Boothill Foot-Tappers

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Formed in 1982 by Chris Thompson (b. 19 March 1957, Ashford, Middlesex, England; banjo/vocals) and Kevin Walsh (guitar, vocals), the Boothills’ full line-up was completed by Wendy May (b. Wendy May Billingsley;…
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Formed in 1982 by Chris Thompson (b. 19 March 1957, Ashford, Middlesex, England; banjo/vocals) and Kevin Walsh (guitar, vocals), the Boothills’ full line-up was completed by Wendy May (b. Wendy May Billingsley; vocals), Slim (b. Clive Pain; accordion/piano), Marnie Stephenson (washboard/vocals), Merrill Heatley (vocals) and her brother Danny (drums). As part of an emerging ‘country cow-punk’ movement in the UK during the mid-80s (along with such acts as Helen And The Horns and Yip Yip Coyote), the Boothill Foot-Tappers proved to be the most adept at the genre and certainly one of the best live performers. They enjoyed a minor UK hit on the Go! Discs / Chrysalis label with ‘Get Your Feet Out Of My Shoes’ in July 1984. Slim, who had been enjoying a parallel career as part of the Blubbery Hellbellies, left the group in 1983 before the recording of the Boothills’ debut album and was replaced by Simon Edwards (melodeon) - although he occasionally rejoined the group for live performances. The group folded at the end of 1985 after touring to promote the album, which failed to set the charts alight. After briefly working with B.J. Cole and Bob Loveday in the Rivals and later with the Devils In Disguise, Chris Thompson went on to form the Barely Works. Wendy May decided to concentrate on the running of the successful disco club Locomotion at the Town And Country Club in Kentish Town, London.