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.