Seeking a dance partner? Want to hook up with other musicians? Something to sell, buy or swap? Or sound off on the burning issues of the day.Readers' jives
Stormy RedCommitted double bass and pianist wanted for Stormy Red & The Tornados. Stormy Red & The Tornados are a seven-piece 'stonkin, dirty, rock'n'roll and bitchin' blues' band, consisting of raucous female vocals. The band's influences are in the style of late 50s r'n'b like Big Mama Thornton, Amos Milburn, to early 60s rock'n'roll, soul and bew breed. For more info, contact email@example.com (April 2014)
Rattle Shakin' DaddiesWe put together this little photo montage with one of our newly recorded songs... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EW038Zj70o Kevin O’Reilly, Rattle Shakin Daddies. (March 2014)
Female drummerI'm 49 and played in a band many years ago. I'm a bit rusty but would like to get back into a band in Liverpool. I have no transport but do have a place for a band to practice. I'm used to playing 50s and can do a small amount of backing singing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (March 2014)
Staffs/Midlands band needs drummer and lead guitarWe play authentic 50s stuff on the UK rockin' circuit with gigs lined up, including weekenders. Due to other commitments we will be needing a drummer and lead guitarist (some vocals preferred). You must be used to playing this style and preferably be familiar with the rockin' scene. Also useful if you are not too far away so that rehearsals do not become a problem when required. You will need to be both committed and available for weekend work with the occasional midweek gig also. Call Eddie for more info on 07754 593502 (February 2014)
Lead singer wantedEstablished rockabilly/rock'n'roll band seek lead vocalist. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and willing to perform original material as well as covers. Edinburgh/Fife area. Call/text Chris for further details: 07447 940227 (February 2014)
Notts drummer ready to rockDrummer ready to rock'n'roll or rockabilly can join a band. No fluffy stuff, just fast rockin' music. From Nottingham, around 50 years young. Own kit mics and transport. Been playing about 20 years. Email Kevin at email@example.com (February 2014)
Northside HotrodsSoon to be re-gigging, rocking rolling combo The Northside Hotrods are looking for a bassist, ideally bullfiddle, though electric, or tea chest, or cigar box welcome. Enthusiasm trumps experience. Elvis, Cash, Perkins and the rest, including originals. Age/gender immaterial. Crewe/Stoke axis, initially pubs and such. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb06NnPlckk Contact Terry Vince Taylor on firstname.lastname@example.org (February 2014)
North West guitaristNorth West-based guitarist, 49, seeks rock'n'roll band. Ideally I would like rock'n'roll or swing-type band but can play rockabilly no problem. I have top notch gear and am willing to travel. Professional attitude, very reliable, plenty of experience on the rock'n'roll circuit. Email email@example.com or call Steve on 07748 641477 (February 2014)
Surf Rats ride againMy name is Terence Ruffle - terenceruffle.co.uk Up until 2010 I sang with a band called the Surf Rats. Some of our videos are at http://www.youtube.com/user/terencealfredruffle I'd really like to put a new version of the band together.
I'm looking for a bass player who can play both upright and electric bass, a versatile, hard hitting drummer who's played all sorts of rock'n'roll, and a guitarist, who's somewhere between Cliff Gallop and Mick Ronson. Ideally I'm looking for three guys that specialise in rockabilly/rock'n'roll, but can play pretty much anything. Vocals would be a bonus too.
My influences Gene Vincent, Elvis, Johnny Kidd, The Cramps, Gun Club, Stray Cats, Robert Gordon, The Pirates. I'm located in Heybridge, near Maldon in Essex. Transport is essential, total commitment 100% necessary. If you wanna play some ass-kickin' balls-to-the-wall rock'n'roll, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. Expect to gig at least twice a month, and earn a few bob too. (January 2014)
Let's rock KentI am looking for a guitarist (lead and rhythm), drummer, bass player and anyone else who is interested in joining me in forming a new rockin' band. Rock'n'roll, rockabilly, jivers, strollers... anything rockin'. Based in Kent, I have a complete PA and mic system, there is a rehearsal studio nearby and a flexible setlist waiting to be performed. Must have own transport, instruments and sense of humour! Call me if interested: 07960 714959. Mike. (February 2014)
Keyboard playerKeyboard/piano player (50) available. Looking for any variations of jump/jive/swing/r'n'r. Warrington, Cheshire based. Contact (without spaces) - jumpjive @ virginmedia . com (February 2014)
Have guitar will travelRhythm guitar playing singer looking to stand in with a rock'n'roll, jive or rockabilly band. Willing to travel for the right band. Kevin 07921 197749 (January 2014)
Hi-Aces need youMidlands band The Hi-Aces are looking for a rhythm player to complete our four-piece line-up. The band consists of an upright bass player/singer, lead guitar/singer and drums/backing vocals. We have plenty of contacts and gigs coming up. Please email Paul at email@example.com or call 07875 200728 (January 2014)
Five Jive & The Shala-lasFive Jive & The Shala-las are seeking a guitarist. We're a five-piece rock'n'roll band with two backing singers. We have a top of the line, six-string Joe Pass blonde epiphone guitar here if you wish to use it. The band is based in Shropshire/Worcestershire and is now ready to perform at rock'n'roll dance venues. Please phone Warren on 07708 239572 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (January 2014)
Johnny be goodI'm Johnny Aitken. I sing and play rockabilly/r'n'r guitar. I also write my own material and have had lots of airplay on local stations up and down the country. I don't have transport or PA but I have all the guitar gear and stage wear, I also have a well rehearsed set of 50s type r'n'r standards including my own songs which are very 50s. If you want to check me out on YouTube just search for Johnny Aitken. I want to join a band am in the Huddersfield area. I’m in my 50s but I don't care about age as long as you can rock with me. Cheers. email@example.com (January 2014)
Drum and bassLooking for competent bass player (upright) and drummer, both with good vocals, in the Midlands area, to form a new unit, bookings waiting. For loads more info call Louie (Louie Cochran Trio) after 6pm weekdays or text on 07899 807001 (January 2014)
Johnny MidnightMy name is Johnny. I am a male singer (front man) and acoustic rhythm guitarist. I am looking for a 50s style rockabilly/rock'n'roll band. I am based in Bournemouth. I have lots of experience under my belt. I have my own transport and I am willing to do bit of travelling for gigs and rehearsals. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org (December 2013)
Drum with the Downtown DaddyosThe Downtown Daddyos are currently looking for a drummer, preferably with vocals, to join them on the circuit. Own kit, transport and 100% commitment are a must, as we have a busy schedule. If you’re the person we need, call Richie on 07775 868877 or email email@example.com (November 2013)
3/4 bass wantedI am looking for a 3/4 double bass for sale. Not a problem if it's damaged or needs work. Looking for cheap as possible, so if anybody knows of any or has one for sale please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (November 2013)
Staffs drummer seeks bandI'm based in Staffordshire and have been into rockin' music all my life. I've been playing drums for eight years and I'm looking for a rockabilly band preferably. Favourites are Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Johnny Burnette, etc, but don't mind playing a bit of Haley and the like. Contact Jes on 07860 370463 or email email@example.com (November 2013)
Rock with MikeLead/rhythm guitarist wanted for 50s r'n'r/rockabilly band. Based in Essex. Call Mike 07805 188372 (November 2013)
Johnny & The JailbirdsJohnny & The Jailbirds are looking for a piano player for their new line-up. If you want to be a part of this Northants-based rockin' band please call 07887 851427. (September 2013)
Hi-Aces are ready to rockWe are a newly reformed rockabilly/rock'n'roll band called The Hi-Aces. East Midlands-based and looking for gigsm weddings or private parties. For more info email rockabillybassman@hotmail or phone Paul on 07875 200728. (October 2013)
Rockin' drummer wanted in KentA new trio formed from seasoned ex members of the Rockets and the Sonics are looking for a tubs man to join them in a new rockin' adventure, playing a wide variety of rockabilly, r'n'r and jump blues. Own kit and transport essential. We are finishing the sets and will be gigging soon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (October 2013)
Miss Pearl & The Rough Diamonds
We're a dynamic authentic sounding four-piece rockabilly band playing all types of 50s music including rockabilly, hillbilly, country, jump blues etc, from Wanda Jackson to Johnny Burnette, Howlin' Wolf to Elvis. We also write our own songs.
We are willing to travel and have our own PA. Look us up on YouTube or
call Steve on 01684 564404 daytime / 01886 832737 evenings or email
email@example.com or see www.facebook.com/stevehurrell
Buddy Presley needs a pianistThe Buddy Presley Band require a piano player to tour with us. As it says on the tin, it's Buddy and Elvis songs. We have just finished our summer tour and we packed all the theatres we played. It's gone very well and we already have 14 dates in theatres for next year. All you musicians know the Buddy and Elvis songs. It's just a case of blending in with our band. So just an audition required then straight to the gigs. It could be that you can only dep for us. That is cool too. We have two deps but would really like someone full time to join us. You must have a car and the look that’s cool. This band is so much fun with loads of different facets to its show. The band is set up for dancers as much as watchers and is very very authentic. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07958 4331420. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgCsPFZsZ68 (September 2013)
Old Time Hillbilly DuoI'm a singer, banjo picker, guitar strummer and harp blower looking for a musical partner for an old time country, hillbilly, blues, r'n'b duo (or trio or whatever). North West based. Email email@example.com or call Terry on 01270 505018 or see YouTube http://youtu.be/vcvnnYJbZRs (September 2013)
Roadhouse Cruisers need a drummerThe Roadhouse Cruisers are looking for a new drummer.
