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!

2 thoughts on “SMART 29 coffee meet report”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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