Des Henly's Rock 'n' Roll Circus

PUBLISHED: 14:58 06 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 May 2010

THE circus is in town this Christmas as Des Henly returns to the Winter Gardens, Weston, with some of the best musicians in the area for another unforgettable night of music. The annual Des Henly's Rock 'n' Roll Circus celebrates its 21st anniversary this

THE circus is in town this Christmas as Des Henly returns to the Winter Gardens, Weston, with some of the best musicians in the area for another unforgettable night of music.The annual Des Henly's Rock 'n' Roll Circus celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and it is now one of the biggest party nights in town.The band consists of Des Henly, Barry Pike and Mario Ferrari, from Fumble. They formed in 1967 and went on to record 12 singles and three albums. While never achieving a hit, they became one of the most respected live bands in the country during the 70s, endlessly touring in Europe.Fumble supported such greats as Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Bill Haley, played with Paul McCartney and toured America coast to coast with David Bowie on the 1973 'Ziggy Stardust' tour.In 1977 they performed in the West End musical Elvis with PJ Proby and Shakin' Stevens, which won best musical of the year award. In 1982 they hung up their guitars, but luckily for rock 'n' roll fans, they decided to stage the first of their Christmas gigs in 1985, and they are still going strong.To celebrate this special anniversary, the line-up boasts some of the best musicians in the area re-producing classic hits from yesteryear.The Circus band features the members of Fumble, with around 10 musicians and singers involved in Fumble and Friends, the evening's main performers.They will be supported by Weston Brass, which will lead the carol singing before the Circus takes to the stage to perform classic rock 'n' roll numbers. Guest players include Jon Clare from The Fabulous Doughboys, and Kevin Goninnan and Phil Carter, from the town's favourite soul band The Orphans. The show begins at 7pm on December 29 and tickets, priced £12.50, are available from the box office on 01934 645544.

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