Kast Off Guests

Four random blokes and two ladies who have performed with the Kast Off Kinks

Bob Henrit


Bob Henrit was originally the drummer with Buster Meikle & The Day Breakers, together with Russ Ballard on guitar and Roy Ballard, Russ's older brother, on piano. All usually appearing on stage dressed in matching red jackets & was it black collars? Russ left stage, his brother Roy behind him, Bob stage right & Buster singing up front. Cheshunt Boys' Club was a favored gig around '61. He then enjoyed initial success as a member of The Roulettes (1962-1967), who, in addition to a recording career of their own, backed the popular music singer Adam Faith on tour and on record. After the demise of the Roulettes, Bob briefly (1968) worked with Unit 4 + 2, an association which went back to his session drumming on their biggest hit, Concrete and Clay.

In late 1968, Bob teamed up with Russ Ballard, Jim Rodford and ex-Zombies keyboard player Rod Argent to form Argent, and remained with them until the band ended in 1976. After a brief spell with Jim Rodford and John Verity as Phoenix, Henrit's post-Argent career included work with a number of artists, including Charlie, after their 1978 tour opening for The Kinks, and Ian Matthews.

As a session drummer, he worked with The Who vocalist, Roger Daltrey, and was present on Dave Davies' Glamour and Chosen People solo albums. He also worked regularly with the GB Blues Band which, in addition to Jim Rodford, included former members of the Mike Cotton Sound.

Bob replaced Mick Avory as drummer in The Kinks, after Mick's departure in July 1984. He worked with the act until their seemingly final demise in 1996. He was the obvious choice to replace Mick, because he and Jim Rodford had already proven to be a capable and compatible rhythm section, and his previous ties with Dave Davies and with other musicians who had augmented The Kinks over the years.

In January 2007 Mick was unavailable for a Kast Off Kinks gig in Broxbourse, so Bob was enlisted to play drums. In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 he again sat in with them at the Fan Club gathering at the Boston Arms, Tuffnell Park, on Dedicated Follower of Fashion, with Mick Avory as lead vocalist, and for a few later-era Kinks songs. Bob again has also stood in for Mick at several gigs in 2010 and 2011.

In 2010 and 2012 Bob re-joined the original line-up of Argent for UK tours.

Pete Quaife

Bass, Backing vocals

Pete Quaife and school friend Dave Davies formed The Kinks in 1962 and subsequently asked Ray Davies to join.The band was originally called the Ravens and performed rhythm and blues at local venues such as the Hornsey Recreation Club at Crouch End Secondary School. The 'Kinks' name came about only upon the signing of a recording contract in late 1963.

Pete was commonly the voice of the band in early press interviews. He was temporarily replaced in the Kinks in mid 1966 by John Dalton, after a serious car crash left him unable to perform. He resigned from the band shortly thereafter, but reconsidered and returned in November 1966.

For the next two years Pete played on albums such as Something Else By The Kinks and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, and helped rehearse some songs on the album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). Pete left The Kinks permanently in April 1969. He was again replaced on bass, this time permanently, by John Dalton.

In 1969, Pete formed a collaborative Canadian/UK hybrid band, Maple Oak, with ex-Just Us bassist Stan Endersby, Mick Cook and Martin Fisher. They embarked on a tour of Denmark during May 1969 but after the tour Cook left and Fisher brought in fellow Canadian and former bandmate MacBain (ex-Flying Circus/Olivus/Bobby Kris & The Imperials) as a replacement. Pete departed shortly after the release of their single Son of A Gun in early 1970.

Pete joined the Kast Off Kinks on stage at the Dutch Kinks fan club meeting at the Stairway To Heaven, Utrecht, in 2004, to play Louie Louie (see the video page)

Sadly, Pete died in June 2010.

Mark Haley

Keyboards, Vocals

Mark Haley was born in Portsmouth, England into a musical family and learnt classical piano at the age of 5. He swiftly discovered Top Of The Pops and recalls watching the Kinks performing Apeman.

He began playing in bands while still at school then went straight into the music business after taking his exams.  Best known for his 5 year stint as keyboardist with the Kinks, Mark's first lucky break came when invited to record and tour with the legendary Billy Fury which opened the door to a succession of opportunities with many established artists.  His live gig resume includes touring with, amongst others, Bert Weedon, Eden Kane, PJ Proby, Denny Laine, Jet Harris, Billie Davis, and, most notably, on the Monkees hugely successful reunion tours (which was where Mark was 'spotted' by the Kinks lighting engineer James 'Desperate' Dan).

Mark was also active on the recording session circuit during the 80's and can be heard providing the Drive My Car piano part on the # 1 Stars On 45 hit.  He also has the distinction of co-writing the song Don't Answer (with Junior Campbell), one of the very few sung by Hank Marvin.

At the turn of the Millennium, Mark accepted an offer to join 70's chart toppers the Rubettes with whom he has toured constantly ever since for huge crowds on the nostalgia circuit all over Europe... occasionally bumping into Mick Avory (at the London Palladium) and Jim Rodford (a couple of times in Germany).

Mark had planned to attend the 2009 Kinks Fan Club Konvention but was delayed circling above Heathrow Airport for over an hour. By the time the plane landed he couldn't get to the venue in time and missed all the fun. In 2010 and 2011 he actually made it to the Konvention. He also performed at the 2011 Dutch Kinks Fan meeting.

Ray Davies

Lead Vocals, Rhythm guitar

No need for another biography of this man, one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, but for whom this site would not exist. He is vaguely known to the other members of the band.

Ray joined the Kast Off Kinks at the Fan Club gathering at the Boston Arms, Tuffnell Park, in 2007 to sing You Really Got Me and All Day And All Of The Night, and again in 2008, fresh from his success with his musical Come Dancing, to perform Days and, appropriately, Come Dancing. In April 2009, at the Dutch Fan Club meeting, Ray again joined the Kast Off Kinks and performed seven songs, including Shangri-La, A Long Way From Home and Better Things.The 2009 Boston Arms meeting saw Ray join the band on stage several times - songs included Somebody Stole My Car, The Hard Way and Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues.

Rasa Davies

Backing vocals

Rasa Didzpetris married Ray Davies in 1964. They have two daughters, Louisa and Victoria. They separated in 1973.

Rasa sang backing vocals on many Kinks tracks in the 1960s, most famously on Waterloo Sunset and the Dave Davies single, Death Of A Clown.

In 2001, Rasa joined Debi Doss to sing backing vocals with the Kast Off Kinks at the Kinks fan club meeting at the Archway Tavern and again in Utrecht in 2006.

Karin Forsman

Backing Vocals

Originally from Sweden, Karen and her twin sister Maria Forsman-Larsson front country band The Pilgrim Sisters. She was also backing vocalist in The Ray Davies Band

She joined Ray and the Kast Off Kinks on stage at the Dutch Fan Club meeting in 2009, singing backing vocals on Days, Tired Of Waiting, A Long Way From Home and Come Dancing.

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