Feb 2017, email following ‘The Neil Diamond Story’ Princes Theatre, Clacton-On-Sea
Having been brought up listening to Neil Diamond and also being lucky enough to see him in concert many years ago, I was a little nervous about the show as I couldn't imagine anyone being able to replicate such a unique and distinctive voice.
I need not have worried!
Myself and my husband were truly impressed and had a wonderful evening!
My husband and I were married at a hotel and one of our wedding songs we chose was a Neil Diamond track called 'I believe in happy endings'.
It is a beautiful song and I therefore wonder wether it has ever been considered for inclusion in the show?
Anyway, thank you for a magical evening at Clacton Princess Theatre!
Emma and David Smith
Sent from my iPhone
Feb 2015, email following Golf Club Evening
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for Valentines Night, everyone has said how great Bob was.
Hope the year is a great success for you.” Lucy Glenn, Essenden Golf Club,
Feb 2015, emails following gig at the Medina Theatre Isle of Wight
“We went to your Neil Diamond Story at the Medina Theatre last evening. What a brilliant, brilliant show. Bob's voice is undistinguishable from the real thing and the professional all round performance was fantastic. We are organising a trip to Devon in the Summer so we can attend your show at the Babbacombe Theatre. The new CD is nearly worn out after one day. Thank you once again and may you both achieve even more success.” Chris and Jo, Isle of Wight.
“Laura, it was a wonderful evening last night, hearing about The Neil Diamond Story, listening to those beautiful songs sung brilliantly by Bob. How does he speak normally one moment and then sing just like Neil Diamond. It was lovely to hear so many songs and listen to the poignant lyrics, I had forgotten many of them. I loved the guitar playing, Bob is so talented. The whole show was a delight thanks to you in the corner operating the sound system. Good luck for the rest of the tour.” Angie Powell
Have just returned from the show at the Medina Theatre in Newport. Thank you for a great evening’s entertainment.” Lesley Curran.
“Thank you for a fantastic show. We felt as if Neil was signing to us. Great show”. Rita & Brian Cooper
January 2015, Nashville Tennessee, USA - Neil Diamond birthday celebrations…
“Bob Drury, straight from the UK, love his style!” Eydie Ruth, www.iaisnd.com (Neil Diamond fan-site)
December 2014, Wedding Reception
We were so thrilled when we found that you were available to play at our wedding and you more than lived up to our memory of the first time we met and heard you. You really got the party going and – Bob – you really are Neil Diamond in disguise! My eldest brother rates himself as a No.1 fan of Neil and he said “blimey, he sounds more like Neil Diamond than Neil Diamond”. Its uncanny Bob, many congratulations.” Jamie and Susie, Dec 2013
June 2014, email following gig at Nottingham Arts Centre
“Belated praise for your performance at the Nottingham Arts Theatre on June 20th. It was a beautifully produced show and was the finest tribute to one of the great singer/songwriters I've seen in a long while. My wife and I had a great evening.” Peter Dredge
“My wife and I came along to see Bob tonight in The Neil Diamond story,and we just wanted to say Bob was absolutely brilliant. We have seen Neil Diamond live and we have see tribute shows in his honour but we have to say tonight was outstanding and we will be coming along again if not this year certainly next. Congratulations on a magnificent show.” Graham & Iris Kilroy., April 2014
April 2014, email following gig at Martletts Hall Theatre, Burgess Hill
“Thank you again for giving us a fabulous nights entertainment last night in Burgess Hill. We thought you were excellent last year, and sadly my Dad missed it, but Mum got the CD and heard it that way, he was there last night, sitting in front of us, and spent the whole night jigging away, he has seen the real Neil Diamond a few times too, and said you sound just like him.” Sue, Iain, Carole and Ian
Feb 2014, Hindhead Royal British Legion Club Limited
“Just a quick note to say thank you for providing such a professional and perfect Neil Diamond Tribute set last Saturday night. Bob truly sounded like the real thing and he had the crowd eating out of his hand. The members thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did I and the mood was summed up in an email to me which said: “I wanted to thank, and congratulate you on your choice of entertainment for last Saturday. Well Done! Dawn and myself thoroughly enjoyed the evening and Bob Drury, well, what a performer” I will be in touch later in the year to book Bob for next year. David Cooper, Chairman
September 2013, Sydenham, London
“WOW, What a show! What a singer! What a guitarist! What a Performance! WOW. We have all seen acts in the past, and probably will do in the future, but Bobs performance was second to none!! Good luck with all of your forthcoming performances, and I know without a shadow of a doubt, anybody who sees you will be as stunned and awestruck as we were.” Kelly O'Brien, London
“Just to say thank you both and your team for such a great night. We loved the atmosphere and of course the music, the presentation and the professionalism was spot on. Good luck for the future”
September 2013 - Emails following Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks on Friday 20th
“Hi. I would like to day how much my friends and I all enjoyed your performance at The Stag last Friday.
