A FAT BAND TRIBUTE TO
FEATURING POLLY GIBBONS
FRIDAY 29TH & SATURDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2021
@ CHARLSFIELD VILLAGE HALL
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ABOUT THE FAT BAND
The Fat Band have been playing together for nearly 50 years, not quite as long as the Rolling Stones, but close. Like the Stones, in their early days, they started played R&B (old style). Unlike the Stones, they never progressed. Basically, they have played the same songs for 50 years.
The Band is not only Fat but large - David Hughes on drums, Richard Gibbons on bass, making a great rhythm section; brass from Peter Holloway, Dan Friend and Dave Fitzgerald; keyboard from Jonathan Chaplin: guitars from Steve Shaw and John Hicks; vocals from Martin Evans (plus tambourine), Polly Gibbons and lead vocals and all round leadership from James Holloway. Beyond sadness, James died a couple of years ago and without James, we are not really the Fat Band.
In its 50 years, the band has played at festivals on the continent, in Bethlehem and for many years played the Greenbelt Festival, every August Bank Holiday.
But the Fat Band is most famous for playing in every village hall in Suffolk. Two of these iconic venues - Charsfield and Earl Soham - have been the venue for at least forty riotous evenings. Each of these audiences were very familiar with the band’s material and the dance floor would be heaving before the band had started. If the audience was ever a little less than lively, James would throw himself off the stage into the middle of the crowd and cavort and roll around the floor, beseeching the audience until they perked up. At the Bethlehem festival, a seated and rather sedate gig, James went among the audience, dragged them out of their seats and made them all come to the front to dance. A great night ensued.
Once we had got some emotional distance from James’s death, Peter Holloway, James’s younger brother, thought we should have a tribute to James. Hence these two evenings - the 29th and 30th October - two, final Fat Band experiences that James has guaranteed he will be with us throughout.
So, old Fat Band fans, come along one more time to have a splendid evening or two, to remember old Fat Band evenings and to celebrate the life of a truly great man, the legendary and utterly unique James Holloway.
Martin Evans for the Fat Band.