Bernie's story.... one
For the lovers of
traditional jazz or barrel house bands, in the fashion of the great Spike Jones
and his City Slickers, Bernie would like to point towards the BANJO BOYS.
For the historical
record: The BANJO BOYS were formed in 1972. The line up was John Orchard –
Piano, John Drury – Tuba/Sousaphone, John Rolling – Drummer, Andy Holdorf –
Trombone, Charlie Bently – Tenor Banjo and Bernie Shaw – 5 String Banjo.
They had record
breaking contracts at Diamond Lil’s The Skyline Hotel, Heathrow, London England
1973/74. After that, they had a further record breaking stint which was 18
months in ‘Ye Father’s Moustache’ at the Malibu Hotel, Durban, South Africa.
The Banjo Boys played many Spike Jones numbers as that band was a favourite of
the Banjo Boys. The Banjo Boys also played on radio and TV in South Africa when
the band split up after four great years; the two banjo players, Bernie and
Charlie found a duo called Bernie and Chas.