Neil Ainsby

Actor, Extra, Band Member, Singer, Guitarist,… more

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Neil reads Time MP3

01Neil reads Time MP3
02Wacky races 720 x 576pal-Medium web movi
03Neil Reads 'Time' Wav

Physical Attributes

Height:
175 cm / 5ft 9in
Waist:
88 cm / 35 in
Weight:
92 kg / 202 lbs
Eye color:
Green
Ethnicity:
White / Caucasian
Hair color:
Other
Chest:
111 cm / 44 in
Hair length:
Medium
Skin color:
White
Hair type:
Wavy

Credits & experience

2019
  • The Ship Pub, Skegness : Solo Guitar/Vocals
  • Various Theatres : Vocals Guitar in 'This Is Merseybeat' Show
  • Various Clubs and Holiday Camps : Rhythm Guitar/Vocals with Jet Black
  • Butlin's Skegness : Solo guitar/vocals with songs tailored to fit weekend theme
2018
  • Various Holiday Resorts and Theatres : Lead Guitar/Vocals with 'The Shakers' recreating authentic Merseybeat shows
  • Various Theatres, UK and The Netherlands : Playing part of Bruce Welch in 'Cliff, The Golden Years'
  • Butlin's Skegness : Wandering minstrel on family breaks singing songs from children's TV themes to 50's/60s/70s/80's/90's pop
  • Butlin's Skegness : Solo guitar/vocals in bar/venue with songs tailored to fit weekend theme
  • The Cavern, Liverpool : Guitar/Vocalist with weekend resident band
2017
  • The Hothampton Arms, Bognor Regis : Hosting Weekly Open Mic Nights, playing short sets throughout
  • The Pier Hotel and Bar, Bognor regis : Solo guitar/vocals
  • The Pier Hotel and Bar, Bognor regis : Hosting Fortnightly Open Mic Nights, playing short sets throughout
  • Riverside Caravan Park, Bognor Regis : Guitar/Vocalist in various venues and outside on intake days and special events
  • Southbeat Beatles : Performing Rhythm Guitar and Vocals as John Lennon in Holiday parks and clubs along the South Coast
  • Cliff: The Golden Years Tour: Various theatres : As Bruce Welch (rhythm guitarist of the Shadows): Includes live performances of Cliff Richard songs (with backing vocals) and Shadows songs and instrumentals
  • Butlins, Bognor Regis : Easter and Summer season: Hosting and Guitar/Vocals in 50s & 60s style diner (family venue)
2016
  • Cliff: The Golden Years : National Theatre Tour in The Netherlands on Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
  • The Cavern Liverpool : Lead guitarist/vocalist in resident band, The Shakers, performing 60s beat music, and The Cave dwellers, backing audience members in a wide variety of genres
  • Neil's Open Mic Nights at The Southdown : Performing as Guitar/Vocalist and presenting other performers in various musical fields
  • Riverside Holiday Park : Wandering Guitar Vocalist on intake days and special events
  • Foxlease Hotel : Hosting an evening plus Guitar/Vocals: 50s/60s/ Singalong
2015
  • Tribute to Johnny Kidd and The Pirates : Playing Johnny Kidd in an authentic recreation of an Early/Mid 60s show-occasionally featuring Nick Simper (ex Deep Purple/Johnny Kidd and The Pirates)
  • 'Cheers Bar' Open Mic : Host and Guitar/Vocalist of Open Mic session
  • Host of Moosic Festival: Chrishall : Compering and filling in with guitar vocal entertaining during intervals and "absent" bands/singers
2014
  • 'Cheers Bar' Open Mic : Regular Host and Guitar/Vocalist of Open Mic sessions
  • Cambridge Radio : Co-Presenter of Science Show
2013
  • Host of Moosic Festival: Chrishall : Compering and filling in with guitar vocal entertaining during intervals and "absent" bands/singers, Chrishall nr Royston, UK
2012
  • Host of Moosic Festival: Chrishall : Compering and filling in with guitar vocal entertaining during intervals and "absent" bands/singers
2010
  • A Tribute To Cliff And The Shadows (International and National Theatre Show) : Recreating the part of Bruce Welch (Shadows rhythm guitarist) including playing Cliff Richard songs and Shadows instrumental tunes
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed Publicity Film : Voiceover in style of Warner-Pathe announcer to film of "Wacky Races" cars driving around Chichester area.
2008
  • Various Theatres, Clubs and Holiday Camps : The Rapiers: Self contained band reproducing authentic, fully choreographed 60s shows and backing original 60s artists, including Cliff Richard (Charity Function for Gloria Hunniford), Jet Harris, Billy J. Kramer, Billie Davis, John Leyton, , Danny Rivers
  • Telstar (Movie directed by Nick Moran) : Extra: Playing part of EMI executive. Scene included in film and trailer
2007
  • Rox Music and Arts festival : Host/Compere: Introducing bands and performers: Filling 'pauses' in performances with music and routines
2006
  • Clubs/Pubs around The UK : Solo Guitar/Vocals
  • The Rapiers : International and National appearances in Theatres and Clubs, Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
2005
  • Clubs/Pubs around The UK : Solo Guitar/Vocals
  • The Rapiers : National and international appearances in Theatres and Clubs, Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
2004
  • Butlins 60s Festival Quizzes (Various resorts) : Writing and hosting large and small scale quizzes for Butlins Holidays at their regulat 60s festivals-including music clips taken from my personal extensive collection
  • "Neil's Open Mic" Nights : Hosting open mic nights for individuals and bands. This involved opening and closing the night with a short guitar/vocal set and introducing guest performers (music/comedy/poetry) who wished to perform. On nights with fewer guests, I would play and sing
2002
  • Butlins, Bognor Regis : Compere: Introducing household name acts and hosting indoor and outdoor events and competitions
  • Alladdin : Played the Emperor in a 2 week run at a Holiday resort
2001
  • Butlins, Bognor Regis : Compere: Introducing household name acts and hosting indoor and outdoor events and competitions
2000
  • Butlins, Bognor Regis : Compere: Introducing household name acts and hosting indoor and outdoor events and competitions
  • Alladdin : Played Abanazar in Pantomime opposite Bernie Clifton (playing Wishee Washee)
1994
  • Various Theatres, Clubs and Holiday Camps : The Rapiers: Self contained band reproducing authentic, fully choreographed 60s shows and backing original 60s artists, including Jet Harris, Billy J. Kramer, Billie Davis, John Leyton, Tommy Bruce, Danny Rivers, Brian Poole et al
1993
  • Butlins, Bognor Regis : Compere: Introducing acts including Johnny Cash, Bob Monkhouse, Chas & Dave
1992
  • Butlins, Bognor Regis : Compere: Introducing household name acts and hosting major money prize competitions
1991
  • Butlins, Bognor Regis and Minehead : Compere: Introducing household name acts and hosting major money prize competitions
1990
  • Butlins Resident Compere : Hosting major sponsored and fun competitions and game shows