I am a huge Neil Diamond fan. First saw him live at Woburn Abbey 1977. Have seen him every time he has been to UK since. I must say say Bob does a magnificent job of his songs and is a pleasure to listen to.
Great to hear that he did songs that only true fans know.NOT just the hit ones(which true fans hate).
Best wishes for the future.” Mary O’Sullivan
“Just to say thank you both and your team for such a great night. We loved the atmosphere and of course the music, the presentation and the proffessionalism was spot on. Good luck for the future” Gil McIntyre
September 2013 - Email following Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks on Saturday 21st
“Dear Bob and Laura, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Bob's show on Saturday night at Sevenoaks. Bob is such a talented performer with a powerful voice and good range and an excellent guitar player. Bob showed his love and respect for the work of Neil and sang with a passion and emotion that really reached across to the audience. I was completely drained by the end of the evening. I have seen many tribute bands over the years but I have never seen Bob perform. His was one of the best if not the best I have ever seen. Thank you for such an incredible evening. I think the quality of Bob's performance and the faithful and sincere respect he has for the work of Neil Diamond deserves a wide audience. I would be delighted for you to use my comments in full or in part. Kind regards” Alan Pattinson
September 2013 -Private Party, Ashford, Kent
“We would like to give to you both the biggest THANK YOU for helping to make our party the roaring success it was. We had so many amazing comments about the entertainment. People were coming to us saying “where did you find this guy?”. It was truly wonderful. From our 5 year old great-grandson doing Neil Diamond ‘gangnam’ style to our 24 year old grandson saying “ Never heard of Neil Diamond before but this bloke is bang on. “ (We think that means good, we hope so!). We were absolutely thrilled to have you both at our party and hope that it was ok for you. Our sincere appreciation and thanks” Gill & Derek Hagger
‘YouTube’ interview Re: Brentwood Theatre Show, May 11th 2013
Click on picture for show interview with the theatre’s Kay Bellwood…
January 2013 - Private Family Party, Greek Restaurant, Finchley, North London (email)
“Hi Laura, I just wanted to say another huge thank you to you and Bob for the truly magnificent entertainment you gave us last night. My mum and all the other guests were completely blown away by Bob's singing and everything was just as I had hoped it would be. From my point of view the 'Bob Drury as Neil Diamond’ experience was absolutely perfect and we all want to do it again, I also just wanted to say that the act was so polished and professional and you are both very easy people to deal and have a lovely way with you which is much appreciated and was mentioned by so many of the guests. Thank you both so much.. Kind regards, Sarah”
November 2012 - Astor Theatre, Deal (feedback form)
“Discovered you Bob up at Ramsgate a few weeks ago, looked you up on the web and so pleased to find you in Deal. What a wonderful find you have been! Look forward to seeing you again and listening to your wonderful voice” Mary C. Westgate on Sea
September 2012 - Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable (email)
“Just had to write to say how we enjoyed ourselves on Friday night at the Horsebridge in Whistable. Bob you were brilliant next best thing to Neil Diamond himself !!! A few of the songs were not so familiar to us but enjoyed them all the same by the brilliance of how you sang them. Hope to see you again in the near future. All the best in all your future gigs. Kind Regards from Becky,Margaret & Patx
September 2012 - Dartmouth Apprentice Restaurant, Dartmouth (email)
“Just to say a massive thank you for making last night [15th September 2012] so memorable and brilliant. Not only are you both genuinely lovely people but talented too..... My staff are still talking about last night and of course singing Sweet Caroline. Nina”
September 2012 - St Mary’s Arts Centre, Sandwich (feedback form)
“Spent a fantastic evening with you at St Mary's last night [8th September 2012] .Brilliant music, wonderful voice, lovely atmosphere What more can I say ? Oh, great view from the front row :-) Look forward to seeing you all again Great show. From Pearl :-) ”
June 2012 - Charity Event, Essex (email)
“Tear Jerking good feel factor night! [30th June 2012] thanks for a great evening we shall remember for a long time. We are in our early 40’s and we knew most of the songs. Next time we shove the tables to one side and DANCE ! Tracy and the Maldon gang.”
