All Things Bright – Witch Doctor St Leonards 29th January 1966

Tony Court-holmes… we won the world cup that year never do it again well not in my life time

Mick O’Dowd… Amboy Dukes were more well known and were a nice little band.

Dave Nattress… Noticed the bottom said “The Birds are Coming” – would this be “The Birds” a band several years pre-Faces that featured Ronnie Wood? This is topical for me right now as I’ve finally got round to reading “Had me a real good time” – The Faces biography by Andy Neill and it seems like The Birds were a very hard gigging band. As yet the Witch Doctor hasn’t been named and maybe anyway, I’m on a bum steer here!! I’m only on page 95 of 500 odd. Also, there was an “Amboy Dukes”, from the USA – the name I recall well and I’ve looked them up and they featured Ted Nugent and are described as acid rock and psychedelic rock, would this be the same Amboy Dukes who played the Witch Doctor supporting “All Things Bright”?

Mick O’Dowd… Did the Birds not compete in Ready Steady Win! along with The Bo Street Runners?

Pete Fisher… Bo Street Runners rang a bell with me…and I remembered that they were one of the bands Mike Patto sang for before Timebox, Patto and Boxer…Mick Fleetwood also played drums for them…winning Ready Steady Win! in 1964 got them a contract with Decca..

The Birds – Valentines Day – Witch Doctor 1966

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Alan Esdaile… Anyone tell us anymore about The Birds? The American band was spelt ‘The Byrds’ but I think it could be this version…..

John Storer….The bassist in this clip is Kim Gardner who was the “Gardner” in Ashton Gardner & Dyke who had a hit around 1970 with “The Resurrection Shuffle” Groovy clip, by the way ….

Robert Wren….Ronnie Wood.

Andre Martin…..This is the British BIRDS and this is 1966, there was some confusion at the time about the 2 groups.They came from West London, and Ronnie Wood was in the original line up – here is potted history – The Birds were a popular rhythm and blues band in the United Kingdom during the mid-1960s, although they recorded fewer than a dozen songs and released only four singles. Starting out with a hard R&B sound, they later began infusing it with Motown-style vocal harmonies he best known former member of The Birds is Ronnie Wood, who went on to join the Jeff Beck Group, Faces and later The Rolling Stones.

Will Cornell…..Your Birds (w. Ron Wood) predated our Byrds by a little I think, and that’s why McGuinn used a “y”–that and he didn’t want UK audiences to think they were chicks.

Eric Cawthraw… just catching up on some of my SMART site reading and noticed the Witch Doctor posting for this. Well at the moment I’m reading ‘Rock On Wood’,  about Ronnie Wood obviously. A damn good read it is too. There is a lot in the book about the British 60s R&B band the Birds – I see they are also on the same add. This explains the item on the bottom left of the book’s inner sleeve cover that says “Don’t blame me, I was at The Witch Doctor”. See for yourself! I believe there was a right old whoo-ha over the name when the American Byrds came to tour. I believe our Birds were highly respected on London circuit in the mid-sixties. I’m too young to know! [Delusional again]. Anybody got some more music reading to recommend?

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Farmers Lung – around 1975/1976

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Support at the caves in 1976.

Sarah Harvey…..Farmers Lung – Probably from around 1975/76 – Farmers Lung played some gigs locally such as at The Palace Bars although probably little known in Hastings. Photo is the handsome David Kent and left to right Steve Turner (Bass), Richard Walsh (Guitar and latterly drums), Graham Barrett (Vocals and Guitar – RIP) and (hiding) Dave Kent (Keyboards and Guitar. There was also Richard’s brother Roddy Walsh – (Not pictured – Guitar – Roddy). Steve, Graham and Dave went on to join forces and form the 2nd or 3rd line-up of Samisen. Particularly liked their rendition of ‘Pearls A Singer’ …. a good band but little known.

Alan Esdaile…..How did you come up with the name ‘Farmers Lung’?

David Kent….It was my idea. I’d seen a documentary about this particular occupational disease and thought it would be a good band name. Astonishingly, the rest of the band agreed to it. I’ve made a bit of a speciality of being in stupidly-named bands that no-one remembers. Anyone remember The Twice Amorous Maniac Douglas Baders? Thought not. When that picture of the band was taken, we were called Westland Bone Circus and had previously been Johnny Sprogg & The French Letters. Just to prove that I still have no talent for picking good band names, I am thinking of releasing some songs using the nom de plume “One Magnificent Eye Wobbles”. No wonder I still have a day job. Incidently, If you’d heard Steve and me taking lead vocals after Graham left, you’d have thought we may have been suffering from Farmers Lung. I’d forgotten to mention The Sprouting Love Bumps.

Sarah Harvey… Great find with the Caves ad.

Mick O’Dowd…. Is this the same Dave Kent who worked for John Humphries at one time?

Karen Sweatman was Blackman… That’s him Mick, although I never knew him with hair! 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… No Karen he was nearly as sparse as I am now.

