I play lead guitar and sing the majority of the songs. I learned to play the guitar after hearing some older boys playing skiffle at school. After playing in skiffle groups for a couple of years I then moved on to pop music. A few years later I gave up playing altogether.
After a fifteen year layoff I was coaxed back into playing by a friend from one of my old groups and got into the club music scene. This venture only lasted about two years and once again I took a break.
The break only lasted for a few months when another old friend asked me to join a country music band. This time I stayed on the country music scene for about sixteen years before returning to the music of my teenage years and becoming one of the founder members of The Reflektors.
My heroes are still the same after all these years - Lonnie Donegan, Buddy Holly, The Shadows, Johnny Kidd from the early times and Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. from the country music scene. Although I greatly admire many more modern guitarists I feel that they haven't made the same impression on me as the guys who were there at the beginning.
In February 2007 I answered an ad in the local rag for a rhythm guitarist / singer.
After playing in local bands over the last twenty-something years as a guitarist and doing a small amount of backing vocals, I thought what the hell, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I spoke to Ben who instantly put me at my ease. We arranged a meeting at Kath’s house, (she’s the drummer). We all just seemed to click, and hit it off.
We all like the same type of music (the sixties are the best) and like Ben, I love the Shadows’ music and also think that rock and roll is great.
After a lot of hard work and practice we did our first gig. (What a great night). Since then we haven’t looked back.
Hope to meet you all soon, at a gig I hope.
Bye for now, all the best, Mike.
I started playing cymbals in a marching band at the age of 9 and moved on to the bell lyre and eventually the snare drum. I enjoyed playing in carnivals, fetes and competitions throughout the south. At the same time I took up percussion lessons at school including learning timpani and worked towards exams in snare drum and drum kit.
As well as the marching band, I joined Bournemouth Youth Wind Band for a couple of years, playing most instruments in the percussion section and performing in several concerts.
At 16 I was invited to play drum kit and percussion in my first amateur show, "Pink Champagne", for a local operatic society. This led to other local amateur dramatic society shows including Guys and Dolls, The Pajama Game, Baby Love and The Boyfriend. I loved playing in these shows and it was an anti-climax when each one finished.
In my late teens, I began instructing and playing in a newly formed marching brass band until I joined Cottonwood country band several years later. I was sad to say goodbye to my marching band years but felt that this was the right time to move on to my new commitment.
Cottonwood continued for several years after which we formed another country band, Sutter's Gold, followed by The Reflektors as we are known today.
I prefer the music our band plays today and enjoy my newer challenge of backing singing, it certainly keeps me on my toes!
Hi, I am Pete, the new Bass Player in Reflektors. I had a taste of musical high life when I was 12 years old (just a few years ago!!!). I appeared with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at Bournemouth Pavilion under Peter Pratt, our Principal where I acted in various Gilbert & Sullivan operas.