We have a busy schedule remaining for this year at clubs on the rock'n'roll circuit and so we would be looking for someone who is available to start almost immediately. We would consider a "dep" to keep us going, but ideally someone who is looking to join a band.
Based in the Midlands and Oxfordshire, The Cruisers have made a great name for themselves over the past five years and we would hate to have to start letting venues down now. If you are interested and would like to know more, please give us a call on 07795 575710. If you have booked us and are reading this ad, don't panic! We have our immediate gigs covered. (August 2013)
Bangin' for the grooveReliable and committed drummer (house trained), based in East Midlands, is looking to join a gigging band. Excellent gear (inc mics/triggers, monitors etc) and car. Lots of live rockin' experience, and lovin' r'n'r/swing/jive/rockabilly music. If you're looking for a drummer or know someone who is, call me on 07852 404728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (August 2013)
Rat Pack singer seeks rockin' bandSinger currently covering swing material www.the-rat-pack.co.uk looking to join a band to do rock'n'roll, jump jive for festivals and private bookings! Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Elvis, Louis Jordan, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry etc. Hampshire based but willing to travel. Video at http://youtu.be/UZcUDvFyBdU Contact Steve Conway 07788 813576 / email@example.com (August 2013)
Ford Valley WranglersWe are looking for a double bass player in the Leeds/Bradford area to join the band playing rockabilly, hillbilly etc. Mostly covers plus originals. I can send a link for mp3s taken from a recording session if interested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (August 2013)
50s rockabilly guitarist availableRockabilly, r'n'r, hillbilly etc. Some steel guitar and mandolin. Ex-name bands, pro gear. Manchester/North West. Steve 07904 874747 / email@example.com (August 2013)
Singer wantedSinger wanted to join guitar and double bass with possible drummer. Rhythm guitar an advantage. Based Manchester/North West. Steve 07904 874747 / firstname.lastname@example.org (August 2013)
Singing guitarist and bass player wantedSinging guitarist and singing bass player needed for Berkshire-based 50s/60s band. We cover the classic pop hits of the 50s/60s. Requirements: 20 - mid-40s, professional attitude, own gear and transport, strong backing vocals as well as some lead. We have a lot of gigs waiting including an Xmas residency and bookings for next year. Please only apply if you live within a reasonable commuting distance and would be willing to attend rehearsals. Please email me for more info at email@example.com (August 2013)
The next big thingOld bloke just woke up and wants to recapture the the excitement of the early 80s rockabilly scene. No fixed ideas. Probably small line-up doing rockabilly leaning towards honky tonk (Johnny Horton style?). I play guitar, harmonica and sing. It's a long time since I slapped a bass but I'm willing to give it a go again. If we do this it will be spectacular. I live on Northants/Cambs border (Oundle). Talk to me. Big Bob G. 07939 586789. (August 2013)
Cheaterslicks need a slap bassWest Country rockabilly outfit signed to Western Star Records, The Cheaterslicks, are looking for a slap bass player with experience and a high level of ability to join their line-up. You must be motivated, available for shows most weekends and extended European tours plus the occasional weeknight booking. We also rehearse pretty hard too, as we play mostly self-penned numbers. So making rehearsal should not become an issue. Own quality equipment required and transport too. We are looking for someone to join ASAP as we have shows coming up. If you are interested email us listing experience, ability and drive. A picture would be beneficial too, as image is also important to us. firstname.lastname@example.org (July 2013)
Sheffield guitarist wantedGuitarist required for new side project. Three piece set up with double bass and drums. Lots of contacts on the rock n roll scene. Sheffield area based. Vocals would be great but not essential. Must have transport. Contact Paul on 07745 127855 (July 2013)
Rockin' haircut helpTerry Earl Taylor says: Good barbers are hard to find in the North West, and Curley does a fine rockabilly short back and sides with a flick on top! Curley's Barbers are at 24 High Street, Newcastle-Under-Lyme ST5 1RA, for that well groomed rockabilly haircut. 01782 635343 Tell him Terry sent you! (July 2013)
Yorkshire guitarist wantedI'm a double bass player and I'm looking for a rockabilly guitarist for local gigs in the Halifax and surrounding areas, due to my regular guy leaving the band. Some covers and original stuff from rockin blues to wild rockabilly. Not trying to set the world on fire or educate the masses, just gig once a month and rehearse on a weekly basis. Image not an issue but a good knowledge of rockabilly and its roots a must. No egos or fret wa****s. If you don't mind playing in local boozers for a few quid and free beer, this could be for you. Sean 07715 998230. (July 2013)
Midlands drummer neededPro gigging and recording 50s band with full diary and good rates of pay require a drummer from in or around the Midlands area (preferred but not essential). You must have your own gear and transport, you must love the music, and the clothes. A good level of experience on the rockin' scene (preferred but not essential). A good knowledge of all styles of 50s music (essential). Ability to do backing vocals a bonus. You must be reliable and able to commit to gigs, both in the UK and abroad. And last but not least, a great personality, good team player, and sense of humour is a must. If this is you, then don't miss this great opportunity. Contact Nile Robbins on 0121 743 7944 / 07834 765328 or email email@example.com (June 2013)
Midlands guitaristExperienced lead guitarist looking for a 1950s rock'n'roll/jive band. Midlands based, own transport, great sound, Gretsch and Bassman. Ready to step in at short notice. Call Mark on 07805 993259. (June 2013)
Rockin' keyboards and guitarHi my name is Jim. I am a fab boogie woogie piano player and R&B, rockabilly guitarist. I have all my own gear, based in Surrey, willing to travel and will always be somewhere on time. I have a wide range of gear plus clothing and will always turn up well presented. I learn fast and can be ready at the drop of a hat. I have played with a few named bands over the years and I'm looking for something new or as a dep leading to something more permanent. Contact me on 07780 565390 or at firstname.lastname@example.org (June 2013)
Singer wantedSinger/vocalist needed to join drums, lead guitar and bass for hard hitting r'n'r/r'n'b band being formed in Essex and North Herts. We aim to play material from Eddie Cochran, Johnny Kidd, Dr. Feelgood, The Pirates etc. Bass guitarist and lead guitarist will provide backing vocals. Contact Mick on 07903 362725 or email email@example.com (June 2013)
Drummer neededDrummer required for a new project in SE London/Mid Kent consisting of guitarist, upright bass/vocalist, female backing/lead vocalist. Might also consider either a rhythm guitarist or keyboard player if keen. We'll be playing rockabilly, r'n'b and rock'n'roll. You'll need your own transport, commitment and be willing to rehearse. Phone 07599 497521 (June 2013)
London guitaristRockabilly, blues, surf, rock'n'roll guitar player is available for gigs, and looking for a band. 15 years experience, reliable and hard working. Based in London. Please call 07943 899755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (June 2013)
Seeking singersSeeking two strong female singers with a unique look (tattoos, vintage, pinup, dyed hair etc) for a new project based in Bristol. Regular commitment required. Please email Freya_Astrella@hotmail.co.uk for more info. (May 2013)
Photo shoot locationHello. I have a 1950s location if anyone out there is doing a pinup shoot. The front room and kitchen are period perfect 1950s and I have a rockabilly/space age 'museum' room. There is a selection of guitars and a double bass available also. At the rear of the property is a 50s style American ranch scene and the garage is another 'museum' with a 50s petrol pump to name but one of quite a few things. Also available is a 50s style deuce coupe hot rod. I'm also available for a photo shoot but as yet, nobody's ever asked me... Can't think why. (Checks himself in the mirror.) Oh, I see why now! The location is CW3 0ES. Please email me for futher information. Thanks. email@example.com (June 2013)
Bass player neededFriendly bass player (male or female) wanted to join two old musos (lead guitar and drummer) and our younger female vocalist. We play blues, rockabilly, jazz and swing. We are a very friendly bunch who like a laugh, but we do take our once a week rehearsals very seriously. We have already gigged, mainly on the local pub circuit, but we do private functions and have further gigs lined up. If you fancy playing something a little different and having some fun along the way then give Dave a ring or text on 07969 682610 for a chat or possible audition. (May 2013)
London drummerLondon dased drummer available. Lots of live rockin' experience and looking to dep or join a working band. Willing to travel and have car and kit. Look forward to hearing from you. Gérard 07722 529925. (May 2013)
Have guitar will travelRhythm guitar-playing rock'n'roll/rockabilly singer available for gigs. Own full PA. Based on the South Coast, but distance is not a problem for the right set-up. Contact 07921 197749. (May 2013)
Steve Del Rio & The DeltasSouth Yorkshire-based five-piece rock`n`roll / Elvis tribute band are taking bookings for your pub/club/event. Contact Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07833 631819. (May 2013)
Birmingham bassDouble bass player looking to join a band in the Birmingham or surrounding area. I have all my own equipment. Call Martin on 07783 081703. (April 2013)
Drummer DanDrummer available for gigs, festivals, tours and sessions.
