Interviews from 24 October include Cortni Bird live in the studio, Michael Smitham of The Fortunes, along with Alan Lovell of The Swinging Blue Jeans.
Cortni Bird says you can call it therapy or call it passion – music is an outlet for her and she loves being able to do it for a living. Cortni writes music for all to relate and enjoy and likes that her music can mean different things to different listeners. She writes from my own experiences and is inspired by her friends.
Michael Smitham moved with his family from The Midlands to Whitehaven in Cumberland in 1955. Influenced by his brother Barry, with whom he later played in his first band, he soon developed an interest in music, taught himself guitar and was soon playing in local bands. One of these ‘Heaven’ went on to tour with Black Sabbath. Michael eventually moved south again in 1969 to pursue his musical career and played in lots of bands, a few of which included Paul Hooper & Bob Jackson. He then turned professional in the early seventies with ‘Eyes Of Blue’ and served his musical apprenticeship for many years backing the likes of Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, PJ Proby, Percy Sledge, Johnny Tillotson, The Marvelettes, Anne Peebles, The Floaters, The Drifters amongst others, all over the world. Michael was asked to join The Fortunes in the early 80’s and since then has become the longest serving member of the band since it’s formation in 1963.
Alan Lovell has been the right hand man to founder members of The Swinging Blue Jeans (Ray Ennis & Les Braid) since the 90’s, and has continued to tour successfully with the current line up since, both in the UK & abroad. Alan started his career in Wales in the early sixties and has toured and recorded over the years with many acts such as Marty Wilde, PJ Proby, Denny Laine, & The New Vaudeville Band to name but a few.
Cortni Bird (Live in the Studio)
Michael Smitham of The Fortunes
Alan Lovell of Swinging Blue Jeans