Review: The Drifters, Ferneham Hall

Black Star Riders: from left, Scott Gorham, Chad Szeliga, Ricky Warwick,  Robbie Crane and Damon Johnson.  Picture by Richard Stow

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Their music holds a lifetime of memories for me, so I enjoyed spending an evening in the company of The Drifters on their Optimum tour.

They may not all be the original group – in the past five decades they’ve had 60 different members! But it makes no difference, it’s all about the music.

These are cool, young guys in complete harmony with each other. They belted out hit after hit, mixing the old with some newer material, stunning the crowd with superb vocals and a charismatic stage presence.

The first half was gentle with slower ballads, whilst the second half picked up with the more up-tempo songs that made me want to get up and have a boogie, transporting me back to my teen days in the ’70s at school attempting to dance to Saturday Night At The Movies.

Ages in the audience ranged from 20-somethings to over-70s. Some, like me, were reliving those heady days of youth and first love with Under the Boardwalk and my ultimate favourite, There Goes my First Love.

The interaction with the audience was lovely, and hopefully the younger generation will be enticed into appreciating music from back when it was music – without any enhancements or miming. Thank you The Drifters for reminding me of some wonderful times and tunes.