Georgie Fame and His Band plus The Circuit Hastings Pier 2nd December 1967

Eric Harmer… One of his best songs. Sitting in the park 👍👍

Wendy Wells… Love that song.

Mick O’Dowd… The original by Billy Stewart is also great. Check it out Eric.

Mick Knights… Pretty sure he played the Witch Doctor around 1965

Alan Esdaile…  I got it down that he played The Witch Doctor on 18th Oct 1964 Mick.

Janie Lowe…  I was there Georgie was amazing i also was impressed by Zoot Money

Chris Jolly… Back in the 70s I pulled over to assist in North London as a friend of mine’s van I thought I recognised had broken down. It was indeed a fellow roadie and Ian Leake said he was fine but could I just run his passenger home which I duly did. It was in fact Georgie Fame…

Alan Esdaile… Get Away, Chris!

Steve Conway and the Hastings Girls Choir

The Hastings Girls Choir – Hastings Pier. photo source: Bernard Glazier.

The closing number At The End Of The Day  always ended Radio Luxembourg’s transmissions

Nick Prince… Steve Conway died of a heart defect st the incredibly young age of 31 in 1952. has a FB page in his memory which is run by his grand children.

photos by Marie Richardson.

SMART coffee meet report 53

Great turn out for our 53rd coffee meeting. Among the newbies this time were David Roberts, Nick Webb, Steve Amos and Ron and Maureen Burgoyne. David had with him a copy of the live rock poster for his group ‘A21’ , as well as a collection of his own prog cd’s of Vedar and his recordings under the name The Possessed. Nick turned up with copies of Hutch Hutchings Lp and Brand X Do They Hurt? LP which had Phil Collins on drums. He also had Hastings pier gig tickets of Ten Years After and Marc Bolan & T Rex and his photo album with pictures of Damaris from the National Band Competition in Brighton in the 1970’s.  Steve was talking about his book ‘Two Sides of an Indie Dad’ and happy memories of the Black Horse Festivals and seeing Nick Cave on the pier. Ron had his Witch Doctor membership card from 1967 and talking about a band he recommends seeing ‘Man The Lifeboats’. Paul Huggett had a photo album of the many bands he has worked with including ‘Time Out’ and ‘No Limit’. Colin Bell had tour programmes from the maximum rhythm ’n’ blues gig at Eastbourne in 1999 and the Monsters Of Glam Rock gig featuring Sweet and Mud from The White Rock Theatre. Pete Houghton had lots of amazing autograph photos of Olivia Newton John, Robert Wyatt, Freddie Fingers Lee, John’s Children, Gerry Marsden & The Pacemakers, Climax Chicago Blues Band, Issac Hayes, Jerry Hall and loads more. Alan King was talking about his forthcoming gig at The Piper on Friday 13th December when he is playing with The Prisonaires and also Roger Hubbard on the bill. Tony Davis arrived with a mixed bag full of cd’s for anyone who wanted them. General chat was about Divitos, The Crypt and Clive James. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Steve Amos… Thanks Alan. It was nice to get along at last!

Nick Webb… Enjoyed the chats will be there again cheers

Paul Crimin… Sorry I had to leave early Alan. Hope it went well.

Jan Warren… Yeah Alan, I’m always sorry I cant get to the meetings but I’m always pleased to read your reports of what happened, especially from Pete (Houghton) as I think I said, I remember him from School (Downs Secondary Modern, Bexhill) and also from several record shops and “hangouts” in Bexhill in the late 60s/early70s, he was always so “into” music and I’m not surprised at the many photos he had taken with various stars of those days!! – good on yer Pete, and I really hope to meet up with you one day, whether at SMART Group or in Bexhill one day?!! – Thanks Alan, and the SMART Group for putting us in touch with our long lost friends, its amazing!!

Andy Qunta… Sounds like fun as always!

Mick O’Dowd… Great & interesting gathering as always Alan! Well done!

The Big Green Cardigan Festival calls it a day…

After nine years, the time has come to put the Big Green Cardigan into the wardrobe and leave it there.
The festival has never covered its cost and as much as we love it, financially we cannot carry on.
It’s been a marvellous adventure making friends and discovering some great acts together but now it is time to move on to new things. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported The Big Green Cardigan since 2011 and hope you go away with some dashingly good memories.

