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HARMONY group The Overtones are riding the Doo-wop revival into the charts.

The five-piece band mix classic 1950s music with R&B and modern pop, shot to fame after they were discovered working together as painters and decorators in London in 2010.

The five-piece band mix classic 1950s music with R&B and modern pop, shot to fame after they were discovered working together as painters and decorators in London in 2010.

Within a year, their debut album, ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’, featuring hits such as ‘Gambling Man’ and ‘Carolyn’ reached number four in the UK charts and they had appeared as the house band on both Dancing on Ice and Britain’s Got More Talent.

“It’s all happened so quickly,” said front man Timmy Matley.

“Last year was full of those pinch yourself moments.

“We’re so honoured and touched that people loved the album. You work really hard but you have no idea how it will be received. We’d poured our hearts and soul into it so the reaction was a dream come true.”

Doo-wop has seen a huge revival recently with other artists such as Cee Lo Green and Bruno Mars helping to bring back the classic 1950s tunes.

“There’s something really simple about hearing a voice over a piano or acoustic guitar,” said Timmy.

“I’ve been into Doo-wop since I used to rummage through my mum and dad’s records.

“Putting it on the record player and listening to it, it was music that just seemed real.

“Now I’m proud to be part of a group which is respectful to that era but still modern and contemporary.”

The boys have recently completed a European tour and are working hard on their second album with legendary producer Trevor Horn.

“We’re contemplating calling it the Crucial Second Album,” joked the 29 year-old Irishman. Is there pressure- yes, but we’re going to work hard as ever and we are growing and moving slightly more in the direction of soul and R&B.

“It’s a busy time but we’ve prayed for moments like this for so long!”

The platinum selling band will perform at Warwick Racecourse’s Ladies’ Night on Saturday, May 12. Tickets start at £25, which includes admission to six evening races and concert. To book, call 08445 793 013 or visit www.warwickracecourse.co.uk

 

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