Plenty of experience on the r'n'r circuit.
Excellent gear and transport.
Call Dan 07956 314413 e-mail email@example.com (April 2013)
Swinging songwriterSongwriter who loves writing swing, rockabilly, jive and the blues is looking for performers and artists to record and perform his songs. He got into writing swing music about two years ago after hearing some rock-a-billy music by the Stray Cats and some swing music by the Jive Aces, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Squirrel Nut Zipper. He has been writing music on and off since the early 70s but prefers to write swing music now above all other genres. Please contact Russ Owens, BMI at firstname.lastname@example.org (April 2013)
Our man in BerlinEnglish rock'n'roll guitarist living in Berlin available to dep with bands touring/playing in Germany. Years of experience at top level in rockabilly, psychobilly, rhythm and blues and lots more. Spike: 0049 1744 770617 / email@example.com (April 2013)
Guitarist wantedSheffield-based band The Radiacs are seeking a guitarist to complete a new look line-up. We play psychobilly/neo rockabilly and have a fairly extensive back catalogue - much of it available on YouTube. We are looking at gigging and writing material for a new album. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested and we'll take it from there. (April 2013)
Drum kit for saleCustom hand-built cocktail drum kit for sale. Ideal kit for small pubs as it hardly takes up any space and can be put together in minutes. Collection only from Cinderhill, Nottingham as it's too large to post. It has custom artwork (Jack Daniel's design). £220 - no offers. Email at email@example.com (April 2013)
Have drums will travelSuffolk-based drummer with experience of playing rockabilly, rock'n'roll and swing/jive available for paid dep work. Good gear and transport. Give me a call on 07557 908361 (April 2013)
Essex drummerEx-Rat Pack drummer Steve available. Very experienced. Many years playing rock'n'roll, rockabilly and swing. Own gear and transport. Essex based. Call 07709 865974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (April 2013)
Experienced drummerExperienced drummer, good kit etc, looking for good rockin' band, preferably for jump swing Joe Turner type stuff, or band members looking to form similar from scratch. Based in Nottingham but travel not a problem for the right band. Email email@example.com or phone 07852 404728 (March 2013)
Rockin' drummerI am one of the UK's top rockabilly/rock'n'roll/Americana drummers. I can play any rockin' style, from any era from authentic to contemporary. I am also accomplished in many other styles and genres. I have a wealth of live and recording experience and have toured worldwide playing at festivals, clubs etc, at a high level. I have transport and good gear. I am based in Kent and looking for paid work. firstname.lastname@example.org (March 2013)
The WildcardsFour-piece rock'n'roll band from Norfolk are currently taking bookings. Call Andy on 07789 406161. www.facebook.com/wildcardsband (March 2013)
The Pick UpsNorth East band The Pick Ups are looking for a ballsy r'n'b rockabilly style female or male lead singer and lead guitarist to form a larger five-piece outfit, to complement the current piano trio playing r'n'r, rockabilly, boogie... Lavern Baker, Ruby Turner style. We dont want much! Also, if you play upright bass, give us a shout. Email email@example.com or ring 07886 850259. (March 2013)
Lead guitarist wantedWe are a Jerry Lee-style, piano-led r'n'r band based in Liverpool/Manchester playing on the circuit, as well as social clubs, weddings, funerals(?) and private parties. Your own transport and pro gear a must, backing vocals and/or the odd lead vocal ideally. Also no deps please, it's too much hassle, we've just done four gigs with four different guitarists! Contact Martin on 07939 535457 or firstname.lastname@example.org (March 2013)
T shirts and art workTimes are hard, therefore if you can make some extra money from your gigs, then that has to be good. Therefore I am now able to offer a service exclusively for rockin' and jive bands, under the auspices of my new business, WKM Promotions. T shirts: Printed to your design idea, T shirts make a great advertising tool for your band and make you some handy extra dosh at gigs. Competitively priced, our prices can make you up to £600 on 100 shirts. If you need some artwork for your new CD, or some posters for your band, then come and talk to me. I can produce some stunning artwork for your band and have already produced artwork for Rockin' Rocket 88 (Living This Way), and several other (non rockin') bands. These services are not available to non rockin' musicians and this ad does not and will not appear elsewhere. Contact Mike on 07964 763241 or email email@example.com (February 2013)
Shotrods need a roadieAn unusual request, but The Shotrods Trio are looking for a fourth - essentially a non playing member with a van to help out. Duties will include loading the van, driving to gigs, running our small mixer (we'll teach if needs be), and basically helping us out. Whoever fills the role will be paid the same share as the rest of us. We are not necessarily looking to add an instrument, but wouldn't refuse a keyboard or sax player if you have that string to your bow. (No pun intended!) We are based in Mid Kent and South London, so someone in the area would be best. Contact Mike on 07964 763241. (February 2013)
Metrotones need a pianistOur pianist, Paul Hopton, has had to leave the band due to family commitments and so we're on the lookout for a new piano player. Promoters needn't worry as Paul's shoes are being ably filled for the time being by the excellent Chris Kane, but he is unable to join us full time. We're looking for someone based in London, as we rehearse in Mill Hill (NW7), and if it's not too much to hope for, we want someone with a love of doo-wop (or at least a fondness) - not a bitter and twisted musician who has been round the block so many times that rehearsals are a chore and gigs just another day, another dollar. Anyone interested can either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07538 238388. (January 2013)
Singer/frontman availableSinger/frontman seeks rock'n'roll/rockabilly/doo wop band. Experienced, reliable, own PA and transport. Midlands perferred, but other areas considered. Dave 07732 259044. (February 2013)
Tenor saxTenor sax player in North Kent/SE London looking to get together with some musicians to play some rock'n'roll. Let's have a jam and see where it goes. Email Al at email@example.com (January 2013)
Guitarist needs a bandMidlands-based guitarist/singer available and looking to join a rockabilly/rock'n'roll band – or for musicians to form a band. Accomplished in a wide variety of roots style music including rockabilly, rock'n'roll, swing, blues and country – needs to get gigging again! Have band experience, good quality equipment and own transport. Call Al on 07786 543592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (January 2013)
Boogie woogie piano playerBoogie woogie piano player required for a r'n'b 12-bar boogie blues band. London area. Lots of fun. Contact Conrad 07868 146092 or Neale on 07984 331420. (January 2013)
Double bass player seeks bandDouble bass player based in Leicestershire with good gear, full PA system and big van, looking for a band. Travel not a problem, contact Andy on 07964 077832. (January 2013)
Rockabilly RumbleWilts-based rockabilly trio looking for gigs. We play all kinds of rockabilly or will cater for your favourites. Happy to play just rock'n'roll, rockabilly, or a mix. We have around 80 songs, or anything you request. We'll play anywhere in the UK, weddings welcome. Look us up on YouTube.
