Music and fun at Rotherham

GET ready to celebrate an evening of music and comedy with The Fortunes and Ivy League who are heading to Rotherham Civic Theatre this month on Sunday 13th March.

The Fortunes contributed their incredible vocal harmonies to some of the most melodic and enduring pop songs to be released during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Originally called The Clifftones, they were formed by pop impresario Reg Calvert at his Pop School based at Clifton Hall, in Rugby.

They began as a vocal/harmony trio with founding members Rod Allen, Glen Dale, and Barry Pritchard. In 1963, they switched to electric guitars and were joined by drummer Andy Brown along with keyboard player David Carr. They signed with Decca in 1963 and their first single was a cover of The Jamies 1958 U.S. hit Summertime, Summertime.

Following on in the wake of Merseybeat and the R&B of the Rolling Stones, the Fortunes added another dimension to the sound of the classic pop song with their special ingredients of sophisticated orchestration, dual lead vocals and stylish counter-melodies.

Although their show concentrates on the classic hits and golden oldies, their fantastic vocals together with the group’s dynamic musical versatility allows them to stretch their repertoire over a wide range of material.

Expect to hear all the classic hits from Seasons In The Sun, Caroline, You’ve Got Your Troubles, Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again and Storm In A Teacup.

Perry Ford was the only original Ivy League member through the late 60’s, which is when Dave Buckley joined to add his unique falsetto voice and keep the sound alive and original.

Dave and John Carter kept The Ivy League going through the 70’s and beyond, with Perry’s blessing, and built the show in to one of the best comedy cabaret acts in the country.

Couple great characters with some fabulous hit records such as Funny How Love Can Be, Tossing and Turning and That’s Why I Am Crying and expect an unforgettable evening.

Said a show promoter: “The combination of great comedy, slick performance, unparalleled harmonies, and lots & lots of hit records, make An Evening With The Fortunes & The Ivy League a show not to be missed!”

The night will also feature Bob Jackson of BADFINGER fame, re-creating toe-tapping hits such as Come and Get It, No Matter What, Day After Day. Tickets for the 7.30pm show are priced £15. Visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/theatres.