Cat­fish keeps toes tap­ping

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HAV­ING been in the live mu­sic game for 60 years, there’s only one thing that up­sets John ‘‘Cat­fish’’ Purser about mod­ern-day young mu­sic en­thu­si­asts. ‘‘Kids aren’t danc­ing like we used to. Now young peo­ple don’t dance, they just pump the air with their fists,’’ he says. ‘‘They idolise the peo­ple on the stage but they don’t get any ex­er­cise. It’s very sad. Young peo­ple would love to but they think it’s for the oldies. If you get on the dance floor and get with it, it opens doors.’’

Cat­fish, who was J O’K’s orig­i­nal drum­mer, says he’s keep­ing the dream alive by keep­ing toes tap­ping and oldies jiv­ing at his reg­u­lar gigs across the Coast.

‘‘Back in the day, they would all dance. Peo­ple would never be in their seats. Then they would buy the record and take it home and dance again,’’ he says. ‘‘The oldies are still on the dance floor. We play for an hour and they dance for an hour. Then we have a 15-minute break and they are back on the floor for an­other 45-min­utes. I don’t know where they get their en­ergy.’’

Cat­fish and the Dee­jays’ con­sists of Cat­fish on drums, Rick Har­ris on lead gui­tar, Bob Hely on bass and Brian Austin on key­board with the quar­tet shar­ing vo­cal du­ties.

‘‘Our main aim is to get peo­ple up and danc­ing, we are keep­ing rock’n’roll alive,’’ he says. ‘‘We mix up all the rock’n’roll songs and with four singers it never gets mo­not­o­nous. I love ev­ery minute of it. It’s a lot of work but it keeps me healthy and happy. I have a great time with the band.’’

ROSE SADLEIR Cat­fish and the Dee­jays play their monthly gig at the Ash­more Tav­ern on Sun­day from 3-6pm.

John ‘‘Cat­fish’’ Purser

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