Call Kev singer/guitarist
on 01793 886697 / 07771 521344. (January 2013)
Free photoshoot for your bandMy name is Bethany Cookson. I'm a fashion photographer and student at UCA, Epsom. I am looking for a rock'n'roll or swing band to take part in a photoshoot to enable me to improve my portfolio. We can arrange the shoot in London, Surrey or Manchester. Email email@example.com or mobile 07955 953225. (January 2013)
Slap bass wantedSouth Yorkshire-based established r'n'r/rockabilly four-piece band requires LOCAL-ISH full time slap bass player for UK and European gigs. Good standard, no egos. Covering all 50s standards - Elvis, Buddy, Eddie etc. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call John on 07921 212890. (January 2013)
A songwriter writes...My name is Russ Owens. I live in the United States and I'm a songwriter from the baby boomer era (age 58). I tend to write more rockabilly and swing type music but have also written country, pop, rock'n'roll and folk music. If you are a performer or publishers looking for some new swing and rockabilly style music, I would appreciate it if you would contact me. I could email a mp3 of some of my work. email@example.com (January 2013)
R'n'r DJ availableDJ Dave offers a rock'n'roll DJ service including jive music, strollers and boppers by orignal artists and well known groups with over 25,000 songs. I have all my own audio equipment and public liability insurance. I cover a 50 mile radius from Nottingham. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (January 2013)
South Wales singer wantedExperienced front man singer wanted for established rock'n'roll trio. Elvis, Buddy, Perkins, Cochran, Vincent, etc. Based in the South Wales area. Must be committed. Gigs waiting. Contact Berny 01495 756243 (December 2012)
Double bass player wantedExperienced double bass player wanted for working rock'n'roll/rockabilly jump blues band based in NW. Must be dedicated with good gear, backing vocals or ability to sing would be even better. Ring John on 07999 499490. (December 2012)
Experienced drummer availableEx-Rat Pack drummer available for deps. Experienced in swing, jump jive, r'n'r, rockabilly plus other styles. Own gear and transport. Essex/North Kent based. Can travel. Call Steve on 07709 865974 or e-mail email@example.com (December 2012)
Casual saxTenor/baritone sax player avaialble. Transport, gear, experience. Dots or from the recordings or original arrangements. Based in West Yorkshire. No ties, travel not a problem. Call 01274 962688 / 07429 396071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (December 2012)
Dynamite HortonExplosive rock'n'roll band Dynamite Horton from Norfolk are taking bookings. Call Paul on 07944 990944 or Dave on 07902 419972. (December 2012)
Betty & The PageTop Bristol rockabilly band Betty & The Page require a female lead singer/guitarist. Gigs booked and waiting for the New Year. To see what you are missing you can find us on YouTube. If you can deliver the goods then contact Ciarahn on 07879 605153. (December 2012)
Kent drummerWe're looking for a drummer into rockabilly, rockin' blues and hard hitting boogie piano. Influences include Ronnie Dawson to the Go Getters, Big Joe Turner, Amos Milburn, Merril Moore, Jerry Lee, Perkins, Cash, Jack Earls etc. Will be rehearsing in Dartford so own transport needed, but any age considered, but must be enthusiastic and a sense of humour would help. Hope to be gigging soon as possible. Call 07904 450761 or 07738 883519. (December 2012)
Brum bassDouble bass player seeking to join a band from Birmingham. Got all my own equipment. Call Martin on 07783 081703. (November 2012)
Rattling new yearIsle of Wight-based 4/5 piece, The Rattle Shakin' Daddies, are now taking bookings for 2013 and 2014. Contact Kevin on 01983 400911 / 07921 197749. (November 2012)
Drummer availableGood basics drummer available, plenty of knowledge and gigging experience on the r'n'r scene. Essex-based but willing to travel for the right band. Mike 07805 188372. (November 2012)
Double bass for sale3/4 double bass for sale in Notts area. £450 ovno. Brand new strings/bridge and re-spray two months ago. Great sounding bass and great to play but no longer needed as I don't play bass in a band anymore. Comes with padded case. Also have a 1800w bass cab for sale £100. Collection only from Notts as it's too large to post. Call Paul on 07875200728 or email email@example.com (November 2012)
Sharp on the harpMy name is Mark. I am an experienced harp player hailing from the South West, 47 years old. I play mainly blues, r'n'b and rockabilly. I am looking to join a rocking band. I have own transport and kit. For more info call 07531196510 email firstname.lastname@example.org (November 2012)
Stylettes seek female vocalistWe are a North Hampshire-based 50s/60s r'n'r band formed in the early part of 2012 and play at corporate events, birthday parties, weddings, pubs and social clubs. We are very committed to the band but what is key to us is that we also have a lot of fun. We are looking for an easy going professional vocalist who can slot into the current set-up as we have gigs and events booked from now on through 2013. If you think you could be up for the task please feel free to contact us at email@example.com www.thestylettes.com (October 2012)
Hot guitarist wantedIf you're looking to make some music that's pretty much on the neo edge... You must be willing to take a walk on the wild side in female fronted band, as anything's possible! London, Herts or Essex based preferable. Must have own equipment and transport. Gretsch player would be great if possible as the acoustic guitarist also plays one. Must be able to tour if necessary! Please message Markus Feldman via Facebook. (October 2012)
Ipswich band needs a singerRecently formed Ipswich based rock'n'roll/rockabilly band requires a singer. We have recently lost our vocalist so we are left with lead guitar, slap bass and drums. We have a lot of experience between us so we are capable of being ready for gigs very quickly. We are all commited to regular rehearsals with the aim of playing gigs asap. No time wasters, divas or prima donnas need apply!
Contact Steve on 07557 908361.
Want to be an All Star drummer?Wanna be the drummer in Rudy La Crioux and The All Stars? We’re looking for a drummer who can play it sweet, like a “Hank” song and then hot, like a Hot Boogie Chillun bopper. Any takers?
We’re the best kept secret in rockabilly. Wanna be part of the voodoo? This will involve giggin’ anywhere on the globe!
Contact 0117 910 9248 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockin' saxTenor sax player with 27 years experience, on and off, looking for regular work. Birmingham based but willing to travel. Call Rob 07968 527628 or email email@example.com (October 2012)
Slap bass availableSlap bass player available for rockabilly, psychobilly, country etc. Anything considered. Looking for experienced band/musicians in Norfolk or North Suffolk area. Contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org (October 2012)
Trio needs drummerOur five-piece band has been reduced to just two, and we're now aiming to go out as a rockabilly trio. But we need a drummer - if possible not a dep, and someone who knows their way around. You need your own gear, transport and live in London/Kent/South east. We don't envisage too many rehearsals, because at first it will be standard stuff. So you need to know your rockabilly. Phone Mike on 07964 763241. (September 2012)
Birmingham bassDouble bass player looking to join band with own PA system Birmingham area. Call Martin on 07783 081703. (September 2012)
Notts guitarist wantedLooking for a lead guitarist to help start a new rockabilly band in the Notts area. Got double bass and drummer so just need the guitar player now. Influences are Stray Cats, Polecats, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Saints And Sinners, The Sharks... Basically any rockabilly/rock'n'roll with a cool wild rockin' sound. Email Paul at email@example.com (September 2012)
Bass wanted in LeicestershireDouble bass player needed for an established band in South Leicestershire. Gigs booked. Call Ian 07857 900630. (September 2012)
Devon DanMy name's Dan. I’m 19 and live in Exeter, Devon. I've been playing lead guitar for 5+ years and I’m passionate about rockabilly, Western swing, honky tonk, hillbilly etc. I've been after a band playing this music for about a year with no luck.
I’m not looking for amazing musicians, just like-minded people who enjoy the music
and want to improve and play great music live like I do.
Five Jive seek bassRock'n'roll band Five Jive urgently needs a string bass player for serious gigging in Stafforshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire.
Good repertoire, 1950s style classics. All good players (sax/guitar/piano/drums) and all good to get on with. The band is new, well rehearsed and ready to rock'n'roll. Is there anybody out there please ?
Contact Warren on 07708 239572.
Essex guitaristI'm a lead guitarist from Essex looking for a working band. Lead and backing vocals are available. Plenty of experience on the scene. All types of music considered. Mike 07805 188372. (August 2012)
Drum and bass player wantedCurrently looking for a drummer and a bassist to complete line-up. Must be willing to travel to gigs and preferbly Essex/Kent/London based, open to new ideas. Backing vocals and possibly some lead vocals required. Mike 07805 188372. (August 2012)
Double bass player availableExperienced upright/double bass player, plays rockabilly/country/bluegrass, etc. Own top gear, transport etc, looking for likewise band with gigs, direction. Good for depping etc, or happy to settle with right outfit. Based north east Cornwall, so please, not more than 40 miles for rehearsing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (July 2012)
Plymouth rockNew three-piece rockabilly/rock'n'roll band, the Rockin Dogz, need a slap bass player to complete line-up. Must be able to drive and have own equipment, must be competant, enthusiastic and patient as you'll be working with a beginner as well as an experienced player. Call Steve on 07837 778520. (July 2012)
Guitar lessons wantedRockabilly guitar lessons wanted in West Yorkshire. Please contact Mally on 01274 405772 / 07535 751095 / email@example.com (July 2012)
Pro drummerFull time pro drummer available for paid work. 20 years experience on the r'n'r circuit. Based South London. Available for gigs, tours and sessions. Click friendly. Excellent gear and transport. Email Richiethebear22@yahoo.co.uk or call 07813 509715. (June 2012)
Wilson DuoThe Wilson Duo are a male and female vocal act. We are already established but currently singing to backing tracks. We have become very popular in the Bedfordshire area, even supporting acts like Si Cranstoun. We both have over 10 years experience fronting bands and have toured Europe.
We play a mixture of rockabilly, 50s rock'n'roll, 50s r'n'b and country. We are trying to put together a band to back us up, not only to give the act more energy but also to give us a better selection of songs. Real rockabilly backing tracks do not exist. We do songs by Johnny Burnette, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Wanda Jackson, Elvis, Janis Martin, Warren Smith and more. We want to do songs by a lot more rockabilly artists. "e are an established act but we want to work with a band not have the band work for us. Everyone in the band will have full input.
