Footloose and Hat Trick – Hastings Pier 15th April 1978.

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cutting supplied by Barry French,  photo supplied by Roger Carey

Tim Moose Bruce… Footloose were great. Loved their versions of Foreigner and Boston songs.

Iain Cobby… nice bass Rog, but I can’t remember the gig? Thank you TMB we had a great time as Footloose. God bless Tony Bridger. Harry Randall (I was on 2 bands after you on Beatles Day for Mania’s last gig) and my old friend Brian Setchfield who I haven’t seen for over 20 years.

Dave Nattress… Hi Iain, Brian is alive and well and we often bump into each other and talk about old times – and music of course, whilst walking our dogs along Cooden sea-front.

The Edge – In Action 1984

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all photos supplied by Neil Cartwright

featuring Will Powell (on drums hidden), Neil Cartwright (guitar), Barry French (guitar) and Paul Huggett (vocals).

Barry French… Hi Neil. Never seen these shots before. Any idea of the venue?

Sheila Maile… I was a good friend of Will Powell he was in a band called Festivity Blues with my boyfriend in1969/71, do you know his whereabouts?

Barry French… Will is still living in Hastings (Not sure where) My wife saw him out recently, & apart from recovering from a broken leg, he was fine & in good spirits.

Sheila Maile… Thank you for reply

 

Hat Trick – Ore Centre Sept 1978

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Photo supplied by Roger Carey. Write up supplied by Sarah Harvey

Barry French, Dennis Wootton & Roger Carey . (and David Cash not in photo)

Andy Qunta….Saw them several times! Great stuff!

Sarah Harvey…..There is one member missing from this picture…I think it was Dave Cash and this is probably a picture of their last gig with this line-up (See article dated Sept 9th, 1978 attached)…..they did continue however although I have no idea who joined them! 😉

David Cash…. Hello David Cash here, 1978 member of Hat Trick till I moved to London to go to College. I’m a keyboard player and Music teacher now at Northbrook College (Worthing) and ICMP (London). Still bump into Roger Carey from time to time at Liane Carroll gigs.

Barry French… Very fond memories of my time with Hat Trick.
Den & I are are currently playing with SLAM, & we bump into Roger from time to time & reminisce about the old days. So pleased to hear that Dave Cash has done so well for himself (Great musician but he’s the only guy I know could get drunk on half a shandy) Perhaps sometime we will all get together & play a few tunes (Stranger things have happened).

Sarah Harvey… How lovely to hear from Barry again……I was gutted when he left Hat Trick. A wonderful person and always remember him playing in a band with Den’s brother Del. Can’t remember for the life of me what they were called. Help me someone! Remember them playing at St.Helens Youth Club on the Ridge and at The Regent.

Barry French… Hi Sarah good to hear from you too. The band that Denis & I were in was 1st Emotion. Together with Den’s Brother Clifford, we had a resident spot at the Regent Hotel (About 1972 ) Later my Sister Jenny joined the band & we played the Caravan site & club circuit for about 2 years. Den & Cliff left to form a rock band called Butch (Which I believe played the Pier & The Aquarius) while Jenny & I formed Amethyst with Paul Hugget & Will Powell ,we played the club circuit until the break up of the band in 1977.

Lucy Pappas… Den and Del! I was in a band with them! Lived on Chown’s Hill? We rehearsed in their garage, I think!

Sarah Harvey… I remember all of those band names and I always remember you playing Yellow River….just can’t remember which band that was, but its funny the things that stick in your mind. I think I always came to see you with Roger Carey or Kevin Potter. I have to say that Roger is coming on really well as a bass player 🙂 and haven’t seen Kevin Potter in over a decade.

Lucy Pappas… Sarah, we used to sing ‘Yellow River’ at St Helens Youth Club. Some T Rex, too, not sure what else. I loved being part of the band but did we even have a name?

Redstar Richter… who scored the goals?

