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High note for rock lovers

PUBLISHED: 17:40 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 August 2010

by Nadia Sam-Daliri Bamkers, IT consultants, teachers and shop workers poised their spectrums, spun their drumsticks and adjusted their mics for a night of superstardom. Weekend Warriors, the international music organisation for over 30s

by Nadia Sam-Daliri

Bamkers, IT consultants, teachers and shop workers poised their spectrums, spun their drumsticks and adjusted their mics for a night of superstardom.

Weekend Warriors, the international music organisation for over 30s with a lingering passion for rock and roll, hit Kilburn High Road last week in the first of many performances.

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, based in Dyne Road, Kilburn, has signed up to offer Weekend Warriors and is supporting rockers in the area by providing tutorials, rehearsal space and equipment.

A franchise originally started in America, and Kilburn is the only place in London that runs the sessions.

Bob Ralston, 44, of High Road, Kilburn, who performed with his rock and blues band Squishy Fish, said: "Rock and roll is normally associated with young people but I've been a keen guitar player since I was nine and it's not something I've ever put away.

"Some people have never played in front of another person before and it takes a lot for them to get up there. Kilburn is a pretty creative place with a great artistic vibe."

Residents with day jobs take part in evening and weekend practices in preparation for their big night.

After six weeks of practice, four bands hit the stage at the Luminaire club in the High Road on May 29.

Paul Kirkham, director at the institute, said: "The Weekend Warriors programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity for musicians to develop their skills and create new and lasting musical partnerships.

In many cases Warriors continue to play with their new band long after the programme has finished."

Around 20 rockers were split into four bands who performed, among others, Son of A Preacher Man, That'll be the Day, Come Together, Californication and Desperado.

The next programme starts in July and costs £149.

To get involved call 020 7328 0222, email enquiries@icmp. uk.com or visit www.icmp.uk. com/weekendwarriors.aspx for information.

nadia.sam-daliri@archant.co.uk


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