Birds Music Bexhill special offers July 1977

Martin Richter… gotta love some *overload* and *heavy duty* …?

Tim Moose Bruce… Is that when Tony’s dad was running it? He used to build organs, which must have been valve circuitry.

Alan Vale… I had several 100’s of £££ in cash and he refused to sell me an orange hustler, he later sold to a very good friend of mine for £50 years later. So I refuse to deal with him. What sort of bussiness is that???

Gerry Fortsch… Always got a good deal from Tony.

David Blundell… I used to go in to buy a plectrum and I’d come out with an effects pedal I never knew I needed!

Gez Donnelly…. I went in for a pick and come out with a pick and a set of drumsticks

Chris Jolly… That ole chestnut!

David Blundell… All true Chris – I was a gullible teenager and easy prey for master salesman Tony Bird!

Mike Waghorne… I brought a fender twin reverb of off Tony in the mid to late 70’s part exchanged for a HH 100w with a 2/12 cab

Pete Fisher…Marshall with overload sounds great… that logo looks like a job for your 335 Phil Gill.

Ralph Town… At those prices,I,m in…who do I call…OH! I see…..

Conan Howard… I would like 5 of those Marshall amps please.. right now

 

 

The Likes Of Us – 25th June 1966 supplied by Peter Horton.

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The Likes Of Us Photo 3.

Likes Of Us Play List.

Peartree Lane Practise.

all photos supplied by Peter Horton

Peter Horton… Photo 1 shows us playing at The Swedish Students Party at Glyne Hall ,Sackville Road, Bexhill-On-Sea. Left to Right:- Ian Rolls ( Manager ), Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Ted Barnes ( Vocals ) & Pete Horton ( Rhythm Guitar ). Photo 2 shows the same evening:- Left To Right:- Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Ted Barnes ( Vocals ), Pete Horton –  (Rhythm ) &  Bob Laurie ( Lead Guitar ). Photo 3 shows the same evening:- Ian McGilvray   (Drums ).  Photo 4 shows our play list for that evening 25th June, 1966 at The Glyne Hall, Sackville Road, Bexhill-On-Sea. Photo 5 shows three of us at our practice at a garage in Peartree Lane, Little Common, Bexhill-On-Sea:- Left To Right:- Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Bob Laurie ( Lead Guitar ) and Pete Horton ( Rhythm Guitar.

Geoff Peckham… Thanks for these, Peter. I never saw the band, but was mates with Ted Barnes’ younger brother, Steve. Through him I met Bob Laurie and another brilliant Blues guitarist, Patrick Gaffney. I played bass in some jams at the Barnes residency around ’67, ’68 and that’s where I fell in love with the Blues.

Ian McGilvray… Love the jacket the Drummer is wearing !

Robert Searle…  Why do people. play in front of the drummer . You’re right Mac ,what a great jacket ,you must have got hot wearing that.

Mick O’Dowd… Well Robert Searle haven’t you already realise that the drummer likes sitting at the back ‘cos that is where they’ve always been!

Geoff Peckham… A great set list. Only wish I could have heard them playing it. Bob Laurie was a great guitarist but was uncomfortable with public performance. He taught me one or two things about Blues guitar when I was about 15 including the use of the 9th chord.

Gaynor Duke… Ted Barnes is my brother in law and is still singing and plays good guitar now.

Alan Esdaile… Hi Gaynor Duke, please pass on the photos to Ted Barnes and it would be good to get some comments from him and other photos if he has any. Thanks.

Ted Barnes (Via Gaynor Duke)… The Swedish Student gig took place on his 17th birthday, he had seen the photos before but the set list triggered memories!

Chris Burt… Well done Pete. Different Times! I played BASS guitar – probably not very well!

Peter Fairless… Nice playlist!

Factory & Effigy – Clive Vale Annexe. Fri 7th May 1971 & YMCA review 13th August 1971

Supplied by Jon McCallion

Andy Qunta… Ah! Good times!

Phil Gill… I was there, probably with young Carey, Meachen and Shirley, as they labelled us at school. Sarah Harvey might have enjoyed the evening too.

Sarah Harvey…. I did indeed Phil and I had. completely forgotten about Effigy and to be honest cannot remember seeing them at all other than a vague memory that I didn’t think much of them. Factory as ever were THE band of Hastings at the time.

