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Posted on February 24 2011 at 3:37:07 0 comments

The Old Farts

They may be in their early 60s, but local band The Old Farts are more than capable of pulling in a crowd – and they have raised around £15,000 for various charities over the past 10 years.

Drummer Phil Crawford, lead singer Steve Vere and bassist Phil Carr – all Barnt Green residents – and keyboardist Bob Griffiths, of Finstall, started playing together informally about 15 years ago.

“I am the drummer because I can’t sing or play anything else!” explains Phil Crawford, who took up drumming for his 50th birthday party.

“Steve sang professionally when he was young (a long time ago), while Phil Carr is also our soul singer due to his deep voice. Bob, who is Head of Music at a local secondary school, is our musial director as he can read the ‘dots’!”

The Old Farts began by entertaining friends at New Year’s Eve parties before progressing to gigs at local venues.

“We gradually became a little better and the rest, as they say, is history,”  says Phil. “The band’s name was a joke as we’re all getting older, but unfortunately it’s stuck!”

The band plays a mixture of 60s and 70s pop and rock with a few newer songs thrown in. Charities which have benefited from their fundraising include Birmingham Children’s Hospital, West Midland Air Ambulance, Cancer Research UK, Spencer Dayman Meningitis UK, Barnt Green Scouts’ HQ, Macular Disease Society, Bromsgrove Flying Doctor Service, and Acorns Hospice.
“We don’t profess to be top class, and we only play a couple of gigs a year, but our audiences (mainly made up of friends) always have a great time… at least that’s what they tell us!”

The next gig is in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Society, and takes place on Saturday July 9 at Barnt Green Social Club from 8pm. Tickets £10 (to include barbecue), available from June onwards from the Club or Phil Crawford on 0121 445 3196.


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