Hello again,

Since the Searchers returned from Australia in March  they have been very busy travelling around the UK with their spring run of “solo” theatre shows - no support acts, just the Searchers all evening..  Unfortunately, as many of you have noticed at recent shows, John McNally has been unwell, suffering from a very bad cold.  Being the trooper he is, he carried on but it has now developed into a very nasty chest infection, he is on strong medication and he has been firmly advised by his doctors to rest and give himself a chance to recover.

Unfortunately, therefore, the following shows have had to be cancelled – Richmond on 19 April, Solihull on 20 April, Gravesend on 21 April, Worthing on 22 April and Worcester on 23 April.  It is so very unusual for the Searchers to have to cancel shows, in fact I think this is only the second time in the 29 years since I’ve been seeing them that they have had to do so.

We all wish John the very best for a prompt recovery, and look forward to seeing him and the boys back on the road soon.  It’s very disappointing all round of course, but I’m sure you’ll agree that John’s health has to come first.  Hopefully the cancelled dates might be re-arranged in due course.

All the Searchers shows for the rest of the year, as they stand at the moment, are on the dates list including another run of the Sixties Gold tour in the autumn, also featuring Gerry & the Pacemakers (Gerry’s farewell tour apparently), Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden), Vanity Fare and Steve Ellis (of Love Affair).

If you haven’t already done so, before he writes another one do check out the March issue of Frank Allen’s own newsletter , written towards the end of the Australian trip, and therefore mostly about it.  Always interesting and entertaining, and I hope you will enjoy it.   As usual, there are some more Questions and Answers at the end, and yours would be welcome especially if they are on a subject that perhaps hasn’t been asked before.
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.

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.

Finally, if you would like to be on my mailing list to be advised whenever this and other pages are updated, or when there is any important news to relay, please email me (see below) including mentioning please which country you are in if your email address doesn’t show it, as I keep separate mailing lists for each continent.

19 April

Wendy Burton
    Website Editor/Co-ordinator