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THE HISTORY MEN

With friends in high places and numerous awards to their name, VR discovers how the hot-rockin’ Bluejays are the real rock’n’roll deal
The Bluejays, featuring Ollie Seymour-Marsh, Dan Graham and Chris Reid, are a youthful band whose new show, Rock And Roll Revolution, doubles as a history lesson in 50s music

THE BLUEJAYS

Youngsters”, huh? What do they know about proper rock’n’roll? In the case of Ollie Seymour- Marsh, Dan Graham and Chris Reid – aka The Bluejays – quite a lot, actually. The eldest may only be 35 years of age – they weren’t even a twinkle in their parents’ eyes when Elvis departed for the celestial 7-11 in the sky – but The Bluejays are rock’n’roll scholars to a man and have been playing this music for years. And they’re a brilliant band to boot.

The trio – plus an extended band for live shows – are currently taking a new show, Rock And Roll Revolution, across the UK in a mix of vintage rocker rave-ups and multimedia ‘edutainment’ that aims to equally excite and inform. More than “just” a gig, a lot less starchy than a history lesson, Rock And Roll Revolution is a show that’s grown from the trio’s shared background in some of musical theatre’s toughest shows. By way of introduction, frontman Ollie Seymour- Marsh, 30, explains; “Dan, Chris and I met doing Buddy (the musical) about eight years ago. We did it in the West End, a UK tour and then Europe as well. I was playing Buddy Holly, Chris was playing (bassist) Joe B Mauldin, and Dan was playing (drummer) Jerry Allison, who is one of his absolute heroes: he’s been studying those paradiddles on Peggy Sue since he was about three. Later, I did the Million Dollar Quartet show – I was Carl Perkins – and then I went on to do the skiffle show, One Man Two Guvnors. Through all that, I’d just learned more and more about rock’n’roll, all the pieces came together. We then formed The Bluejays, just to do corporate events and festivals really, but we always had it in the back of our minds to do our own unique theatre show.”

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