Seek out The Searchers

The Searchers at Buxton Opera House on May 3 as part of the Solid 60s silver show
The Searchers at Buxton Opera House on May 3 as part of the Solid 60s silver show

BACK in the 60s, The Searchers were in the Premier League of UK chart toppers – and fans new and old can see them on stage again, at Doncaster Civic on Thursday, January 31.

The Searchers are one of the few remaining hit touring bands that emerged from those heady days... and they’re as much in demand today as they have ever been.

The band has never stopped touring and still boasts a founder member in John McNally and his trademark Rickenbacker guitar.

Also in the line-up are Frank Allen, who joined from Cliff Bennett’s Rebel Rousers in 1964, Spencer James, who sang the 70s hit, Beach Baby, as part of First Class and drummer, Scott Ottoway.

Named after the classic 1956 John Wayne movie, The Searchers were, along with The Beatles, one of the most influential groups of their time.

Over their remarkable five–decade career, they have notched up a run of over 18 hit records, including three number one hits: Needles And Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away and Sweets For My Sweet.

Still led by John McNally,the band started life as a skiffle group in the late 50s. They then headed for the Star Club in Hamburg, where they developed their repertoire and unique sound playing alongside such US greats as Ray Charles and Gene Vincent.

The Searchers incorporate full-band electric performances with an acoustic set, which includes many of their original album recordings, B-sides and a selection of other collector and well known favourites. Tickets, £18 concessions £16, on 01302 342349.