June 2012 - Wedding Anniversary, Esher
“Dear Laura, I just called to say thank for giving our guests such a lovely evening,we were privileged to be entertained so well by Bob who is without doubt an very talented musician and artist.
His talents ably assisted by your good self were not only appreciated by Jessie and I ,the praise i received for finding this talent was beyond belief and every just sang Bobs praises. He certainly made our evening with his easy going manner and of course his music. Best Wishes, Duncan”
January 2012 - Charity show, Tower Theatre, Folkestone
“Dear Bob & Laura,what a terrific show,we really enjoyed all of it. As I said on the day Bob,you were on top form and your rousing America really lifted the spirits! Love and Best Wishes Gillian xx”
September 9th, 2011 - Trish and Dan’s Wedding (email)
“Thank you so much, you were absolutely fantastic!!! We still laugh at my sister saying you'd make a great Neil Diamond tribute singer, bless her!! When I have seen people since our wedding they have all commented on how great you were so hopefully the bookings will come flooding in..... you were a huge success and we thank you for playing that part so well on our special day. Kindest Regards, Dan & Trish Heathcote”
June 2011 - Ivychurch, Kent
“Dear Bob, We would like to thank you for the great evening of music you performed at our Gala dinner last night. Many compliments from all the folk attending were received, everyone enjoyed listening and indeed dancing to your choice of songs. Singing along too all added to to the fun of the evening. A truly memorable night, many thanks. We will certainly try to visit Sittingbourne to support you Christmas show!” Carole Springett, Rainham Flower Club.
October 2010 - Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne
“Brilliant! Should be on the tele!! Loved it.” Mr and Mrs D. Sittingboune
“Just wanted to say what a fabulous night my husband and I had at the Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne on the 23rd October... The backing music was great and top marks to your assistant for the handling of your choices. We would love to see you again next time you are in the area. Thank you again for a very enjoyable night” Mr and Mrs S. Sittingbourne
August 2010 - Little Theatre, Sheerness
“Hi Bob. Many thanks for a great show at Sheppey Little Theatre! I’d like to book you to perform the Neil Diamond/Rat Pack show at the same venue on Saturday 12 February 2011...” John Clayton, ‘HiKent’ Charity.
July 2010 - Granville Theatre, Ramsgate
“A night of nostalgia... Bob Drury’s talent and love of this era captured his audience, treating them to many encores and still leaving them wanting more!” Trudi Kingham, Artistic Director, Granville Theatre, Ramsgate (‘Neil Diamond, Sinatra and Friends’ - 10th July 2010)
April 2010 - Astor Theatre, Deal (return visit)
“Hi Bob, Thanks again for a fantastic evening on Friday. Greatly enjoyed by all. Had a few of the women in on Saturday to pick up our season brochure and they want you back!!! Maybe look at some dates in the autumn once I get this summer season sorted.” James Tillett, Artistic Director, The Astor Theatre, Deal
Autumn 2009/Spring 2010 - ‘Acoustic Diamond’
Bob teamed up with the truly amazing bassist Andy Wall to do a four date tour of Kent venues performing Neil Diamond’ s songs in an un-plugged format. James Tillet, Director of Deal’s Astor Theatre, writes; “Superb, professional artist. Terrific engagement with an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. You close your eyes and it could be the man himself.”