Chris Baker… Hah! Flight of the Rat was one of my “Flashy” solos! Those were the days! We only did a few gigs.

Phil Gill… As I recall Chris, you showed me how to play the pedal note riff from Flight of the Rat, one night at an Effigy rehearsal that Roger Carey and I attended. Was it School Road in Ore? Roger was buying Iain Cobby’s speaker cabinet and we came along to look at it.

Brigitte Lee… Where was Clive Vale Annex?

Chris Baker… Ha! Phil! My arthritic old fingers can’t play it so fast these days! Fun to so though. Still got that analog Park Fuzzbox too and the old Hofner!

Geoff Peckham… I remember we (Factory) were really impressed with Effigy. Didn’t they do a couple of other Deep Purple covers? Speed King, and Child in Time? According to Andy’s diary we played with them twice in 1971. May 7th at Priory Road School. Andy said that school gigs have been “…really great. This was no exception. Bit of trouble from old ladies and police about the noise but never mind. Effigy supported (or did we support them?) – not bad for their first gig.” The second was at the YMCA on August 13th. Andy mentions the awful acoustics and that “Effigy (with Tom) supported.” Could that have been the legendary Tom Jones? (The one from Stoke, not S. Wales!)

Phil Gill… And Steve’s drumming was *never* too loud. End of.

John Wilde…. Tom Jones, any info on his history or where he is now?

Geoff Peckham…. I got to know Tom in ’69 when his dad had an electrical shop in Western Rd, Bexhill. He told me stories about being in a pre-Black Sabbath band called Horny Moon (!) and other tales. He was a great character and raconteur. Like you, he had great stage presence – a great blues singer and harpist. He moved back to Stoke, and around 73-74 turned up at a Factory gig in NE Staffs University. I think he put us up for the night. Haven’t seen him since. Anyone else know anything? Be good to see you again sometime.

Alan Esdaile…yes it was School Road Ore where the rehearsals took place, in the old church hall which was full of antiques and clobber and the band squeezed somehow in the middle. I think their was a giant stuff bear but maybe wrong? Geoff Peckham date is correct as Friday 7th May 1971. Clive Vale Annex was part of Priory Road School and the gig took place at Clive Vale. Jon McCallion sung with Effigy at this gig and glad you remembered Tom Jones. I got a review somewhere which I will post on the YMCA gig shortly.

Read moreFactory & Effigy – Clive Vale Annexe. Fri 7th May 1971 & YMCA review 13th August 1971

The Flipsides – Sidley Fete – 29th May 1965

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photos supplied by Peter Horton

Peter Horton… The pics show a group that we named ” The Flipsides “. This group was formed to perform at The Sidley Fete on Saturday 29th May, 1965. We were formed on Wednesday 7th April, 1965 and we broke up following the gig. The line up was fairly flexible and several people actually came up on stage to play on the day. If anyone can remember who the vocalist was please let me know. During the afternoon we had multiple equipment failure and we never completed the set. Pictures of the audience indicate that they seem to be enjoying themselves.

photo 1 …  Tony Bird Lead/Rhythm Guitar LHS, unknown singer vocalist Centre Snap, Phillip Earle Drums RHS, Sue Walden Vocalist Shown just to the left of the right hand window.

photo 2… Tony Bird Lead/Rhythm LHS, Rev Stockdale Lead/Rhythm Centre, Pete Horton Rhythm Guitar RHS.

photo 3… Phillip Earle Drums Unfortunately 2 snaps were taken on top of each other but this is the only other picture of Phil that I have from that day.

Geoff Peckham… Great pictures. Being a Sidley lad at that time, I was probably one of the lads there in thrall.

Phil Earle… Gosh, I’d forgotten this. No idea who the vocalist is. This was the first of many kits I had over the years and was a red sparkle mixture of a Gigster bass drum, Olympic toms, and Gigster snare. Cymbals and hi hats were Zyn and super Zyn. I can even remember I used Premier L sticks bought from Bird Music when they were at the top of Sackville Road. Shame the photo of me was double exposed but hey ho still good to see. Following this group I went on to join The Shrew People which has been mentioned here before. I must look out the photos for the site.

Ian McGilvray… I must have been trying to get some tips from the Band. Believe it I’m in the bottom left hand corner of the second photo. (posing as normal)!