Acting

Acting experience

Extra


Languages
  • English
  • French

Accents
  • UK English

Extra work for the British film "Telstar", as an EMI record executive.

Paid voiceover work for a promotional film for the Goodwood Revival Meeting, needing a Warner Pathe style announcer.

Pro Pantomime, playing the role of Ababnazer in Alladdin, opposite Bernie Clifton.

Pro Pantomime, playing the Emperor in Alladdin (seperate production)

Playing John Lennon in Beatles tribute band, The Southbeat Beatles


Toured theatres nationally and internationally as rhythm guitarist, Bruce Welch, in "A Tribute To Cliff Richard and The Shadows" (playing live)

Host and compere at both large and intimate music festivals along the South coast
Compering major sponsored competitions at Butlins Holidays
Solo and duo guitar/vocals all across the UK
Hosting and performing "open mic" evenings around the country

Extras

Extras experience

Previous extras experience


Extra work for the British film "Telstar", as an EMI record executive.
Various pantomime chorus parts

Music

Guitar ability

Expert


Vocal ability

Lead singer


Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Rock

Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Electronic

Influences: Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Small Faces, Motown And Rhythm & Blues Acts, Soul, Early Rock & Roll

2017 - Resident Solo Guitar Vocals at Butlins, Bognor Regis in 50s/60s style Diner

2017- Guitar/Vocals at The Cavern in Liverpool with resident band: The Shakers

2016-Acoustic 'Wandering' Guitar/Vocalist at Riverside Holiday Park, Bognor Regis

2016- Solo guitar/Vocals in bars and clubs across West Sussex

2016-Rhythm Guitar/Vocals in 60s bands, The Southbeat Beatles and The Rapiers in theatres, holiday resorts and social clubs across U.K

2016-Fronting Johnny Kidd and The Pirates tribute with Nick Simper on Bass (ex-Deep Purple/Johnny Kidd and The Pirates)

2015-Solo guitar/Vocals at the opening of a new Butlins venue in Minehead for a private Entertainment Department function

2015-Rhythm guitarist in theatre show "Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans"

2013-2015- Solo guitar/Vocals at public venues, private parties and charity events around the country, particularly on the South Coast, including a marathon 12 hour event without repeating any songs/numbers without the use of backing tracks.

2013-2015-Hosting and Solo Guitar/Vocals at Cambridgeshire "Moosic" Festival

2012-2019 I am a member of "Southbeat", performing as a tribute to the music of The Beatles. I sing and play the musical parts (Rhythm Guitar) of John Lennon. The band concentrates specifically on musical accuracy, using authentic Rickenbacker/Hofner/Gretsch guitars

1993-2019 I am a member of The Rapiers, playing rhythm guitar, playing music from the early 1960s. We have toured theatres and venues nationally and internationally, both in our own right and backing original artists, including Billy J. Kramer, Screaming Lord Sutch, John Leyton, Mike Sarne and even backed Cliff Richard in a short appearance at a charity function. We appear as The Shadows in the international touring theatre show, "A Tribute To Cliff Richard and The Shadows."


1990s-2015- Solo guitar/vocals (acoustic) at many Retirement Homes around the country, playing music from 1910-1965

2010- Solo guitar/vocals (acoustic) for Butlins management conference in Liverpool playing purely Beatles and 'Merseybeat' hits

2008- Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals for in support act (Fabienne Delsol) on Dandy Warhols tour in UK

2007- Session Rhythm Guitarist at Toerag Studios for Fabienne Delsol CD "Between You And Me"

2004 -Session Rhythm Guitarist at Toerag Studios for Fabienne Delsol CD "No Time For Sorrows"

1991-1993- Guitar vocalist in House Bands at 'Jaks' at Butlins, Bognor Regis, playing music from 1960s-1993

I have also played lead and rhythm guitar in function bands, playing for Butlins , playing music from the 1960s to the present day

"Neil's Open Mic" Nights: Hosting open mic nights for individuals and bands. This involved opening and closing the night with a short guitar/vocal set and introducing guest performers (music/comedy/poetry) who wished to perform. On nights with fewer guests, I would play and sing; Sussex, Cambs, Essex, UK

As a solo artist I have played many pubs, clubs and festivals, Masonic nights and hosted Open Mic nights across the country

Prior to this I was a Butlins Redcoat/Entertainer and "Wandering " Guitar/Vocalist for 7 years.

TV & Reality

c. 1992-Appeared with Cliff Richard and the Shadows tribute on 'Kilroy'

Presenting

Languages
  • English
  • French

Accents
  • UK English

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