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The smash hit concert Across the Pond: The British Invasion lands in Pictou on August 26 celebrating 50 years of British musical invasion from the hits of the 60s to today’s favourites.

Across the Pond tells fascinating stories of how the Rolling Stones were banned from Ed Sullivan’s show, the day Tom Jones passed out singing the Bond theme “Thunderball”, of Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield’s impact on the world of race relations, and how Van Morrison nearly blew up his parents’ house playing music. Learn how The Kinks created the now-famous distortion of the electric guitar, artists like Donovan created the first psychedelic music, Freddie Mercury and Queen were the first MTV video artists and Twiggy was the poster girl for the mini-skirt.

The show’s creator, Leisa Way, got her start here in the Maritimes performing at Neptune Theatre, Fredericton Playhouse and in Charlottetown starring as “Anne” in Anne of Green Gables. She formed Way-To-Go Productions 10 years ago and has enjoyed phenomenal success with the 11 concerts she has created, including Sweet Dreams (Patsy Cline), Rhinestone Cowgirl (Dolly Parton), Opry Gold, which recently debuted with a completely sold-out run and the patriotic Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee! which toured across the country on an acclaimed 44-city tour during the Canada 150 year.

The Wayward Wind Band and singers joining Way for this production are all talented multi-instrumentalists. Fred Smith has performed with the likes of Vince Gill, Chuck Berry, The Supremes, The Drifters, and The Mamas & The Papas; Bobby Prochaska is a Broadway veteran (Buddy Holly and original production of Crazy For You (Royal Alex)); fiddling sensation, Nathan Smith (whose family is rooted in Nova Scotia), is just as at home playing a Don Messer tune as he is playing with the symphony; musical arranger Bruce Ley was The Tommy Hunter Show pianist, is the composer of an Academy Award nominated film and his band once opened for The Rolling Stones; and drummer Don Reid is a versatile percussionist who also plays with many orchestras and stage shows.

Across the Pond salutes such musical royalty as: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Queen, Rod Stewart, Herman’s Hermits, Adele, The Dave Clark Five, Shirley Bassey, Elvis Costello, The Who, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Animals, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, The Troggs, Van Morrison, Sting & The Police; Annie Lennox, Joe Cocker, Lulu, The Hollies, Donovan, Cilla Black, Peter & Gordon; The Kinks, Mary Hopkins, George Michael, Spencer Davis Group, Manfred Mann, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and more.

The British Invasion affected the pop culture of North America from music to fashion (mini-skirts, bell bottoms) to hair-cuts (mop tops, beehives), to cars (James Bond’s Astin) to martinis, and especially television (The Avengers and Coronation Street) and Hollywood movies (Sound of Music, Dr. Zhivago, and Lawrence of Arabia).

Put on your dancing shoes and join Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind Band for this fun night of greatest hits from The British Invasion. Across the Pond: The British Invasion sets down at the deCoste Centre for a 7:30 p.m. show time. You’re sure to be dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song.

For tickets contact the box office.