On New Year’s Day 1969, Marmalade began a month-long reign at Number One with ‘Ob-la-di Ob-la-da’. Their consequent headlining slots on Top Of The Pops marked not only the high summer of Scottish rock, but the climax of a hard-won personal victory traceable to the struggles of Glasgow’s Dean Ford and the Gaylords, who, becoming too hot for mid-1960s Clydeside to hold, began a new chapter with a change of name to Marmalade.
1967 finished with a smash sur le continent in psychedelic ‘I See The Rain’. Tenacity was further rewarded the next summer when Marmalade cracked the British Top Ten at last with ‘Lovin’ Things’. This – and ‘Wait For Me Marianne ‘ – paved the way for ‘Ob-la-di Ob-la-da’ and the protraction of a lengthy international chart run with ‘Baby Make It Soon’ and self-penned – ‘Reflections Of My Life’, another million-seller – and a major US chartbuster. Among further hits were ‘Rainbow’, ’My Little One’, ‘Cousin Norman’, ‘Back On The Road’ – and ‘Radancer’
1976’s ‘Falling Apart At The Seams’ penetrated the Top Twenties across the globe, following the recruitment of Sandy Newman talented singing guitarist.
By the turn of the decade, Sandy had emerged as leader of The Marmalade, and having weathered passing trends were coping with a hectic touring schedule that, over subsequent years, has shown no signs of slowing down, in fact (replace comma with hyphen – ) very much the opposite. Though Sandy remains at the helm, he has forged a second career as a composer, record producer and interpreter of quite sophisticated material, notably ‘Voir Un Ami Pleurer’, a highlight of 1998’s Ne Me Quitte Pas CD celebration of Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel – and one of Folk Roots‘ Albums Of The Year. More recently, a critically acclaimed solo offering, Golden Years, reached the shops, shortly before John James Newman, Sandy’s younger son, joined Marmalade as guitarist and backing vocalist.
No child of such a parent could have avoided performing in public, on when trying his luck in North America, he surfaced as a regional attraction in Massachusetts and Alaska. Nevertheless, John considered prospects more appealing back in Britain where response to both his recorded and in-concert output – both solo and fronting ‘The Velvet Hearts’ – still suggests that he has the potential to be more than a mere cult celebrity. As much a ‘collective’ nowadays as a group – meaning personnel can engage in a multitude of interesting extra-mural projects. Marmalade’s current line-up is completed by multi-instrumentalist and humorist Alan Holmes, who became a long-time mainstay, following a tenure with ‘Federation’ – who notched up a ‘turntable hit’ with 1976’s ‘Hooked On Love’ – along with bass player Jan Robinson and in-demand drummer Chris North, whose career has embraced providing accompaniment for several top ten artistes. Both new fans and those there from the beginning agree that the Newman-Robinson-North-Holmes-Newman amalgam might be the finest edition of Marmalade ever to take the stage. Live concerts see Marmalade blitz across the generations by counterpoising freshly-minted showstoppers with the timeless classics. Every appearance remains a special event – and there’ll never be another like them!
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|November 20, 2020||Brean Sands, Somerset, TA8 2RB||From £140 per person|
Following the latest announcements of a 10pm closing for bars and venues we announce clarification of our policy.
Events at Durrant Hotel and Unity resort for 2020 will go ahead as planned with a different schedule of entertainment (number of acts will not change).
Unity will feature a festival all-dayer style with bands at 2.30pm, 4.00 pm, 5.30pm, 7.00pm and 8.30pm.
Durrant Hotel will begin with evening meal at 6pm.
We have proved with our Elvis week at Hemsby that events CAN operate in the current climate very successfully.
If you do not wish to attend for ANY reason we have no legal obligation to transfer or refund deposits as the events WILL be going ahead.
We have spent six months transferring deposits and cancelling events and are not in a position to be as flexible as we would normally be, therefore transfers and refunds are NOT possible. Unless you can prove you were part of the original group advised to shield by the government in March, are infected with coronavirus at the time of the event, or are in a local lockdown area at the time of the event that doesn’t allow travel on holidays (most do). In these exceptional circumstances we will look at bookings on an individual basis.
As the 10pm curfew looks a mid-to-long term policy we will all have to learn to adapt and we are certain that our events will be a great success
Hopefully most sensible people will recognise this situation is not of our making and understand our decisions designed to protect the long term viability of our business and livelihoods of the professional musicians we employ.
The above is subject to change based on any government change in its policy.