It's only rock'n'roll but we like it!


Monday, 10 August 2015 12:03 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Monday, 10 August 2015 12:18


The rowing clubs of Nottingham situated between Trent Bridge and the Forest Ground are part of the Rock and Roll history of the city and from the '60's to the '80's featured some of the iconic bands of the country.

Dave Sharp, an active member of Nottingham Rowing Club, has been part of the local music scene since the early '60s. He played lead guitar in 'Blues and Roots' in the 60s, in 'Cisco' in the 70s and is now with 'The Cyclones'  from Derby, a group which club members suggested should be re-named 'Rock and Roll Dinosaurs' or even 'Rocking Pneumonia'.

He has been very active in club fundraising and has been responsible for re-building a wing of the clubhouse, purchasing new boats and keeping interior decoration to a high standard with money from the 'Tea and Toast' fund which provides refreshments for crews training at the week-end.

Dave regards life at the rowing club as a lifesaver since retiring from his graphic design business.His latest project, put together by Ray Cross Signs, is a panel on the club wall showing many of the bands that have played at the Boat Club, together with their records.

In the 60s Spencer Davies recorded 'Keep on Running' and 'Gimme some Loving'; Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll had 'Wheels on Fire' used in the 'Absolutely Fabulous' series; in the 70s Led Zeppelin produced 'Stairway to  Heaven' and the 80s had Berlin with their Top Gun hit 'Take My Breath Away'.

This list is already a great favourite of guests from the local community when they are at the club celebrating birthdays, weddings, retirements, promotions or just having a party. It is a source of happy reminiscing as they re-live memories of the great days of live music on the riverside.


down at the boat