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The Big Top
Meet the Hereford band who perform a mix of 70's glam rock, classic rock hits, 50's rock'n'roll, and even some new wave and indie.
As bassist Dennis Schiavon explains, their music is aimed at a very wide audience: "From classic covers to up-the-the-minute indie grooves, there will be plenty for people to enjoy, especially people new to the excitement of real music, played loud and played live."
The band may have been formed relatively recently, but its line-up have years of varied experience in rock and pop bands.
Dennis started out performing in the Punk & New Wave movement in Hereford in the late 1970's.
He cut his teeth with such fondly-remembered names as The Nauseators, The English Rogues, and The Crash of '79.
He then went on to tour the world and record with 1980's indie chart group The Revillos.
Back home in Hereford, he later teamed up with guitarist Clive James.
The Big Top's Mike, Dave, Clive & Dennis
Clive started his musical career with bands like Harmony 4 and K-Otic (both in the late 1970s) before going on to the popular 1980's band Little Big Stuff.
Clive and Dennis first played together in the R&B trio The Men from U.N.C.L.E.
Not so long ago, when they decided to join forces for this latest foray into the pop world, they couldn't believe their luck when they stumbled upon Dave Rone - the loudest, and rockiest, drummer they'd ever heard - the youngster of the group and a veteran of top Herefordshire indie rock band Sweetleaf.
Vocalist of 2002
In 2002, the band were looking high and low for a new lead vocalist, but just couldn't find anyone locally who could fit the bill.
Then, out of the blue, came singer Mike Sebbage who had recently moved to the area from the South-East.
Mike came with years of experience of playing the demanding rock club circuit in central London and the South, and his powerful and passionate singing style were just right for The Big Top.
The Big Top serve up a heady mix of 70's glam rock, classic rock hits, 50's rock'n'roll, and even some new wave and indie.
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session, every week from 7pm on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 16/01/2009 at 22:57
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