A professional and highly regarded merseybeat band creating a truly authentic early 60’s sound. Featuring music from the Beatles, the Searchers,the Hollies,
Billy Fury, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and many more. Extremely popular with audiences at theatres, private functions, holiday parks,
hotels and clubs throughout the UK.
Yanni [guitar/vocals] is both proud and passionate about the Merseybeat sound. He was born in Liverpool in 1950 and first played at the Cavern Club in 1964 with his band The Seftons. They went on to be very successful and recorded many singles and were very proud to be top of the bill when the Cavern reopened in 1967. In 1997, a commemorative wall of fame was unveiled opposite the Cavern and The Seftons have their own brick in the wall along with the other bands that performed at the legendary club.
Yanni later played at the Mathew Street Festival for seven years running. In 1972, Yanni found further success when he wrote and sang the theme tune to the long running TV show Candid Camera. He recently appeared on BBC crimewatch live with Matt Alwright & Steph McGovern, (nothing sinister!)
With his personality and wealth of experience spanning more than 54 years, Yanni contributes a genuine, reminiscent quality to The Mersey Legends.
Allen [bass/vocals] has enjoyed playing guitar at venues in the UK and abroad, supporting The Wurzels, The Searchers and The Fortunes to name a few. He especially enjoyed performing at Butlins Sixties Festivals and loved working the cruise ships. Allen began playing guitar when he was eleven years old, reaching an accomplished level of ability, evident when he made the seamless switch from rhythm to bass guitar when he joined the band. A gifted craftsman too, he recently built his own bass guitar which he often uses with the band. Allen has an impressive, creative talent and uses this in reproducing the authentic 60s sound for the band.
Roland [guitar/synth/vocals] is a multi instrumentalist, playing guitar, sax, keyboards, drum programming, arranging & composing.
Roland was born in west London and his older brothers, John & Paul, played in a band called the Tridents in the early 60s whose lead guitarist was a young Jeff Beck. They played Eel Pie Island, the 100 Club & many other big venues.
Roland started performing clubs at 15 years old, playing sixties hits by groups such as The Searchers,The Beatles, The Shadows, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Elvis & many more, although his musical taste spans pop, jazz, latin, rock., country and more.
He has written & arranged radio ads for Arnold’s Tile (Bermuda) & Fusion Design (New York), has produced many artists using his musical & technical skills, and also spent some time with Sly & Robbie at Island records in the mid 80’s.
Roland has performed in many groups, trios, duos, and solo including a few appearances in New york and is now a member of The Mersey Legends appearing throughout the UK.
Rick Daniow: [Drums] joined the Mersey Legends mid 2017 and is a very experienced and accomplished musician. The ‘60s are his favourite era for music, especially the The Mersey Sound, although he has played in many bands, including 70’s & 80’s rock. Born in South London, he spent his childhood there, until the family moved to Berkshire.
He has played in theatres, resorts and clubs across the country, the Birmingham NEC and at 60’s weekends and played on the same bill as The Fortunes, The Dreamers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Trems, and has been on stage with Kinks drummer Mick Avory…. (albeit to fix his side Tom which had collapsed mid song…) while Mick was playing with the 60s All Stars. During the course of the shows, he’s also shared the bill with members, or ex-members of, The Tremeloes, Marmalade and Badfinger.