THE OLDERTONES are playing three gigs this month in their hometown of Keighley following a successful jaunt to Southport.

The 60s covers band supported glam rockers Mud II and US rockers The McCoys last month at the Southport 60s Weekend.

Singer Craig Carlisle said: “It was a great night. We went down a storm with the crowd, it couldn’t have gone better. The promoter is lining some more dates up for us and said the next one will be in Blackpool.”

Members of the Oldertones – who have all played in local bands for many years – got on well backstage with musicians from with The McCoys, whose original incarnation recorded hits like Hang On Sloopy in the early 1960s.

Craig said: “The McCoys line-up is endorsed by original member Rick Derringer. The drummer also plays with The Cufflinks.

“The keyboardist/guitarist is a musical director and has been a backing singer for Cliff Richard as well as playing with Tony Iomi of Black Sabbath. Their other guitarist has played with Aretha Franklin and Ben E King.”

The Oldertones are hoping for an equally ecstatic welcome on Friday, November 17 when they play a gig at Victoria Hall, Keighley, in aid of Manorlands.

The Oldertones will share the bill with Bradford rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly band The Memphis Cruisers.

The Oldertones will headline gigs at the Three Horses, Fell Lane, on Saturday, November 18 and the Woolpack, off South Street, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 19.