The Sunsets, Still Rockin' After All These Years

Hi Rockabilly Europe, we are The Sunsets, the rock 'n' roll outfit that has toured extensively throughout Europe over the last 30 years or so. We would very much like a listing on your rockin' site! -- Neil Thomas --

Rockin', rollin' dancin' stompin' music from a band that started with a bunch of kids in 1958, and grew into one of the iconic backing bands of the 60s and 70s. The Sunsets now revisit those crazy, shakin', rockin', boppin' days with front man Levi Barratt who pays tribute to his famous uncle, Shakin Stevens, in a new set featuring many of Shaky's classic hits such as Marie Marie and Green Door. The line up delivers a range of 1950s and early 60s music, reflecting the sounds that changed popular music, ranging from Elvis, through Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and of course, Shakin' Stevens. All the classics are there, along with fresh material including originals penned by The Sunsets. It's the full 1950s rock 'n' roll experience - rockabilly, jump jive, that great Bill Haley dance beat... big hits and top bops... performed as only The Sunsets can.

It started back in 1958, when 14 year old Dave "Batman" Goddard started to play bass with a couple of friends. The Backbeats, as they were known, played local clubs in South Wales alongside, among others, Tommy Scott & The Senators - better known now as Tom Jones!

A young fan often in the front row when they played, was sometimes invited on stage to sing with them. By 1968, that fan had become Shakin' Stevens, and the nucleus of the Backbeats had become The Sunsets. During the next ten years they toured extensively in the U.K. and Europe and had appearances on T.V. and radio.

It was with sadness - and best wishes - that the band watched Shaky leave to appear as Elvis in Jack Good's West End show of the same name. The Sunsets then went solo. Ever since then, they have performed continually, delighting fans in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Over the years, the band has shared stages with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Carl Perkins - and in fact, with more Rock n' Roll icons than they care to remember. With over 30 years of continuous regular performing, The Sunsets deliver a memorable and exciting rock n' roll experience.

In 2007 another exiting twist of fate brought the band together with another young rock 'n' roll front man in the shape of Shakin Stevens's nephew Levi Barratt. The music does indeed live on... so does the look!

The Sunsets are:
Neil "Nut Rocker" Thomas - Piano, Vocals
Dave "Batman" Goddard - Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Buzz Baker - Drums & Vocals
Cliff Edge - Lead Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals

Contact information: 

The Sunsets
75 Lavernock Rd.
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
CF64 3NY United Kingdom

Bat Goddard: +44 (0) 2920 701328
Cliff Edge: +44 (0) 1446 413756
Neil Thomas: +44 (0) 7732 505063

Courtesy of Neil Thomas, 2007