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.

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