Dicky Walsh… Wow! This brings back memories!  I did play some guitar, but mostly drums. Dave came up with some great names, didn’t he?! I am also now follically challenged! Dicky Walsh

Sarah Harvey… I remember you playing some guitar Dicky. Also remember your dad who was my manager for 13 years at Senlac Metal Casements in Battle

Roy Penfold… What about ‘Cunning Stunts’? I remember sitting in with them for a gig or two and seeing them in the Crypt in the early 80s.

Wendy Weaver… Flat Battery and the Jump Leads. Early 80s local lads.

Richard Walsh… Hi Sarah, I am trying to track down pictures of Roddy playing with the Dave Holt Swingtet. They played a lot locally, especially the Black Horse Telham. Can you point me towards anyone? Grateful thanks. Dicky

Mick O’Dowd… Model Crundelweed & The Knock-Kneed Windmills was toted for Deep Purple (Hastings) but iy wouldn;t fit on Ian McGilvray bass drum.

Mods Convention No.2 – The Mods, Face, Agents – Hastings Pier 26th January 1980

photo source: The Mods Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/The-Mods-339106096176883/

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John Williams… Up the mods

Peter Fairless… Anyone else remember The Agents?

Jon Nurse… I think I went to it…

 

The Backroom Boys – Martin Casson Agency 1973

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Andy Qunta… The Boys!

Jan Warren… Very interesting ……… and what are they up to now? 🙂

Alan Esdaile… Sadly Paul Casson is no longer with us but Andre and Colin are still going strong and keeping the posts in SMART interesting.

Andy Knight… Boringly I still every contract with the MC Agency for Shaft, and all the accounts. Thanks MCA, we didn’t make a fortune but we had so much fun.

Reg Wood… Remember their gigs on the pier.

Eugene Hughes…  I used to buy ice creams from Paul him when he had his business in Caves Road.

Tony Court-holmes… would you buy a used car off these men

Mick O’Dowd…  No!

Pardon – Safari Club George Street Hastings, Joe Milligan and write up 1974

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Ian McGilvray, Tony Bird and Len Benton.

Photo 2 jamming with Joe Mulligan

Ian McGilvray… Joe was a great sax player.

Harry Randall… back in 67-68 I used to sing for his soul band whatever happened to Joe and Ron?  Shouldn’t that be Joe Milligan not Mulligan?

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Harry, have updated.

Ernest Ballard… Tony looks so young

Roy Penfold… I was about to say the same – mind you, he hasn’t changed much over the years

Paula Kerkvliet…. Joe passed away few years ago now . Ron lives in Hastings still.

Harry Randall… Love to catch up with him!

Tony Court-holmes… used to work there

 

 

Barclay James Harvest – Hastings Pier 24th Jan 1975

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Sarah Harvey…..In those days I seem to remember that there was a sort of rivalry created by the fans of Barclay James Harvest and Moody Blues. They were classed as similar sounding bands and there were always arguments about who was the better. I always thought that their music was very different albeit both bands were of a similar mellow genre of rock music.

Alan Esdaile…..Great band but was a bit touch or go if they were going to appear, as they were not happy with the piano as it was not tuned to concert pitch. It was tuned first thing in the morning and then retuned again. They were still not happy but the show went on.

Terry Pack…..I was at that gig, and I loved them. A year later, I joined The Enid, whose leader, Robert John Godfrey, had written the arrangements for the music on their first album. Small world.

Chris Meachen…..Great gig, excellent band….

Mick O’Dowd……This was the gig and band that cured my tunnel vision that only good music was by soul artists. Since then I have given everything a listen and now have a diverse musical taste. Thanx to The Mockingbird!

Stuart Moir… Saw them

Martin Waghorne… I was there that night

Glenn Piper… Roadied for this one 

Robert Searle… See them on the pier twice,the first time I thought they were ok,the second time was no better,just had better gear.

Iain Cobby… I was there with my first wife, what a fantastic drummer , the late Mel Pritchard was and that Mellotron of Mr Wolstenholms. Just listen to Crazy City and Summer Soldier.Prog doesn’t get much better. They went big in Germany just as the Berlin wall came down and then fell out, splitting into two versions of the band. fond memory’s.

Tony Davis… Going back to Sarah’s comments about the rivalry between BJH and the Moodies I think that BJH actually recorded a track called Poor Mans Moody Blues.

Patrick Lewis… I was there that night with my future wife and friends. We had a few drinks in French’s before going on the pier. I always remember the opening song, Medicine Man, absolutely knock out. And yes they did record a song called Poor Man’s Moody Blues. The whole performance was truly amazing – Crazy City, Mockingbird and The Great 1974 Mining Disaster to name a few.

Eugene Hughes… I have never heard anything about Paul Casson on this page. I know he has long left us. Some people must have something nice to say about him, surely!

Chris Meachen… Absolutely excellent band, my favourite being ‘Galadriel’. Nice blokes too..

Patrick Lewis… I was there with my friends and future wife. It was a marvellous performance by the band. Probably the most underrated band of the 70’s.

Tony Court-holmes… I was there

Pete Dearling… I was their and fav songs are mocking bird, after the day , and child of the universe and got my album signed