If you are interested, call 07581 016269 or email
Roots musicianLondon-based roots musician available. I play bass (electric and upright) and guitar (rhythm, lead and baritone). I'm also able to sing backing vocals. I'm 27 years old with a good stage image. I have high end gear (inc a PA), plus over 8 years experience as a full time musician. Also great with writing/reading music, production, engineering & arrangment. I have lots of experience in many of the top UK clubs, events and recording studios, and I have played with many of the best musicians on the roots and rockin' scene. I also have many industry contacts and a huge knowledge and passion for 50s and 60s r'n'r, surf, blues, rockabilly and country. Give me a call on 07943 899755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (May 2012)
Guitarist availableGuitarist looking for gigs in London and surrounding areas. Over 30 years experience. Can play anything from country to rockabilly, rhythm & blues, psychobilly and beyond! 07929 125650 email@example.com (May 2012)
Double bass lessonsDouble bass lessons for beginners/intermediates, rockabilly, r'n'r, swing, r'n'b. Can teach in Solihull/Birmingham area, my venues or home visit. Prices from £20 per hour. Call Neil on 07834 765328, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (May 2012)
Rockabilly musicians wantedLead singer/acoustic guitar player - along with double bass player - require a rockabilly lead guitarist and drummer based in the Leeds/Bradford area. For more details please call Glenn 07720 778055 or Damian 07930 186028. (May 2012)
Rockin' drummer available26-year-old experienced rockabilly, rockin', surf, trash, blues drummer available for gigs/projects. Influences from Gene Vincent to The Cramps. I've done TV work and live, recorded sessions, worked with professional musicians in the past and on the rocking' circuit with Ben Cooper, The Rapids, Dirty Robbers and Tony Diavolo. Own range of vintage Gretsch drums and modern transport. Based in SE London but willing to travel. Call Murdo on 07810 410371 or email email@example.com (May 2012)
Birmingham bassDouble bass player looking to join band. Just starting out have all the gear waiting. Based in Birmingham. Call Martin on 07783 081703. (April 2012)
Drummer availableDrummer available for paid work, playing for bands, artists, rehearsals, recording sessions, gigs etc at good cheap rates. Also cheap drum lessons for beginners and intermediate available. I'm a 31 year old drummer with over 15 years playing experience in mostly pop and rock, very friendly and will make it fun learning the drum patterns to your favourite songs as well as rudiments and a large variety of grooves and fills. I'm available to travel to your place to teach at just £15 per hour in SE London, £20 per hour anywhere else in London, or you can visit me in my home in SE London for just £10 an hour. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Adrian. (April 2012)
We're Sizzlin' HotWe are currently a three-piece rockabilly/rock'n'roll band based in Bournemouth called Sizzlin' Hot. We're seeking a drummer with a cocktail or small drumkit. Looking to expand our current line up of rhythm guitar/lead singer, slap bass and lead guitar. Backing vocals a plus but not essential. Contact Johhny on 01202 972536 or email email@example.com (April 2012)
Lead guitarist wanted...To join sax/keys, bass and drums playing swing, jump jive, blues, rock'n'roll Essex-based band rehearsing and waiting to go! Call John on 07553 501143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (April 2012)
Electric bassEast London/Essex based electric bass player with vocals. Very competent musician, 35 years' experience. Quick learner, good ears, reliable and committed. Send me your stuff and I'll slot right in at the audition. Swing, jump jive, blues, jazz, rock'n'roll. Contact Johnny on 07973 918587 or email email@example.com (April 2012)
Dog House DriveJump jive/swing band Dog House Drive are currently seeking lead vocalist and lead guitarist. Based in West Wales, we play stuff by Wayne Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Old Crow Medicine Show, plus some original numbers. Good stuff with soul and bounce is what we go for! We have four clips and a live video up on YouTube under DogHouse Drive. Please contact Dave on 01970 832556 or firstname.lastname@example.org (March 2012)
Surrey drummerExperienced Surrey based r'n'r drummer. Has been out of action for a while and looking to get out gigging again with local musicians for mainly local work. Looking to join a working band or maybe form a new band. Call Mark on 07969 345568 or email at email@example.com (March 2012)
Go krazy with KevWiltshire-based rockabilly singer/guitarist sings Gene Vincent, Eddie, Johnny Burnette, Stray Cats, Polecats, all rockabilly and rock'n'roll.
If you need a front man or want to start a band, or if you're a double bass player looking to join me and stand up drummer, ring Kev on 01793 886697 or 07771 521344
Manchester guitaristRockabilly/r'n'r guitarist with vocals into Brian Setzer, Eddie Cochran Buddy etc looking for an established working band. Manchester area, good gear and transport.
Email Col at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need bass and guitarRockabilly loving double bassist, and a lead guitarist wanted asap for new, original project (some covers but mainly interested in original sounds). Competent female singer/Gretsch slinger with heaps of charisma - hope to find people with same, ready to move! Have a great young drummer and currently rehearse/record in London NW10. We have started recording tracks, have gigs, videos and promotion waiting, just need you! Wide range of influences from Gene Vincent, Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry through to the Cramps, Kings Of Nuthin to Rezurex. So as you see, open minded, but if it's rockin', I'm happy! 07971443195 email@example.com (February 2012)
Slim TimI play lead guitar, also lap steel and lead vocals. Have great gear, also a 2K PA system and transport. Into rock'n'roll/rockabilly, country rock but can adapt to just about any music. Available for depping or session work or maybe a permanent position with the right band. I am Leeds based and willing to travel. Call Slim Tim on 07725 059949 (February 2012)
Heathrow flyerI am a drummer who sings and also plays guitar, looking to join a working rockin' band. Based near Heathrow and willing to travel. Roy 07968 637071 (February 2012)
Scouse twangDouble bass, rhythm guitar/vocals and sax player are looking for an enthusiastic rockabilly/rock'n'roll guitar player in the Merseyside area. A love and knowledge of all kinds of rockin' 50s music is what we are looking for. Is there anyone out there? Phone Rob on 0151 428 5573. (February 2012)
The Rockabilly OutlawsWe are a rockabilly band based in the Nottingham/Mansfield area looking for a rockin' lead guitarist to join us. We have a doghouse bass player and a stand up drummer. Just need to complete the line-up. Our influences include Brian Setzer, The Polecats, the Stray Cats, Eddie Cochran, Darrel Higham, Johnny Burnette plus many more. If interested please email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org (February 2012)
Experienced guitaristExperienced West coast/jump blues guitarist available for gigs and studio work in the Greater London area. My influences include Junior Watson, Charlie Baty, Kid Ramos, Hollywood Fats. Own transport, vintage gear. Email me at email@example.com (February 2012)
Rockabilly double bass player in North YorkshireRockabilly double bass player based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire seeks other musicians to start a new gigging rockabilly band. Have fronted and played lead guitar in many rockabilly bands but am looking to play double bass in one. Not looking to gig a few times a week. Just two or three times a month would be good. Email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org (January 2012)
Elvis needs a bandI'm an Elvis tribute. I have made the Elvis European finals every year since 2006. Was runner up in Europe in 2009, best UK Elvis tribute in 2009, Elvis gospel singer of the year in 2006 and 2010. I would like to take a show to the theatres. Look me up on http://www.elvis777.com or call 07815 824510 (January 2012)
Yorkshire trioWe are a relatively new band, gigging for around seven months and had a lot of gigs in the West Yorkshire area so far. We are an authentic r'n'r band and have Alun Lewis on guitar and vocals, who was Vic Windsor in Emmerdale, and Darryl Stubbs in Birds Of A Feather, and also a founder member of the Woolpackers fronting the band. On bouble bass and vocals is David Roberts ex Phil Haley & The Comments. On drums and vocals is John Taylor ex Morris and the Minors. For further details please see our website at www.chuckwagonband.com We are seeking bookings for this year and also next year. (January 2012)
Front man wantedDynamic male singer wanted for Coventry based 50s rock'n'roll band covering mainly the classics. Any age considered as we are all seasoned musicians, but commitment is essential. We already have PA equipment, we just need your voice. If you can play rhythm guitar that would be a bonus. Please call or text on 07882 186010 (January 2012)
Band needs rockin' drummerI am a vocalist with 15 years experience. My influences are Elvis Presley, Billy Fury, Johnny Burnette, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. I am looking to put together a 50s rock'n'roll/country band. I have lead/rhythm guitarist and double bass player on board. Just need a rockin' drummer to complete the line-up. I am based in Norfolk/Suffolk area. Please email email@example.com (January 2012)
Double bass wantedDouble bass player needed, vocals an advantage, for gigging Manchester rockabilly/r'n'r band. We need to get things moving in a positive direction. Some gigs in, but need the right person to advance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (January 2012)
South coast stand-inExperienced rockabilly / rock'n'roll singer available to stand in for occasional gigs. South coast based, but willing to travel for the right gigs. Own transport and first class PA. 07921 197749 (December 2011)
Canada callingI have a radio show here on the west coast of Canada. There are a couple I think your readers would love to listen to, from 1950's rockabilly to modern day as well. Thank you for taking the time to pass this on. Here is a link to my previously podcast shows: http://feed.dailysplice.com/CHLY/riot-act/rss Terence Fitzgerald (November 2011)
Lead singer wantedLead singer wanted for new band starting up in Essex featuring seasoned musicians, formerly of established well known acts. The band would like to cover rock'n'roll, rockabilly and hillbilly material. No particular age limit, but commitment essential. Own PA a must! Contact Steve on 07900 403712 or Ian on 07810 544940. (November 2011)
Rockabilly guitarist wantedAre there any kick-a*s rockabilly/neo-rockabilly guitarists out there that fancy getting together with an experienced front man and slap bass player with a view to forming a kick a*s rockabilly band? (Waiting to hear from a drummer at the time of typing this.) Would need to rehearse original songs as well as covers. Gigs would be one every couple of months roughly. We rehearse in South Cheshire once a week. If you fancy a get together, a jam (no bread sorry, on a diet....again) and a cup of tea or two, send me an email and we'll sort something out. Thanks. email@example.com (October 2011)
Manchester drummerDrummer in Manchester available for 50s early 60s band - not psychobilly. Reliable, own transport, vintage kit. firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 282 0516 (October 2011)
Bass player wanted in CoventryWe are seasoned drummer and female lead vocals/lead guitarist forming a rock'n'roll/rockabilly trio and needing a dedicated bass/double bass player to complete the line-up. We already have an established repertoire and play mainly for fun, but are currently also gigging locally. No psychobilly please! email: email@example.com Phone/text: 07426 256535 (October 2011)
Jump 66West London's Jump 66 need an experienced piano/Hammond player with a knowledge of West Coast jump blues (Hollywood Fats/Kim Wilson/T Bone Walker etc) boogie and jive. www.myspace.com/jump66blues Rhod 07812 727132 (October 2011)
Rock with RayRay Raven, Watford-based drummer with backing vocals, looking for a good time rock'n'roll band. Not into money. Would gig in Herts Beds and Bucks areas. Serious about my 1950s songs with sound knowledge of many rockabilly and jive numbers, I have many good gig contacts on the circuit without travelling hundreds of miles! Fntastic kit, mikes, etc, loads of previous gigs, done it all before, own transport and will give 100% to any show.
