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Welcome to the new web site for the top UK Shadows tribute band, The Bootleg Shadows. Contact us by email at contact@bootlegshadows.co.uk.
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In June 1960 Hank B Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan recorded Apache. This charted in July and became the monster hit that launched the Shadows instrumental career and founded a nation of bespectacled guitarists dreaming of acquiring their very own Fender Stratocaster and stepping out into the glaring spotlight of stardom.

With their immaculate appearance, synchronised dance movements and clean, pure melodic sound, the Shadows chalked up 35 hits of their own (not counting another 33 hits with Cliff Richard), giving them more hits than any other British group and securing them a unique place in the annals of popular music.

Today the Shadows make few live appearances but the Bootleg Shadows keep their ‘live’ sound alive by performing a fantasy concert that encompasses the Shadows amazing career from 1960 up until the early 80s. Concert audiences are invited to relive fantastic hits such as:

Foot Tapper, Man of Mystery, Atlantis, Wonderful Land, Kon Tiki, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, FBI plus many, many more

In the company of Geoff, Keith, Tony, Tim and Binks the audience is taken on a tour of the Shadows career, with plenty of humour to make it a night out to remember. For anyone who loves the sounds of the 60’s – and enjoys a few laughs on the way – Bootleg Shadows perform a unique tribute that has audiences humming the tunes and doing the Shadows famous ‘walk’ long after they have left the theatre.

Millions tuned in to hear Geoff and Tony on the Clare Cavanagh show on Radio Bristol in August 2016. Well quite a few did. Listen to the clip below in case you missed it. You’ll hear about Tony’s big horn and find out more about Geoff’s surname than you ever dreamed of knowing. We put in the not so subtle edit in Wonderful Land so you don’t get all of it but it’s in full on our Audio page.

 

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  1. Hi boys can you please come down to Cornwall & play sometime?
    See you at Lakeside on the 25th at Kathy’s Friday eve bash, & can you bring some t shirts & CD’s along as well.

    Regards Phil

    1. Hi Phil

      Will take your comments on board with Cornwall – we’ll see if there is anywhere that will have us!
      The Bootleg Shadows are not at Lakeside later in September, but I will be there on the Friday at the Sound Desk , so come over and say hello.
      Cheers Geoff

  2. Hi guys
    Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the show, loved the music and hope you will return to Weymouth some time in the future, it was great fun.
    Hank would be proud!

    1. Hi Caroline,

      Many thanks for your kind comments – its lovely to get feedback, The Pavilion is a great theatre to play with very helpful Staff and technicians. We enjoyed ourselves too so thanks for coming!

  3. Phil Kelly’s comments below –
    A bit late but just to say both my son James and i went along to see The Bootleg Shads for the 1st time at the weymouth pavillion.
    We enjoyed great music and plenty of humour and really enjoyed the whole show, being entertained from start to finish.
    All the guys played great and it really came across how much they were enjoying being on the stage , particular mention to Geoff who played excellently, with a great sound to boot, Bob did a great job with the sound as always.
    If you havent see the band yet i thoroughly recommend you pop along and have a listen, you wont be disappointed, keep it up guys.
    Phil.

  4. Great to see Neil and his friend all the way from Australia, they have see both recent shows and had said to Keith they planned their trip to the UK around our Theatre dates.
    That is amazing, thanks a lot for coming along and saying hello.

  5. Greetings,,what’s the chances of coming up to Blackpool Grand theatre in the near future on a Saturday or Sunday night , I’m 100% sure you will fill the theatre… Thanks Tony,,,

    1. Hi Tony
      That would be great wouldn’t it? We’ve had a look at the Theatre and its big, probably too big for us. Thanks for you message though, if there are any smaller venues you know of get in touch.

      1. Greetings Geoff,, There are 2 smaller theatres that have come to mind and they are The Lowther Pavilion at Royal Lytham St Annes Tel 01253794221 ,,,or/and Oswaldtwistle theatre (Nr Accrington ) Tel 01254398319 hope these are ok to give a try Geoff,,ps sat or sun better for me cos I work for Royal Mail ,,thanks again Tony.

  6. 22nd April 2016 Dorking Halls

    Am coming from the frightened city(Leatherhead)
    Would like to thank you all for a fabulous evening and thanks to Tony for coming and having a photo taken with our disabled son Matthew. Hope to see you again and will bring more friends next time.

    Barbara, Mark and Matt xxx

  7. It would be great if you could make it to the South West, Cornwall or Exeter. There is a very lively Shads. club in Exeter I’m sure you would be well supported
    Best wishes.
    Mike

  8. Hello, have you thought about playing at the barnfield theatre in Exeter? It’s a great theatre and it would be great to see you guys here!

    Hope to hear from you
    Joe, 18.

