The Mod revival band are known for a string of hits including Poison Ivy and the iconic first album Beat Boys in the Jet Age
Line up: Doug Sanders, Paul Wincer, Phil Edwards, Ant Wellman and Helen Kane, Dan Rehahn, Mark Mansell
The Lambrettas came into being in late 1970’s. The original members were Doug Sanders, Paul Wincer, Mark Ellis and Jez Bird. They are most remembered for their second single Poison Ivy, and first album Beat Boys in the Jet Age.
In 2009 Doug and Paul were asked if they would get back together to do a short set at a Modrophenia event in Brighton. As Jez could no longer be with them, and Mark was in America, they were joined by Phil Edwards on guitar and Chris Venzi-James on bass. After the Brighton gig it was clear that they were back together permanently.
In 2014, due to other commitments Chris was replaced temporarily by Nick Beetham on bass. However, they now have full time bass player Ant Wellman, who joined them at the beginning of 2015.
In the summer of 2015 the addition of a 3-piece brass section for some shows has added a new dynamic to The Lambrettas. They are Helen Kane on trumpet, Dan Rehahn on trombone and Mark Mansell on sax. They have joined The Lambrettas for most shows ever since.
During 2017 their shows will include a couple of the new songs, along with the usual favourites from their Beat Boys album, such as Poison Ivy, Page 3, Dance and Cortinas, and always a couple of homages.
2015 saw the 35th anniversary of the release of Beat Boys in the Jet Age. To commemorate this, Beat Boys was re-released in February 2015 on the Salvo label. The package also includes a second CD with Ambience, singles and B-sides, and is available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beat-Boys-Deluxe-Expanded-Edition/dp/B00QU3T23W
Their new EP 'Go For It' was released on vinyl and CD in February 2017. It can be found in HMV from 03 March 2017 and local record stores.
"When the NME writers got together in 1989 to list their top 100 of the albums of the 1980's-Who would have thought a 79 Mod band would be in there alongside U2 and Bruce Springsteen? Beat Boys In The Jet Age is one of the best pop albums ever made."