Robert Searle… Can’t miss you mate

Colin Fox… Not THE Tony Bird of Birds Music fame? lol

Gaynor Duke… I was just going to comment that I spotted Mac in the crowd

Ian McGilvray… That’s me Gaynor with My imitation Beatles haircut

Philip Holloway… Can you remember any more about the fete, when the group wasn’t playing? I could ask Tony Bird, but can’t get in the shop. I’m making a Facebook album on Sidley past present.

Nikki Terry… I remember Rev Stockdale, Tony Bird, Dave Easton, Mick Ingram, Stuart Moir, Graham Putland oh loads of names…….

Mark Randall… We recorded our first ever demo at Tony’s 4 track studio

Laura Stockdale… Hey! Revs daughter here, does anyone have any more pictures of my dad?

Peter Millington… Looks like Tony Bird is playing Bass if that’s him on the left hand side?

Robert Searle… Mac bottom left

The Prisoners – photo 1979

supplied by Dave Nattress

Andy Leaney guitar, Dave Nattress vocals, Mick Bridgeland drums, Robin Heggie bass.

Dave Nattress… After Samisen split, Mick Bridgeland and I teamed up with Andy Leaney and Robin Heggie on bass. We set about writing a set load of post-punk, abrasive, incisive shortish tracks. I don’t think we did any covers. We played quite a few gigs around Hastings as The Prisoners, The Yorkshire Grey, The Yelton, (as was), Chatsworth, and Crypt etc.

Mo Blackford… Thanks Dave for posting. My first real friend and great influence was Robin Heggie. He was a very cool chap, who introduced me to Paul McCartney among other people. He had engineered a couple of Paul’s albums and had previously played bass in The Hollywood Killers. Anyway. we formed my first band in the UK together. Initially called Red Shoes, we changed the name to The Stand (cerca ’82) and did loads of gigs around Hastings. The Stand also included Bernard Jeffrey (Hollywood Killers) on drums and Kevin O’Connor on vocals.  I’ve tried on a number of occasions to locate Robin. Maybe somebody knows something! It would be much appreciated. Cheers!

Alan Esdaile… Does anyone remember The Prisoners and know of the whereabouts of Robin Heggie? I did search but if he is the Robin that lived in Milton Keynes  then not good news. Can anyone help? Could do with some good news.

Mark Gilham… Sorry Alan. Not good news at all. Robin passed away a few years ago now. 🙁

Andy Knight… I didn’t know that, Robin and I played in Missing Persons together I know it is v late but RIP

Mike Mitchell… and whatever happened to Mick Bridgeland? Least I heard he had moved to Amersham…

Martin Richter… sad news about Robin – he was a lovely guy.

Dave Nattress… Sad to have it confirmed about Robin, but I must admit I was thinking the worst. He was a great guy and bass player, lreally looked the part and we all had a frantic and great time getting The Prisoners going. Also, of course, Andy Leaney. Andy and I had a great connection also, smiles on the face as I remember these 2 old friends our fun times going for it, the stupid band names that Andy particularly liked to come up with that we all rejected!! Great sadness and regret that they’ve gone – like so many more on the local scene, and nationally and internationally all connected through the music. So many people who were the bricks in the huge wall that was built up over so many years. Some of the bricks have crumbled away, but then, more are being added all the time.

Read moreThe Prisoners – photo 1979

Damaris – Hastings Pier 22nd May 1976 & details of where the name came from (Damaris mark 1 – 1974)

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all cuttings supplied by Iain Cobby

Damaris line up – Dave Nattress, Iain Cobby, Tony Barraclough, Paul Durrant, Mick Kemp.

Pete Fisher… serious flares!!

Phil Thornton… Damaris were great ! We (Stallion) played on the same bill as them a couple of times, It was cool having a local band around who were trying to do something a bit different !

Iain Cobby… Thanks for that Phil, much appreciated. Your Elka Rhapsody inspired Paul to buy one, the first affordable string synth on the market at that time.

John Wilde… where are you Damaris peeps?

Phil Thornton… the rhapsody had a great sound ! – (mine had a mod done by Tony Bird which gave it the ability to make a great church organ sound !) more distinctive than the logan or the solina (and cheaper !!)

