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Tranzit

Caption: TRANZIT…from left to right: Dave Ward, Ediie Eaton, Barry Webster, Andy Whyatt, Allan Holt and Mike Shade.
Tranzit
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Musical Genre/Type: Rock and Roll
Formed: 1977 from Coalville

Band Members:
Alan Holt
– Lead Guitar
Barry Webster – Rhythm Guitar
Andy Whyatt – Drums
Mike Shade – Vocals
Dave Ward – Bass
Eddie Eaton – Manager and Stage Effects

Tamworth Herald – 11/02/77
Musicbox - Tranzit – aiming for the top
Coalville rock and roll group Tranzit is going places…and quickly.

The band has just won a place in the semi-finals of a major Leicester talent contest and is hoping to win the competition at the Oddfellows Club, Humberstone Gate, Leicester

If they succeed then £250 will be theirs plus an appearance on ATV’s New Faces show.

The group has entered a similar competition at Coalville’s West End Club. This may also lead to auditions for the New Faces programme.

Tranzit, is a basic rock and roll group, “basic” because they only play original 1950s material.

The group’s material includes numbers made famous by such artistes as Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Little Richard.

Although the group admires the modern rock and roll bands, the members feel the music is too commercial.

The group which only began to play together last March, has six members. They are Alan Holt, lead guitar; Barry Webster, rhythm guitar; Andy Whyatt, drums; Mike Shade, vocalist; Eddie Eaton, manager and stage effects, Dave Ward, bass.

At present, the group is negotiating with Pontins Holidays for a summer season at one of their camps. If this is successful, the group will turn professional.

The group’s style is original. The programme begins with the slower, ballad-like numbers gradually progressing to the faster, heavier pieces.

These are popular with older members of the audience who remember the era of the 1950s. This has proved successful at the Ibstock British Legion Club and the West End Club. When the group appeared at the latter on Sunday, they attracted a capacity audience.

The group now hopes to start a rock and roll society based at Whitwick Labour Club. Anyone interested in joining is invited to contact members of the group.


Gigs:

1977
02/07/77

Tranzit
Austrey Working Mens Club

12/10/77
Tranzit
Warton Sports and Social Club
Admission: 40p

03/11/77
Tranzit
Polesworth Working Mens Club

10/11/77
Tranzit
Polesworth Working Mens Club

26/12/77
Tranzit
Tamworth Progressive Club

1978
08/01/78
The Tranzit Rock ‘n’ Roll Show
Glascote Working Mens Club

12/01/78
Tranzit Rock Band
Polesworth Working Mens Club

02/02/78
Tranzit
Polesworth Working Mens Club

16/03/78
Tranzit
Polesworth Working Mens Club

26/03/78
Tranzit
Dordon Working Mens Club

28/04/78
Tranzit
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

29/04/78
Tranzit
Glascote Working Mens Club

14/05/78
Tranzit
Austrey Working Mens Club

28/05/78
Tranzit
Austrey Working Mens Club

03/06/78
Tranzit
Austrey Working Mens Club

04/06/78
Tranzit
Dordon Working Mens Club

15/06/78
Tranzit
Polesworth Working Mens Club

27/08/78
Tranzit
Dordon Working Mens Club

28/08/78
Tranzit
Elford Working Mens Club

16/11/78
Tranzit
Polesworth Working Mens Club

31/12/78
Tranzit
Dordon Working Mens Club

1979
11/01/79
Tranzit Rock Band
Polesworth Working Mens Club

10/06/79
Tranzit
Dordon Working Mens Club


The Gallery

Caption: TRANZIT…from left to right: Dave Ward, Ediie Eaton, Barry Webster, Andy Whyatt, Allan Holt and Mike Shade.

TRANZIT…from left to right: Dave Ward, Ediie Eaton, Barry Webster, Andy Whyatt, Allan Holt and Mike Shade.

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