Behind the scenes...
Rockabilly Riot! is a NEW STYLE ROCKABILLY for
Festivals and events and DANCING! The band combines the
early Beatles and Rolling Stones with Brian Setzer -
Black Keys, CCR, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Brian Setzer and
Original rockabilly artists from the 50s, artists such as
Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Bill Haley, young
Elvis, Louis Prima, Eddie Cochran.
what's new? SWAMP SWING & JIVE (and a whole lot of
performances are filled with charisma, rich three part
harmonies, solid vocals, plenty of authentic "Gretsch"
guitar twang, swingin' standup bass, versatile and
exciting rockabilly drumming, and excelient band
chemistry on stage! With a solid backbeat and a swinging
bass, Rockabilly Riot are crowd pleasers with 3
experienced pros who play together in "Buddy Holly
Lives" (www.buddyholly.ca) and to packed theatres
and events for the past 15 years across Ontario with a
reputation for bringing down the house. They are always
asked to play encores and invited back everywhere they
time when it was possible to hear a song once and be
Bull - "Buddy"
| Dave Bull has
been a native of Kingston since 1983. Originally
from Toronto, Dave first appeared on the Canadian
rock music scene in the late seventies. Dave is
the lead vocalist and the guitarist for Buddy
Holly Lives! Besides playing the part of
Buddy Holly, he writes and records his own music.
Also a member of The ToneKats and The Rockabilly
All Stars, Dave brings energy in his vocal and
guitar stylings that capture the essence of Buddy
Holly. The Crickets are, in fact, played by two
band members who have played alongside Dave since
the beginning - Bassist Marty Crapper and
drummer Stu Pike. Dave was also a member of
"The Rave", which played hundreds of
engagements in the eighties and nineties in and
around Kingston and Eastern Ontario. Buddy
Holly Lives! has entertained at
theatres, high schools, festivals, fundraisers,
bandstands, Civic events, dances, and ballrooms
playing in Eastern Ontario and New York to rave
reviews since 1999.
Crapper - "Joe B"
|A direct descendent
of Thomas Crapper, British inventor of the flush
toilet, Marty is the bassist and backup vocalist
for Buddy Holly Lives!. Marty lives in Westport
Ontario and has performed jazz, rock, swing and
folk music in bands including Sunny Lemon Tina,
Ninth Line Jazz Band, Bald Like Dad, and the
highly acclaimed King of the Swingers . Marty
recently contributed to a recording for a March
2001 release with Universal Records by Luther
Wright and the Wrongs of Pink Floyd's "The
Wall". Marty has been playing in bands with
Stuart Pike since 1993 and with Dave Bull since
1996. His unique slap style on his 1951 upright
bass adds real excitement and raw energy to the
Pike - "J. I."
completes the trio as drummer and back up
vocalist for Buddy Holly Lives!.
Stuart portrays the role of Jerry Allison of the
Crickets. Stuart has been performing
with swing bands since the 1970s, originally in
Alberta. Now settled in Eastern Ontario he
performed with Dave Bull and Kevin Murphy for 10
years as The Rave. Stu also played in
the Mudcats and SLT. Stuart is active on the
board of directors of Pumpkin Pie, a
musical series in the Battersea area. He is an
avid promoter, supporter and player of live music
in Eastern Ontario. He plays with Wawanco Todos
and weekly Jazz at Montes with Craig Jones, Tim
Aylesworth and other Kingston jazz artists. His
ability and variety of styles also involve him in
jazz, swing, samba, and dixieland in addition to
rockabilly and rock n' roll.
...the evolution of
rockabilly .. Rockabilly Riot make you wanna get up and
dance with their high energy swingin' rock n' roll!