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Nick was able to play Apache at the age of 4 years old..... on the record player. Self taught on guitar from an early age The Shadows have permeated his music career to the present day.
Since 1980 Nick has been a member of several successful bands on guitar, keyboards and vocals covering all styles of music from country, pop to heavy rock. Through the 90’s Nick toured the country twice with Shadivarius, a very popular Cliff and Shadows tribute band and has been ‘Hank’ with top Cliff acts Jimmy Jermain and Will ‘Cliff as if’ Chandler.
Nick is a guitar tutor at three schools and has written a tutor book called ‘Play Today with Pick the Plec’
He plays with Mark Winter in two other bands, Counting Colours and Run Devil Run and thoroughly enjoys the company of Matt and Gary in the The Shadohs.
Gary was born in Waltham Cross in 1958, the same year Cliff had his first hit "Move it". In the early 70s he attended Riversmead School, Cheshunt, the same school Cliff himself attended.
He had a keen interest in music at school and joined a band briefly but it wasn't until the late 90s that he performed on a stage with a local covers band ‘8 Miles High’. They disbanded in the noughties and it wasn't until 2013 that he took out his bass again and joined The Shadohs.
Having to learn many instrumentals in the style of Jet Harris, Brian Locking and John Rostill without being able to read music proved a challenge but he has managed it superbly and he's now loving every minute of performing with the rest of the boys.
Matt has been a specialist rhythm guitarist for 25 years, beginning at school with friends playing Rock and Roll, Beat music and contributing to a variety of bands since - before being asked to join a Shadows style band in 2012 .
He realised how intricate and detailed Bruce Welch’s style of playing was, and so studied the technique with a tutor from the Brighton Institute of Music.
Matt is a founder member of The Shadohs along with Drummer Mark Winter.
He is the rock behind its production and stagecraft, a skilled technician, and a really nice bloke.
After a year gigging live in his native South Africa Mark found success getting air play and TV exposure, but he wanted more, so in 1988 moved to England.
Within weeks he found regular work playing the clubs. Mark had mostly played in cover bands but wanted to work on original material. Mark had some limited success in the UK, he released a single and performed at Guilfest in 2003. In 2009 Mark saw an advertisement to join a Shadows tribute band, auditioned and got the job. Mark is the ‘go to’ drummer for many Shadows Tribute bands. His main seat is in the The Shadohs where he met Nick and now works with him in two bands, Counting Colours and Run Devil Run. One of his biggest thrills was to go to Nashville in 2015 with Run Devil Run to play and record there. The Shadohs remain one of his main bands and passions.
Cliff as If
pioneers of British pop and rock music.
The Shadows were there at the start of British rock and roll along with Cliff Richard. They were formed after Move It was a hit in 1958 and became arguably the first ‘supergroup’ with Cliff. The Shadows had minor hits alongside Cliff - then went to number 1 for 6 weeks with Apache in 1960 - which influenced a host of guitarists for the next five decades..
Wonderful Land was number 1 for 9 weeks in 1962, a record not surpassed until 1975 with Bohemian Rhapsody. Songs like Man of Mystery, Footapper, Atlantis, The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt, all recreated by the Shadohs have captivated fans and still do.
Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, the core band, were all known by name, recognised for their craft and renowned for the quality of their instrumentals using red Fender Stratocasters and Precision Bass. Jet and Tony left to form their own band and Brian Bennett replaced Tony. First Brian Locking and then John Rostill took over from Jet. This line-up were making singles and albums up to 1969.
The impact of the Shadows cannot be understated. The iconic image of the Shadows walk and the raised guitar necks, the horn-rimmed glasses, Vox AC30’s and echo units, a sound still pursued avidly by dedicated guitarists who want to emulate Hank and Bruce.
Matt, Mark, Gary and Nick are very proud to play the music of the Shadows to audiences of every age, keeping this music alive for the next generations.
The Shadohs - the foot tapping tribute to the Shadows