Old Dogs New Tricks are a well-established rock duo based in Tenerife with both Bob and Jill on guitar and vocals. The duo has built up a large and loyal following of residents and tourists alike with many of their tourist fans now coming to Tenerife just to see them perform which is greatly appreciated by the band members.
Old Dogs New Tricks have an extensive and varied repertoire of around 250 well known covers from the late 50’s right through to present day chart successes, covering many genres of music including Cher, Blondie, Pretenders, Bryan Adams, Joe Cocker, Commitments, The Who, Beatles, Stones, Fleetwood Mac,Tina Turner, Thin Lizzie, Robert Palmer, Eric Clapton, Pink, Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, Amy Macdonald, Newton Falkener, Green Day, Kinks, Queen, Deep Purple, Take That, One Direction, Avicci, Bastille, Abba and many, many more ... please see our set list for the latest information.
Old Dogs New Tricks pride themselves in the quality of their shows which are different for every performance. They take a lot of time and have invested a lot of money in high quality equipment and backing tracks to ensure that they get their individual sound to each track - Jill’s voice & harmonies plus Bob’s harmonies and guitar playing.
Many hours are spent in the recording studio customising their backing tracks which are unique to Old Dogs New Tricks. Why use backing tracks? Simple answer because venues are not prepared to pay enough for a live band! Old Dogs New Tricks are full time professional musicians with no other sources of income and therefore unfortunately cannot afford to employ 3 additional musicians which is a great pity as they performed as a live 5 piece band in the UK before they moved to Tenerife.
You can sample some of our most recent work, please visit our set list.
Bob & Jill come from professional backgrounds and have many years of experience in sales, marketing, presentation skills and customer services. This has resulted in them building up strong relationships with their audiences, many of whom return to see them night after night, year after year and become good friends. Indeed they regularly receive emails asking them to confirm that they will be appearing before people book their holidays. Every night brings a different show and a familiar face returning to catch up with the band.
Old Dogs New Tricks have currently produced 10 CDs, the most recent of which has just been released called 'Just Got Better'. You can buy CDs at our gigs and soon you will also be able to buy digital download versions here on the website as well.
Outside of the band Bob & Jill spend their time looking after their rescued 4 dogs and 3 cats (guess where the money from the CD sales goes!), maintaining their house and gardens and sleeping. Jill also spends many hours over a hot sewing machine making her individually styled stage outfits.
Jill - vocals and acoustic guitar
Bob "Boogie"– guitar (electric & acoustic) and vocals
At an age when most sensible people are starting to contemplate retirement, Bob had a dream – he wanted to be a rock star. Aided and abetted by two great mates - bass player, the late Eddie Quinn – ex of Mungo Jerry and lead guitarist and general rock tart Keith Rosetti, he took faltering steps onto the stage with the Rosettis, a well-known local Blues/R&B band based in Surrey. (Bob claims to have known four chords by this time.) Nine months later he formed his own band - Old Dogs New Tricks. Over the next 5 years they took the south of England by storm playing classic rock and R&B in pubs, clubs and marquees. Due to encouragement and coaching from Jill he has even been known to sing a few numbers in tune.
Bob & Jill decided after much research and heart searching to completely change their life style and location. They made the tough decision to give up corporate life, company politics, commuting and the English weather and moved to sunny Tenerife. That was pretty easy. The toughest decision was having to leave not just their families but the rest of the band behind (and even tougher the groupies!).