VIDEO and PICTURES: Johnny gives it some Welly at Stillia gig

St Helens Star: JOHNNY’S JIG: The crowds enjoyed seeing ‘Johnny Welly’ dance along to Stillia JOHNNY’S JIG: The crowds enjoyed seeing ‘Johnny Welly’ dance along to Stillia

ONE of St Helens’ brightest young bands rocked the town centre as part of a free concert to promote this Sunday’s Westfield Street Music Festival.

But they were nearly overshadowed as the star turn after local character ‘Johnny Welly' turned up in Church Square and began dancing along to the music.

His impromptu performance delighted onlookers as he jigged away and played along to the cameras by dancing to the band's cover of the Chuck Berry classic Johnny B. Goode.

One observer said: “He certainly seemed to be enjoying it and he put a smile on everyone’s face.”

Stillia belted out a selection of their own tracks and cover versions in front of a healthy crowd on Saturday afternoon.

They will be among more than 20 acts playing in venues through Westfield Street from noon to 6pm on Sunday for the street’s inaugural festival.

Spectators told the Star afterwards that Stillia were fabulous and that Johnny’s dancing “made the day”.

Stillia’s Jack Bennett, 18, frontman of the band that signed with a London record label earlier this year, said: “It was a great reception from the St Helens public – the home crowd always gets behind us – and the sun was shining.

St Helens Star: Stillia belt out the hits

  • COUNTDOWN: Stillia belt out the hits in Church Square

“We're excited about Sunday and hopefully this sets the scene. Paul Griffiths, of the Zoo Bar, has put a lot of effort into organising this and it promises to be brilliant for the live music scene in St Helens.

“We'll be playing Bar 44 and will be supported by to two other up and coming local bands. But there are lots of acts playing throughout the day along the street, which will make it really exciting.”

St Helens Star: ROCK N ROLL: The crowds enjoyed the promotional concert ahead of the Westfield Street Music Festival

ROCK 'N' ROLL: The crowds enjoyed the promotional concert ahead of the Westfield Street Music Festival

Stillia – made up of Bennett, his younger brother Matty on the drums, lead guitarist Connor Moran and bassist Dave Sarbutts are seeking to broaden their reach beyond St Helens.

Jack added: “We are a band with big ambitions - the aim one day is to perform a concert at a venue such as the Liverpool Echo Arena.

“But it is all about putting the hard work in.

“My younger brother finishes school in the near future so that will open more possibilities for us for touring and recording.”

St Helens Star: DANCING FEET: In his slippers, the local character danced along to the cover of Johnny B. Goode

JOHNNY BE GOOD: dancing along to Stillia's cover of the Chuck Berry classic Johnny B. Goode

St Helens Star: FRONTMAN: Jack Bennett

  • FRONTMAN: Jack Bennett

St Helens Star: FEEL THE NOISE: Stillia will be among more than 20 acts performing at the Westfield Street Music Festival

  • FEEL THE NOISE: Stillia will be among more than 20 acts performing at the Westfield Street Music Festival

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5:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

moonman77 says...

Ooooo - I feel such St Helens pride coming out of me when I see that....

Now, ...just remind me again...whats the reason Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, WH Smith have gone out of the town ....?
Ooooo - I feel such St Helens pride coming out of me when I see that.... Now, ...just remind me again...whats the reason Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, WH Smith have gone out of the town ....? moonman77
  • Score: -6

5:41pm Wed 4 Jun 14

NicTaylorPhoto says...

Some great pics.

Here's my pics from that gig

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Some great pics. Here's my pics from that gig https://www.flickr.c om/photos/n1ct4yl0r/ sets/721576449304256 02/ Check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook .com/NicTaylorPhoto NicTaylorPhoto
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6:12pm Wed 4 Jun 14

kjd161 says...

Lighten up people. He's just enjoying himself.
A world full of Johnny Wellies would be a much happier place.
Go Johnny, go go go.
Lighten up people. He's just enjoying himself. A world full of Johnny Wellies would be a much happier place. Go Johnny, go go go. kjd161
  • Score: 18

9:29pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Keva68 says...

Haha and this is what makes me want to go shopping in St Helens a dancing Tramp.
Haha and this is what makes me want to go shopping in St Helens a dancing Tramp. Keva68
  • Score: -8

4:48am Fri 6 Jun 14

Robbob5 says...

NicTaylorPhoto wrote:
Some great pics.

Here's my pics from that gig

https://www.flickr.c

om/photos/n1ct4yl0r/

sets/721576449304256

02/

Check out my Facebook page

https://www.facebook

.com/NicTaylorPhoto
Nick?
Are you the guy who i came upto with the Sony Camera?
If so,nice to have met you
[quote][p][bold]NicTaylorPhoto[/bold] wrote: Some great pics. Here's my pics from that gig https://www.flickr.c om/photos/n1ct4yl0r/ sets/721576449304256 02/ Check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook .com/NicTaylorPhoto[/p][/quote]Nick? Are you the guy who i came upto with the Sony Camera? If so,nice to have met you Robbob5
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Sun 8 Jun 14

moonman77 says...

A town full of Johnny Wellys = seeing lots more of Peter Andre

A town with less Johnny Wellys = a far more affluent area

It's simple maths.
A town full of Johnny Wellys = seeing lots more of Peter Andre A town with less Johnny Wellys = a far more affluent area It's simple maths. moonman77
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7:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

norm says...

Johnny Wellys? Looks more like Johnny Slippers to me. What a mover!
Johnny Wellys? Looks more like Johnny Slippers to me. What a mover! norm
  • Score: 2

8:27am Tue 10 Jun 14

mikeashworth says...

The man has moves, I swear at what point he was doing the MJ Moonwalk
The man has moves, I swear at what point he was doing the MJ Moonwalk mikeashworth
  • Score: 1

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