Doo wop, strollers, jivers - I love 'em all. Call 01923 445084,
leave a message and I will call you back. Only dedicated 1950s
musicians who enjoy the era, the clothes, and want to enjoy playing pubs
and jive clubs should call. (September 2011)
Have a blastDrummer, mid 40s based between York and Doncaster with own transport, seeks to form band mainly for pleasure but might lead to the odd gig now and then. I have a good six piece mapex kit and really like to rock it with some good old fashioned r'n'r and rockabilly. I am of a good basic standard and would like to find players of similar ability to have a blast. Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org (September 2011)
Experienced double bass playerExperienced double bass player looking for depping work in the South West/Midlands area. Own transport, professional attitude and good stage presence.
Top line double bass and gear. 25 years playing jump jive, rockabilly, r'n'r and a bit of psychobilly.
If you are interested call Dave on 07522 187446 or email me on email@example.com
Plectrums please!Upright or bass guitar (plectrums please!) for neo-rockabilly three-piece based Northants/Cambs. We have singer/guitarist (ex Meteors) and stand up drummer. 40+ songs ready to go, mainly covers but originals to be added as and when. Must look the part - rockin'/punk/psycho or thereabouts! MP3 available. firstname.lastname@example.org (September 2011)
Joy of saxTenor/baritone sax player available for regular work. Good gear, can travel and experienced. 01274 675529 email@example.com (September 2011)
Full time rockersDouble bass and lead guitarist wanted for Yorkshire/Lancashire-based rock'n'roll/rockabilly/neo-swing - in fact all things swinging and rocking - band. If you can sing and want to front the band, that's cool. The only thing we want is full time, no deps. If you're only looking to fill your diary along with your other bands, don't reply. But if you are wiilling to turn up every gig please get in touch. We got sax, drums, piano, vocals, bass (he's given his notice). We are gigging, all seasoned rockers. Contact Josh 01274 675529 / firstname.lastname@example.org (September 2011)
Band comes firstBass player (upright) wanted for East Anglia-based r'n'r/rockabilly outfit working on the UK and European circuit. (France, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Germany.) Some vocals would be ideal. Gigs booked into 2012. Major events on r'n'r calendar. CD available and new one due for 2012. Repertoire standard to self-penned songs originals. Must be more than basic technically with good sound and good gear. Be available, willing to travel, able to leave the wife or husband baby and dogs behind. Bands and music must come first. If you fit this description, please call me to discuss further. I am your other half(rhythm section). Contact me 07970 814401 - Jerry, drummer. (September 2011)
Uranium alertThe Uranium Rockers are looking for a male/female singer. Our current singer is off to join the navy and we are seeking a replacement! You can check us out on Myspace and YouTube. If you're interested in singing in a Midlands rockabilly band with an early 50s sound email email@example.com or call Steve on 07704 788937. (September 2011)
Bass player wantedBass player with some vocals wanted to join piano, guitar, drums for a few gigs in the Manchester area. Email Dave88@virginmedia.com or call 0161 766 1410. (August 2011)
Drummer wantedDrummer wanted for young r'n'r/r'n'b band in London playing one to two gigs a week unpaid. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (August 2011)
Need double bassWe have guitarist/singer and stand up drummer. 40 songs ready to go, mostly covers at present. mp3 available if you want to listen. Northants/Cambs border. - Mark. email@example.com (August 2011)
Front our bandEssex-based drummer and bass player are looking for a front man with own gear and transport to form a new rockabilly trio, or a front man and lead guitarist to form a four-piece. Looking to cover rockabilly and rockin' country numbers. Egos need not apply. Call Steve 07900 403712. (August 2011)
Pro bass guitarist availableAlmost old enough to have played R'n'R the first time around. 35+ years experience in music including r'n'r, country, big band swing, Elvis tribute, Buddy Holly tribute, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline tributes. I have played electric upright (non slap style) and if the work and money is there I will buy another. I live in Oxford and travelling is not a problem. Full details www.mikethebass.moonfruit.com (August 2011)
20 years drummingDrummer looking to join established band. 20 years experience, good kit and can travel anywhere. Based in Chesterfield. Also willing to dep if necessary. Please contact Alan on 07901 003269. (August 2011)
North East bassDep upright and electric bass player needed for gigging NE band. We are in need of a dep player for a number of gigs this year due to our bass player moving abroad. Must be able to play 'slap' style upright as well as standard upright and other electric styles. We play music like Imelda May, Rev Horton Heat, Legendary Shack Shakers as well as Fab Thunderbirds, SRV and Toots & The Maytals. Regular gigs (two to three a week) around Tyneside, Northumberland, Wearside, Cleveland. Must have own gear and transport. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (July 2011)
West Mids bassDouble bass player from Solihull, West Midlands looking for a good tight band to join/dep for fun gigs. All styles of r'n'r/r'n'b considered. No psycho! Please note I have a day job, so this is fun not a living. That said, I am professional in my dedication, gear, playing and punctuality. Contact email@example.com or call 07834 765328. (July 2011)
Rockabilly musicians wantedEstablished and experienced female rockabilly singer based in Mid-Somerset region requires new line-up. Looking for drummer, double bass, steel guitar and lead guitar. Require only those dedicated and willing to commit to professional outfit for rehearsals, gigs and recordings. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 07789 711729. (June 2011)
Cumbria callingLooking for rockabilly, r'n'r and bluegrass bands for a new basement venue in a four-star hotel in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Contact Paul on 07737 674298, Mondays, Tuesdays after 6pm. (July 2011)
At the hopI am trying to get an alternative record hop going in the Wickford, Essex area. Aiming to play r'n'r, rockabilly, r'n'b, 40s, 50s, early 60s grind, 50s popcorn in a pub setting as an antidote to X-Factor etc. Would like to get new generation interested in decent music. Ideally I would like to find 3-4 dancers who would be happy to jive/stroll/grind to various songs to stimulate audience interest. Anybody interested please let me know at email@example.com (June 2011)
Rockin' guitar man neededRock'n'roll/rockabilly band (upright bass, drums and vocals) seek accomplished/enthusiastic guitarist to complete the set up. Staffs/Midlands area. Call Martin on 07754 593502. (June 2011)
Big Mamma's Door need a piano playerBig Mamma's Door urgently need a piano player for London/South East gigs Band website at www.bigmammasdoor.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org (June 2011)
Need guitar and vocalsI'm an experienced drummer with a great deal of recording and touring experience. I'm credited to several commercial releases and been lucky enough to play throughout Europe, USA and Japan. I'm looking to form a rockabilly band in the South West (Exeter-ish) area. Already have a bass player so now we're looking for a guitarist and vocalist. Starting a small set up of drums, guitar, bass and vocal - maybe some sax and keys later. Riff, tunes, melody, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues with a little attitude, groove and swing with plenty of feel. Paul email@example.com (June 2011)
Bass strummer Joe19-year-old double bass player looking for a band/stand-in intending to do gigs and have fun! Love all 50s r'n'r/rockabilly and use all professional equipment. Live in Oxfordshire but willing to travel! Call 07929 262890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (June 2011)
Rockin' lady seeks bandExperienced front lady/singer living on Norfolk/Suffolk border is seeking musicians to collaborate in putting together a new band. To perform a tribute to Brenda Lee and other rockin' ladies of the 50s and 60s. Searching for drummer, bass player, guitarist, saxophonist and keyboard player. Please call 07862 235527. (May 2011)
Trios wantedThe Flying Dutchman pub in Stockport is looking for three-piece rockabilly bands to perform on Sunday nights on a budget of £150. We have a good rockabilly crowd. Call John on 07767 730451. (May 2011)
Rockabilly madI'm a rockabilly mad singer that wants to get back into it again. I'm 38 and live in Tamworth, but dont let that put you off! I have my own van and am willing to travel to practise and gig. I have been in bands for over 15 years with varying degrees of success! I can play rhythm guitar but prefer to just sing if I'm honest. Influences are mainly Cochran, Perkins, Berry, Holly, early Elvis and early Cash, but I like most rockabilly and r'n'r, so give us a ring if you fancy a jam and we'll see what happens. Danny 07841 145945. (May 2011)
50s r'n'r dance partner wantedI'm looking for a male dance partner to meet (on a casual basis) at gigs in the South East - also maybe to go to lessons with, to practise and learn new moves. I go to clubs in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Essex. Please email email@example.com (May 2011)
Front our bandWe are lead guitar, double bass and drums looking for a rockin' front man or woman. In our late 30s and 40s. Influences are Vincent, Burnette, early Holly etc. Based in South Staffordshire/Birmingham. Call Gez 07708 993628, (May 2011)
Rock with RubyGuitarist wanted for rock'n'roll/rockabilly/swing band based in Dudley. Happy to meet in B’ham / Wolverhampton for practice so will consider wider area. We have already got percussion, vocals and slap bass (all with experience) so looking to fill the gap! Backing vocals ideal. Hoping to get going on the pub circuit asap, looking to practise regularly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (May 2011)