Barry French… Hi Lucy I also remember those day’s rehearsing at Chowns Hill. We originally were going to call the band Typhoid but good taste prevailed & the name was changed to “Iron -Stone”.The line up was your good self, Diana Smith, Den, Cliff & Me. I think we did a couple of gigs at St Helen’s Youth Club, & yes I too remember Yellow River. (Magical times!!!) Really amazing to hear from you.

Lucy Pappas… Aw, Barry, I wish I could recall those days more clearly! We were called ‘Iron Stone’? Who knew? Where is everyone these days? Maybe we need a reunion gig? xx. I don’t think I have any pics of the band. Roger Carey gave me some of us with Phil Gill a while ago but I don’t think I have any of youth club days 🙁

Hat Trick – Maybe Now recording and history by Sarah Harvey

Hat Trick featured Barry French, Dave Shirley, Roger Carey and Dennis Wootton.

Sarah Harvey… ‘Hat Trick’ when supporting ‘Head On’ at the Pier…. ‘The Rooter’ was a progressive rock song about derelict railway steam engines (Roger described it is an epic) …. would have appealed to Mr. Cooksie. Opening number ‘Maybe Now’.

 

First Emotion – The United Church presents 6th November 1993

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Supplied by Cliff Wootton – Featuring Barry French, Cliff Wootton, Den Wootton.

Cliff Wootton… just found this poster for a reunion gig that Baz, Den & I played on November 6th 1993. We needed a band for a fund raiser so I called the boys and we got back together for one night only.

1ST Emotion at Kings Country Club Eastbourne around 1973.

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supplied by Barry French.

Cliff Wootton, Barry French, Jenny Kebel and Den Wootton.

Colin Fox… This must be the old Kings before they built the upstairs.

Lawrie Broadway… I think your right Colin ,l played on that stage quite a few times through the years.

Tony Ball… I remember it well

Soul XPress – The Yelton Hotel – December 1993

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supplied by Barry French

Mick Allen sax, Den Wootton drums, Mandie “B” vocals, Nick ?? vocals, Len Benton (out of shot) bass and Barry French guitar.

Barry French… Can anyone confirm the name of the male singer Nick ???? A northern lad with a huge voice. I can’t remember his surname, he only played a few gigs then moved back north.  I’m pretty certain that this was Mandie’s & Nick’s first gig with the band.

Mandie B… I think I can answer that, the male vocalist in Soul X press back then was the fabulous Nick More. Thanks Barry French for putting up with me and thanks for the picture. XX

Neil Cartwright & Barry French in France – Anyone got a mic stand?

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supplied by Barry French

Barry French… This photo was taken during a family break with Neil at his home in northern France.
The two of us had been in the local Bar earlier that day for a drink.
After our beverage the Landlord came over to our table & began an in-depth conversation with Neil (All in French) When the discussion was concluded the Landlord shook me by the hand & kissed me on the cheek ( A bit over the top for buying two bottles of Becks I thought).
On the way back to Neil’s place I asked “What was that all about” Neil sheepishly replied “I’ve just got us a gig there” “When?” I asked “In a couple of hours” replied Neil.
Well to say that Neil was a little short of gear was an understatement. He had a small guitar amp, a Yamaha Pacifica guitar (Which was quite nice) and the amp and speakers from his stereo, which we transformed into a PA system.Neil found a couple of microphones & all seemed ready to go. I sat down & scribbled down some tunes which I thought we could get away with, & we proceeded to load the car. “Where do you keep the Microphone stands” I asked “Ah” said Neil “I haven’t got those” I looked around Neil’s Living room & there in the corner was an old fashioned wooden lamp-stand. Well ,under normal circumstances I have a high regard for other peoples property, but in this instance I pretty much ripped the shade of the Lamp stand & shouted “This will do” Neil found a music stand which he said ” I’ll sellotape a microphone to this & sit down & play (Neil’s not very tall & I still think he could have stood up & played) The gig? The place was packed, we went down really well, & we were paid in the universal currency of food & drink & had had a great time.
The two songs that went down a storm & had to play again? Johnny B Goode & Mustang Sally!!!!.