the killer twin spin of driving rocker, ‘Hi-Fi Baby’ on the A side, featuring great vocal harmonies and top-notch guitar licks, and the flip side, their thrashing, atmospheric guitar-led version of the Little Willie John classic, ‘Fever’. It’s been a staple of rock ’n’ roll radio around the world during the last year, even reaching number 1 on American radio!
The ‘best Merseybeat group out of Liverpool since the 60s’ (‘The Beat’ Magazine) also have two local gigs coming up in original Merseybeat venues. The first on Saturday, August 21st is at Wallasey’s famed Grosvenor Ballroom, where The Beatles appeared 14 times, and then on Saturday 20th November they are at Crosby’s original ‘Jive Hive’, St Luke’s Hall, now Crosby Comrades club, for a night of ‘Maximum Merseybeat’ also featuring the fab Victoria Jones as Cilla. Tickets for both events on sale now!