Looking for photos of Roddy from the Dave Holt Quintet asks Dicky Walsh

Dicky Walsh asks…
Does anybody have any photos of the Dave Holt Quintet? I’m particularly interested in pics of my late brother Roddy playing with them, in order to identify the make of his guitar. He would have been with the quintet during the late 70’s and early 80’s I think.

Stephen Moran…. Hi Dicky, I’m currently doing research into the popular music histories of Hastings and I have been accessing original copies of The Hastings Observer from 1960-1985 at The British Library. The Dave Holt Swingtet performed regularly in and around Hastings in the 70’s and probably the early 80’s. They also used the name Dave Holt Quartet. I found the article and photo attached from the 26 January 1974 copy of the Observer. Dave Holt on guitar says he is looking for a rhythm guitarist and vocalist to complete the line-up, so it’s possible your brother Roddy may have joined later when they became the Dave Holt Quintet. I’ll do a bit more research and if I find out more I’ll be in touch.

Alan Esdaile… Stephen, I got a clearer one somewhere, I will repost.

Ian Williams… I think the guitar in the photograph is a Harmony H75?

Tony Bird… it is a Harmony H77 , built between 1960 and 1970when production ceased

Ian Williams… I thought the H 77 was cherry red, whereas the one in the picture is sunburst?

Dicky Walsh… Ian Williams thanks for you replies. The guitarist in the picture is Dave Holt, but I was interested in the guitar my brother used when he played with the Swingtet, probably a little later than the photo shown.

Colin Fox…

Stephen Moran… Hi Dicky I searched through my Hastings Observer archives this morning and I wasn’t able to find out much more. The only new photograph I could find was of Dave Holt who was also a jazz promoter talking about a forthcoming gig in Amsterdam. You probably know this but there was quite a thriving jazz scene in and around Hastings during the 60s and 70s. The Dave Holt Swingtet played regularly at The Black Horse jazz sessions, The Yelton, The Fairlight Cove Hotel, Prinnys as well as Falaise Hall. There were also jazz nights in the Yorkshire Grey, Mr Cherries, The Caves and Capels. The first gig I can find was on Saturday 8 July 1967 when they played with the Jazz Caverners at the Regent Hotel. It’s likely that your brother played at many of these sessions. Because the Jazz Caverners were also contemporaries of The Dave Holt Swingtet and they sometimes played together there may be a former member of the Jazz Caverners who may be able to answer your question. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help but if I come across anything new I will be in touch.

Dicky Walsh… thanks for this Stephen. We knew the caverners well, and spent many an evening in the caves in the summer months during the early 70’s. Roddy played with Dave Holt later on, at the Black Horse, Telham amongst other venues.

Roger Dillon… Peter Rix and Colin Follwel used to sit in at Prinnys sometimes good sound Django Reinhardt.

Terry Pack… I played with the band for a couple of years during the mid 1970s. At that time, Dave played a 175.


The Temperance Seven – Bathing Pool St Leonards-on-Sea 1961

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Claire Lonsdale… thanks for that Alan , my friend John, is the guy on the right , playing the banjo.

Gerry Fortsch… If I bought a speaking picture of you, I really rated that rock anthem in the day, well they were different anyway.


Hastings Beer Festival 1985 – Alexandra Park

Mark Rodrigues…. Lol Wurzela!

Julian Deeprose… Halcyon days…..

Andy Knight… Interesting that it went on until Midnight, these days the music has to stop at 11pm.

Sheila Maile… Last one I went to was the Quo

Sandra Cunningham… Sheila, I went to that one, great night, loved the Quo x

Claire Louise Maplesden… was 3 months old & this is my mums birthday week but placing my bets she never made it with newborn sleepless nights

Jon McCallion… Claire, Remember the early beer festivals well, with the Wurzels, The Strolling Bones and also Status Quo. Good times

Matthew Thomas… I remember this one very well

Anne Murray… I’ve still got the glass beer tankard

Julian Deeprose… Anne, I’ve still got the hangover!!!

Jak O’Dowd… I was there

Pete Brazier… Me and Lorna went in the tent and had a chat with the Wurzels! A Great Evening (and great Real Ale)

Alan Esdaile… Pete, were you drinking cider?

Pete Brazier… not that Night! I like a little drink at the end if the day, to lift up me voice and sing!Spend an hour or two with a fine brown brew, Then I’m ready for anything! In case you don’t remember that’s from their song “Morning Glory” 💖 my favourite of there’s (that and “Rock Around The A38!)

Tracy Birrell… Those were the days.

Michael Wilson… A good line up. I’ve still got a few beer mugs from the festival.

Colin Winn… Brian, you must’ve seen The Wurzels . . .

The Trilogy – Prinny’s Club 30th August 1969


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Tony Davis… Does anybody know who was in the Trilogy?

Sarah Harvey… Stating the obvious…..Probably three musicians….. about as much as I can ascertain!

Tony Court-holmes… I drank in there but never remember any bands

Phil Gill… Ha! Our old Maths/Form teacher, John “Lester” Piggott, used to play in the jazz band there. Came in hungover every Monday and, at lunch time, would fall asleep sat at his desk in a little office at the back of the form room, with his head on his arms. Prinny’s is now Lathams.

Duke Ellington – Eastbourne Performance December 1973


Chris Coleman… This is a LP cover of The Duke Ellington Congress concert, dec. 1973 interesting for two reasons. Because we were in the middle of massive social unrest at the time,three day week power and petrol rationing etc.the attendance numbered around a silly 50 only.Ten minutes before start time, the Duke put his head through the curtains and asked us to give him a call when the audience.arrived. The second point is that this was Duke Ellingtons last live performance, he passed away a few months later.

Mick Bolton… Strangely enough I’m writing this in the foyer of the Congress Theatre. I’m picking my wife up after she’s been watching Cats. I turned down the opportunity to see it – I don’t think I could sit through a Lloyd Webber musival – but I just wish I could turn the clock back and see the great Duke on that stage!