Showad­dy­waddy time

As Showad­dy­waddy pre­pares to per­form in Nor­folk, Dave Bar­tram, the band’s man­ager and for­mer lead singer, speaks to Rachel Banham.

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S howad­dy­waddy fans can look for­ward to an evening of nos­tal­gia and rock ‘n’ roll at Nor­wich The­atre Royal on Oc­to­ber 29.

So says Dave Bar­tram, the group’s lead vo­cal­ist for many years, who is now their man­ager.

“The boys go out and do a twohour show and it’s just non-stop rock ‘n’ roll. All the hits and a few sur­prises along the way, shall I say,” Dave says. “It’s a fun night out, ba­si­cally.”

Showad­dy­waddy has been on tour since 1973 and is as pop­u­lar as ever.

The show features hits in­clud­ing Un­der The Moon Of Love, Three Steps To Heaven, Pretty Lit­tle An­gel Eyes and Hey Rock And Roll.

Dave’s last per­for­mance with Showad­dy­waddy was in De­cem­ber 2011 and Andy Pe­los is now the lead vo­cal­ist.

Dave says: “I had 38 fan­tas­tic years, so I look back at that with great fond­ness - but now I firmly wear my man­ager’s hat. It’s kind of nice to be still as­so­ci­ated and still to see the guys.”

A large part of Dave’s boy­hood was spent in Nor­folk, as his fa­ther had a car­a­van at East Run­ton, of which he has “very, very fond mem­o­ries”.

“I’ve al­ways had a very strong af­fil­i­a­tion with Nor­folk,” he says. “In re­cent years, my wife and I of­ten go across to Alde­burgh, which I re­ally like as well, in Suf­folk. I know the area well – it’s kind of, to my mind, more un­spoiled than the ma­jor­ity of coast­line in the UK.”

Dave has writ­ten two books since he stopped per­form­ing and is cur­rently work­ing on his first piece of fic­tion – a mur­der mys­tery meets rock ‘n’ roll.

He is also reg­u­larly adding dates to Showad­dy­waddy’s tour sched­ule.

“It just seems to be as pop­u­lar as ever,” he says. “It’s great. There’s a lot of life left in Showad­dy­waddy yet.”

Showad­dy­waddy plays Nor­wich The­atre Royal on Oc­to­ber 29. For tick­ets, call 01603 630000 or visit: www.the­atreroy­al­nor­wich.co.uk Showad­dy­waddy is also play­ing other venues through­out Nor­folk and Suf­folk, in­clud­ing Hun­stan­ton, Hemsby, Low­est­oft and Bury St Ed­munds, on the 2017/2018 tour. For dates and venues, see the web­site: www.showad­dy­waddy.net

To­day’s line-up of Showad­dy­waddy, still rock­ing and rolling.

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