Factory Reunion reviews – The Carlisle 16th October 2015

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photo by Jim Breeds – Hastings and Area, Past and Present

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photos by Sarah Harvey

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photos by Chris Meachen

Alan Esdaile… WOW! They smashed it! What a brilliant night. Well done to Andy, Tony, Jaffa & Lol. Now when’s the next one?

Jim Breeds… Awesome.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan & SMART! We had a great time, and we are working on a “next one”! Will keep you posted!

Lucy Pappas… A fabbie night! When’s the CD coming out? xx

Andy Qunta… We’re hoping the album will be out in a couple of months or so, Lucy!

Mike Curtis… Wonderful night! Factory are still soooooo good.

Yvonne Cleland… Factory blew the roof off. Incredible!!! So glad I was able to be there, wouldn’t have missed that for anything!

Chris Meachen…  It was truly magnificent! I’ve taken hundreds of pics which I’ll have to go through & then upload a few, but it’s been a fantastic evening, meeting up with so many old friends too! Just brilliant. With the number of local musicians in attendance, you could probably have reassembled several other bands!

Pete Prescott… Great night. And great seeing some old faces. It was like a SMART meeting with a fantastic band.

Dave Nattress… Totally astonishingly brilliant gig by Factory last night – just about 2 hours of incredible stuff. World class. 41 years apart and this – can’t wait for the album!!! To anyone who missed it – you really shouldn’t have. Very best wishes to all the guys and thanks for a truly wonderful show. A great sound as well.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Dave!

Tony Davis… A great gig guys. So nice to see a good crowd full of old friends! Looking forward to the album and next gig – please make it soon.

Mick Mepham… What a great evening chaps!!! What 40 years????  Magic stuff.

Colin Bell… Forty years melted away, you boys set the place on fire! It was a pleasure to introduce you.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Colin!

Sarah Harvey… What a brilliant night. Nostalgia, memories, emotion, wonderful music and wonderful people.Factory are true legends. Not forgetting Chris Meachen who has photographed so many bands and artists down the years. If it wasn’t for Chris a lot of memories would have been lost forever. Yet another legend.

Clare Bennett… It was so brilliant! Xxx

Kev Towner… A tough night for me getting up there – but worth the effort ten times over!!

Michael Pannell… Hear hear Chris the legend….

Wesley Magoogan… Great show indeed.

Syrinx – Bexhill 1969 and talk of Damaris & Diversion

Dave Nattress….One for Jaffa, (Geoff Peckham). Jaffa, do you remember your gig at Bexhill Down School with (I think) Pete Higham on guitar and Tony Ford on drums – you on Bass obviously. The band was called “Syrinx” – was it not. Can’t remember any tracks but quite probably a couple of Cream tracks as Cream was a fave of yours and mine. Would have been 1969? Our 5th and final year!!

Geoff Peckham…..Yes, the band was called Syrinx. A short-lived band, we played a couple of Youth Club gigs as well as the school. We rehearsed on the kitchen/cellar of the Tegor cafe, diagonally opposite Bexhill Central Station. We played Cream covers, as you say, (Strange Brew, I’m so Glad etc), Dear Mr Fantasy by Traffic and a Pete Higham original, “It’s a Terrible Life I Live”, among other stuff. Interestingly, Tony Ford’s dad often gigged with my dad on corresponding instruments.

Yvonne Cleland…..Rehearsed in the cellar of the Tegor! I love it!

Geoff Peckham….Yes, do you remember it, Yvonne? It was a Yorkshireman who ran it. When he bought it, it was called the Roget and to save money on the sign he just renamed it anagrammaticly. (Nice word!) He had a good sense of humour – once, he came down during a rehearsal and said “I’m not saying it’s loud, but they’re dancing on the beach!”

Dave Nattress….Spot on Geoff about the Roget becoming the Tegor!  I recall this now.  I think, in the very early 70’s it changed hands and became “The Boiler Room” – a little – very little “Discoteque.  I don’t think they had live bands there though – my recollection is that half a dozen people dancing filled the dance floor. Interesting that you used to rehearse at the Tegor.  When I joined Damaris – mid-70’s – we rehearsed in the cellar under Barraclough and Stiles, (Opticians) just round the corner in St Leonards Road.  We had sound-insulated the walls with old mattresses obtained from goodness knows where – rubbish dumps/house-clearance/lay-by’s and they were not of the newest/highest quality and ponged a bit to say the least.  Like you I guess, lugging all the gear up the steep stairs, through the shop and then the reverse, post-gig at half-past midnight, after a stop at Taffy’s chippie. Good old days.  We used to get a tug from time and time again from a man who lived in the flats above the shop – noise, and I guess didn’t like the tracks we were rehearsing!

Geoff Peckham….. Jack Bruce was a big influence in my formative years as a bass-player. And talking of interesting places to practice, my next band, Diversion with Andy Knight, used to rehearse in another café. It was the one on the beach at Glyne Gap. It was a really pokey but at least we didn’t upset any neighbours.

Geoff Peckham(Jaffa) & Andy Qunta 2014

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photo by Yvonne Cleland

Geoff & Andy meet up again at the SMART meeting after nearly 40 years!

Mick O’Dowd….This is what these meetings are about. Renewing and making friendships.

Andy Qunta….Great to see the guys hanging out again!

Mick Mepham……’Twas a most convivial meeting Andy.

Alan Esdaile…..Clive Richardson reminded us of when Jaffa played the whole set with ‘Factory’ sitting in a deckchair!

Andy  Qunta….Jaffa was always a relaxed kind of guy, but playing the set from a deckchair was unusual even for him! The tall drink with the cocktail umbrella by his side was a nice touch too!

Geoff Peckham….I don’t recall sitting in the deckchair for the entire set – I’m sure I got to my feet when the music took off. I had plans to bring a large armchair, coffee table, standard lamp and teasmaid on stage but the boys thought it clashed with our macho image!

Andy Qunta…..Oh yes, we were very macho!