Lee Restarick


Lee-Restarick---Beck-Theatre-01022014Lee has been a huge Shadows fan since he was 6 when he first started playing the guitar. Thanks to his Dads collection of early Shadows 33s and 45s he soon started to soak in those tunes and sounds.

In 1978 at the age of 10 he played lead guitar on stage in the break of his primary schools performance of Joseph, performing a solo version of Apache.

Now in his 30th year as a professional musician and entertainer Lee has gained a mass of knowledge and experience in the music and entertainment business. Lee’s music career started in 1983 at the tender age of 15 as the bass guitarist in his Mothers Country Music Band, Sundown. This gave Lee his first Theatre experiences predominantly at the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds and The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton where they supported and backed such names as Clinton Ford and Carl Denver.

Lee then moved on to nationally acclaimed bands Clancy and The Budgie Coleman Band as Lead Guitarist, touring the country, playing Theatres, Clubs and Festivals and backing names such as Billie Jo Spears, Slim Whitman and Daniel O’Donnell.

During this time Lee became a sought after session Lead Guitarist and studio producer for many bands. It was around this time that Lee first met and worked with Adam Knight, he had also crossed paths with Dave Garner when he was the keyboard player for Carl Denver.

In 1988 he turned professional with his Cousin, Keith Cox as duo ‘Double Option’ changing music styles to rock, pop and standards. Their first job was a 12 day tour of the North East Pubs and Social Clubs, which Lee now considers as one of his best learning curves.

In 1998 Lee started performing as a “Duelling Piano Player” and Vocalist at Luminar/Rank Leisures ‘Jumpin Jaks’ Night Clubs. During his 10 years as a Duelling Pianist he had the pleasure entertaining audiences of 800+ and supporting many named acts such as, Spandau Ballet, Liberty X, Jason Donovan, Chesney Hawkes, Alexander O’Neal, Danni Minogue and Peter Andre.