Since reforming earlier this year, Blackpool-based band Touch the Pearl has proved to be one of the most popular on the pub and club circuit – and can be seen at The Station in Lytham next Friday.
The eight to 10-piece soul, funk and groove band boasts members from across the North West. It originally honed its stagecraft over several years, playing major venues and events across the UK, Ireland and Europe – including the Mean Fiddler in London and Band On the Wall in Manchester. It also supported acts as diverse as ELO, to Edwin Starr, while headlining at prestigious events like the Blackpool Tower Christmas Tree Ball on a regular basis.
It also secured regular work with agents responsible for Armed Forces events and chains such as Brannigans, and was invited by the Tourism Department to represent Blackpool in Cork at the Irish Tourism Convention.
The band is now more seasoned and sassy than ever before, and its stage shows either draw on a catalogue of original material or, for parties and functions, it has an extensive list of classic soul, funk, groove and dance tunes that spans the decades.
The band (vocals, three backing vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, saxophone) has its own PA and lighting with resident engineer, and can set up and sound check in 90 minutes, play one long set or two shorter sets, and provide background music or a full-on disco to complement the live performances, playing music for all tastes and for all occasions.
In addition to classic Stax, disco, funk and Northern Soul, the band also finds accessible tunes and mashes them up together to deliver tracks that don’t exist anywhere else e.g. Killer/Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone/War, Billie Jean/Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, Car Wash/Rappers Delight/Good Times – and up-to-date blending of club dance tracks e.g. Shine On Me/Where Love Lives – Groove Armada/Crazy P. It delivers a show of exceptional musical quality, performance and professionalism.
The current line-up is Emma Perry, Kate Ferris and Kerry Duffy (backing vocals), Jason Saks (percussion ), Brian Hood (bass), Kev Schools (vocals), Brett Blackburn (guitar), Mark Ferris (drums) and Gary Wright (keyboards).
The band’s website at www.touchthepearl.com is still under construction. Freephone number 0800 032 3269.
A professional quality CD is available on request.