Hello again everyone.

Not a lot new to tell you at the moment.  I hope you are enjoying the current run of “solo” all evening concerts, which run through the spring and summer.

If you haven’t already done so, do check out the most recent (February) issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter.  Amongst other things he talks about are John McNally’s very welcome return after three months’ absence late last year, the recent trip to Denmark, some upcoming shows, and looks forward to another Sixties Gold tour in the autumn.  I hope you will enjoy reading it.  There are some more Qs and As at the end of it.

The dates list now includes the schedule for the Sixties Gold package tour, which will run from 2 October to 2 December. It will feature The Searchers, P J Proby, The Merseybeats, The Fortunes, Steve Ellis (of Love Affair) and Vanity Fare.  I believe most of the shows are now on sale, but some may not be yet, so do please be patient with Box Office staff, who in the main won’t know what shows are coming up until they actually go onto their screens for sale.

Some theatres are promoting this as “The Searchers Farewell Sixties Tour” which has unfortunately made some people misleadingly think that the boys are retiring after it finishes.  This is not so – it will actually be the farewell Sixties Gold tour, but The Searchers will be continuing with their own solo shows in 2019.

Sales are going well for the recent American release of a new CD compilation set “The Searchers - Another Night – The Sire Recordings 1979/1981”, a must-have especially for fans who weren’t around when the original LPs, or a later CD re-issues, were available. This isn’t on general release in the UK, but it can be obtained via Amazon and from the website of the US record label (Omnivore).

Frank’s very detailed 2009 hardback book
The Searchers And Me is still in print.  It is ONLY available direct from Aureus Publishing - from the above link, read all about it and follow the instructions to place an order. Click here for a message from Frank, which includes a whole chapter from the book which we hope will encourage you to buy it.  If you bring your copy along to a show, Frank will be pleased to autograph it for you.

And if you’ve never read Frank’s first book “Travelling Man - On The Road With The Searchers” (originally published in hardback in 1999 and now out of print) - it is now available as an electronic version to download for Kindles etc from various Amazon sites worldwide.

Finally, could I again remind those of you who now go direct to the most popular webpages, without going via the Home page, that there are some comprehensive articles about the Searchers’ career accessible from links down the left hand side of that page: These include three very comprehensive “history” pages and very detailed coverage - with plenty of pictures - of their guitars and other stage equipment.  There are technical reasons why these additional links are only available from the home page, but unless you sometimes access the site via there, you’re missing at least half of all the website has to offer.

Wendy Burton,

Website Editor/Co-ordinator

15 March