Bellingham's Classic Rock Group, the Walrus, Celebrates 2006 New Year, 10 Years Making Music

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Bellingham's rockin' sea mammals, the Walrus, will perform at the Fairhaven Pub & Martini Bar on New Year's Eve, marking 10 years of entertaining audiences of all ages with classic rock music.

The Walrus, one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite classic rock bands, will star at the Fairhaven Pub & Martini Bar’s New Year’s Eve festivities Dec. 31.

Bellingham’s rockin’ sea mammals have been energizing nightclubs, community festivals, weddings and private parties in western Washington with classic rock music since the band formed following a New Year’s Eve party in Bellingham 10 years ago. As part of this Dec. 31 festivities, the five talented musicians in The Walrus ( will perform original songs from an upcoming CD as well as a repertoire of favorites by the Beatles, Eagles, Roy Orbison, Kansas, and other rockers.

This year’s New Year’s party begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Fairhaven. Cover charge of $15 per person includes complimentary champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and party favors, if purchased in advance. Otherwise, $20 per person at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from the Fairhaven Pub & Martini Bar (360) 671-6745 (

The Walrus includes five seasoned professional musicians, three of whom were part of the original musical group that began playing Beatles’ cover tunes together at a private party 10 New Years ago in Bellingham. Singer and keyboardist Jamie Shea and drummer Michael O’Neal were performing music in the now defunct Chrome Dinette at the party when one of the guests asked if he could play a few songs during the band’s break. Singer and guitarist Chuck Dingee wound up playing Beatles songs with Chrome Dinette members through the dawn of the 1996 New Year, and a new band — the Walrus — was formed.

Walrus lead guitarist Joe Young and bassist Walt Burkett now round out the harmonies with Shea, O’Neal and Dingee, and the band has been entertaining crowds throughout the Pacific Northwest with classic rock music for all ages.

Because all band members are talented singers, the Walrus can perform songs most cover bands would never think of even trying live, such as Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." The band’s vocally rich and intricate arrangements include songs by the Eagles, Sheryl Crow, Manhattan Transfer, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

The Walrus will also play some original songs on New Year’s Eve, including "Guy's Song," written for the late Guy Mulford who played violin, keyboard and guitar at the Walrus’ first public gig in 1996 and who died on Jan. 1, 2001.

For more information about the Walrus, its classic rock repertoire or the New Year's Eve festivities at the Fairhaven Pub & Martini Bar, go to


Chuck Dingee


The Walrus

Fairhaven Pub & Martini Bar


1114 Harris Ave.

Bellingham, WA 98225


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