Review: Buddy Holly and the Cricketeers

Buddy Holly's Rock `n` Roll Jukebox is appearing at the Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough on Friday March 4th.
Buddy Holly's Rock `n` Roll Jukebox is appearing at the Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough on Friday March 4th.
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LIVE at Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough - Friday 4th March

“THE day the music died” is a line from Don McClean’s famous song American Pie and refers to the air crash in 1959 which killed Buddy Holly as well as other rock and roll stars of that era.

Well, there’s no need to worry, Don, as rock and roll music has been resuscitated and is certainly alive and kicking as this breathtaking performance ably demonstrated.

This talented band of singers and musicians showed why they have wowed audiences across the planet for the past 17 years as well as guest-starring on BBC One’s Saturday night live show The One And Only.

Playing in front of some of the oldest swingers in town they made the Trinity Centre their own for two captivating hours as they belted out all those old rock n’ roll classics of the 1950s and early 1960s.

All the classic hits were there including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Raining In My Heart and Heartbeat, and Buddy swapped guitar for keyboards as he calmed things down a little with the moving True Love Ways.

Although Buddy Holly himself was obviously the focal point of the act (he would have been 74 by now, by the way), the other band members played a considerable part in the entertainment as every member was lead singer for at least a couple of songs each as classics from before, during and after the Holly era were played.

One of the features of the evening was that they always encouraged the audience to clap and sing along - not that they needed much encouragement!

And to round off the evening they produced a tremendous 20-minute encore which included several rock n roll hits from the likes of Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry and had the audience on their feet.

It has been suggested that if Holly had lived he may well have been bigger than Elvis.

Well, maybe, but it’s testimony to the man that more than 50 years after his untimely death his music still matters.

By David Green