22. 06. 12. - 16:44
Flying Pickets singer to play charity concert in Vienna
Gary Howard from the Flying Pickets is heading to Vienna to perform at the SkyDome on the Schottenfeldgasse this month.
The Flying Pickets are a British a cappella vocal group, who had a Christmas number one hit in 1983 in the UK Singles Chart with their cover of Yazoo's track "Only You".
The name 'Flying Pickets' refers to mobile strikers who travel in order to join a picket. The band of six was founded by Brian Hibbard in 1982 from a group of actors.
The group chose the name The Flying Pickets as band members had played a part in the UK miners strikes of 1972 and 1974.
The Flying Pickets came up with the then novel concept of transferring the art of a cappella to the pop music scene.
Joining Hibbard in the Group were Rick Lloyd, Gareth Williams, David Brett, Ken Gregson (real name Kenneth Gregory) and Red Stripe (real name David Gittins).
The members of the group were internationally renowned for their flamboyant appearance: Hibbard's huge sideburns, Stripe's thick eye-liner, and four others showing off gaudy suits and large hats.
Two of the other original members, Ron Donachie and Christopher Ryan left the band before "Only You".
Gary will be appearing on 25 June and entrance is free although donations are accepted which will be donated to the Wiener Hilfswerks.