The end of the Era

With Regret I have to announce that the Band will no longer be accepting new gigs and will cease to exist as Aquarius. Every effort is being made to fulfil current bookings. I would like to thank all our followers and venues for their support over the years. We are leaving the current site live for the time being as a reminder of the  of the good times had over the years and a tribute to all who have participated.

Thanks and Welcome

Hi. First we would like to say a huge Thank you to Ian Kershaw, Steve Thomas and Dave Pearson for their sterling work in the drumming seat while we sorted a permanent drummer.

Thankfully that seat is now taken and we would like to Welcome Dave Gibbon to the band.

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Dave is a vastly experienced drummer having played in many local bands. He also played in the House band at the Marr’s Bar where he had to play anything that was thrown at him without rehearsal. More on Dave on our meet the band Page shortly.

Ray.

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It is with utmost sorrow and regret that we have to announce the very sudden passing of our Drummer and friend Ray Clarke. After unusually missing a rehearsal Wed he was found at his home on Thursday 10th August by one of the band members and another of his friends Wayne, from the Ketch warehouse Sheriff street. He was gigging with us the previous Saturday and all appeared fine. The coroners report gives the cause of death as a Heart attack.
Ray joined the band in April 2013. He was a great drummer who liked to keep a low profile letting his drumming talk for him. Quiet and unassuming with a great sense of humour. He will be missed by us and many in the Worcester music community.
We would like to offer our sincere sympathy to his family and friends who are devastated by this loss. Rays funeral is to be held at Worcester Crematorium Fri 24th Aug at 12:15 pm. RIP Ray. We will miss you

Women V Cancer

We Had a great gig at Malvern Town FC this Easter sunday helping Beverley Butler and her mate Melanie Nolan raise funds for 

Women v Cancer

We promised some publicity to these two crazy ladies who are seeking sponsorship to cycle through the night in London on the night of Saturday 27th May 2017. If you would like to donate please do it through Justgiving.com Bev Butler or Melanie Nolan  Ride the night. We wish them all the best.

Obitury

Those of you who have been following us a long time will remember our original Lead Guitarist, Norman Lewis who emigrated to Bulgaria some years back, Sadly Norman died from a heart attack on Sunday 11th Dec. This was sudden and unexpected. Fortunately his sons Mark and Bret had taken a break to see him in Bulgaria a couple of weeks previously when he was reasonably fit and well. A small mercy in retrospect. An incredible musician, great person, and close friend of all the band, he will be missed. We all had hopes of a one off reunion gig when he was over here for a visit. Sadly this is now not to be. Norman played with many bands over the years, Notably Aquarius when we were first formed, Also Diablo, Amethyst and again Aquarius when we reformed. He was held in high esteem and respected by many of the top local musicians who he counted amongst his friends. Our thoughts are with Carol his partner, and sons Mark (who plays with the band) and Bret (also a fine musician).  We understand there will be a memorial service in England in the new Year. We will keep you posted via this Web site or our Facebook page. We had many good times together over the years leaving many great memories. RIP Norm.

Crown at Martley.

Just a line to wish Dave and Julie all the best in there new venture in Alicante. Sad to see the Crown closing though as potential new owners backed out at the last minute. Hence please note the Gig there on April 30th will not be going ahead. At present this also applies to the Gig previously advertised for July 2nd.

Sadly an end to an Era.

Aquarius are proud to support Relay For Life which brings you and your town together to help beat cancer. Throughout the year, teams of 8 to 15 people get together and fundraise in their local communities to support the work of Cancer Research UK. Then everyone comes together in an inspiring overnight celebration and commemoration that the whole community can be part of. On the day of Relay For Life Evesham you can expect a celebratory mix of music, games, entertainment, food, fundraising and perhaps a few surprises! Whilst the event is in full swing, members of each team will take turns to walk around the track for the duration of the Relay. All events are overnight as this marks the fact that cancer never sleeps.

For more info click: Relay for Life – Evesham

Dancing for England

Through Mark, our lead guitarist, The band heard about a Worcester Dance school (Harlequin ) that has 7 or 8 young pupils from Worcester selected by the Team England panel of judges to represent the country in the Dance World cup to be held in June and July in Bucharest (Romania).  The school has several branches and in total 81 of their students have been selected. Not only is this a great honour but also a fantastic achievement for the school to have so many pupils selected.

Trouble is it comes with a cost. The school needs to raise enough money (in the region of £50,000) to sent these pupils.. This covers entry fees, flights, accommodation etc. With so many selected, no small overhead. For many this will be their first trip abroad. What an opportunity.

To this end the Band has reintroduced “the bucket” at our gigs to help support this worthy cause. Any spare cash (shrapnel) will be greatly received. Every penny helps.

Contact the Band Glitch

Hi, Apologies to all who have tried to “contact the band” recently.

It seems this part of the site developed a glitch. All seems to be working now. unless you know different. If so please send an email to aquarius.band@talktalk.net.

Thanks

lAST MINUTE CANCELLATION

It was with regret that Adam from the Westcroft phoned to inform us that the pup was closing its doors for the last time on the 4th Dec. The cost of continuing has nade the venture untenable.  Sorry. We are back in action on the 8th at a Private function and then Back at the Swan Worcester on the 13th (Not the New Inn Pershore). CU there