GEOFF BEARPARK (Lead Guitar)
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Geoff joined the band in 2012. Geoff's first band "REFLEX" in 1975 Geoff on-stage in the 90's
My Introduction to Guitar music happened by chance in Christmas 1968 when my older cousins Band gathered to play a few tunes in the Front Room to family members as a captive audience. Steve ( lead Guitar) and Ian ( Drums) with 2 others on Bass and Rhythm Guitar launched into some instrumentals. WOW! Never heard anything like that before, the next day I bought my first Shads Album ( Music for Pleasure label as it was cheaper)!
That was it. I was hooked – one year later I had my own acoustic and chord book and merrily played along to the record player and growing number of Shadows LP's ( Yes it was a long time ago).
Without the help of Bert Weedon's Play in a Day book progress was slow but gradually I began to play a recognisable tune without the complication of reading music dots.
My first band was (REFLEX) - around 1974. Our first gig was in a Youth Club in a dubious part of town to which we played a selection of instrumentals which included Status Quo's Caroline! We had to play the whole set again as we ran out of numbers. (I don't know how we walked out unscathed)! A singer joined soon afterwards. This started my introduction to Social, Working Men's Clubs and Functions throughout the area. Other Bands followed (SOLITARE and SIGNATURE) – weekend Gigs and Summer Seasons followed for many years to which Shadows numbers were always in the set – they always went down well. (Like the one legged tap dancer).
Its an honour to be asked to be part of THE BOOTLEG SHADOWS - I will be the one on the end grinning as well as glancing at the chalk marks and trying to get the steps right ! Status Quo anyone?!
Geoff's first band "REFLEX" in 1975
Geoff on-stage in the 90's