The Quarrymen set to perform intimate gig at their old stomping ground

John Lennon playing a Gallotone acoustic guitar with the Quarrymen at St Peter's Church Fete, Woolton, Liverpool on the July 6, 1957
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The Quarrymen are returning to their former high school - Calderstones School, formerly known as Quarry Bank High - for a special gig.

On Saturday, July 6, the show will be an opportunity for fans to witness the John Lennon band responsible for creating the Beatles. The evening kicks off with a Q&A session where The Quarrymen will take a trip down memory lane, sharing stories about John Lennon, their formative years at Quarry Bank High, the experiences that shaped their sound, and the path that led them and the Beatles to stardom.

There will also be a chance to submit questions in advance and view a range of Quarry Bank, The Quarrymen and John Lennon memorabilia. Following the Q&A, the band will perform the skiffle and early rock music which influenced the birth of the Beatles. The audience will also be treated to a selection of their greatest hits and fan favourite songs.

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Rod Davis, original Quarrymen member and Quarry Bank alumni, said: “It’s a great honour for us to be coming back to play at Quarry Bank with The Quarrymen, which is where John Lennon started his schoolboy skiffle group in 1956 with a bunch of his fourth form mates.

"We were just a group of lads having fun and trying to impress the local young ladies, and none of us had any thoughts of a career playing music. However, John, who wasn’t exactly a roaring academic success at school, soon came to think that if Elvis could make it, and Little Richard could make it, then maybe there was a chance for him.

“We played in the interval for a Quarry Bank School Dance with the George Edwards Band, in the very same hall where we will be playing on Saturday 6 July. Coincidentally, this is the 67th anniversary of the very day on which John Lennon met Paul McCartney at St.Peter’s Garden Fete in Woolton – the start of their musical partnership which eventually led to The Beatles.”

Tickets for the event are available here.

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