20 June 2024

Local band celebrates over three decades of making music

The Hopback Blues Band are celebrating over three decades of making music with a gig on Saturday 6th November at The Duck Inn.

The Hopback Blues Band were formed by Trevor Kay in the Autumn of 1990 in the Wyndham Arms, Salisbury, where the band’s first drummer, Charlie Marsden, lived and worked. Soon on board were Duncan Brown on sax and Rick Wells on bass guitar, with lead guitarist Pete Sherburne joining not long after.

The connection with the Wyndham Arms spawned the name and pub/brewery owner John Gilbert supported the band in the early days and funded the production of the first two albums on cassette.

To celebrate the landmark anniversary the band are hosting a packed evening of hard-rockin’ blues at the Duck Inn, Laverstock. Past and present members of the band will take to the stage to play all the favourite tracks from the Hopback setlist.

The celebrations coincide with the CD release of tracks recorded live in the studio, donations from the sale of CDs will go to Salisbury Hospice Charity.

The Hopback Blues Band’s current line-up* will play songs from the album in the first half of the gig, with former band members stepping up in the second half, to extend the lineage back over the thirty years.

Band members include:
Pete Sherburne, lead guitar & vocals
Chris Sherburne, vocals
Trevor Kay, rhythm guitar & vocals
Ian Close, saxophone
Elliott Hope, Drums/sound engineering
Ryan Potter, bass
Luke Millard, keyboards/vocals

Written by
Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty