Interviewed by Helen and Garry McWilliams
Marc Robinson tours the country as Buddy Holly, as a winner of Stars in Their Eyes he holds the accolade of being the top-rated Buddy Holly tribute act. We caught up with Marc in advance of his appearance at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in ‘Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn.
As the top-rated Buddy Holly tribute artist and previous winner of ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ – we’re interested to know how this started foryou, are you a life-long Buddy Holly fan?
I first heard a Buddy Holly song probably around the age of 8. One of my older sisters had a Holly LP which I first heard at that time. When I left school I became interested in vintage Rock n Roll and rediscovered Buddy and also became a fan of most of that music from that era. With 3 friends I formed a band and started playing the local pubs and clubs. As a big Buddy fan I insisted that we did at least 2 or 3 of his numbers. People began to remark on the similarities between him and myself physically and vocally and it all grew from that.
As you play the guitar as well as sing, which came first? Singer or guitarist or both?
I started leaning the guitar first although as a child I was in the local church choir.
Are you the sort of Buddy Holly enthusiast who collects rare memborabilia related to him?
No I have nothing. It’s all about the Music as far as I’m concerned.
If you weren’t a Buddy Holly tribute artist, is there any other artist that you might have considered mimicking?
I also perform a Hank Williams Tribute. Buddy was a big Hank Williams fan so I decided to see what the attraction was and could immediately see why Hank was such an influence on Buddy.
If you weren’t a performer what do you think your job might be?
I used to be a Quality control Engineer so i may have still been doing that.
How has the tour of Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn been going? Any favourite venues so far?
It’s been going very well. 4 or 5 years down the road it’s still going strong. Over the years not just with Legend reborn we have played most of the Major Venues in the country from the Palladium to St Davids Hall in Cardiff. One of my Favourites is The Sage in Newcastle.
Finally, what is your personal favourite Buddy Holly song and why?
I love them all and its very difficult to pick out any particular one. All I can say is that if I had his talent then I would have written the type of songs that he wrote and chosen to perform and record the songs that he chose. I guess I have the perfect job.
We’d like to thank Marc for taking the time out to chat to us, and we can’t wait to see the show in Stafford.
Read our review of Marc’s show here: https://breakalegreviewblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/buddy-holly-a-legend-reborn-stafford-gatehouse-theatre/