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Brothers are boogying for Burton on top musical tour


TWO Stretton brothers are having the ‘time of their lives’ as they rub shoulders with a host of stars from the music world on a major UK tour.

Gary Newbold, 36, and his younger brother Mark, 33, perform in the band Jump who are currently touring the country with Boogie Nights The Musical.

Among the stars of the show that the brothers have been performing with are The Osmonds, Gareth Gates and ex-Eastender Louisa Lytton, as well as X Factor stars Chico and Andy Abraham.

The eldest of the brothers Gary takes on the role of musical director and guitarist, while Mark plays keyboards and also covers for the male roles in the show.

Mark is joined on tour by girlfriend Emily Penny, who he lives with in Stretton and is also part of the Jump band and is part of the Boogie Nights cast, as well as providing cover for the female roles.

The Newbold brothers proud father Alan, also from Stretton, told the Mail how his sons got into the industry and how they are finding performing with such big names every night.

He said: “They have both been in the music business since they left school and played holiday camps, Caribbean cruises and all that kind of thing.

“This is the first time they have been on a tour like this though.

“It has been going fantastically well so far and they are having a great time.

“All the people on the tour have been fantastic.

“They said The Osmonds are just the nicest people you will ever meet but they are all great to get on with.”

Mr Newbold said in what can be a tough business, getting the call to join such a popular musical tour has been a big boost for his sons.

He said: “We are proud of them. There is not much around in the music business so to be able to go on a 50-date tour has been great for them.

“It is so well organised with all the tour buses and hotels.

“It is a good scene to be a part of and they are having the time of their lives.”

The Newbold brothers journey into the music industry did not just happen by accident.

Music is in their blood after their father performed in a band himself during their formative years.

Mr Newbold said: “I have been in the music business more or less all my life. I was in a band in the doing holiday camps and in Germany playing on American military bases.

“The boys would come with me and I think they got the bug through that.”

The tour arrives at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall tonight and Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre on Saturday, March 16 and Mr Newbold said he would heartily recommend the show.

He said: “I have been to the shows in Nottingham and Stoke. It was absolutely brilliant.

“Everyone is on their feet as soon as it gets started and there is just a really good feeling in the room.”

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