The Lambrettas came into being in late 1970’s. The original members were Doug Sanders, Paul Wincer, Mark Ellis and Jez Bird. They are most remembered for their single Poison Ivy, and album Beat Boys in the Jet Age.
During 2018 their shows will include a couple of the new songs, along with the usual favourites from their Beat Boys album, such as Poison Ivy, Page 3, Dance and Cortinas, and always a couple of homages.
In 2009 Doug and Paul were asked if they would get back together to do a short set at a Modrophenia event in Brighton. As Jez could no longer be with them, and Mark was in America, they were joined by Phil Edwards on guitar and Chris Venzi-James on bass. After the Brighton gig it was clear that they were back together permanently.
In 2014 Chris moved on. They now have full time bass player Ant Wellman.
Since 2015 the addition of a 3-piece brass section for some shows added a new dynamic to The Lambrettas. They were Dan Rehahn, Helen Kane and Mark Mansell. Helen and Mark moved on in 2017. Dan is still around on trombone and they have now been joined by Richard Anstey on saxophone.
In 2018 The Lambrettas’ are to be included on the ‘BRIGHTON MUSIC WALK OF FAME’ cultural exhibition to be established as a permanent attraction on the iconic ‘Brighton Palace Pier’, to pay tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJ’s closely associated with the city & Sussex.
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“As savage as (Pete) Townshend with toothache... Ace.” Uncut magazine
“Loud, sweeping, righteous, and verging on the bombastic, it’s cut-the-crap stuff...it’s good to have him back.” Record Collector Magazine
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