George Borowski

George Borowski

Although he sang opera as a boy at school, George was quickly drawn to the emerging and exciting music scene of the early sixties, and has been immersed in music ever since. He got his first guitar at age eleven, and found himself writing his first songs aged fourteen, a gift which has continued to grow and develop over a lifetime. With a stunning voice and a ready smile he has the ability to energise and connect with audiences of all ages.

A talented writer and performer, George has toured both nationally and internationally and has shared stages with, amongst others, Sad Café, The Pixies, Teenage Fanclub, Van Morrison, Lemmy, Bonnie Raitt, 10cc, Neil Young, Don McLean and Tina Turner. He is no stranger to big events and has played Wembley Stadium with Meatloaf. George’s musical experience has enabled him to develop into a seasoned all rounder, and he is a great source of advice and expertise in all aspects of arranging, managing and delivering memorable shows.

He recently completed a series of showcase gigs under the title “50 years with a Plectrum” to celebrate that rare achievement.

He continues to perform and record his own music in his own right, but the chemistry of the band brought together by Alan to form The Clik proved irresistible, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Alan Thompson

Alan has been a professional guitarist for many years, developing his profile mainly on the international scene. His career has spanned many venues, countries and artistes, including several years contracted to the Top Rank organization when they were at their peak of organizing worldwide music tours and events.

He has worked touring with big names like The Mommas and the Papas, George McCrae, Freda Payne, Albert King, and Gloria Gaynor and has played significant venues including The London Palladium . His reputation also brought opportunities to do other “one off” events such as The Hammersmith Odeon with Mick Ronson’s band, and a stint as tour manager with The Happy Mondays.

A consummate professional, his easygoing manner and absolute command of the guitar has kept him in the highest tier of working musicians. He recently retired from the international scene and worked in North West covers band The Originals, which he moved on from at the end of 2015.

It was Alan who was then the catalyst to recruit George Borowski’s rhythm section, Andy Burns and John Woodruff, creating the ideal platform for George himself to take on the role of rhythm guitar and lead vocals.

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Andy Burns

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Andy’s first music success was with Manchester band Stress, supporting several big names on stage including Julian Cope, Stiff Little Fingers and Echo and the Bunnymen, all still around today in one form or another. They released a single, “Too Late to Cry”, on the Out of Town record label in 1981, before going their separate ways.

He then played in several local bands performing and co-writing original music, including The Jackson Burns Band and The Amazing Brothers, where the rhythm section featured him and John Woodruff, now together in The Clik.

From 1990 he took a long break from playing as he followed a successful professional career in Asset Finance, including spending some time in Europe.

In 2007 he got a call out of the blue from George Borowski, now lead vocalist with The Clik. George is a singer songwriter of immense talent, and his cv reflects a lifelong experience of working some big stages with big names. They had worked some of the same venues when Andy was in Stress and had a mutual respect. Andy has been one of George’s principal bass players ever since in his live band The Fabulous Wonderfuls.

John Woodruff

John has been part of the Manchester music scene since the 60’s when he formed Romany Rye with Andy MacPherson. They played across the North West including Liverpool’s Cavern Club and various college and university venues supporting Free and Status Quo. John also worked with Andy to set up Revolution Studios. This was initially in the attic of a flat they rented in Davenport and clients included The Buzzcocks who arrived for their first session on the bus! Andy later took over full running of Revolution when it moved to Cheadle Hulme.

John co-produced and presented Saturday Rock on BBC Radio Manchester in the 70’s covering the local Manchester punk scene as well as interviews and features on national and international bands playing at the major Manchester venues. It was through the Saturday Rock programme that John met local musicians he would go on to work with in bands. These included George Borowski and a Glossop-based band The Trend.

In the early 80’s John produced The Trend’s first single on Trendy Records at Revolution Studios, going on to join the band on drums. He played with The Trend at London gigs including Dingwalls, The Venue and The Rock Garden as well as a weekly residency at The Duke of Wellington in Salford which led to the band being spotted and signed to American label MCA Records. The Trend released four singles and toured major venues in the UK supporting MCA label mates Wishbone Ash.

In the 90’s John played drums in a number of Manchester bands including The Jackson Burns Band and The Amazing Brothers, both featuring Andy Burns on bass.

More recently John has played drums with Billy, Mandy and The Bigheads whose previous drummer was Paul Burgess of 10CC. John also plays regularly with George Borowski’s Fabulous Wonderfuls and is delighted to have joined George and Fabulous Wonderfuls’ bassist Andy Burns, together with lead guitarist Alan Thompson, to form The Clik – which takes the story right back to the 60’s.

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