Settlers cannot wait to sing at Sheringham when lockdown is lifted
30th May 2020
Lockdown has put the brake on a revival tour by evergreen group The Settlers.
Their June 19 gig at the Little Theatre is one of many facing rescheduling because of the coronavirus crisis.
But it is only temporary and they cannot wait to play at the venue. And the group is using its enforced downtime to write new material and keep in touch online.
The longest-serving of the current line-up Steve Somers said: “The Little Theatre is the kind of venue we enjoy – because of its intimacy. We can have a cosy evening together with the audience, who can singalong if they want to.”
The Settlers found fame in the 1960s and 70s with acoustic folk pop songs. Their biggest hit was The Lightning Tree in 1971, the theme tune from the children’s TV series Follyfoot about a horse rescue home. They toured with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Roy Orbison and The Small Faces.
As the line-up evolved, Steve joined the band in 1975 after winning the TV talent show New Faces. When The Settlers disbanded in the early 1980s he and singer Patty Vetta were also backing Johnny Cash, Don Everly and Lulu, and been members of the Pete Sayers Band.
Steve headed to France to play western swing and country, Patty to the US and Europe performing Tex Mex style music.
Then fate, and the Fens, brought them back together around three years ago.
Steve explained: “When I moved to Market Deeping in Lincolnshire I discovered Patty was only a few miles away – and it wasn’t long before we decided to have a get together to play some of the old songs.”
The band – with Patty’s husband Tony Harris and David Smith added to the line-up – re-formed and plays material from the Settlers, but also from other folk pop bands of the era including the Seekers, Springfields and Peter, Paul and Mary.
“We started doing small gigs such as Women’s Institutes and village halls, and found a lot of people still liked our music.”
In 2019 The Settlers released their first album for 37 years called Resettled.
Steve added: “The gigs were getting bigger ones – then, after three years of building things up again, lockdown came along.
”But we are keeping in touch, doing virtual festivals on the internet from our homes, and writing more new material to add into the set list once touring starts again. We are keeping the music alive.”
Enjoy a taste of their show here