Formed in 2007, the Small Fakers are the UK’s only tribute to the sensational Small Faces.
Hits galore at every show including All Or Nothing, Itchycoo Park, Lazy Sunday and many more mixed in with B-sides and rare gems from the Small Faces’ back catalogue. A visual and musical feast for all Small Faces fans.
The journey started around the time of the 2006 Small Faces convention where Matt got up and did a few numbers with the band ‘Dan’s People’ – Dan being their drummer. The idea was now firmly planted in Matt’s mind and started to grow. Dan knew ‘Ronnie-a-like’ Neil after standing in on drums for his band ‘The DB5’s’ and Matt had previously been in an originals band with Jon ‘hammond’ Gray, so they didn’t have to look far for the right organ grinder!
After getting ourselves together, we rehearsed hard and in February 2007 we did our first gig and launch party in London’s 229 The Venue. We got some great reveiws and feedback which left us with a positive afterglow and a good stepping stone to the future of the Small Fakers.
In 2009, Mr Dean Rees climbed aboard the Fakers bus as our new master of the Hammond organ. Jon still joins the band on tour when they play their Ogdens Nut Gone Flake shows, playing backup keyboards and looking after the visuals.
We have been joined on stage (or did we join them?) at various times by Small Faces, The Who & The Faces drummer Kenney Jones, original Small Faces organist Jimmy Winston, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, 60’s session guitarist Graham Dee & 60’s blues & soul vocalist Chris Farlowe and performed a selection of tracks live on Brighton Beach with the cast of the musical All Or Nothing.
Highlights for us so far include playing at the Isle of Wight Festival, Carnaby Street Small Faces plaque unveiling, the Small Faces Conventions, Butlins(!), meeting many of the Marriott family, playing at Stan Lane’s birthday, as well as meeting some top people: John Hellier, Val Weedon, Stan Lane and Mick Taylor who have helped us along the way.
The Pre-Amps are a 4-piece Rock ‘N’ Roll band from Newcastle upon Tyne who have recently moved to live part-time in Liverpool, the home of Merseybeat, while studying Music Production at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk.
They specialise in performing covers from the 1950s and 1960s, covering the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Small Faces, The Who, The Kinks, The Hollies and The Monkees to name but a few, whilst combining distinctive surf-style vocal harmonies, retro Mod style and Rock ‘N’ Roll instrumentation to create a real retro experience that’s sure to get you up and dancing!
A quick video we made today for our version of 'Paperback Writer' by The Beatles from our 'Covers' album.
Posted by The Pre-Amps on Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Known locally for their impressive vocal harmonies, The Pre-Amps have made a big impression on the North East music scene since touring the local pub/club circuit and are currently furthering this in the North West. They gained great exposure after playing on the front stage at the world-famous Cavern Club, Liverpool in March 2018.
The band’s self-produced 2017 ‘Covers’ album has sold very well and has been highly praised in both the UK and the USA (and as far afield as New Zeland) for capturing the essence of the times and reminding people of “the good old days”.
Kelvin Banks – Guitar/vocals
Rob Gray – Bass/vocals
Lyndon Philliskirk – Keyboards/vocals
Scott Charlton – Drums/vocals
The Live Lounge is a standing venue with some unreserved seating. Seating is not guaranteed and may not be available for all shows. If you have a disability and need a seat please get in touch with us in advance to make arrangements!