he 'Blue Caps' are heading for Chippenham! Yes in October, three members of Gene Vincent's 1957 Blue Caps - Tommy Facenda, Dickie Harrell and Johnny Meeks, will headline the 5th Eddie Cochran Festival in an exclusive UK concert on Saturday, October 2nd at the Olympiad Leisure Centre Chippenham. Legendary guitarist Albert Lee will be joining them filling in for Paul Peake.
The theme of this year's festivale will be to pay tribute to both Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, very close friends, who had toured together all over the world in the late 50's. It was in 1960, when Eddie and Gene were touring the UK together, that the fateful accident occurred at Rowden hill on April 17th.
Appearing with The Blue Caps will be guest artist Bobby Cochran, who will be here for his 3rd festival backed by three of the UK's top recording and session musicians, and special guest Marco Di Maggio, who is flying in direct from Florence Italy with the Di Maggio Brothers for an exclusive performance. Brian Hodgson, former member of Matchbox and currently with Albert Lee's band Hogans Heroes, will join the Blue Caps on stage as Guest Bass Guitarist.
Other artists include Tony Sheridan Jr., The Moonshine Boys, The Wanderers, Rhythmbound, Holly Dayz, The Sugar Bullets and top DJ Wildcat Pete.
Mike Berry will return to the festival to headline the Friday night gig with his band The Outlaws, supported by the fantastic Dee and her Heartbeats, plus Chippenham DJ Richard Marsh (Fans of TV's 'Are You Being Served' may remember Mike Berry as 'Mr. Spooner' and as 'Mr. Peters' in 'Worel Gummidge').
Mike is much in demand on the Rock-n-Roll circuit and is a regular performer at the annual Buddy Holly Birthday tribute organized by (Sir) Paul McCartney. At last year's festival, Mike did a fantastic job when asked to join The Crickets for the show due to Sonny Curtis being unable to travel to Chippenham.
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