Keeping it in the family with the music of the Bee Gees at Marine Hall, FleetwoodPublished Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Saturday 5 March sees Bee Gees tribute veterans Jive Talkin' appear at Marine Hall, Fleetwood with an exciting new line-up - the three leading men are all members of the same family.
Brothers Gary and Darren Simmons, who perform in the show as Barry and Maurice Gibb respectively, are Bee Gees tribute experts who have been performing their show since appearing on the first ever series of ITVs Stars in their Eyes way back in 1990. Piers Morgan praised their performance and their episode can still be seen today enjoying reruns on Challenge TV.
In 1997, Darren and Gary performed with the real Bee Gees live on Heart FM Radio where they
duetted the 60s classic To Love Somebody with the super-group. Of their performance, Barry Gibb said they were fantastic and Maurice Gibb described them as absolutely brilliant!
In 2015, Darren's son Jack – who had been raised on the Bee Gees music all his life - joined the line-up. He performs the part of Robin Gibb to make for a real family affair and a harmony blend that only singers from the same genetic stock – like the real Bee Gees – can create.
Talking about the benefits of working on stage with family members, Gary comments, “Apart from the obvious of how well our voices blend together in harmony, the audience really seem to enjoy the witty banter between us and our on-stage chemistry that creates a uniquely intimate evening. The audience really seem to warm to the family connection and the tongue-in-cheek jokes that can be come from that. Musically too the benefits are huge, I have been singing with my brother Darren for 30 years and my nephew since he was a toddler. That creates a kind of on-stage telepathy when we sing together. I think it’s why many family groups such as the Bee Gees have been so successful.”
The three leading men are backed up on stage by a stunning live band – including a live string section – and together they perform a two hour show packed with all of the hits of the Bee Gees. From the tender orchestrated 60s classics such as Massachusetts, Words, I Started a Joke and How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, through to the 70s disco classics such as Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, Tragedy and More than a Woman, the complete repertoire of the Gibb brothers is recreated with stunning authenticity and heartfelt emotion. Many describe the highlight of the show to be when the three family members perform a stunning and intimate acoustic medley of Bee Gees hits which really showcases their exceptional harmony blend.
Jive Talkin' deliver a powerhouse performance that is charged with emotion and charisma to produce a show unlike any other. They create a truly nostalgic journey through our most treasured musical memories that will have you both reaching for your handkerchiefs and dancing in the aisles.
Jive Talkin’ are performing at Marine Hall, Fleetwood on Saturday 5 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15, to book call the box office on 01253 887693 or visit www.marinehall.co.uk