SMART 5 Report

Hot day at the White Rock Hotel for SMART 5. Gave us a chance first  to check out the new boards at the front of the Pier, giving a history of the Pier over the years and future plans. Good to see some new people again and everyone seemed positive at the future of the Pier and to watch it grow . Mick O’Dowd came along with a bag full of goodies to show, press cuttings, Carlisle posters, various cassettes including 4 A.M black & white, DIE LAUGHING no laughing matter, SAVAGE HEARTS cuts, EXPANDIS complete home and  PHIL THORNTON ‘S flying.  Also had a hand written EXPANDIS tape ‘Dungeons & Dragons’. Uppers On the South Downs Album and a signed copy of the MARS single by Mick Mepham.

Phil Gill unleashed the new and improved ‘STALLION’ CD ‘The Hard Life’ which has just been rereleased. Now has a coloured cover and an excellent booklet inside on the history of all the band members over the years and details of the different bands they played in. The album is dedicated to the memories of Tony Bridger and Steve Demetri. The last pressing sold out quickly so buy it now.

Subjects chatted about were The Hi Fi, Fiesta, Black Cat, Pam Dor, Carnival FM, The Exective Hotel,  Regent Hotel, Green Cardigan Festival, Factory, Tich Turner, Ray Fenwick, Muller, Town Council,  King Rod, Round Table Youth Club, Calvert Youth Club, recording studios, Phil Cordell, the future of music on the pier and more.

The website is going from strength to strength and getting a few hundred hits a week now. Discussed how to we get more people involved and very surprised by the number of people not on the internet.  Good time was had by all

Andy Qunta….Sounds really good, wish I could have been there! Thanks for the round-up of the subjects you chatted about – brought back some great memories!


CND Benefit Gig – Falaise Hall 1981

1239200_10151854080937594_1129650171_oposter Tony Ham

 Tony Ham….I seem to remember the girl in Smashed Duck was a huge Damned fan and ran Dodgy Vinyl in St Leonards.

Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….Was it Melita that was in the Smashed Duck, as she was a huge ‘Damned’ fan and used to play in the Bouncing Dentists?

Tony Ham….That’s her, I remember going to Dodgy Vinyl after Brian James had left The Damned, she had a huge poster on the shop wall and his face was scribbled out.

Jazz Hastings – Tuesday 3rd September 2013


Now on a Tuesday  Jazz Hastings presents:

At our new venue
East Hastings Sea Angling The Stade Hastings East Sussex TN34 3FJ

Located near the Jerwood gallery by the Lifeboat Station

Liane Carroll Trio and Dick Pearce Quartet

Tuesday September 3rd

At the East Hastings Sea Angling Assoc. The Stade, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3FJ.   Doors open 7:45pm for 8:30pm start.  Disabled access. Tickets £10 on the door. For further information contact 01424 250221 or go to our website A well stocked bar will also be available.

***Special Event to Mark***

***8 years of Jazz Hastings***

Ex Ronnie Scott trumpeter Dick Pearce and his Quartet are playing the first set of the benefit and Liane Carroll’s Trio the second, plus many more special guests!

Jazz Hastings has been going for 8 years and we’ve managed mostly from door takings over those years. Since the move to our new venue our attendances have been less predictable and so in order to be able to book a varied programme for the next year Liane Carroll has kindly agreed to help us out with this fundraiser. Also donating his time is the great ex Ronnie Scott trumpeter Dick Pearce and his Quartet.

PLEASE mark this date in your diary and tell all your friends to try to make this unique double bill.
There will also be a raffle in the interval–any items you may wish to donate for this please contact Jazz Hastings or bring along to the gig  preferably a bit beforehand. All proceeds go to the club which will enable us to book some more great bands.

Jazz Hastings is a not-for-profit organisation.

Dick pearce
(Dick Pearce)

LianeRogerMark Fletcher

(Liane Carroll Trio Pictured at Swanage Jazz Festival – July 2013)
N.B. Admission will be £10 for this special event.


Wesley Magoogan – Wishing

Slow smokey jazz style on tenor. When I recorded this the toilet had a great sound so I put the mic stand on the bog,directed the musicians via headphones and off we went !
Featuring Pete ‘Tommo’ Thompson on drums,Roy Carter from ‘Heatwave’ on bass and Yannos via Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’ on piano.Composed by Wesley Magoogan published by EMI Music.
If anyone wants to commercially use this track or part of it please get in touch with Wesley via facebook or linkedin or EMI Music Publishing.

Great track from Wesley and deserves more recognition.

Graham Burfield….love it great sound

Kev Towner.… I love it!!

Andy Qunta….Most enjoyable, Wesley! Great tune, great playing! Nice of you to give a credit to the toilet too!

Joe Knight….”great!!”