How did The Drovers form?
Paul is from the original line up of The Drovers which was formed many years ago, but over the course of time the band slowly dwindled to the point where it just phased out…………Until………Kevin & Shaun got together due to a drunken night of Jazz music when Kevin presented Shaun with a Banjo and said, take that away and play it!.....a few months later Kevin phoned Shaun to say did we want to meet up for a drink…….of course the lure of Guinness and San Miguel just can’t be ignored and so a trip to the pub resulted. Over the following couple of months Kevin, Shaun, Sherry, Imelda & Paul met up just to see if we could create something remotely musical, after a while it was decided that we would give it a go and see what happened, as a result a band name was needed, we went through all sorts of attempts, trying to make anagrams out of our names, thinking of witty quotes, and then Paul pops up with, why not The Drovers, as the band never really disbanded it just went quiet. After an open rehearsal for family and friends it was decided we needed something extra, fortunately Shaun’s Dad was in the audience and being a lifelong rhythm guitarist he was itching to join in, and so the current line-up of The Drovers was formed.
About The Drovers musical backgrounds
Kevin and Sherry played for a good number of years for Woodfalls Brass Band at the time a top 20 Brass Band in the official world rankings, playing at places such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Colston Hall in Bristol, Salisbury City Hall, and many concerts throughout the country.
Paul obviously played for the original Drovers lineup for many years.
Nigel played in a band called The Dragonflies whilst at college in Salisbury and has tinkered with the Guitar all his life including making a Fender.
Imelda & Shaun have no musical background, although Imelda can sing & Shaun, well Shaun definitely cannot clap, but it’s hilarious watching him try.
About the music we enjoy
Well it’s not surprising to know that with our age ranges from 30’s to 70’s that our musical tastes are very varied as well, and there isn’t much that wouldn’t get a second listen.
About the music we play
Our intention is to play music that everyone knows and can either sing-a-long to, or dance to, as we just want our audiences to have a real fun party atmosphere.
About our musical ideas
We just feel that music & fun are infectious so if we are all having fun learning and playing music that vibe will come across to our audiences.
About The Drovers early days - (Paul’s story)
When I think back to the 1960s
My Grandfathers house was full of music he could get a tune out of anything.
He encouraged me by finding my first guitar.
So the Chapman house was a place where people would come to play and sing and have a good time
With all this music around the home my uncle Pete and his twin brother John started several bands with mixed success.
They then joined the local folk club in Yeovil.
I can remember going with my uncles to pick up a folk singer from Yeovil railway station, I was told that he was an American. We brought him back to my grandfather’s house for tea so that we could look after him before the show that night at the Yeovil folk Club I was lucky to say I sang with him although I was only 8 years old at time I hadn’t a clue that this very talented guest performer was, Paul Simon.
He was on tour in the UK, this was at the time when Simon & Garfunkel released Bridge over Troubled Water.
Peter set up the Drovers, a country Band with Derek Gardner in the late 60's early 70’s where they played pubs and clubs in and around the Yeovil area. In 1972 I joined Pete and Derek on steel guitar and mandolin, also at that time Joe Green started playing on drums.