|Ridin' The Brit Beat, The Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have spent considerable time travelling the U.K. often venturing abroad displaying their own mixture of British rock 'n' roll and early beat music. They are very pleased they had the opportunity to record for Pollytone Records. Recording this CD seemed to take an absolute age since the writing of the original material, the choosing of covers from such a long list and even finding enough studio time to record it in between such a heavy live schedule. The Band recorded this album with the intention of showing the various musical styles sweeping through Britain between 1958-1962 from American rock 'n' roll to the subtle guitar instrumentals of so many bands around at that time.
They hope very much that their own material will be able to stand alongside recordings made by Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, Joe Brown, Marty Wilde, Johnny Kidd etc in anybody's record collection. Well there you have it, whether it is a trip down memory lane, or something new to your ears or just if you are a fan of this style of music as we are.
Steve, Bob, Bob and Iain are showing off their well-groomed skills, which have always been set in the field of music nostalgia. Over the past six years The Blue Jays have appeared with many original artists from the 50's & 60's, performed in countless Holiday Camp Cabarets and club dances up and down the country. Whatever the occasion a good time is always on the cards for old and young alike. The 60's are usually remembered for Mersey Sound, Mary Quant, Mods and The Flower People, but a night out with The Blue Jays and those fond memories of TV's Jukebox Jury, Ready Steady Go, 6 5 Special and Oh Boy come flooding back.
Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Hines has been playing rock 'n' roll bands since he was thirteen covering the whole of southern England and supporting many top names on the rock 'n' roll circuit. Bob Hines, the lead guitarist, has played in several bands and gained his skills playing across Europe. Over the past few years he has developed the clean-cut guitar sound synonymous with the early sixties. Iain Devine, the beat behind the band, has an extensive pedigree stretching back to his teens. Having backed and supported many top acts he keeps the solid tempo that audiences love to dance to. And last but no means least, Bob Soanes, the newest member of the band on bass guitar. Bob has a wide range of musical talents and has added new dimensions to the band. You can hear them all on this new Pollytone album and the track "Johnny's Song", which is a great tribute to the late Johnny Kidd, has already received extensive radio airplay and around the clubs it is a great stroller!