The Strawbs – Hastings Pier 18th September 1976 & Stallion write up.


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Jim Breeds…..Going to see Rick Wakeman this year

Clifford Rose…..This concert was 18/09/1976 and I still have my ticket. I was going to go but changed my mind and went to see Queen at the free Hyde Park concert instead. I did see Strawbs later when they performed at the White Rock with Lindisfarne 28/11/1993.

Yvonne Cleland…..That must have been a great gig.

Alan Esdaile…..still my favourite track, the b side of ‘Lay Down’ which they recorded under the name of’ Ciggy Barlust & The Whales from Venus’ called ‘Backside’.

Henry Mann….Went to this. Absolutely packed out. Not always the case with some pretty big bands.

Tony Davis… Have seen the Strawbs many times in Hastings and elsewhere. Last time was at the White Rock on the bill with the Carl Palmer Band and Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash last year. Next time will be at the Shepherds Bush Empire in December when they are the support act for Family. Looking forward to that double header!

John Wilde… Wahooo its me! As a young un I always wanted a band called Johnny Wild and the Tamers.

Phil Gill… Well, we didn’t win the Vitavox award, but the song we submitted was a live version of The Hard Life recorded at the Lyceum. It was however a good enough recording for it to end up as a bonus track on our 2007 album, The Hard Life.

Mark Gilham… Love the song Lay Down. Still sounds great!

Sheila Maile…  I liked them. I liked The Union Man.

Alan Esdaile… My favourite is the B side of Lay Down, Backside by Ciggy Barlust and The Whales From Venus. (The Strawbs).

Alex Chapman… I still know Chas Cronk (rhs at the back) and Brian Willoughby who joined them in the 80s is a friend of 40+ years. Great Band seen them many times right from the beginning.

Tony Davis… I’ve always really liked the Strawbs album Grave New World. Wasn’t really a lover of the Hudson Ford era such as Part of the Union.

Tony Court-holmes… i think i was there