Tony (Anthony) Davis…. new band Mania who will be playing at Beatles day ….. Look out for Mania, a band bringing together youth and experience. Experience in the shape of long time local musician Iain Cobby and Sol Buckner and the youth provided by 15 year old vocalist Caitlin Merison, 16 year old drummer Zoe Bisson and 13 year old guitarist Benjamin Davis. See you there. Above photo of them playing on Queensway at Sundays half marathon. Mania will be on the Main Stage at 12.15pm, then on the acoustic stage at 3pm. They will be doing different sets on each stage.
Claire Davis… Very proud of Benjamin Davis and the rest of the band, well done MANIA
Alan Esdaile… Just reading through the programme and as always, lots of great musicians are playing. Have highlighted these to see so far. Mania, Mick Bolton & Friends, Centre Page (in honour of Paul Burton), Martin Blackman, The Kytes, Claire Hamill, Liane Carroll, Phil Gill’s Abbey Rodeo Band, The Pete Prescott Band, The 1066 Rockitmen, The Dan Large Band, Grundy, The Beagles, Titus, and who’s this Factrio with Lol Tony & Geoff! Plus loads more, its going to be a GREAT DAY.
Yvonne Cleland… If anyone records Factrio, please would they do a copy for me?
David Miller… I want to know more about the Abbey Rodeo band – the song selection and sound is playing havoc with my imagination..in a good way.
Phil Gill… They’re all a bunch of cowboys David.
Tony Anthony Davis… Just to prove Iain is alive and well here is a picture of him playing with Mania at the half-marathon two weeks ago. Really nice for me to have one of my oldest friends (Iain) and my 13 year old son (Benjamin Davis) playing in the same band. Down side is that after 35 years I’m still roadie-ing for Iain!
Supplied by Tony Davis, photo of Iain Cobby
Pete Fisher… looks like a great project – good to see Iain on stage – maybe he’ll still remember playing bass in my first band Black Ash way back in 1970/71 ?!
Kevin Burchett… might get some video of them playing for youtube
Iain Cobby… Many thanks for the photo and kind words Mr Davis. The blood in my fingers was just about to freeze. Thank you to all the runners and their empathy, runners and rock together. A little bird tells me that you, Tony (Antony? what’s that all about?) have the Saturday gig on Hastings Rock Radio this coming May. Well done you spinner of things plastic, and whilst on the subject, let all of us thank all the jocks that have supported Hastings musicians over the decades whether its by promoting our latest opus or letting the public of my great home town know where to see local talent…… or just to cover our hides when we break a string or our amps conk out. You know who you are, take a bow guys. Thanks. Hi Pete Fisher, I remember the summer we spent in Black Ash at you parent’s home with Bernard Jeffery on skins. You had such a brill record collection that broadened my mind. you had the best blues collection and I remember hearing Zep 2 for the first time (which led me to playing JPJ in various Zep tributes) Thank you for the days ( do I recall you were the axe man along with Mr Kinch on bass with Graham How and Andy Strickland in that punk band “Pete Plastic & the Chuckups”??) Are you well sir?
Phil Gill…Yvonne might enjoy the Abbey Rodeo band at 8:40. There may be some reggae shenanigans afoot.
Yvonne Cleland… Someone say reggae?
Pete Fisher… Hi to you IAIN COBBY! Seems you’re not at Facebook – I’m glad you remember Black Ash, and those Sunday afternoons (1970 I think) jamming in the doctors waiting room at my folks place!! We only had a couple of riffs, and used to jam on Born to be Wild for half an hour!!I I remember we had Steve (?) on vocals, but can’t remember his surname…quite touched that my records widened your horizons – my big sister’s boyfriend was a blues fanatic, so a lot of them could actually have been his…remember listening to (the new) Deep Purple In Rock with you, Steve and Bernie up in my bedroom…I also remember going over to your place and listening to early Who tracks…I was playing my first electric guitar, but using my parent’s radiogram as an amp – blew the speaker, which was probably a good thing as it couldn’t have been earthed properly! Steve Demetri used to call us “Fag Ash”, and I remember being in awe of him and his sarcastic humour, but he was actually really nice…Pete Plastic wasn’t me….Bernie and I hooked up with Roger Carey and Kev Wood, which became Mae West, and then Pueblo (without Kev)….you’ll find me at SoundCloud.com (Pete Fisher music), where I’ve put together a chronology of most of the bands I’ve been in. You can send me a message there, and I’ll send you my email. Cheers!
Stuart Moir… Definitely catch up with Hastings Stage School they stole the show on their first appearance and I’m sure they will repeat the fantastic vocal talent that they did on that occasion.
Pete Prescott… Can’t wait for it to be over to be honest. It’s not been an easy one this year. I can’t relax until the last band is on. Hope it goes well. See you all there I hope. Cluck cluck !
Bernard Jeffery… I remember listening to a lot of Ten years after in your Bedroom Pete.
Sarah Harvey… Ah, and not forgetting those little jam sessions at Ore Centre !
Steve Kinch… Pete Fisher, I seem to remember being at your place once or twice, and someone called Tim playing “Summertime” repeatedly! The Steve vocalist you refer to was probably Steve Holland, an old school friend of Iain’s and mine. Pete Plastic & the Chuckups was Graham How on drums, Andy Strickland on vox and myself on guitar – I don’t recall that we ever had a bass player.
@Bernie, I’ve got memories of listening to a whole lot of stuff in your bedroom, Zep, Floyd etc. There was so much new and exciting music around – good days
Pete Fisher…this is turning into a real trip down memory lane…I remember listening to Ummagumma in your bedroom Bernard Jeffery, and that CBS West Coast rock sampler (Flock etc)….I also remember going round to your place Steve and admiring your Fuzz Face – I think you also showed me how to play “Paranoid” properly…! The guy who played Summertime must have been Tim Hodge, who I did my very first “gigs” with at the Black Horse Folk Club in 1969 – he had a home made fuzz box/amp with a tiny speaker glued to his acoustic guitar, which incensed the purist finger in the ear folkies…!
Steve Kinch… Tim Hodge, that was the guy! Not sure that I knew how to play anything “properly” in those days. Think I may still have that Fuzz-Face somewhere 🙂
Pete Fisher… there were so many good guitarists back then in Hastings – it was hard to keep up!
Bernard Jeffery… the line-ups used to change quite frequently but it was fun