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Orkestra

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Biography

When Jeff Lynne stated that he had no future plans for The Electric Light Orchestra in 1986, Mik Kaminski looked for a new job. As Kelly Groucutt and Mik wanted to perform "their" ELO songs live and they knew that this was no good under the name Player, they looked for musicians and founded OrKestra, with a K for "Kelly" and "Kaminski". The band's name was written with the K of Kelly's logo: "OrKestra". In March 1987 the group was complete. Besides Mik Kaminski (violin) and Kelly Groucutt (lead vocals and bass) the group consisted of Terry Pardoe (synthesizer), Clive Poole (guitar), Chris Tew (synthesizer) and Mac Poole (drums). The idea was to keep the ELO songs alive and introducing new OrKestra songs to the fans, like an ELO offshoot. They played several gigs in the Midlands area, the first one on April, 24th 1987 at the Allied Breweries Sport And Social Club in Burton-On-Trent. With a totally nervous Kelly the songs played were: "Twilight / Evil Woman / Some Kind Of Magic / Livin' Thing / Rock'n'Roll Fever / Don't Turn Away / Mr. Blue Sky / Vile Din-Nutrocker / The Fox / Clog Dance / Showdown / Ma-Ma-Ma Belle / Can't Get It Out Of My Head / Wild West Hero / Turn To Stone / Sweet Talkin' Woman / Confusion / Do Ya / Rockaria! / Hold On Tight / Don't Bring Me Down and Roll Over Beethoven". The songs "Vile Din" (Mik's Solo), "Nutrocker" and "Clog Dance" came in from the Violinski live set, "The Fox" and "Rock'n'Roll Fever" were Kelly's songs and "Some Kind Of Magic" and "Don't Turn Away" were brand new OrKestra songs composed by Kelly Groucutt / Terry Pardoe / Mik Kaminski.

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