DOOF DOOF, DOOF DOOF, DOOF DOOF, DOOF DOOF, DOOF, DOOF might not sound much to you but to a 12-year-old Pete Bultitude it was the spark that lit an inspirational fuse for a career in music.

No, it’s not another cliff-hanging finale to yet another harrowing EastEnders episode but the iconic lughole-bustin’ drum-thumpin’ break in Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight.

Pete relentlessly harangued his parents to buy him a drum kit, and much to the chagrin of the neighbours no doubt, he wore them down and they gave in.

He joined his parents’ band, playing round the pubs and clubs for years until his break came in the 1999 series of Stars In Their Eyes when his homage to Collins took him all the way to the final.

He enjoyed more success with the hugely impressive And Finally… Phil Collins tribute show before moving on and launching his Genesis Connected spectacle, which takes in everything related to the seminal 70s proggers, and later, poppers.

That includes the Peter Gabriel-fronted early prog and art-rock years, the post-Gabriel mega-buck success, solo work from both Gabriel and Collins, plus Mike Rutherford’s Mike and the Mechanics diversion.

So when you’ve got a set list that includes Sledgehammer, Solsbury Hill, Turn It On Again, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), Against All Odds, Abacab, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years, and, of course, In The Air Tonight, you’ve got yourself a evening of top quality musical entertainment.

But fear not, all you paraskevidekatriaphobiacs out there, it’s coming our way next Friday, October 13 with a show at Weymouth Pavilion and tickets at £18 are available from the box office on 01305 782335.

Moving on but staying in the world of tributes and homage-istes, Apphia Campbell’s debut UK tour of Black Is The Colour of My Voice comes to Bridport Arts Centre next Friday, October 13.

The one-woman show tells the story of jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone, her traumatic and difficult early years, her battles at the forefront of the civil rights movement in a deeply divided America and her rise to become one of the most inspiring, popular and pioneering female vocalists.

The production comes direct from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and the Edinburgh Fringe so it’s quite a coup for the arts centre. Tickets are £13 from the box office on 01308 424204.

And finally, it’s congratulations and high fives all round to the organisers, musicians and punters who took part in last week’s bands reunion at the Centenary Club in Weymouth.

The event sold out weeks before but that’s no surprise when you think of the musical heritage we’ve enjoyed in south Dorset for decades and the amazing night has raised a shed-load of cash for Weldmar, so it’s a win-win all round with talk of staging another spectacular in 2018.

Proper job, all round.

Till next time…



Million Dollar Bash, Amy Hopwood, John Stone, Jimmy Hillbillies, Jack Scrumpy and the Moonshiners (Centenary Club, Weymouth) In aid of The Lantern Centre. Tickets £5.

Dave O’Higgins Quartet (Dorchester Arts Centre)

Mad Dog McRae, Noble Jacks(Electric Palace, Bridport)

Control Alt Delete (Finns, Weymouth)

The Mighty Trumpet Company (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Dave Griff’s Open Mic (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Lucy Harvey (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Acoustic Session (Victoria Inn, Knights in the Bottom, Weymouth)

Sarah and Billy (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Strings and Reeds (Park, Weymouth)

Georgie Broad (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Sheryl Lee (Edinburgh HoS, Weymouth)

Stereoironics (Spice Ship, Weymouth)

Regulation 9 (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Aaron and Karina (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Stacey Lou (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Hustle (Famous Old Spa, Weymouth)

Moonstone (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Leggomen (Tom Brown’s, Dorchester)


Sam Kelly’s Station House (Evershot village hall)

The Remedy (CAMRA beerfest, Weymouth Pavilion)

Kara Grainger (Electric Palace, Bridport)

Big Gunz (Finns, Weymouth)

The Mighty Fine (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Market House, Weymouth)

Steve Nicolas (Conservative Club, Weymouth)

All Funked Up (Gloucester, Weymouth)

The Katz (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

The Incredible String Bandits (Goldies, Dorchester)

Jettpack Jones (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Splinter (Crown Inn, Bridport)

Upton, Wilson and McIntosh (Old Ship, Upwey, Weymouth)

Lost Property (Victoria, Dorchester)

No Standards (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

The 5.15 (Bull’s Head, Fordington, Dorchester)

Bandtastick (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

The Rocking 60s (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Johnny King (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Mojo (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Martin Freed (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Total Madness (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Diane (Bridge Inn, Preston, Weymouth)

Leanne Jackson (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Unknown Identity (Tom Brown’s, Dorchester)


Jim Reynolds (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Roger’s Open Mic (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Acoustic Jam (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Tequila Mockingbird (Park, Weymouth) 5pm.

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, St Nicholas St, Weymouth) From 3pm.

Jim Reynolds (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm, followed by

Sheryl Lee (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Aaron Carter (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Du Kane (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Dorset Wrecks (George, Portland) The county’s premier buoy band, from 4pm.

Strings and Reeds (Black Dog, Weymouth) 4-7pm.

Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth) 4pm.


Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)


Dougie Cooper’s Jazz Night (Star, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Acoustic Session (Rock, Weymouth)

Du Kane (Boot, Weymouth)


Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Nicholas Street, Weymouth)

Acoustic folk, here every Wednesday.

Open Mic Night (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Open Mic (Bull, Fordington, Dorchester)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)


Jim and Joe’s Room Temperature Freak Out (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Leggomen (George, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, ChiswelI, Portland)

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, St Nicholas St, Weymouth) Strum on down from 8pm.


Genesis Connected (Weymouth Pavilion)

Black is the Colour of My Voice: The Nina Simone Story (Bridport Arts Centre)

Mad Hatters (Finns, Weymouth)

Bianca (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

RiverChild (Revolution, Trinity Rd, Weymouth)

Joe Ryan and Paul Sundt (Belvedere, Weymouth)

The Remedy (Park, Weymouth)

The Silhouettes (Kimberlin Club, Portland)

Dakota (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Elijah Wolf (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Minor Fret (Kings Arms, Weymouth)