Solid Entertainments Presents... DONCASTER Blues Festival 4, SUNDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2014
Roger Chapman  

Roger Chapman, known as 'Chappo' by his legion of fans was born and brought up in Leicester.

The early days of Roger's musical career started when he joined The Farinas in 1966, a band started at Leicester Art College in 1962. The original line up of the band consisted of John 'Charlie' Whitney, Tim Kirchin, Harry Ovenall and Jim King. Ric Grech replaced Kirchin on bass in 1965 and Roger Chapman joined the following year on vocals. They briefly changed their name to The Roaring Sixties and when seeing the band live American record producer Kim Fowley suggested that because of their love of wearing double-breasted suits when on stage had given them a Mafia style appearance, they ought to be called The Family. After this comment the band soon decided to abandon this look in favour of a more casual appearance and to shorten the band name to Family and so the legend was born. With Roger`s characteristic vibrato and dynamic on-stage presence Family could do no wrong. The bands heady mix of soul and funk mixed with a healthy dose of rock soon won them fans world wide including legendary BBC radio presenter the late John Peel who had championed their cause from the very start. The band recorded their last album IT`S ONLY A MOVIE in 1973, but as various band members wanted to take different musical paths they decided to call it a day after their autumn farewell tour.

Not being one to sit on his laurels Roger Chapman decided to carry on song writing with ex Family band mate Charlie Whitney and their productive partnership grew into the rock driven collective known as Streetwalkers. Despite a hugely successful tour of the United States Streetwalkers never received the transatlantic acclaim that they deserved, management difficulties ensued and Chapman and Whitney decided that the end of their creative partnership was in sight and made the decision to go their separate ways.

In 2007 Roger returned to the studio with old pals and associates such as Steve Simpson, Micky Moody, Bobby Tench and Max Middleton to record ONE MORE TIME FOR PEACE. This was a truly outstanding release, an album that would introduce the name of Roger Chapman to a whole new generation of fans yet the same time keeping the old guard happy.

Earlier this year Roger decided that after a 40 year break the legendary FAMILY would play live once more. Two amazing sold out shows were performed in February at London’s 02 Empire Shepherds Bush as Roger was joined on stage by Poli Palmer, Rob Townsend and Jim Cregan augmented by members of Roger’s solo band “The Short List”.

Expect great rock and soul music drawn from Roger’s extensive catalogue with maybe one or two Family favorites for good measure!

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Solid Entertainments Presents... DONCASTER Blues Festival 4, SUNDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2014