Dave Bartram’s new book “All Mapped Out” - Release Date and Launch Event


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In a professional singing career spanning thirty-eight years Dave Bartram was the charismatic frontman and voice synonymous with the multi-million selling seventies and eighties' hit-makers Showaddywaddy.

An avid traveller, during that time Dave has visited all seventy cities of the United Kingdom (69 official and one crown dependency), each with its own tale to tell.

In his second outing as a writer, hot on the heels of the side-splitting The Boys of Summer, Dave recollects a potpourri of on-the-road anecdotes borne of frustration, hysteria and triumph, focusing to a large degree on the seemingly endless scrapes befalling a touring performer, most with hilarious consequences.

In an honest, no holds barred appraisal All Mapped Out transports the reader to every hidden nook and cranny within the British Isles, from Inverness to Truro and Hull to tiny St. Davids, demonstrating the strength of character, but above all sense of humour required to endure a lifetime in the topsy-turvy sphere of rock 'n' roll.




All Mapped Out will be exclusively available via the Fantom website from the 2nd March 2015 until its trade release later in the year.

EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH EVENT
- Friday 27th February 2015 at The Workstation, Sheffield
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19:30, Doors Open 19:00 (Duration 2 hours)
Dave Bartram will be launching his new title with a special acoustic live set, on stage interview session and Q&A with an opportunity to meet Dave and get your copy of All Mapped Out personally signed.
Click here for full details, including how to get tickets for the event!


Showaddywaddy on Tour 2015


Showaddywaddy have been on tour since 1973, and will again be on the road in 2015! The band are playing sold-out shows up and down the land, and there are nearly 100 gigs on the list for 2015/16, which is testament to the band’s enduring appeal!

This year, the band will entertain crowds at some of their old favourite venues where they played in the 1970s and 1980s, including Newcastle City Hall, Stoke’s Victoria Theatre, and Portsmouth Guildhall, as well as outdoor festivals in the Summer. Showaddywaddy will be in most places throughout the UK from Scotland to the south coast - check out the band’s gig dates here, and go along and find out why the band are getting rave reviews!


Rare Material on Soundcloud!


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It is pleasing to launch a new page on Soundcloud for rare Showaddywaddy recordings! The page will feature rare tracks from over the years, and hopefully in the future new exclusive tracks and interviews!
These rare tracks are shared for the enjoyment of Showaddywaddy's loyal fans. Any attempt to download and use the tracks anywhere else will hinder further uploads, so it is hoped the page will be used in the spirit it is intended.
Enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for further tracks in the coming weeks!


Flashback


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On 19th November 1974, Showaddywaddy gathered in London with girls from the National Children’s Home, Harpenden, to promote their new single, Hey Mr. Christmas, which was released a few days earlier on 15th November. The single spent eight weeks in the charts, reaching the number 13 spot, and the band performed the track on TV shows including Top Of The Pops, Lift Off With Ayshea, and A Stocking Full of Stars. The single was recently featured on TV as being the 43rd best selling Christmas single of all time.

The band are known to have performed the song in their live shows around the time of release, and after a long absence it returned to the set in 2010, and is still being played live around Christmas time today.

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And if you fancy a sing-a-long this year, the lyrics are:

Hey Mr Christmas, we hope you’re having fun; Hey Mr Christmas here we come.

Throw away your troubles at Christmas and make this Christmas bright,
Carols singing, bells are ringing, Santa comes tonight.
Forget your troubles and worries, and kick them out the door,
Don't look back, come on in, we'll just play some more, more, more, more.

Old folks sit by the fire, and children play in the snow;
They've been waiting, anticipating, see their faces glow.
Forget your troubles and worries, and kick them out the door,
Don't look back, come on in, we'll just play some more, more, more, more.



Showaddywaddy’s debut album - 40th Anniversary


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On 8th November 1974, Showaddywaddy released their eponymous debut album, featuring 12 tracks, nine of which were original material written by the band. The opening track was Hey Rock And Roll, a number 2 hit from earlier in the year, followed by Bony Moronie, a track that the band played on their appearances on New Faces the year before. Other tracks featured included Johnny Remember Me, which is still in the band’s set today, as well as another hit single from the Summer of ’74, Rock ’n’ Roll Lady. All in all this was a debut album to be proud of, and which the public bought in great numbers with the LP achieving the top-10 in the album charts, reaching the number 9 spot and remaining on the chart for nearly 5 months.




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BBC Pointless Celebrity Edition - Saturday 23rd August 2014


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Dave Bartram made a winning return to our screens on Sat 23rd August with an appearance on a celebrity edition of the BBC game show ’Pointless’. Dave teamed up with Dave Hill from Slade, and the two Daves were triumphant, beating Toyah Wilcox and Mark King (Level 42) on the way. The show was recorded on Monday 17th March 2014.





The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 - 1988


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Showaddywaddy had more UK hits in the 1970s than any other act…including Abba…any act! From their winning appearance on an edition of ‘New Faces’, the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ of the day, to become runners-up in the series’ ‘All Winners Final’, it took just a matter of months until the band released and secured their debut hit, ‘Hey Rock And Roll’, which reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart.

This extensive 40th Anniversary anthology features the band’s entire 20th century catalogue of recorded material, including all of their original studio albums in mini-vinyl replica wallets, non-Album A and B sides, together with a selection of alternative mixes and unreleased rarities unearthed from the vaults, in this 139-track, 10CD box set.

The 36-page booklet includes a 7,000 word liner note from Showaddywaddy expert Steve Thorpe and an introduction from the band’s Dave Bartram.

The box set features the bands’ 23 UK hits, including the Million-Selling #1 single, ‘Under The Moon Of Love’.


For full details about this exciting release, check out the box set product page.