The arch exponents of tongue-in-cheek pop The Barron Knights bring their 50th anniversary tour to Swindon on Sunday, one of 65 concerts, fifty in the UK and 15 in Australia and New Zealand.
Featured in a documentary on the history of BBC TVs Top of the Pops during the Christmas holidays, the Knights go back a long, long way.
Touring with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 63/64 was a massive boost to the bands career and with 30 world tours, over 300 shows at the London Palladium, five Royal Command Performances including one at Buckingham Palace, shows at the Albert Hall, two in the Falklands for the troops, and 11 million records sold, they’re still performing to packed houses.
The show this year has all the well known hits, reworked in fun Barron Knights’s comedy style, as well as songs that are from the soundtrack of the band’s life that bring back so many memories for so many folks.
Pete will be playing a couple of classical pieces on the guitar. The William Tell Overture and the flamenco piece Malaguena will certainly be in the show as they have proved to be very popular.
The Barron Knights have always been known for their harmony and their three part version of the Paul McCartney song ‘Blackbird’ is always requested.
A few anecdotes will be told because there are many true stories that need to be heard that will certainly make the audience laugh.
See them at Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday 13 January, 7.30pm
Tickets are £16.50 from Arts Centre Box Office, Devizes Road, Old Town Swindon SN1 4BJ. Tel: 01793 614837
Open: Monday Friday: 12 noon – 5pm; Saturday 10am-1pm. On nights when there are shows the Box Office will remain open until the start of the performance.