They may be living in a retirement village but Terry and the Pacemakers have no intention of taking things quietly.
The recently formed band, comprised of a posse of talented Greenwich Village musicians, have already performed two concerts at the village, treating residents to a stellar line-up of country and western tracks, with a bit of Cliff Richards thrown in for good measure.
The group has enabled Terry Dew, Pat Conlon and Ray Ryan to dust off their guitar strings and reignite their lifelong love of music.
“I used to play in rock bands in the 1960’s but I’m just getting back into again now,” says Terry, who plays guitar and base in the band.
“I’m very much enjoying playing again. Music really adds so much to life.”
The trio teamed up after playing together in The Greenwich Strummers, the village ukulele band.
“Having been in reasonably good amateur bands when I was younger, I was looking for something a little more ambitious.”
Now the guitarists practice once or twice a week in Terry’s apartment – which is chock-full of high quality sound gear – and are joined by vocalists and fellow village residents Anne Sturgeon, Bronwyn Chant and Laurie Millen.
“Ray and Pat are really into their country music but I’ve been trying to get them into some stuff like Cliff Richards, that’s a little groovier. We haven’t done a lot together yet though; we are really just starting to gel.”
Terry and the Pacemakers – named thanks to Pat’s pacemaker – hope that their efforts encourage other village residents to pursue their passions.
“There are people in the village who sing, play keyboards and have other talents. If we can inspire others to get involved, that would be really great.”