Roy discovered his voice whilst at school and took the lead roles in a number of school productions. His love for 50's and 60's music led him to follow his passion and he joined his first band in 1979. In the early 90's he teamed up with Rob Ellis to form the duo ‘Revival’. He successfully sang and played keyboards, frequenting the South West circuit for over seven years. Then in 2004, after short break, he joined 'The Graduates,’ a five piece function band playing weddings, theatres and clubs. The function band ‘Nevertheless’ followed.
His favourite singer/songwriter is Roy Orbison, he was also inspired by the music of Johnny Cash and is a big fan of Country Rock.
''The Old Dogz give me a chance to perform some of my favourite songs, supported by some of the best harmony vocals in the business''
He can claim to be an International singer having performed in Perth Australia and California USA
Roy joined ‘Old Dogz' in January 2011.
A Shure 58 Wireless and a 1950's Classic vintage style Microphone
Although there are no original members left in the band Jon is the longest serving Old Dog.
Jon Made his drumming debut in 1963 playing Wipeout in his brother's band The Silhouettes. He learnt his drum rudiments and discipline in a marching band, and in the late sixties played at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Colston Hall in Bristol, amongst many visits to France.
In 1966 Hughie Green presented Opportunity Knocks in a summer season at the Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth. Jon entered the competition playing in a duo called David and Jonathan. They won it two weeks running and their reward was to appear twice nightly on the show working with people like Monica Rose, Tony Holland (remember the Muscle Man?) and Bobby Bennett (Junior Showtime). He had a fantastic time and even got to sail on Hughie's boat.
In the late sixties Jon appeared a couple of times on Westward Television at the old studios in Plymouth. On one occasion he appeared in a period drama playing a regimental drummer - he recalls having to go to the makeup room to have his hands made up (because that's all that was seen). That's showbusiness!
He has played in many venues, mainly in the South West, with several bands including The Vee Jays, Outward Bound, Reflections, Inspirations and Ex-Directory. He joined Old Dogz... New Trix in March 2006.
Alan started playing when he was 12 years old trying to play the music and copy the routine of the "Shadows". Joined the "Jaguars" (a Yeovil based group) when he was 14 years old, they were the first local band to play "Beatles" and other covers of the Liverpool beat boom era in the early 60's. The "Jaguars" evolved into "The Generation" in 1965 which included Richard Parsons on keyboard and Colin Elkin on bass guitar.The group played at venues through out the southwest including the notorious Glastonbury Town Hall. "The "Generation" split in 1969 but 40 years later Alan met up with the singer from the "Jaguars" and they decided to form a group called the "Rocking 60's", and when the bass player left it was only natural for Colin Elkin to take his place
Alan joined Old Dogz early 2018 with his pal Colin Elkin on Bass, their first gig being back in February (2018)
Colin might be new to "Old Dogz" but he certainly isn't to the music business. He started in the sixties with "Dave and the Four Pharaohs" then he met up with Dick Dare and Mike Argent (The Salvos) to form " The Deepline", after that he joined up with Alan Helliar in the "Generation" ,then a series of Blues/B&B bands which include "Last Orders", "Dirty Work", "Stepping Out", and "Idle Fretz", before "Fog",and "Barking Hatstands". "Rocking Sixties" and "Sladest" ( Michael Evvis opening song backing band at the last two Glastonbury Music Festivals are Colins latest bands
Colin joined Old Dogz with Alan Helliar early 2018.
A mixed bag of abilities best described as a backing vocalist, keyboard technician and rythym guitarist.Very much a band member, injecting warm harmonies to the vocals, all the frills and sounds usually provided by the orchestra and or coarse some solid based rythyms on guitar.
Early years of school choirs and production in the 60' and early 70's, taking piano lessons on the way and drumming in youth marching bands proved good grounding on performing. He picked up a guitar and a chord book and progressed on to his first electric guitar before leaving school in 75, passing the driving test meant he was mobile and "on the road" and started gigging in 77, working occasionally with local bands and cutting his teeth on the holiday camp circuit in Seaton Devon with a scratch band for a couple of years.
Answering an ad for a guitarist or keyboard player in 79 with the inevitable question "would you like both" lead to the following 14 years with "Spiral", a 5 piece showband covering all styles from strict tempo, swing band and current pop songs of the decade (80s).
Following mutual demise of "Spiral" in 94, Rob spent the next 8 years at home with his then young family and sticking to the day job whilst spending time in the home studio a couple of times a week with the song writing hobby along with the bass player from "Spiral".
Rob joined "Ex-Directory" around 2001 when their keyboard player left, where he first met Jon Parsons. When that band folded around 2006 Rob went on with Mike the bass player from "Ex-Directory" to form, or rather, to reform "Beat By Five" with 3 of the original members,covering a lot of the 60's favourite vocal harmony tunes for a 60's charity revival gig at Westlands Club in Yeovil, again with Jon Parsons on drums. Buzzed up with how well the gig went down they decided to carry on lasting several years though Jon had gone to the "Old Dogz" by then.
Following a line up change and renaming "Something Else" was created, carrying on the 60's thing covering hits from the "Beatles", "Hollies", "Hermans Hermits" etc. Anything that had spine tingling harmony was fair game.
Rob in fact has depped in with "Old Dogz" on the odd gig a number of times over several years, when "Something Else" finally came to a finish in spring 2018, and following a surprise phone call from Jon, Rob is now embarking on a journey with "Old "Dogz".