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Showaddywaddy - A New Era Beckons!

Showaddywaddy are delighted to announce that Billy Shannon (vocals/guitar) and Sam Holland (guitar) have joined the band as permanent members!

"Following an extraordinarily difficult, seemingly endless period for the music industry, plagued by theatre/venue closures by dint of Government restrictions and financially crippling lockdowns, it is with some regret that due to various factors we have felt the necessity to make wholesale changes to the band personnel. As the saying goes ‘in every negative there is always a positive,’ and following a widespread search extending to well in excess of twelve months, we are finally proud to welcome two multi-talented musicians into the fold, whose high levels of musicianship and youthfulness will, in moving forward, only serve to add to the band’s versatility as we edge towards a busy schedule ahead of the band’s landmark 50th anniversary in 2023, which seems destined to be a monumental and thrilling year-long celebration. At this enormously exciting time I hope you will all join me in extending the warmest of welcomes to both Billy and Sam ahead of their debut performances this coming weekend, and have no doubts you will all be impressed". Dave Bartram, 1st December 2021

On joining the band, Billy says: "It is a dream come true to be joining the Showaddywaddy family. I have been surrounded by their music from a very early age and soon became the youngest teddy boy in town, being carted along to my father's gigs in the pubs and clubs donning a make-shift drape jacket and cardboard guitar. I bought my first proper teddy boy suit at the age of 12 but I still occasionally try to get a tune out of the cardboard guitar (haha). It's obviously a very exciting time for the band, with the 50th anniversary nearly upon us and I'm going to give it my all, along with the lads and the fantastic support of the loyal fans, to keep the Showaddywaddy legacy alive and kicking forever - it is an absolute privilege to be a part of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band!".

Sam hails from Showaddywaddy's home county of Leicestershire, and grew up surrounded by vinyl records spanning all genres and decades. Encouraged by his parents, he took up guitar and drums at an early age, and watched local bands before running back home and spending hours learning what he has seen another guitarist playing. From the age of 15, Sam played in bands on the Leicester circuit, leading him to turn professional at the age of 24. During those 9 years he studied Music Technology at Huddersfield University.

In his first year as a pro musician, he played on a 2 month tour with a Robbie Williams tribute band, and things began to snowball leading to contracts in Europe and the Middle East. 2017-2020 saw Sam working for P&O aboard 5 cruise ships, visiting 67 countries in the process! After 5 years of playing on ferries, cruise ships, and abroad on land, he moved back to Leicester, a move that led him to joining Showaddywaddy.

Above: Showaddywaddy in rehearsals L-R: Curtis (crew), Billy Shannon, David Graham, Ash (crew), Andy Pelos, Romeo Challenger, Tom Bull, Sam Holland.

Band Update

After almost 10 years, Rob Hewins has left Showaddywaddy, playing his last gig on Friday 26th November in Bridlington. Rob first played with the band for a one-off gig in August 2011, and joined up permanently by January 2012. We thank Rob for everything over the last 10 years, and fans wish him all the best for the future.

Danny Willson also sadly played last gig with Showaddywaddy in a private gig on Saturday 27th November. It was great to see Danny back on stage with Showaddywaddy albeit temporarily, after having originally played with the band between 1995 and 2009. We thank him for helping us out over the last few weeks!

Britain's Biggest '70s Hits

This 10-part series currently on Channel 5 features Dave Bartram commenting throughout the series, and Showaddywaddy feature in the top 30 acts of 1974, 1976 and 1978! The programme goes out on Friday nights and can also be seen on My5 here!

Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox - Released 4th June 2021

Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox
A new vinyl LP collection pressed on heavyweight 180g pink vinyl was released on 4th June 2021, and includes 16 rock ‘n’ roll tracks including versions of ‘Sea Cruise’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘The Girl From New York City’, ‘Multiplication’ and ‘Doo Wah Diddy’. Available to buy here!