“It’s good to see people of all ages here tonight,” said The Ivy League’s Joe Brennan as he compered The Sensational Sixties Experience on Thursday evening. “Yes, Ice Age… Stone age…” the audience laughed, and rightly so, as the best 60s music show in town hit Cardiff.
First up were The Ivy League, famous in their heyday for tracks such as Funny How Love Can Be and Tossin’ and Turnin’, who joked with the audience between numbers, while reminding everyone of some great sounds from the swinging decade.
The first half ended with The Union Gap UK recalling the sounds of Gary Puckett’s original Union Gap including Young Girl and Lady Willpower.
The second half kicked off with Herman’s Hermits featuring original drummer Barry Whitwam recalling some of their greatest hits. Whitwam told of the Hermits meeting with Elvis Presley when touring the States back in the 60s and revealed the banjo sound created on their hit Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter was created by a guitar muffled with a handkerchief.
Then, The Tremeloes featuring original drummer Dave Munden and guitarist Rick Westwood topped the bill with a sensational set including Do You Love Me, Twist and Shout, Here Comes My Baby and Silence is Golden.
The evening rounded off with all four bands returning to the stage to perform a rock n roll medley that had everyone in the house joining in. As famous 60s DJ Alan Fluff Freeman might have said “Sensational? Not Arf!”