The guys

Geoff Thomas – Lead vocals and guitar


A former member of The Voodos who recorded `Little Brenda` for the legendary record producer Joe Meek, he has appeared with many star names including Gerry Marsden, Chubby Checker, The Supremes and Frank Carson.   Having worked solo for many years in holiday camps and clubs, he formed Fat Old Dad in the 80’s. All of Geoff’s talents are now devoted to guiding the band with their current success. In 2014 Geoff was asked to be the lead singer for The Honeycombs on their 50th  Anniversary Theatre Tour of `Have I the right` reaching No 1 in 1964.

 Martin Donald – Lead guitar and vocals


Martin has been active in several areas of music for many years – radio, television, theatre and writing. He has been musical director to The Drifters, The Platters, Jimmy Ruffin and Freddie Starr and worked in many diverse situations, travelling the world with his undoubted musical talent. He also taught guitar to ‘X Factor’ winner Matt Cardle and recently appeared with Tom Jones and Jools Holland

Allan Gifford – Drums, percussion, vocals

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Al has rejoined the band this year. An experienced drummer and percussionist having played a variety of styles of music including rock & pop, orchestral, marching band, big band, ceilidh, theatre, pantomime, and blues.

He has played in concert halls, theatres and many quality venues across Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London.  During seven years with Fat Old Dad, the UKs premier sixties music fun band, Al played in support of many of the stars of the sixties, and at the Butlin’s Festival of the 60’s weekends. Al is also a member of 60s band The Honeycombs and played on its acclaimed 2016 album ‘304 Holloway Road Revisited’.

Simon Rownes – Bass and vocals

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Rownsey’s first professional work was with a Rock ’N Roll trio called the Rockabilly Rebels, touring throughout the UK. He later played with a number of original bands including The Human Zoo, playing the London club scene.  Simon studied bass at BassTech in London and took private lessons with Joe Hubbard.  He is currently involved in directing and running his own studio complex.