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Dominic rollin' solo after band split

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 02, 2013

Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper

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A LOCAL band have split after two years of gigging together but one band member is honouring the band's remaining gigs.

Leek based band Rollin' Home have split after enjoying two years of bringing back the good times with rock and roll music and blues.

But front man and lead guitarist known around the Staffordshire Moorlands as Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper is carrying on to honour the remaining dates in the bands calendar.

One date in particular is the Leek Blues and Americana Festival, which takes place around various venues around the town from today (October 2) until Sunday.

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Dominic 'CB' Cooper will honour the show after acquiring the help of three talented musicians, two of which form another popular local band The Downloads.

Ian Barker and Peter Johnstone have been helping Dominic with previous dates in the recent run up to this event, which included a successful performance on the town's bandstand in which more than 100 people turned up for.

Peter who plays the bass guitar said: "It's always a privilege and pleasure to jam with Dominic, and to play in the finale of Leek's first blues event is going to be exciting."

Ian, who will be providing the drums on the night, also played with Dominic in a previous popular band The D.A.B from a few years ago. He insists that this is a 'not to be missed event'.

Dominic said: "Ian has been a big help in motivating me to continue performing. He always says if he can help in any way, as long as they were free, he would, and I'm very grateful to the pair of them."

Completing the line up on Sunday is a member of the former Rollin Home band Peter Handy. A fantastic blues harp player who has his own unique style and sound. Dominic said: "It is Pete that will bring that extra 'umph'."

Dominic, aged 33, who has this past year become a proud father for the first time, is a life long fan of the man who appears in his stage name. And Chuck Berry himself has expressed his gratitude towards Dominic by getting in touch with him on several occasions after watching videos of on You Tube sites or on his son and daughters face book page in which Dominic has become close friends with.

Dominic tells the story of Chuck Berry and his daughter, Ingrid Berry, watching a video that he'd put up and them commenting and liking his showmanship and uncanny resemblance of style and sound in which he plays.

Dominic said: "Chuck said to Ingrid 'it was as if I was watching Chuck Berry' he then broke out into a laugh saying, 'but I'm Chuck Berry'.

"It took a while for me to come back down to earth after being starstruck that my idol knows who I am.

"I am now in contact with Mr CB's family and band members who often ask me to get over to Blueberry Hill in Saint Louis, where Chuck Berry, who is now 87, still performs every third Wednesday of the month, and to get to meet the man and 'hang' with the guys."

When Dominic told Chuck Berry's son, Charles Berry Jr about being involved in Leek's first Blues Festival, Charles was with his dad and sister at the time getting ready for a show and were more than supportive.

Dominic said: "Charles said he'd just told his dad and they were thrilled of the idea that I was going to be representing his dads music.

"I am very happy to be closing the festival and with Chuck Berry's endorsement and family backing makes it that bit more special.

"However, I am getting nervous as the days and rehearsals get closer, but I am ready to do what I do best and play some of that rock and roll music."

The Leek Blues Festival Finale is at the Roebuck in Derby Street, Leek on Sunday (October 6) starting from 4pm with Joe Bennett followed by The River Cards at 6pm and Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and his combo from 9pm. Admission is free.

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