A Wishbone Christmas cassette 1988 with Keith Emerson

Supplied by Pete Prescott

Tony May… And yet ANOTHER local compilation I knew nothing about!

Kev Towner… News to me – a Wishbone Bash?

Pete Prescott… It was the brainchild of Neil Cartwright. Had fun doing my bits. I still have this and the first one (Hollycopter Christmas)

Neil Cartwright… A true Prescott special: https://soundcloud.com/neil5856/christmas-morning

Alan Esdaile… A GREAT track.

Kev Towner… Definitely gotta get this in my collection of Hastings music.

Neil Cartwright… Kev, I’ll post a few tracks on Soundcloud, then you can download as many as you like. It was a student-based project (Special Needs Dept) where students either performed, wrote, or did a workshop with a local performer. Pete came into college and he worked on a couple of tracks with the students – this being one of them. He then recorded this live with Jez Gillett (4-track Tascam).

Carlo Friggeri… What about K.Emerson’s involvement?

Neil Cartwright… Keith Emerson’s involvement? OK. Keith booked us to play at his son, Aaron’s 18th birthday party. This was back in October. It was a fantastic night. Keith brought across his then current band, ‘3’, and we all played together. Pete and I stayed behind afterwards for an hour or so – singing, dancing, playing, generally fooling around (Pete can give details), and I told him about the project we were doing, and asked if he’d like to be involved. He said ‘yes’ enthusiastically and invited us over to his studio. He said that he was also working on a Christmas album, and that his favourite carol was ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’. Mine was ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’.  Anyway, when I phoned him a week or so later, it was clear that he was talking about Music Therapy, and as valuable as it would have been, it wasn’t really appropriate for the kids that I had, so we declined the offer. He did, however, send us a card with his best wishes. When the project was completed, we were lucky enough to secure an interview on Southern Sound FM (or was it Radio Sussex??), so we drove over to Brighton. We listened to the radio going across, and a total coincidence – Keith was being interviewed about his Christmas album in the slot before us. Of course, Keith’s name meant nothing to the students, but imagine the feeling in the car, when after Keith’s interview, they played our version of ‘The Coventry Carol’, saying that we would soon be joining them in the studio too. It doesn’t quite end there, because as we were walking down from the car-park to the studio, Keith was just coming away. He (surprisingly) recognised me; he stopped and spoke with us, asking the students if they’d enjoyed the project. Then he and wished us the best of luck and went on his way. And basically, that was it. No, he didn’t play on the cassette, but Jez did a great homage to his style in out version of ‘In The Bleak Miwinter’. (Anna Madge from The Mobiles did the vocal.)

Carlo Friggeri… Thanks, Neil, great story

 

Ken Dodd dies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43367267

Alan Esdaile… A REAL STAR. Very sad news.

Dennis Torrance… R.I.P. Sir Ken Dodd sad news indeed condolences to family and friends

Samuel Freeman… Very sad a true Legend

 Glenn Piper… Very, very sad, a true comedy legend RIP

Chris Meachen… Bloody sad, what a great bloke he was..

Derek Hall…  I am one of a small minority, I know – but I never found him remotely funny and failed to see how others did. Ah well . . . .

Chris Meachen…. As a comedian he wasn’t my cup of tea either, but I respected his professionalism, work ethic & how grounded he was..

Ernest Ballard… IF you went to any of his shows you would see a true entertainer who loved every second of his performance

John Warner… One of the greatest comics ever, saw him live many times. No swearing, no dirty jokes

Roger Simmonds… Very sad such a funny guy!!

Jim Hobbs… The end of an era. A sad loss on a wet Monday morning. RIP.

Iain Cobby… My fav Doddy joke; “what a day, what a day for going up to the Russian embassy and saying, is Lenin?” RIP Ken.

Peter Brazier… Tears for souvenir’s aren’t all that’s left us, ours memories are filed with Happiness the greatest Gift that we Possess! RIP Dear Doddy

Mark Andrew Porter… tickle your poms

Terry Hardwick… RIP the joke machine . Brilliant

Matt Thomas… Hated working in the White Rock Theatre when he was performing – I wanted to go home lol

Andy Qunta… What a great character & fabulous entertainer! RIP.

Paul John Mears… So sad. Loved his music

Alan King… Where’s Me Shirt

Dave Nattress… Wife and I did see him at the DLW Bexhill a good few years back. It really did go on and on and on. He was great but the seats gradually got totally painful. I think it went on for getting on for 3 and a half hours.