At the hopJust wanted to let everyone know that as well as our monthly Friday night group nights at Rumworth Hall, Bolton BL3 3LZ, we also hold a weekly Tuesday night record hop featuring top DJ Bob "The Duke" Earl, who hosted his Tuesday night record hop at Tonge Ward Labour Club in Bolton for 35 years until it sadly had to close down last October. Entry fee is £2 and doors open at 7.45pm. Dave Melia, Rockin' at the Rumworth (May 2011)
Let's rock LeicestershireDouble bass player, drummer and singer wanted to form new rockabilly band in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I am a rhythm guitarist who has got together with a lead guitarist and want to form a rockabilly band. I am an intermediate player but the lead guitarist has played in other bands on keyboards, guitar and harmonica. We want to get some numbers together with no pressure for perfection, have a laugh and when it happens, it happens. We have been on the rockabilly scene for years so we know our stuff. Please text me on 07721 637364 as I can't always answer. (April 2011)
Tea chest bassistWorld class tea chest bassist wants to join/form a skiffle band. I build and play the best looking and sounding tea chest bass in the world - probably. I am looking to join or help form a skiffle/jug/rockin' blues band. I can sing lead and backing vocals and can add percussive beats while playing the bass too. I also play a bit of rhythm guitar and a miniature 4-hole harmonica and/or kazoo. Sometimes all at once! But I'd rather be in a group than a one-madman band. I'm based in London but can travel for the right gig. If you're interested please give me a call on 07909 750396 / 0208 960 7349. Or email me at email@example.com (April 2011)
Shake a legGeordie now living in Oxford area looking to front band. Previous experience but been working for the dollar. Now find time and desire returning. Anyone needing an older front man with a cry in the voice and a shaky leg drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org (April 2011)
Teacher wantedWe are looking for a jive instructor to teach at a venue near Ely, Cambs on either a Sunday or Monday night. Any help would be really appreciated. Rockin' Lee Hugman or Don on 01353 667325 (April 2011)
Youthful and energeticYouthful, energetic, talented singer/front man wanted for Northants-based rock'n'roll band. Bookings including foreign dates pending. Please call Harry on 07866 599661 or email email@example.com (April 2011)
Rockin' drummerI am one of the UK's top rock'n'roll/rockabilly/Americana drummers. Kent-based and looking for paid work. I have a wealth of live and recording experience. I have toured worldwide playing at festivals, clubs etc, at a high level. I can play any rockin' style from the 40s/50s/60s to the present day. I am also accomplished at many other styles. I am open to many and varied offers of paid work but please no timewasters, flakes, or freebie requests. I have transport and good gear. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (April 2011)
London drummerI play rockabilly/Western swing/jive/boogie. I have done a lot of pro work and am looking to join a new band or start a new one. Based in South London. I play standup kit or sitdown brushes/sticks. email@example.com 07814 641949 (April 2011)
Warwickshire bandNuneaton (Warwickshire) based guitarist/songwriter/occasional vocalist looking for musicians in the surrounding areas that are willing to travel and are interested in jamming/possibly setting up a blues/rockabilly band. Email Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org (March 2011)
Suffolk drummerSuffolk-based drummer available. Several years experience of playing rockabilly, rock'n'roll and jive. Good kit and transport. Email email@example.com (March 2011)
Fatboy FurySouth Wales-based drummer requires other musicians to form a hard hitting rockabilly band, or willing to join an already established band.
I have over 15 years experience playing everything from rock to metal
etc, but I love playing rockabilly. I have recently been playing
with Fatboy Fury & The Devastators. Please
call Ritchie on 07810 708013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's rock StaffordshireHey! Is there anyone out there who's aged 25 or under who wants to shake, rattle'n'roll with some good rocking rockabilly? Based in or around Staffordshire or is willing to travel, who are competant musicians with good stage presence ready to get gigging quickly. Let's get out and rock this town and earn some dollars while having fun. Wanted: Double bass, drums, guitar/rhythm guitar, piano and backing vocals. Email with as much information as possible to email@example.com (March 2011)
Guitarist can singMy name is John. I am a very experienced guitar player and have backed many touring artists from the USA on the soul, country and blues scenes. I can also sing. I'm looking to join a rockabilly band. Based in South West London. Please call 07714 571657. (March 2011)
Pianist availableI am a London-based pianist/keys player with lots of experience, fluent in rock'n'roll, blues and jive styles. Contact me on 07968 827415 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (February 2011)
Music lessonsPat "Sugar" Reyford professional musician, specialist in teaching 50s genres. Guitar, double bass, sax, steel guitar. Based in Essex but can travel round the M25 for lessons. Phone 07950 659369. (February 2011)
Singer wantedRockabilly style guitarist looking for singer to collaborate with and start band. Into Johnny Burnette and early raw style and more modern stuff. I am 40 odd and want to do original material mixed with a few covers. Based in East Staffordshire. Email email@example.com (January 2011)
North Essex-based bassExperienced double bass player available for gigs/deps. I'm based in North Essex. 07831 109841 (January 2011)
Experienced drummerVery experienced r'n'r drummer available for dep or possible full time work. Based in Midlands with own transport. Call Phil on 07878 932774. (January 2011)
Norfolk comboReal energy combo based on Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner right across to Glenn Miller and Louis Prima influences are seeking a tenor sax (2nd lead singer) to join in the fun and swing for lindy and jive gigs around Norfolk, Suffolk etc.
Band includes guitar, double bass, drums and trumpet. If you
sweat while you play on a cold winters night, then you are a serious contender.
Contact Stewart on 07801 200328. (January 2011)
Drums A Go-GoReliable hot rockin' drummer available. Plenty of experience playing on the scene and looking to join a full time band, but also willing to take on dep work. Vintage gear and own transport and ready to start. London based but willing to travel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (November 2010)
Drummer availableDrummer available for gigs rockabilly/rock'n'roll/jive/blues. Available Christmas and New Year. Good gear, reliable, steady time, wide repertoire. Based in South but can travel here there and everywhere. Good rock'n'roll background. 07970 814401. (November 2010)
Southend band needs drummerSouthend band The Roosters have been up and running since 1987, playing a mixture of rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'blues and Texas twang. If you have your own transport and can play punchy and steady, then we would like to hear from you. 50s image not essential, but reliability is! Please contact Jeff on 07702 315228 or email@example.com (October 2010)
Flying bassmanIf you ever need a skilled bass player, please contact me. I can cover anything from rock'n'roll, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, swing, jump jive, 1940s swing. London based.
www.flyingbassman.com Phone Dave on 07842 520174
Singer in Staffs, pleaseSinger wanted for a new rockabilly band in the Stafford area. Covering early rockabilly songs, the band are looking at playing pubs to tighten things up before playing clubs. We have drums, double bass and guitar. Just looking for someone to front it. If you're interested ring Steve on 07704 788937. (September 2010)
Dep double bassDep double bass player looking to help out rockabilly bands in the North East. I have no transport but have own gear. If you have a double bass I can make my way to you. I have had nearly 30 years playing rockabilly, and played with few bands and backed many American artists. All enquieries to firstname.lastname@example.org (September 2010)
Double bass player wantedDouble bass player wanted asap. Must be experienced and have transport and good gear. I'm a piano player and singer, based in the Midlands. I have drummer lined up as well. Both have lots of experience and time to play. Influences are Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Amos Milburn, Memphis Slim etc. So if you want to get together and play some great music contact 07597756970 or email@example.com Let's get rockin'. (September 2010)
All stoked upLead guitarist wanted to complete rockabilly band. Must be of good standard! We jam every Sunday night with a view to doing the odd gig in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Give me a call on 07837 709258. (September 2010)
Rock with RayRay Hamilton, lead singer from The Rockits' and the Rock'n'Roll Allstars, would like to find a top class backing band. Also plays rhythm guitar. Cochran, Vincent, Elvis, Holly, Burnette, Taylor, Rich, Kidd etc. Would form and rehearse with the right musicians, male or female. Pro and semi pro. Would prefer pro. First generation rocker. Been there, can do it. Phone 01753 670086 or rmail firstname.lastname@example.org (September 2010)
President BushLookin' to get across the pond and outta dodge. Check out http://www.jimbushmusic.com or http://www.myspace.com/jimbushohio That's me: guitarist, singer, frontman, back and sideways man.
My aim is to join/form trio to larger outfit. Schooled in all matters of rockabilly, country and Americana.
