Rockin’ and a rollin’ at Hemsby #48 day 1

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 31 - 20123,219 views

Hemsby Beach

We arrived at Hemsby on Friday May 11th, at the Hemsby beach resort. It was a plain and simple holiday park with little wooden chalets (some called them sheds). It really was like we entered a village in the fifties. Men with quiffs, women in retro dresses and oldtimers parked in front of some of the houses. We stayed in a chalet, near the reahearsingroom/ chalet, so we heard some live music too during the day.

In the evening, we entered the main hall, with a big stage and a huge dancefloor. The English rock and roll scene is a balanced mix between young and old. In Europe there are mainly people between 20 and 50, but in the UK rock and roll diehards from 50 till 80 still go strong! And I mean dressed up very nicely, the dresses, hair, shoes, and dancing all night like there’s no tomorrow. The men mostly have the Teddyboy look, with sideburns, creepers and drapes. We couldn’t stop looking at the diversity of people. So nice to see.

The first band I saw was The Shookups from California USA. A good sound with steel guitar. Nice to look at and listen to, but not really special to me.

The Go Getters

The band that did make a deep impression were the Go-Getters from Sweden. The standup drummer, who is also the singer, Peter Sandberg, always seems to be wearing his sunglasses. Even at night. The thing I like about this band is they combine Rockabilly with rhythm and blues and boogie. Their original guitarist died not long ago, and is missed very much by the bandmembers. But their new guitar player is a welcome new friend, who enjoys being a Go Getter. Drums and guitar did some cool tricks with breaks and added some rhythm surprises. Hard to explain but I can say it was very entertaining to look at. I saw Peter and his gang watching other shows too every now and then. Or walking about in the Holiday village.

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