This year has been just awful, for us at Mearfest having to postpone our june event, along with all bands and any performers across the world left twiddling their thumbs due to this Covid crisis.
Brian came up with an idea, that if we can not put on an event ourselves, that the bands who were going to play for us this year filmed a set in their practise rooms, with Molly's backdrop behind them.
So this is what we did.
I posted our backdrop to Rob Bryne from the amazing NWOBHM Montreaux who are based in Wolverhampton. They not only did they perform an excellent set, they took her all over Wolverhampton, including the famous Molineux Stadium! Very fitting.
Not only have they honoured our daughter and Mearfest, they have brought awareness to everyday people in the street. Telling them about who we are and what we do.
Thank you to Rob Bryne, Paul Hodson, Andy harper, Mark Smith.
Montreaux signing Molly's backdrop before being posted to Liverpool on the next part of her journey. A short piece of introduction music to a nine minute new song called The Ballad of Montreaux will be dedicated to Molly and we will know it as a 'Song for Molly'.
Biography 1981-1984Montreaux is a Wolverhampton based heavy rock band that was formed in 1981. The band was created by keyboard player Patrick Hatfield formally of Mafia, drummer Andy Harper formally of the Mick Hill Band and bassist Paul Hodson formally of Sabre and Hideaway! The line up was completed by the addition of Mario Janowski formerly of Tall Story and vocalist Rob Byrne who had played in various local bands in the Wolverhampton area. The band rehearsed original material and were ready to go on the road! Montreaux quickly became an active band in the local area, gaining a sizeable following through residencies at the Gifford Arms, The Queens Hotel, the Bushbury Arms and Archie’s Night Club and played at many more local venues! As they became more popular they appeared at the world famous Marquee Club supporting Stray, Birmingham’s Barrel Organ Pub and also a filmed performance at the Regal Theatre, Hitchen where they appeared with Tony McPhee of the Groundhogs! They made several demos and a recording of a live performance at the Wolverhampton University where they supported prog rockers Pallas was made! They always received positive feedback and support from the local press and their loyal fans! A fine live act, though sadly fame and fortune alluded them and they finally split in April 1984! Or did they?
THANK YOU MONTREAUX WE LOVE YOU.
Montreaux the band with more Vowels than Carol Vorderman. by BRIAN MEAR
MOLLY IS NOW ON HER WAY TO PLAY WITH TROYEN IN NEWTON LE WILLOWS, MERSEYSIDE....
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