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Ian Bottle writes -
Sharkie was Formed In 1984 by Barry Goss. He tried several lineups before I joined in early 1985. I had previously worked with Barry in a band called Joy which had grown out of a band called Taurus.
Anyway, when I joined the drummer was Cameron Jerdan, and the other guitarist was Barry's brother Pete. Pete then left and Lee Letchford came in on guitar and vocals.

We did our first gig at a pub in Hersden with two other bands one of which was Touchy People, the other I cannot remember. The next gig was august bank holiday weekend 1985 at Crabble Athletic Ground, Dover, on the back of a trailer with three other bands. After this both Cameron and Lee left the band.

A chance meeting with Paul Mold, whom I knew from school, at a petrol station at Whitfield and secured his services as a replacement drummer. Paul was to stay with us until the end of 1992 when work commitments caused his departure. Shortly after Pauls arrival we were joined by John Hornsey on rhythm guitar. This lineup continued until october 1988 when John was fired, worst thing we have ever had to do, and Barrys brother Pete Goss joined the band again. This lineup then proceeded to do a range of gigs from pubs and clubs to weddings, masonic functions, dances, support slots to a large number of sixties bands, balls, and even a couple of strict tempo dance club gigs. In fact anything that was going, we prided ourselves on being versatile. We also spent some time at Astra studios laying down a mixture of original material and covers. There is probably enough in their archives to fill an album.


About 1991 we started to concentrate on the then sixties revival and became more of a showband. As mentioned earlier Paul Mold left the band at the end of 1992 and was replaced by Nigel on drums. Lee Letchford also joined the band again on keyboards and vocals. This lineup continued until 1995 when I decided to leave the band. It was decided to end Sharkie completely and we did our last gig on april 1st (appropriate) at the Leas Club, Folkestone. Since 1994 though, I had also been working in a band called Bloke, but thats another story.

Sadly Pete Goss died shortly after the end of Sharkie, he is still greatly missed by all of us, not only for his amazingly melodic and versatile guitar playing but as a good friend who didn't have a bad bone in his body.


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