Brum Beat Pioneers to play County venue.

This June Theatre Severn will be taking a step back in time and reliving the swinging sixties as they welcome Birmingham based pop group The Fortunes to the venue, celebrating their fifty first year in the business the evening promises to be a musical celebration of the era .

The Fortunes were pioneers of the Brum Beat movement alongside bands such as The Moody Blues, and The Move and had a unique sound.  Where other bands limited themselves to a stripped back sound, The Fortunes always prided themselves on sophisticated orchestration and stylish counter melodies, combined with dual lead vocals. It was this combination that lead to their most recognisable hit ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’.

This was not their only success and the group enjoyed a string of further hits in the sixties and seventies, including ‘Here it Comes Again’ ‘Freedom Come and Freedom Go’ and ‘Storm in a Teacup’. One of their earliest hits ‘Caroline’ will be familiar to readers of a certain age as the signature tune of the infamous pirate station Radio Caroline.  In 1969 the group also had the honour of being the voice of Coca Cola, when they recorded ‘It’s the Real Thing’.

The group has a wide and varied past, Keyboardist Bob Jackson was also a member of ‘Badfinger’. Bass player Eddie Mooney toured with both The Dakotas and The Walker Brothers and guitarist Michael Smitham has played regularly with Del Shannon, Bobby Vee and Percy Sledge. With such a wide back catalogue to choose from visitors to the Shrewsbury venue can also expect a few non Fortunes hits and surprises.

Venue Spokesman Pip Bayley said ‘I think we all have a soft spot for the Sixties, it produced some of the greatest music of all time. The Fortunes are a great band in their own right, but with all the other groups they have worked with I imagine it will be a really varied and entertaining set. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were also one or two revealing anecdotes to accompany the music!’

The Fortunes will be playing at Theatre Severn on Thursday 25 June. Tickets are available via the Theatre Severn website www.theatresevern.co.uk or by contacting their Box Office on (01743) 281 281

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