001 419 631 3985. It'll be worth the overseas call.
Bass and fiddleBristol based semi-pro double bass player and fiddle player looking to join an established band. Anything considered but must be professional and work as a unit. Willing to play a wide range of songs and styles - rockabilly, r'n'r, jazz, roots, country etc. Anybody with the same thinking can contact either Dave Greaves or Jane Ballantyne on 0117 964 0799. (September 2010)
Free albumThe Mad Cat Rockers, a studio band made up from former and present members of Colin Paul's Persuaders, Rock Back The Clock and The Cadillacs, have an original jive, boogie woogie, rockabilly CD out for totally free download!
Featuring Martin Davies, who now plays in Liverpool band The Shakers, the CD was recorded as a labour of love over the last five years. It's a free download as Martin just wants the music to reach as many people as possible.
Mad Cat Rock includes twelve original songs, with songwriting contributions from all involved - lots of strollers, boppers and jivers! Available now from www.madcatrecords.com
Ted pics pleasePhotos and newspaper cuttings from Manchester's teddy boy scene are being sought for a new book. Please call Ray on 07754 044009. (August 2010)
Andy on double bassMy name is Andy. I'm still learning the double bass, got my own transport and travel anywhere, now ready for band work, looking to play and move further with my double bass. Phone 07871 927405. (July 2010)
Rockin' Gold StarsSome of the older visitors to your site may remember me. I was the original bass player and founder of The Wild Angels. This is just to let you know about my latest venture - a new band called The Rockin' Gold Stars. This was actually the original name of the Angels, before we decided to rename the band.
For bookings, I can be contacted on 07712 276484 or email@example.com
We are a three-piece in the style of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates/Mike
Berry & The Outlaws/Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages. Basically,
we play the sort of rock and roll that was played in coffee bars etc.
before The Beatles came along. - Mitch Mitchell (May
Guitarist and drummer wantedManchester-based female lead singer and male double bass player looking to form rockabilly/hillbilly band. Anyone interested can contact Gordon on 07767 091534. (June 2010)
Britton's back in BritainProfessional rock'n'roll drummer Geoff Britton, played many years with Wild Angels, backed Bill Haley, stints with several other rock'n'roll bands, is now back from some years abroad. Seeking either a regular band or some dep gigs. Have own transport and several splendid vintage kits to choose from. Willing to travel for the right band. 07757 860054 (May 2010)
Staffordshire's Chuck BerryMy name is Dominic Cooper and I'm a Chuck Berry-style front man guitarist/singer looking for a busy rock'n'roll band.
I am 29 years old, and live in Leek, Staffordshire. I'm willing to travel and have been studying Chuck's style of playing for as long as I can remember.
on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07780 008510. (April 2010)
Piano player availableEssex based but willing to travel. Plays boogie-woogie style or rock'n'roll. Good ears and able to follow guitar chords. Can 'dep' if required at short notice but ideally seeks busy working band. Phone 01702 549295 or e-mail email@example.com (April 2010)
Elvis tribute seeks musiciansI am a 50s to 70s style Elvis singer based in North Nottinghamshire. Looking to practise and then gig, or maybe join another band doing the same sort of thing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 07788 790976 (March 2010)
Have double bass, will travelMy name is Andy from Leicestershire. I play double bass, not an expert but capable and always looking to improve. Don't mind where I have to travel to. Done a couple of gigs and now want to move on and find stable band to perform with. Call 07871 927405 (March 2010)
Double bass proManchester-based professional double bass player with pro gear available for dep work. I play in a rockabilly/hillbilly band but could do with more gigs! I've played in many rockabilly, jive, blues, western swing and neo-rockabilly bands including the Swing Commanders, Wildkats NW, Colin Paul & The Persuaders. Also performed with Tommy Allsup and Kevin Montgomery. I teach slap double bass too plus blues, jive, western swing, rockabilly, etc. Double slap, triplets, all styles! Contact Ray 07719 706684 / email@example.com (February 2010)
Young outlookManchester-based lead guitarist available to join or dep with working rock'n'roll/rockabilly band or similar. I also play double bass and have all my own gear. I'm in my 40s with a young outlook. Call 0161 755 3333 / 07999 499490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (March 2010)
Learn rockabilly double bass
Emma Goss is offering individual lessons and group classes.
There's a two-hour taster session for anyone who has always wanted to have a go at playing the double bass. You will learn a bass line to play with a well-known rock and roll/rockabilly song, some basic chord patterns, basic chord progressions and how to play slap style. There are five places available. Participants do not need a double bass, as it will be provided. There'll also be handouts to take away.
For improvers, there's a two hour masterclass designed to focus on specific elements of bass playing requested in advance by those attending. For example, it could look at slap technique or how to build different bass lines.
For more information contact Emma on 07973 656205, email@example.com
or visit www.myspace.com/emmagoss (January 2010)
Guitar tricks of the mastersGuitar tuition rockabilly style. Learn all the tricks of the masters - Scotty Moore, Burnette, Gallup, Setzer, The Reverend. Blues, swing, jazzy chords,preparation up to the 4th grade. Based in Surrey / SW London / North Hampshire. Home visits no problem, reasonable fees, lots of teaching experience, personalised approach. Call Stephan 07763 174762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (December 2009)
Front man needs a bandExperienced rockabilly front man of some 30 years needs a kick bottom rockabilly/neo rockabilly band to back him for a few local gigs in the South Cheshire/Staffs area before everything shuts down (I'm talking about me, not the venues!) This will only be an as and when/occasional adventure. Band will need to learn my own songs as well as standards please. If you're not too far from the Cheshire/Staffs area that would be a massive bonus. MUST have Slap Bass. Billy G email@example.com / 07977 749847 (January 2010)
Swing North EastGuitarist based in the Newcastle upon Tyne area looking for other musicians to jam with who are into 1940s/50s swing... Herb Ellis, Charlie Christian, Carl Hogan, Brian Setzer etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (January 2010)
Tamworth's got talentMy name is Kevin, and I'm looking for a band who wants a slap bass player. I'm still learning but would love to rehearse with a band so I can progress. I'm into all things 50s and rockabilly. Tamworth, Staffordshire 07837 709258 (December 2009)
Committed and reliableLead or rhythm guitarist with main or backing vocals looking for a band for some serious professional work. Based in Surrey/London area but more than happy to travel for the right project. Committed and reliable. Every style from Cash, Burnett, Gallup, Moore to Setzer or Stray Cats. Professional gear and look to match. Enthusiastic and easy going. Doing semi professional for ten years and willing to go back on the road! Call Stephan on 07763 174762 or email email@example.com (November 2009)
Golden oldieI am an old bass player who has played in rock'n'roll bands most of my life. I am looking for a great rock'n'roll band who can entertain. Based in Gloucestershire but willing to travel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (November 2009)
Hairdo help"Can anyone recomend a good hair stylist in London who has any idea about retro hairstyles? Thanks for any help. Kath."
Ian Hingle says: "Try Hair Cut at 271 Camden High Street, London NW1. They've been there over 40 years, and one of the barbers sings in a rock'n'roll/blues band, Hullabaloo. Recommendation enough! They're open from 8.30am-4.30pm every day except Thursday and Sunday."
Sally Wright says:
"There's a book entitled Authentic 1940s Hairstyles: Tips
and Tricks For Creating Authentic 1940s Hairstyles by Daniela Turudich, published
by Streamline Press (1999) ISBN: 1-9300064-00-4. I purchased this book
over the internet (can't remember where though). It was priced at $20 and
it was worth every penny. www.amazon.com have it listed as out of print
but you could try emailing the author: email@example.com
"Divided into five chapters, the book explains through pictures and text
how to cut and style hair, select the right hairstyle for your face and tells
you what 'tools' you need to create the hairstyles. I took this book
to a 'modern' hairdresser and she was able to reproduce a style. I have
also tried some of the styles out on my friend - with good results.
"Daniela Turudich has another hairstyle book: 1950s Hair: Hairstyles
from the Atomic Age of Cool. It's published by Streamline Press (2004)
ISBN: 1930064063. It is available from www.amazon.com priced at $11.17."
"Divided into five chapters, the book explains through pictures and text how to cut and style hair, select the right hairstyle for your face and tells you what 'tools' you need to create the hairstyles. I took this book to a 'modern' hairdresser and she was able to reproduce a style. I have also tried some of the styles out on my friend - with good results.
"Daniela Turudich has another hairstyle book: 1950s Hair: Hairstyles from the Atomic Age of Cool. It's published by Streamline Press (2004) ISBN: 1930064063. It is available from www.amazon.com priced at $11.17."
Steve Hooker says:
"If you can make it to Southend in Essex check out SLICK 50 at 89 Princes Street. We do flat tops and all rockin' style.
Phone 01702 390916 or see www.barbershoprockabilly.co.uk"
Relive the warWe are a world war two reenactment unit from Coventry and the West Midlands. We have dodges, half track jeeps and a full working US camp. If anyone is interested in joining a well established unit please contact us on 07751 492 381 or 01788 536 432 Ask for Tony.
Seeking a partner? Want to hook up with other musicians? Something to sell, buy or swap? Or sound off on the burning issues of the day.
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