even the critics applaud them...
a major claim, but in the 50+ years The Southlanders have been
performing, they have never received a bad press review. Here
are just some of the comments and reviews that have been made
about this outstanding vocal group….
"We were especially taken with a sensational harmony
group from Britain called the 'Southlanders'. Under the direction
of their leader, Vernon Nesbeth, they perform a super 'Cotton
Club' routine that is one of the best acts I have ever seen
at sea. Great harmony quartets are a part of the fading American
Tin Pan Alley. It seems strange that it is taking a British
group to keep the tradition alive. But then again, entertainment
at sea is the last vestige of vaudeville and the English Music
- Al Deahl
"Despite over a quarter of a century in the
public eye they come up fresh and sparkling. Classics from their
hit list are performed with incredible vigour."
- Peter Hepel
a vocal group, the 90's Southlanders are in a class of their
own. They were simply one of the most energetic acts I'd ever
seen - and my live theatre infatuation goes back to the early
50's. Some of today's stars would surely blush with embarrassment
at the shear workload The Southlanders pack into their superb
act. It is a real rarity for a cabaret act to receive a standing
ovation at a holiday centre. This was the exception."
effervescent Nesbeth is a shrewd and lovable character both
on and off stage. He has a brilliant trio of young workhorses
to match his own example, for both vocals and energy. The overall
result was quite staggering. The Southlanders still boast wonderful
harmonies but are also a visual delight.
- John Hannam
"One minute cheeky, the next God-fearing, The Soutlanders
produced a polished and energetic set of soulful covers. The
foursome sparkled through neat dance routines, high kicking (not
so high for Vernon!), rolling their shoulders and moving with
vigor. You had to be there, as they say, but it was absolutely
- Jon Crocker
Southlanders bring class to the West Coast"