April 2009 - Charity Night for ‘Hi-Kent’, Tenterden
Charity night at the Raja of Kent Indian Restaurant in Tenterden, Kent in support of the charity 'Hi Kent'. Thanks to organizer John Clayton and the restaurant for a great night... An amazing £400.00 raised.
April 2009 - Bob appears on the BBC’s Weakest Link... and wins!
Bob took a ribbing from Anne before singing a special version of 'Sweet Caroline', changing the words to 'Sweet Anne Robinson' Any embarrassment was more than made up for though when Bob took away a winners cheque of almost £2000.
Go to the member’s page of this site to hear the encounter with Anne Robinson!
March 2009 - Aspers Casino, Northampton
A successful second visit to this very stylish casino to perform his solo 'Neil Diamond' tribute - Bob was immediately re-booked to appear again in September 2009...
February 2009 - Roslin Hotel, Edinburgh
Business for the Roslin Hotel near Edinburgh has not been brisker since Roslin Chapel featured in the film version of Dan Brown's book 'The Da Vinci Code’ though it was even busier on 28th Feb for Bob's 'A Diamond Experience' show - a sell-out gig.
January 2009 - Caz’s Birthday Bash... London
Caz’s friends all chipped in to book Bob for her birthday party because she’s a big fan of Neil Diamond and, as you can see, knows all the words
October 2008 - In the Mediterranean for Island Cruises
Bob appears on the M/V Island Star in the Med for the first of two dates booked by this prestigious cruise company. Nolan Dean, cruise Director, writes;
“A brilliantly thought out theatre show with edge, mind blowing arrangements and oozing class Bob brought Neil Diamond onboard the Island Star and was simply stunning. Our guests couldn’t get enough and it will be my great pleasure to present ‘A Diamond Experience’ to further houses in the future - definitely a hit!”’
October 2008 - KMFM Interview with Adam Dowling
Bob meets Adam and sings live on-air to promote his band’s tour date in Dover (see gallery on this site for shots of the gig). “His likeness to Neil has to be heard to be believed!” Adam Dowling KMFM
October 2008 - Kings Bingo Club, Sheerness
1 hour solo performance for the club's Hallowen party. Jerry Bown, Managing Director, Acadian Leisure Ltd, writes;
"Hiya Bob, It was a great Halloween Party night at the club and really enjoyed by all. It was brilliant to see people dancing in the aisles. Great show and very professional. Well done and thanks very much."
September 2008 - Band Rehearsals
Bob’s ‘A Diamond Experience’ band make final preparations before kicking off the 2008/9 (8 dates) Kent tour in Sittingbourne’s Avenue Theatre.
September 2008 - Bob at the BBC to promote his Kent Tour 2008/9
Bob is interviewed by BBC Radio Kent’s Pat Marsh and performs an acoustic version of Neil Diamond’s live on-air.
Cracklin’ Rosie live! (To hear the interview in full please go to the member’s page of this site.)
August '08 - The Old Rectory Health Club, Maidstone
Bob's performed his solo 'A Diamond Experience' show in a Marquee in the grounds of the Old Rectory Health Club in Farliegh Lane, Maidstone. Sue, the venue manager, writes;
"Hi there Bob, Just a note to say thank you so much for a great evening last Friday. Everyone enjoyed the evening, great comments from all who attended, so what can I say but many thanks for such a fab evening, hopefully you enjoyed it as well !!! Also thank you to Harriet [stage lighting etc]. Kind regards, Sue”
June 2008 - Email from Henk Weitering, author of Dutch 'Friends Of Neil Diamond' site
"I like the sound of it, and the feel of Neil is there. Keep on going there. I will announce you on my site..." www.fond.startbewijs.nl
September 2008 - Email from Ambrose Oshea, Neil Diamond memorabelia collector and editor of 'myspace' fan site;
“Yes, myspace is great for me as I am a big Neil Diamond memorabilia collector. Also I am into Neil Diamond Tribute acts... I have been to Vegas to see Jay White, To San Diego to see David J Sherry, To Florida to see Don Lamkin... I have listened to your songs and and you are very good. I would put you up there with the best of them”