SMART coffee meet No. 38 Report

Our 38th meet. Among the newbies this time were Harry Randall. Harry was talking about his bands Chain Reaction, The 6ts and The Patriots who appeared on New Faces and had a single out on Bus Stop Records called Rick Rack. Mick O’Dowd arrived with The Beatles live at the BBC cassette pack and a whole bunch of cd’s that he was happy to give away for a donation to the Conquest MRI Scanner appeal. Laurie Cooksey arrived with some more photos from the 6ts and the very first photo of Die Laughing, and interested in getting a book together of Hastings rock history. Cliff Wootton had with cd’s for his new progressive folk band ‘Where Once Giants Trod’ and Pete Prescott had with him The Simon Dee book, the Guitarist book from 87 featuring him and Ray Fenwick and Jazz UK and The Hastings Trawler, both with Liane Carroll on the covers. Wendy Weaver remembers seeing live Fred Astaire and Gene Vincent and going to The Simon Dee tv show. Iain Cobby was talking to John Petrie about Stallion at The Melody Maker rock contest and Tony Qunta was talking about how the Factory single Time Machine keeps rising in value and also amplification getting smaller and smaller.  Colin Bell mentioned that he did the first proper disco in Hastings at The Regent Hotel in 1968 for the EF students, prior to this Andre said that he played records in the same venue supporting bands like Unabridged Telephone Directory. Sarah Harvey is working on the Hastings Rock recordings of Colin’s interview with Roger Daltrey which she hopes to play on her Slammin Tunes programme some time in the near future. Kevin Burchett is working on some videos of The Lost Boys and Sergeant which will be posted on You Tube shortly. Also Kevin was pleased to announce that enough money has now been raised for a permanent statue to  Ron ‘Popeye’ Everett. Tony Davis was talking about an incident at his recent Birthday event , when The Kavemen played. Unfortunately someone stole the bass players pedal kit. Photos are all over social media and hopefully the person will be caught. Chat was also about the BBC Proms Stax Records tribute and PP Arnold’s finally releases her lost album. As we finished more people were arriving and ended up a very good afternoon. This is a small bit of what I can remember, anyone who wishes to add anything you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Phil Gill… Sorry not to make it this time Alan, work got in the way.

Lucy Pappas… Sounds like I missed another great afternoon xx

Mick O’Dowd…Everyone is always made welcome at the Meets.

Andy Qunta… Anyone else like to have their fire buckets checked?

Jim Breeds… I’ll avoid any joke about hoses!

Mick O’Dowd…  I think I needed a fire extinguisher after meeting her!

Pete Fairless… I saw them in September 1975 – 42 years ago, tomorrow… Yes, I recall it was rather warm!

Dennis Torrance… I was there

Martin Waghorne… Great night i remember it . just

Paul Hoggard… Great gig!

 

SMART 31 coffee meet report

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Busy busy, a great turn out for our 31st meet. Among the newbies this time were Doug Prentice,  Lee Merry, Steve Fitzy and John Williams. Lee was reminiscing about the many bands he has promoted at The Carlisle. Steve was talking about the groups he has been involved with including Ghostriders and currently popular rock n roll band Ricochet. John Williams popped in and had some great photos of his 1980’s bands Hot Pursuit and P.L.C. Sarah Harvey was compiling a list of popular 1970’s progressive rock tracks for her Tuesday radio show on Slammin Tunes. Andre was trying to find out if Georgie Fame definitely played the pier on the 14th October 1966, as he is yet to find anyone who remembers going. Colin Bell had some interesting stories to tell of Georgie Fame when he was working with Alan Price and also Colin had some photos of himself with Denny Laine. Chris Sambrook had with him a rare poster of John Martyn from the beach concert in 1992.  Paul Dove had a photo of a band he was in with Tony Ford and Nigel Dance around 1971/72 from the Regent Hotel. Roger Carey brought along a very rare photo of him playing with Liane Carroll and Dave Trigwell. The band were called ‘The Upstarts’ and was taken in The Pig In Paradise in 1987. Tony Qunta was talking about the time he met Eddi Reader of Fairground Attraction. I had with me well worn and battered copies of Easy Rider LP and The Kinks Sunny Afternoon LP, Mick O’Dowd had with him a new cd of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra which he throughly recommends and Pete Prescott was talking about the Brooke Sharkey forthcoming gig with Poppy and Claire Hamill at The Azur on the 4th November. Wasn’t time to get round and chat with everyone but this is just a small bit of what I remember. Anything interesting that you were talking about that I missed, then please feel free to add.

