Morecambe musician swaps quartet for barber shop

Ryan Wallace, Head Barber at The Temperance Club vintage barber shop.
Ryan Wallace, Head Barber at The Temperance Club vintage barber shop.

From Heartbreaks to haircuts – a guitarist is now the face of a cutting edge new venture in Morecambe.

Ryan Wallace, who toured the world and released two albums with resort indie band The Heartbreaks, has turned front man of a stylish new seafront barber shop.

Ryan Wallace

Ryan Wallace

The Temperance Club is part of a £750,000 investment in one of Morecambe’s biggest eyesores.

The once-derelict former Office pole dancing bar has been transformed thanks to a new £40,000 frontage, a shiny marble floor, and quirky features including bowler hat-shaped ceiling lamps, a shoe shining chair and a jukebox.

Head barber Ryan, who dresses in bowler hat and retro waistcoat and tie while he cuts hair, says the shop is “the best thing to happen to Morecambe in a long time”.

He said: “Morecambe was a very glamorous place and this is bringing that back. By 
calling it the Temperance Club, it reminds you what Morecambe was. I want this to be a place where you can chill out after work, and I want to hold events here too.”

Graham Cass, of the Jo and Cass salon chain, has financed the renovation of the building, also now home to 10 swish apartments with jaw-dropping views of the bay.

He said he was looking to lease the next-door shop unit but would be choosy over the tenant.

He said: “I’ve already turned down somebody who wanted to open a burger bar...if it’s going to look bad I don’t want it. We’re trying to bring a bit of class back to Morecambe.”

Ryan says his career change from music to hairdressing has come naturally to him. He said: “I’ve been using my hands to play guitar since I was a little boy so I’ve picked this up really quick.”

But he says while the other members of The Heartbreaks are all “busy doing other things” at the moment, the four-piece are not splitting up.

The band: Ryan, Matthew Whitehouse, Joseph Kondras and Chris ‘Deaks’ Deakin, are taking a break from making music together after their latest album ‘We May Yet Stand A Chance’ failed to make the charts, despite rave reviews.

But when asked about a Heartbreaks comeback, Ryan said: “Never say never, we’re like brothers.”