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Issue:- 28 November 2014

Celebrating rock & roll's 60th Anniversary, in Formby

A concert billed as:- 'The Ultimate Shake, Rattle & Roll Show' will hit Formby's St Jerome's Hall on Friday, 5 December 2014.

The event will feature the popular Merseyside band Mike Byrne and The Sunrockers together with the MonaLisa Twins, the show is an early celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's first trip into the recording studio and the birth of Rock and Roll.

Mike Byrne will also have a personal celebration of his own as this concert will mark his 50th year as a professional entertainer on the same day!  Mike says:- "I was just 21 years old and had joined progressive Merseybeat band 'Them Grimbles' and couldn't wait to turn professional. All the bands were going to Germany and it seemed the natural thing to do. We left in December 1964 to play at the Star Palast Club in Kiel which was close to Hamburg. What an eye opener. Crazy teenagers and we had to play 5 hours a night."

The MonaLisa Twins relocated from their native Austria to Merseyside earlier this year.

Real life twins Mona and Lisa have just turned 20 years of age, but were influenced by their father's Rock and Roll and Mersey Beat albums to pick up guitars and form their own band when they were 13. They have been recording, touring and songwriting ever since.

Lisa said that:- "Merseyside was a natural place for us to build a home. We have so many influences here and it is fantastic to work alongside Mike who has such a rich history in the music business."

Sister Mona continues:- "We can't wait for this show. We will be playing some of the best music from the Rock & Roll era alongside our favourite songs of the Sixties. We will also throw in some of our own songs. We both love Formby and St Jerome's is a superb venue."

The MonaLisa Twins currently have a Saturday night residency at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club and they are favourite guests on BBC Radio Merseyside's Billy Butler Show.  Mike Byrne says:- "The MonaLisa twins are probably the most exciting musical act in the UK today and St. Jeromes will be rockin'."

Tickets £15.00 including hot and cold buffet and are available from:-

St. Jerome's; Greenloons Drive, Formby. Telephone:- 01704 875 935.

Formby Books; The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby. Telephone:- 07914 636 545.

Byrne and Son; 132 Church Road, Frexhfield, (opposite the Grapes Pub).


THE UK's Channel 4 hit show 'Come Dine With Me' is back for a new daytime series. Over 5 days, 4 strangers, from all walks of life, take turns to host the perfect dinner party for each other. At the end of the week the best host wins a £1,000 cash prize!  If you or anyone you know would like to take part, then please email:- or call:- 0871 244 4142.

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Shoot dates are:- 19 January to 23 January 2015!

"We're looking for people over 18 years of age with a passion for cooking who want to demonstrate their skills."
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