Rob Fennah began playing at the age of 5 when he was given a ukulele as a Christmas present. Progressing to acoustic and electric guitar soon after, he was a proficient player by the time he joined his first band, Buster, in 1974. Two years later the group signed to RCA records and had numerous top ten hits in Europe, Japan and Australia. By the age of 18, Rob had written his first top 10 hit and received a gold album and a number of best-seller awards. He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including: The Sydney Opera House, Australia and The Budokan, Tokyo. In 2014, The British Embassy in Tokyo published a list of the most successful top 25 UK bands in Japan since the Beatles. Rob's band, Buster, was one of them.
BUSTER NHK SPECIAL 1977 / WORLD MUSEUM - BUSTER
BUSTER IN JAPAN - Documentary / BUSTER -No3 - Japanese Chart 1977 / BUSTER - Japanese TV Feature
In 1984 Rob teamed up with his brother Alan and formed a new band, Alternative Radio. They were the first artists to sign to EMI's re-launched Parlophone record label (made famous by The Beatles) on which they released the classic single, 'Valley Of Evergreen'. This song formed part of a BBC Radio 1 session which was subsequently voted 'Best Session of the Year'.
VALLEY OF EVERGREEN -EMI/Parlophone 1984
Rob's first venture into musical theatre happened in 1986 when he and Alan teamed up with friend and journalist, Mark Thomas, to write the highly acclaimed musical, 'First Night'. The show was premiered at the Glenda Jackson Theatre and was an instant hit. The self-penned theme song from the show, also entitled First Night, went on to become a Radio 1 record of the week.
Teaming up with Liverpool footballer Craig Johnston proved to be an interesting collaboration. As Craig's guitar teacher, Rob was asked to help him write a song for the club and, just for a laugh, Rob accepted the challenge. In 1988 'The Anfield Rap' was released reaching number 3 in the UK charts. Rob is still trying to cope with the aftermath!
During the 90’s, Rob and Alan formed Pulse Records Limited, a company to oversee all their musical interests. These included over a hundred TV themes, film scores and theatrical productions. The company continues to this day.
A meeting with author Helen Forrester in 1992 resulted in Rob's adaptation of her most famous work, Twopence To Cross The Mersey. As a musical it grossed over 2 million at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and a recent stage-play version has been touring the NW of the UK.
TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY
In 2017, Rob adapted the sequel to Twopence To Cross The Mersey, BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL. This stage play will be
premiered at Liverpool's Empire Theatre - Tues 2 nd October - Monday 30th October 2018. TICKETS HERE
Rob has recently completed a new stage play entitled, Lennon's Banjo. It tells the story of a Beatles fan who unearths a clue to solving the greatest mystery in rock history - the whereabouts of John Lennon's first musical instrument which has been missing for over 60 years. The play is adapted from the novel ‘Julia’s Banjo’ by Rob Fennah & Co-Author Helen A Jones.
LENNON'S BANJO - TICKETS HERE
Rob has always enjoyed teaching and encouraging those who want to follow a path leading to a career in music and the entertainment industry.
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Alternative Radio (album) 'Subject To Status' http://itunes.apple.com/album/id308003285?ls=1&app=itunes
Alternative Radio (album) 'Wood, Wire & Skin' http://itunes.apple.com/album/id314598711?ls=1&app=itunes
Alternative Radio (album) 'Retrospect' http://itunes.apple.com/album/id315310628?ls=1&app=itunes
Alternative Radio (single) 'Across The Universe' http://itunes.apple.com/album/id315354870?ls=1&app=itunes
Alternative Radio (single) 'Beautifully Ordinary' http://itunes.apple.com/album/id451788928?ls=1&app=itunes
Twopence To Cross The Mersey - The Musical (album) http://itunes.apple.com/album/id314182421?ls=1&app=itunes
The Ringtones (Single) 'Call Me' http://itunes.apple.com/album/id651636033?ls=1&app=itunes
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