Martyn James Expression supplied by Rudi Birkby
Rudi Birkby… You Will be pleased to hear the Martyn James Expression are all alive and still gigging regularly. I was, and still am the lead singer. I remember we played the Witchdoctor. On the underscore to a six piece band called, The Orange Bicycle. Their harmonies were outstanding.
photo source. http://www.wishfulthinkinggroup.co.uk
Robert Searle… They were a pretty good pop harmony group.Two songs they recorded were Clear White Light and Hiroshima .
Andy Knight… So who were Shades of Innocence? Were they local?
Alan Esdaile… Can’t find anything on Shades Of Innocence. Anyone? All I could find was a band called Shades Of Black who came from Ashford, Kent.
Andy Qunta… I remember Wishful Thinking! Really good!
Colin Norton… I remember playing a support gig to Wishful Thinking at the Cobweb. They had their Decca Live album out at the time and a single called “Step By Step”. Nice bunch of guys!
Pete Houghton… Wishful thinking used to be called The Emerald’s in 2005 they reformed with Kevin Finn Brian Allen Terry Collier John Franklin also they had something to do with that’ll be the day soundtrack
Mick O’Dowd… Battle Memorial Hall hosted several interesting gigs.
photo source & info: http://www.kentgigs.com/musicbiz/Bands.html
left to right – Steve Warner, Brian Shearer,(sitting), Dave Perrins, Kevin Whitehead, (sitting), Dick Budnikas and Peter Dack, (sitting)
supplied by Sarah Harvey
Alan Esdaile… Good band saw them a few times. Remember at Battle Memorial Hall.
Robert Searle… Good harmony group used to see them the old Sundowners Pevensey Ruskin Arms East Ham.Cobweb,Black Bull Lewisham etc
Mick O’Dowd… Very good band. They were regulars at Cobweb.
Howard Jenkins… Brian Hatt is my Brother in law, he was age 80 earlier this year & has been living in North Wales since 1984. After leaving Orange, he ran his own PA company, his son Paul has maintained the family music connection, also as a sound engineer.