When you think of the 1960’s, you think of the golden era of music with so many hits.

For those fortunate to be there, the Swinging Sixties was a magical time for popular music, a truly golden age which spun hit after hit. 

And one of the most memorable was The McCoys’ interpretation of Hang On Sloopy, which became a monster success, and is still hugely popular today. 

And it was being there, loving that wonderful time and its songs, which led to four talented British musicians fostering their special memories, preserving them for live audiences to enjoy anew today, keeping alive the McCoys name, with Hang On Sloopy and Spencer Davis Keep on Running being just two examples of a superb repertoire from the Sixties.

Meet the band.

The members of McCoys UK are artists who, as individuals, are highly talented and often called on to deputise at short notice with other bands.

Martyn McCoy. Drums and vocals

Martyn McCoy, who started playing in 1965, is a powerhouse drummer who frequently works as a session player for groups such as The Cufflinks and Billy Fury Tribute. Previous bands include Hedgehoppers Anonymous, Why Not, and for the last 26 years, Martyn teamed full time with top midlands 60’s harmony band Krys.

Ian Michael. Lead vocals, Keyboards, Rhythm guitar

Ian Michael is musical director of McCoys uk, has tremendous experience across the music spectrum, having worked as keyboard player, musical director, vocalist, guitarist, band leader (resident holiday park band) and sound engineer and worked directly with luminaries such as Toni Iomi, Glenn Hughes, Su Pollard, Matthew Kelly, John Bishop, Mamma’s Boys (Cliff Richard’s backing vocalists), Sight N Sound, Blade, Rocket and Tears to name but a few.

In recent years Ian had toured as a solo performer for Air Tours and Thomson Holidays, and in a resident duo for Thomson Gold.

Allen Austin. Lead vocals, Bass guitar

Allen started his career in 1965 with the Mod Group, The Elite. He had a successful recording career with the Wolverhampton band The Montanas. Later in 1977, he formed the 60s band, KRYS and  had great success on the club circuit for forty two years. Allen also portrayed Billy, in a Billy Fury Tribute Show. Now once again happily playing alongside Martyn McCoy, who was also with the band KRYS.

Eddie Allen. Lead Guitar and Vocals

At an early age, Eddie was jamming along to albums by Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin and Wishbone Ash, and not long after he turned seventeen he went on the road full time as a guitarist in a covers band, working four and five hour gigs up and down the country.Through the seventies, and after a stream of jobs in commercial and rock bands, Eddie joined forces with Roger Newel, and set up the successful rock band ‘TRUX’,In 1984 following the release of their single “Bad Luck” which reached number 9 in the rock charts,Eddie found a different direction for his talents, as a founding member of the internationally successful Guitarist Magazine eventually becoming Editor.You may have been lucky enough to see him work with,Marty Wilde. Kim Wilde. Bruce Welch (The Shadows). Jet Harris (The Shadows). Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience). Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake). Micky Moody (Whitesnake). Justin Heyward (Moody Blues). Roxanne Wilde. Vernons Girls. John Leyton. Joe Brown and The Bruvvers. Eden Kane. Jerry Donahue (The Hellecasters) Elliott Randall (Steely Dan). Hank Marvin (The Shadows). Brian Hyland. Nancy Ann Lee Just to name a few.

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