Dave Nattress… Yes, the pier gigs Damaris did with Stallion were really great. Personally I always looked up to Stallion and John you were world class mate!! Hopefully you still are!!  In answer to your question John – Dave Nattress – I’m still imprisoned in Bexhill but, for good behaviour, I’m hoping to get out to see Iain Cobby in the very near future – first time for over 35 years. Iain lives in Peasmarsh now. Tony Barraclough – guitar, is playing in No Exit, and still lives locally I believe, although I haven’t seen him for many years, Paul Durrant – Keys, lives in Scotland I think, and Mick Kemp skins – no idea.

Yvonne Cleland…  I remember Paul Durrant from the Lido days! John Wilde is still world class, btw!

Graham Burfield… I remember seeing them on the pier with Stallion great stuff.

John Wilde… Cheers Dave. Thanks for the compliment. They were great days and we all had inspirational ideas. Ahhh the joy of youth. Best wishes to you Dave.

1967 Youth Princess Beat Rave with The Pathfinders and The Totals – De La Warr Pavilion 13th May 1967

Geoff Peckham… I wasn’t allowed to attend De La Warr Pavilion Beat Raves as it was rumoured purple hearts readily available there. Surely not.

Mick O’Dowd… Sure they didn’t mean Love Heart Geoff?

Jack Irving… The Pathfinders. Was this the Glasgow band? If so, they later became known as “White Trash” and signed with Apple records.

Centre Page – Bexhill 1970’s


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photos supplied by Stuart Moir.

this is one of the early line up pics from Left to right from the back Dave (beano) Easton, Stuart Moir, bottom left to right Les Harding, Rev Stockdale, and Chris Howard .

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Stuart Moir on the drums

Stuart Moir…… from left to right, Les Harding guitar/vocals, Dave beano Easton lead vocals/harmonica, Rev Stockdale keyboards/guitar/vocals, Chris Howard bass guitar/vocals, Stuart Moir drums/vocals.

Robert Searle….Dont forget the first lineupp Stuart was me Bob Searle guitar Mick Ingrams bass guitar Rev Stockdale keyboards Dave Easton the legend on vocals and you Stuart on drums although it didnt last long was still a good band.

Dave Easton…..I can certainly remember you in the band Bob and you certainly did a brilliant job as usual.

Andy Qunta….Great band! Most entertaining & enjoyable!

Conan Howard… you still around Les and your wife Cathy, remember me Len? a friend of Allen and Phyllis Watts

Cris Kennard… Kath and Les now living in Spain.

National Hero, Minotaur – 6th and 7th April 1979 The Carlisle

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photo from Jenny Hervey-Moon via Terry Pack – National Hero Paul Kendrick & Terry Pack

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supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Terry Pack…  Paul Kendrick & Terry Pack. It was a pop harmony band: a guitar, bass, keys and drums quartet with three voices, doing 50s, 60s and 70s material. I enjoyed it. The drummer you can just make out was Paul ‘Bunny’ Freeman.  Out of shot is Tony Bird.

Mick O’Dowd… Am thinking maybe National Hero or Easy Street?

Terry Pack… That’s right. National Hero. We played night clubs, holiday camps, British Legions and Working Men’s’ Clubs, in the days when there were lots of those gigs, and well paid.

Mick O’Dowd… Thought it might be them as I promoted them at The Carlisle around this time Terry.

Phil Thornton… I have no memory of playing at the Carlisle with Minotaur !!! – did this happen ? was anybody there ?

Mick O’Dowd… Yes it did happen as I put it on. Not full but I made a modest profit on the night Phil.

David Miller… I was there, your Mum and Kaye were there, John Wilde even showed up…. David McKnight, Marc Reynolds and Glen too. Upstairs, wunnit…! I remember that night (April 7th) as a member of Minotaur, I lost my voice but met John Wilde for the first time. One scene was coming to an end and a new one was bubbling up and getting ready to manifest.

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember seeing Loggerhead upstairs at the Carlisle. Prog stuff if I recall. Labrath Roadshow. Great rock music disco

Mick O’Dowd… Any idea where Steve & His Brother are now Tim?

Tim Moose Bruce… I never knew them . I just saw the band that night upstairs in the carlisle. Think the main band that night was Footlose or Slack Alice as they were latterly known when they changed the band name. Harry Randall may remember that night.

Mick O’Dowd… I used Labrath regularly as Steve was very reliable. I would love to know what became of him.

Steve Fox… I’ve just found out what happens when you google your history! Great days, good memories of running the Labrath disco, van loads of gear and tons of records, I’m still in the business repairing and servicing sound gear.