    1. More for Exeter! Are you working together to get us down there? Joe if 18 is your age that makes you about half a century younger than most of our audience and all the more welcome!

  9. We had a great time at the Haymarket in Basingstoke last night. Brilliant show and super music. Would see you again any time. Come back soon.

    1. Hi Hazel
      We really enjoy playing those tunes and we really appreciate you writing to us!
      So glad you had a good time, don’t forget we are at Camberley later this year , all our dates on this web site under Gigs
      Cheers

  10. Clive A.
    30th April 2016 The Haymarket, Basingstoke.
    hi guys,
    thanks for a great entertaining evening, really nice to meet and chat with you all. I have a Fender Stratocaster and would value your advice on the type of guitar strings that are best suited to emulate your sound. ( I am sure they are steel) but wondered if there is anything else I should know, like the grade.
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Clive
      Glad you enjoyed the show and thanks for taking the trouble to write to us.
      With the Strat I use Elixir Nanoweb (anti rust) 10-46.
      They do last a long time keeping their bright tone for ages. In my opinion well worth the extra £ pounds.
      Hope that helps.

  11. Review from Shadow Music Community

    I was at the Basingstoke show last night with my family and friends. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, not just seeing shadows music played well live but the good humour from the band (despite a couple of technical issues) and visible pleasure they showed in performing together onstage. If you get the chance to see the Bootleg Shadows then go and see them and you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to seeing them again.

    Martin

  12. hi folks, i am in australia, i saw your link on Hit45s.com and thought i would say hi and wish you were doing an aussie tour. have a great time touring.

    1. Hi Neil
      WOW! Thanks for getting in touch, whearabouts in Australia?
      We listen to Hit45s too it’s a great station.
      No plans to tour down under just yet but a big Hi from us Bootlegs to you!
      We are also on Twitter @bootlegshadows

      1. hi guys, from the triangular island under the mainland the lovely island of Tasmania, And thanks for supporting such a wonderful station as Hit45s.com, Love listening to it every day. Will follow you on Twitter too, will do that in a minute, Keep on Rockin guys, and maybe one day you might venture down to the great place called australia.

  13. You guys provided top entertainment tonight at the Palace Theatre, Redditch. Great show and echoed The Shadows music to perfection. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  14. Thanks guys for a brilliant show last night at the Palace Theatre in Redditch. Shame on those people who were dressed as empty seats! They missed a fabulous, professional and hugely entertaining evening. Hope to see you again.

    1. Thanks for the message Alan. Shame indeed on those empty seat people. We had one gig sold out recently but we’ll start bringing a few cardboard cut-outs in future, just in case.

  15. I saw you at Camberly on 2nd July. I was in my wheelchair in the front row with my husband. My dancing days are over I have Parkinson’s but I shook to your beat.
    Incidentally you sing much better – than the Shads

    Gill

    1. Hi Gill, WOW! Thank you so much for writing to us, we saw you!
      So glad you enjoyed it…. Even our singing….. HA HA.
      We hope to see you again soon.
      If you are on Facebook or Twitter you can also keep in touch with what we are up to on @bootlegshadows
      Many Thanks again

  16. We had a great night, at the Hayling British Legion. Wonderful music from the Bootleg Shadows , they done themselves proud. With a lot of laughs along the way. The Bootleg Shadows, are Happy to talk to people before and after the show. Nice to see them let Tim, do a drum solo. who really went to town on the drums. My wife as just said ,they are the best band she as seen.
    If you get the chance . please go and see them. you will have good time. Chris Jenny and Neil.

    1. Hi Chris, Jenny and Neil,

      Nice to meet all of you and have a chat. We enjoyed playing at The RBL near the Sea!Glad you enjoyed the show.
      Tim loves playing those Drums!
      See you again sometime no doubt!

      1. Sadly. Derrick who compared the show on saturday night at the Hayling Legion. passed away., Early Sunday morning. There are details and comments on their Facebook page. hope you don’t mind me mention it to you.

  17. Hi to you all, Just come home from seeing you in The Playhouse Theatre in Weston Super Mare. Had a wonderful evening. Hope to see you all again soon
    Love Carol & Pete x

  18. Great show last night as ever. Sound problem at start proved to everyone you were totally live. Look forward to seeing you again.

    1. Your comments are much appreciated. Didn’t get many people there but we’ll try to get something in for 2017.
      Three of the five of us are Midlands-based so fingers crossed.

    1. Hi Peter Thanks for the thought we have not tried that one, it may be a bit big for us at 820 Capacity but I know some acts do not use the Balcony. We will investigate.
      Cheers Geoff

  19. Hi Alan, Really glad you enjoyed the show, it was filmed so we hope we can use some of the footage for a ‘live’ DVD
    ( Including Apache of course )..
    Cheers Geoff

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