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Cool Cats and Glamour Girls!

If dancin', jivin’ or strollin’ is your thing, get your glad rags on for a great Rock n Roll Evening, with wonderful Rock n Roll band

 The Beat Cats.

The event is presented by The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, and will be at Melksham Conservative Club SN12 6LE, on Saturday 19th September; doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start. Tickets will be £8 and may be bought in advance from: Melksham Conservative Club, Melksham Tourist Information Centre, or by calling Richard on 07899 903344. Or they can be bought on the door on the night.

A bar will be available in the hall and there is local parking behind the club. Entrance to the club is from the central car park at the rear which is accessed from Church Street SN12 6LS.



The Beat Cats are a traditional Rock n Roll band from the heart of Somerset, but with a modern twist. If you think of Eddie, Buddy, Gene, Elvis, Chuck, Carl, add a chunk of Setzer/Stray Cats and top it all off with a dollop of Imelda May, you have the cream of Rock n Roll these Cats love!

The Beat Cats line up is:

Champ Cat Simon; vocals/acoustic & electric guitar and co-founder of the Beat Cats

Kool Kitten Kern; vocals/glamour, inspired by Peggy Lee, Julie London and Imelda May

Bad Cat Andy; vocals/lead electric guitar

Boom Boom Cat Gerry; double 'slap' bass & electric bass/vocals​

Rhythm Cat John; drums

Melksham resident, WBCT volunteer, and Rock n Roll enthusiast, Peter Henden said:

“We are really looking forward to a fantastic evening courtesy of the excellent Beat Cats. As an added attraction, we also have Roger Dee’s Nostalgia Disco as a supporting act through the evening, so there is no reason to stop dancing!

We hope that local Rock n Roll fans will come along and join in with the spirit of the occasion – an entertaining and fun night out is guaranteed.  The Beat Cats are a great band; they certainly provide terrific entertainment wherever they appear.”

All profits raised from this event will go towards the promotion, maintenance and restoration work of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

For more information about the local Branch of the Trust you can visit their Web site


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