Chris Barber Reunion Charity Performance

Chris with Reece, an admiring fan (Photo courtesy of Harry Davison)

Chris Barber will be joined by four of his former band members for a rare reunion of jazz Greats in a star performance at The Basingstoke Irish Centre at 8.00pm on Thursday,
30th May. 

Initial plans were for Chris to be reunited with his former clarinetist, jazz legend and “Flook” cartoonist Wally Fawkes, but sadly Wally has had to drop out due to a minor operation.

But the show goes on with another four of Chris’s former sidemen. The reunion of jazz greats on stage alongside Chris will include Johnny McCallum on banjo and guitar, Viv Pitt on bass, Alan ‘Sticky’ Wicket on drums and, an exemplary choice to take Wally’s place, Sammy Rimington on clarinet and saxophone.

Alan ‘Sticky’ Wicket

Sammy Rimington

Vic Pitt


Venue: The Irish Centre, Council Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 3DH

For more information and booking (tickets £20) please call Anne or Dave Bennett on 0794 204 0779 or email [email protected].

Johnny McCallum

For Chris this will be a very special reunion with four old friends who have played with The Big Chris Barber Band in years past.

But it will be an informal occasion organised by Dave Bennett and limited to just 100 fans.

As Chris puts it, those lucky enough to join him on 30th May should expect the unexpected. Even “some new ideas amongst old acquaintances”.

A charity collection will be raised along with a raffle.

Chris sends his best wishes to Wally Fawkes “whose playing I always loved although I never recorded with him. Wally can’t make the session due to medical treatment.”

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