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Friday 10 November 2006
Kingsmeadow Live! Here come the Affair

Saturday 11th November sees you live music in the form of Ian Page and the Affair, when the mod legend plays Kingsmeadow Live! The evening also features DJs spinning real deal 60s soul/ska/max r?n?b/power pop/new wave.

Entry is 11 or 12 depending on whether you are registered with Kingsmeadow Live.

So who are Secret Affair?

Secret Affair were Ian Page, David Cairns, Dennis Smith, and Seb Shelton. They formed in 1978. The group were one of the stars of the mod-revival movement of the late 70s and received early exposure by supporting The Jam in England.

Their first single, Time For Action, was the perfect youth anthem for the time and certainly one the most memorable and successful of the movement.

Ian Page was both a charismatic front man and a superb singer - and together with guitarist David Cairns, he was also a talented songwriter. Fresh from their days in the New Hearts, the pair recruited drummer Seb Shelton (ex-Young Bucks) and bassist Dennis Smith (ex-Advertising), together with occasional saxophonist Dave Winthrop.

The band released its first album, Glory Boys, late in 1979 on their own label, I-Spy. Both the album and their subsequent singles charted but by the time 1980's Behind Closed Doors was released, the revival was dissolving and they were too firmly rooted in the movement to change their arrogant stance.

The band began to break up when drummer Seb Shelton left in 1980. He reappeared later in Dexys Midnight Runners, while Dennis Smith joined Nik Kershaw's band.

Secret Affair were probably Mod's most talented offering, but somehow they lost their way. They held on until 1982, releasing one more album, Business As Usual, to an uninterested public; the members went their separate ways shortly after its release.

Ian Page put together a new band in the late 90s, simply called The Affair, in Ian Page's own words -

"A much more Soulful version of Secret Affair, I think... when we rock... we rock. Good and proper. We?ve had a variety of horn players work with us, but our current favourite is Chris Daniels, who has a rare understanding of that unusual blend of rock n? soul we?re trying to achieve."

Courtesy of You Tube below is footage of The Affair earlier this year live in Spain. Take your chance to catch up with them on Saturday 11th November at Kingsmeadow Live, and Let Your Heart Dance...