Gig: Michael Roach with Gary Fletcher Band (feat Bernie Marsden) – Southport Arts Centre – 4 July 2009

Posted on: Thursday, Jun 25, 2009

Michael Roach
 Michael Roach

Gary Fletcher Band (feat Bernie Marsden)

Southport Arts Centre

4 July 2009

There is a late, and rather exciting, change to the date with Michael Roach, at the Southport Arts Centre on Saturday 4 July…

Rock Legends Step Into the Breach

A last minute hitch, followed by frantic round of phone calls, has created an unexpected treat for Blues and Classic Rock fans at Southport Arts Centre.

Internationally acclaimed Blues star Michael Roach will head back to Southport in July on a star-studded double-bill also featuring The Gary Fletcher Band, with a one-off line-up including former and current members of The Blues Band, Dire Straits and Whitesnake.

The Michael Roach Band wowed the audience at a gig at Southport Arts Centre last year and the full band were due to return until ex-Wizzard star Roy Wood poached Michael’s horn section. So the frontman is coming to perform a solo set, on Saturday, July 4, at 8pm, and Arts Centre Programme Manager John Sprackland has pulled a rabbit out of the hat by adding Gary Fletcher’s band, with special guest Bernie Marsden, to the bill.

Roach, originally from Washington DC, is an internationally acclaimed blues artist, with a soulful voice and fantastic personality and will play a solo set at the Arts Centre before making way for the fantastic Gary Fletcher Band.

Gary Fletcher recently played with The Blues Band to a packed out Crosby Civic Hall, so his fans are in for a treat when he returns this time to Southport Arts Centre with his other band.

The Gary Fletcher Band line up will feature Pick Withers (Dire Straits) on drums, Jack Fletcher on bass, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) on lead guitar and Gary Fletcher (Blues Band) on guitar and vocals.

 John Sprackland, Performing Arts Programme Manager at Southport Arts Centre, says: “They say every cloud has a silver lining and the circumstances that brought this amazing line up together proves it! When Michael Roach found out at short notice that his band were not going to be able to make the date I jumped at the chance to put the Gary Fletcher Band on, only to find that Gary’s regular guitarist was unavailable. Then, a few phone calls later, Gary told me that he’d persuaded Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden to join him for one night only! So, there you have it * a genuinely unique not-to-be-missed event.”

 Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions, available by calling Southport Arts Centre box office on 01704-540011 or by logging onto

Bernie in red

Bernie Marsden picture from Stellacart

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