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August 7, 2013

Veteran rockers amp up fair fans

By Bera Dunau Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The Chenango County Fair played host to a local institution Tuesday night.

Rock & roll band The Monarchs was formed in Norwich around 1960, and has been playing ever since.

“The Monarchs were the first rock & roll band in central New York,” singer Bruce Beadle said.

Beadle said that the band was most active from 1960-70, when they would travel throughout New York and New England to play.

“We would play three or four times a week,” he said

The Monarchs’ repertoire consists mostly of covers of the work of such artists as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.

“We play pretty much true to what we did back then,” Beadle said.

Since their heyday, The Monarchs still try to get together to play, despite some of their members being in other bands or living far away.

“We only play a couple times a year,” he said.

One of these performances is the band’s annual reunion, which has taken place in February at Taylor’s Country House in Norwich for about 10 years now.

“We do it for the people as much as it’s for ourselves,” Beadle said, in explaining why they still got together. “It’s as much fun as you can have. Just to get back together ... is really great.”

The Monarchs played at the Chenango County Fair last year, and Beadle said they were well-received.

“I’d say there was as many young people as there were old people,” said Beadle, adding their audience often tends to skew older.

Before the band’s show at the Chenango fair Tuesday night, Beadle said: “We plan on going down and having a good time.”