So long, and thanks for all the fish

Mick & Dave
The Big Green Cardigan

https://www.biggreencardigan.com

Carol Arnold… oh thats a shame

Wee Jock… Sorry to read about this. It’s a tough industry and I feel your pain

The Jukes – Live At The Palace Bars Hastings 1987

13450289_1204446892908001_386141776893174298_n

13417625_1204446906241333_3497357424652886911_n

supplied by Andy Knight

featuring Andy Bannister, Andy Knight, Phil Gill and Rick Mead.

Nicholas Randall… Jukes LP live at palace recorded Hastings sept 1987 at pig in paradise
Dont know much about the band but its amazing album

Phil Gill… they were a bunch of drunken ruffians who set up a tape machine at a gig and made a record out of the resulting noises. (And thanks for endorsing the album!)

Baker Gurvitz Army & Tea – Hastings Pier Sat 1st Nov 1975

13330_369636448709_6600765_n 10384356_491141194364676_9149229812151010386_n 10368966_491141951031267_6320566421372740806_o

Flyer supplied by Mick Mepham , cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Michael Mepham….One of the best Typos ever, Pea! They were actually a Swiss band called Tea and were excellent, great sense of timing. Got a feeling they may have supported Golden Earring but I can’t be sure of that. I have the album they had out at the time – really good.

Mick O’Dowd….Great band. I worked on the Pier with them. I stood sidestage about 6ft from Ginger. Wot a drummer! Made it look so easy. There were only three of them but the support band had to set up on The Ballroom floor half way up the side.

Glen Piper….Yeah, worked both gigs with these guys on the Pier

Tony Court-holmes….yes i was one of the in house roadies with glen piper

Sarah Harvey…..Baker Gurvitz Army. The article actually appeared in Stephen Turner’s Group Scene article on February 8th, 1975 just after the release of their first album, and they appeared on the pier some 9 months later

Gary Kinch…..Remember that one. Well, when I say “remember” 😉

Nick Webb….I was there again.

Henry Mann…..So was I

Peter Gladwish… Thanks for posting this Sarah Harvey. I went to this performance but whenever I mention the B.G.Army to anyone, I get a blank response. I’ve often wondered if I’d imagined the whole thing! (Maybe I did!!!)

Sarah Harvey… Well if you imagined it Peter Gladwish, then so did I 🙂

Peter Fairless… My ears still hurt just thinking about it

Jim Breeds… I’m more interested in the folk article alongside it. I’m sure I saw Hemlock at the Black Horse, I was there or at the Hayloft regularly at about this time. And the late great Peter Bellamy gets a mention too. 🙂

Eric Cawthraw…  Yep, a great gig and only 40 years ago. I liked the Gun – who morphed into Three Man Army, who morphed into BGH. Tea were spot on too. Here’s a sobering thought – if I’d written this in 1975 about a band seen 40 years ago, it meant I was going back to 1935! ….I’m off to play my Al Bowley wax cylinders.

Read moreBaker Gurvitz Army & Tea – Hastings Pier Sat 1st Nov 1975

The Funny Farm, George Bean & Trifle and Modes Mode – Hastings Pier 18th August 1968

Anyone know anything about The Funny Farm?

Mike O’Dowd… Don’t remember this at all. Remember George Bean though.

Marcelo Cabrera… The best album of this time, full of ideas, jazz rock, progresive rock, one of my favorite albums. Edited in Argentina a rare record, are today sigue siendo mi album favorite album al presente, desde Argentina.

Salvation Sunday – Live at The Rock Garden, London 1986.

Martyn Baker… Another early camcorder video has just shown up (courtesy of Steve Caterall – Soundsville international, who got in touch with Alan Esdaile). This was the band in front of a tiny audience of about 50 – fresh from their support slot at Wembley with Level 42 in front of about 12000. Oh well, that’s how life goes.

S J Warner… Is there a song called Not in chains?

Martyn Baker… Not a song title, but maybe a line from one of Steve’s songs? I’ll have to check.

John Rook… Not in chains is the last song on the Come to your senses EP – for me their best song