Multiple award-winning band The Bluejays are back by popular demand. This 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll group bring their brand new show, Rock and Roll Revolution, to York for one night only on Saturday 20th July. Packed with over 40 classic hits including Rock Around The Clock, That’ll Be The Day, Jailhouse Rock, Johnny B. Goode, Tutti Frutti, C’mon Everybody, Stupid Cupid, Great Balls of Fire and La Bamba, all performed live on stage. We had a quick chat with the band to find out more…
Q. You’re all pretty young to be into fifties music. What got you started in Rock ‘n’ Roll?
A. Chris (Bass): Thank you! Yes, we’re all in our 20s and 30s. I think we all had parents who loved the music, so we’ve known it from a young age. The big turning point, however, came in 2008 when we were cast together in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story on its UK tour. Ollie played Buddy whilst Dan and I were The Crickets.
Q. Have you been in any other West End shows?
A. Dan (Drums): We have! Quite a few actually. After Buddy we all went on to appear in Dreamboats and Petticoats on a year-long UK tour. Ollie then starred as Carl Perkins in the West End production of Million Dollar Quartet. Matt Wycliffe who plays keys for us has just finished playing the same role on the recent world tour and spent a couple of years in Jersey Boys in London.
Q. What made you create Rock and Roll Revolution?
A. Ollie (Vocals): There are a few 50s shows out there but none of them do what we do. We wanted to make a show that not only featured all the songs that audiences know and love but also looked a little bit into the history of the time. How Rock ‘n’ Roll came into being and how it changed everything that followed. It really was a revolution.
Q. Which other artists can we expect to hear?
A. Dan: It’s obviously not all about the male Rock ‘n’ Rollers. We have our wonderful female vocalist, Amelia Rendell covering all the Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson and Peggy Lee tunes. Amelia’s our secret weapon and often ends up stealing the show. Her version of Fever is unbelievable. We once overheard an audience members saying it sent chills up their spine. No pressure, Amelia!
Q. So what can people expect when they come and see Rock and Roll Revolution?
A. Ollie: They can expect a really fun, energetic, slick and truly authentic 1950s experience. We actively encourage the audience to sing along throughout and the night always seems to culminate in everyone up and dancing in the aisles. If you’re a fan of any style of music we think you’ll love this show!
Rock and Roll Revolution comes to York on Saturday 20th July, 7.30pm.