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The Racketeers - a potted history:

Lead vocalist Robin and bass player Simon met when they worked at Stroud College. They performed together as The Burke Brothers and formed a short-lived New Wave covers band, The Fabricators, featuring a young looking but rapidly ageing Paul Donovan on drums. Paul was an occasional Burke and also a Mad Ferret.

The band morphed into The Racketeers, featuring a couple of guitarists, one a blues fanatic and the other a Shadows aficionado. Both left, due to “musical differences”, and the current line-up was completed in 2010 when local legend Shaun ‘Kid’ Cook joined, bringing his excellent guitar prowess and much-needed hair to the band.

Since that time the band has gigged extensively at a variety of venues; local pubs and clubs, beer festivals, steam rallies, wedding receptions, birthday parties, charity and corporate events and beer festivals (we like beer festivals). Wherever they play they go down a storm and have attracted many positive comments:

Racketeer: So, do you think we went down well?
Event organiser: Well, nobody grumbled.


Young German gig-goer: When you came on I thought “they are very old” but when you played I thought “they are also very good”.

The band has an extensive repertoire of songs, specifically from the 1960s and ‘70s. They are very approachable so feel free to ask for a request. You never know; if they know it they might even play it.

Robin Lewis

Lead vocals, Backing vocals, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Congas, Percussion

Simon Ives

Instrument: Bass guitar and vocals
Musical influences: JJ Burnel (The Stranglers) and Paul McCartney
Favourite albums: The White Album, The Beatles and Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan. Others change regularly but currently include Foxtrot by Genesis and Black and White by The Stranglers.
Favourite Film: Apocalypse Now
Favourite Food: Curry
Favourite Drink: Beer, please – and lots of it
Hobbies: See last answer
Hope for the Future: The Racketeers to get taken on as house band for all Saga cruises

Paul Donovan

Drums & Percussion

Shaun Cook

Instrument: Fuzzy & Stringy
Musical influences: Randy Rhoads, Brooke St.James, Adrian Smith, Michael Schenker, Spike Milligan
Favourite albums: Dynazty - Renatus, Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime, Rush - A Farewell to Kings, Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind, Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of A Madman, Tyketto - Don't Come Easy, Y&T - Contagious,
Favourite Film: Cling
Favourite Food: Yes
Favourite Drink: Half a coke, no ice, no lemon, I'm driving
Hobbies: Playing with my Fuzzy & Stringy
Hope for the Future: To open an Epiphone Les Paul museum. I already have 5 (4 if my wife reads this)

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