Josie Lawson… Hope you all had a good chin wag at the meeting

Mick O’Dowd… Wow! What a great Meet Alan. One of the most interesting yet. Good newbies and a slimmed down Linda Day. What more could you desire. Had really interesting chats with 2 of the newbies and hope to see them in future. Well done Alan you pulled it off again! Well done!

Eric Harmer… Sorry I couldn’t make it Alan catch I next time. If you want a jam anytime I am up for it mate X

Darren Johnson… Great to catch up. I should have some more reviews for you soon Alan.

Linda Day… Was great to see everyone Paul Dove Brian and Rowena Wood Pip Adams and not forgetting Mick O’dowd plus Alan of course x

Mick O’Dowd… Check out the Melbourne Ska Orchestra album. They are a 26 piece Aussie outfit who really no how to get on down! Recommended.

SMART 29 coffee meet report

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Great afternoon at the White Rock Hotel for our 29th meet on the 1st July 2016. Among the newbies this time were Paul and Janette Morfey and Chris Jolly. Paul had with him tour programmes from Blackbushe with Bob Dylan (and Melody Maker review), Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Watch 1978 and Knebworth 24th June 1978 which featured Genesis, Jefferson Starship and others. He also had albums of Tonto’s Expanding Head Band Zero Time, Bonzo Dog Band Keynsham and Pentangle Basket Of Light. Graham and Wendy Weaver were showing photos from the concert Quadrophenia Live at The Royal Albert Hall which featured Alfie Boe and Pete Townsend. As promised Pete Prescott turned up with another great selection of sampler albums including Nice Enough To Eat, Together (CBS Records), All Good Clean Fun, Woodstock triple album and a rare import called ‘The Greatest Hits From England (mid 60’s). Barry French had with him a guitar Chordfinder device which considering this was made around 1972, it must have been a godsend for all budding guitarists. Cliff Wootton had with him the book 1001 Guitars To Dream Of Playing Before You Die by Terry Burrows. Great to see his dads Supersound Guitars were included. Chat was about, how great were U.F.O. on stage, different drum styles and ways of rehearsing, the band ‘If’, Bronze Record Label, Marsha Hunt, different roads you could have taken in life, Grapefruit, Stallion, Carnival Radio, Beach Concert and where’s the salt for my chips. This is just a small bit of what I remember, anything interesting that I missed, please feel free to add here.

Mick O’Dowd… Good one again Alan. Nice lot of newbies. Where did you find them all?

Alan Esdaile… Thanks to people like you Mick for spreading the word.

Gary Kinch… We went to the 78 Knebworth C/W Genesis and Starship. It was the month before we got married so I was starting to be sensible. As a consequence I can actually remember some of it. Grace Slick was “indisposed” at that gig but the rest of the band put on a good show. There was a bit of rain and it took forever to get out of the parking area because of mud.

Tony Davis… Sorry not to make it this time but sometimes work gets in the way. Glad it went well and hope to see you all next time.

Iain Cobby… Sorry not to make it Alan, just breezed in from a quick one down in Bournemouth. Best track on that Who album is ” Sunrise” the song I wished i could had written. However, I heard ( on Facebook) that Caitlin Merison and Ben Davis stole the show at Hastings Beer Fest. I’m Jealous. Well done you two.

Caitlin Merison… Thank you!