Saturday 14 December 2019

Egos, touring, and playing Ireland - 'The Drifters' chat to Independent.ie and give an acapella rendition of 'Love Games'

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

'The Drifters' have been on the go for a whopping 61 years in various incarnations and the current foursome return to Ireland for four dates next month with their Optimum World Tour.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Michael Williams, Ryan King, Daniel Bowen-Smith, and Damion Charles reveal fans can expect a set list crammed with classics including Up On The Roof, Stand By Me, Be My Baby, Under The Boardwalk, and Save The Last Dance For Me.

However, Damion adds that they're also shaking things up this year, "We try to change things around for our tour every year.  This year we have some more modern elements too."

They admit it's tough to keep everyone happy when you're choosing songs from a back catalogue spanning six decades, but feel they've found the ultimate mix of old and new this time around.

The group has seen massive chart success across the world with over 114 million albums ales nad 214 million single sales.  In 2011 they released 'Up on the Roof: The Greatest Hits'.

This led in 2012 to the first Gold Disc Awards in over 35 years to some of the former recording artists on the Bell/Arista label; Joe Blunt, Clyde Brown and Butch Leake. It also became the first Gold Disc for the current line up, and two former members of the lineup, Steve V King and Maurice Cannon.

Daniel Bowen-Smith is the newest member, having joined the line-up and 'The Drifters' legacy just last year and reckons the guys have been supportive when he's found it difficult being away from friends and family whilst touring.

Asked who has the biggest ego, he laughs, and says "They all have egos!"

'The Drifters' play 24 October INEC Killarney October 24, The Olympia Theatre Dublin October 25, The Royal Theatre Castlebar October 26, and Cork Opera House October 27.

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