Anyone remember Freda Fardoe’s Shop – Gensing Road 1967?

Mick O’Dowd… No!

Alan Esdaile… Do you remember this shop Andre?

Kym… Freda was my great aunt! Her early years were very interesting – she worked for Churchill in his bunker during the war, as well as the potter Bernard Leach in St Ives.

Michael Pointon… I remember Freda’s shop in St. Leonards very well -she told me she’d worked for Supraphon and I bought a full size professional ventriloquist dummy from her which I still have. She was a special person….I still have books I bought from her. I presume she’s no longer with us but would appreciate more information about her.

Wanted info on Hastings Music cd’s – asks Tony May

Tony May… Something to get your brains working on here! I am currently researching the history of the ‘Hastings Music Various Artists’ CD with an eye on a future article. If any of you have any such CD’s can you post a pic of them here, please. So far I know of about 10 or 11 but do not have copies of all of them and could do with information about them. Also, do any of you know about any vinyl compilations of local artists? I do not know of any? The CD’s I have in my collection are as follows: Underground Music Vol 1 (1998), Human Action Through Music (2005), 24th State – The America Ground Hastings (2010), RX87 – The Songs Of U2 (undated but 2012), One Hastings, Many Voices Volume 1 (2016), Love Hastings, Love Yourself (2017). Happy head scratching!

Kevin Burchett… Down Hastings by Jiggery Pokery put together for the instalation of the old lifeboat does that count?

Tony May… If its a various artists album then yes but if all the tracks are by Jiggery Pokery, then no. Thanks for this though Kev!

Kevin Burchett… ok they are all by the same artist

Andy Gunton… I co-produced a CD of local artists music in aid of Hastings Pier, after the fire in 2010. It was called ‘Not the end of the pier’. You’re welcome to have a copy.

Tony Davis… Good cd. I’ve played tracks from it on Carnival Fm

Alan Esdaile… Bare Faced Blues 2014.

Steve Amos… Have you got Pissarro’s Jazz and blues volume 1 (not sure if there was ever a volume 2). It’s from some time in the nineties and has some great tracks, including Lianne Carroll doing a terrific version of Perfect Day.


Martyn Baker… Uppers on the south downs

Smart Huggett… ‘Hastings Musicians Tsunami Appeal’ (2006), ‘Boiling Over’ (1998), ‘1066 Compilation 2000 and our mate Reuben put this CD-R out: ‘From Beneath The Sea’ (2010) and mostly-Hastings freebie (and a fair few Eastbourne acts) from Rye’s Rocksalts Festival (2006). I always used to pick these things up when I found them! I put out several CD-R and tape compilations myself, largely of Hastings musicians but with the odd guest from further afield. They’re all listed on Discogs under our old Coastline and Dizzy Tiger labels.

Why You Should Buy Physical Copies Of Music



Chris Meachen… I  wouldn’t dream of paying for something I couldn’t physically possess, I’d feel ripped off..

Tony May… This article seems to me to one designed to try and stem the flow of the demise of the music industry in general. I really do NOT believe that many people are happy to pay £0.99 for a single down load with the way finances are today. The digital age has made it far too easy for people to file share and unlike ‘home taping’ this time one disc can hold HUNDREDS of whole albums! It is SO sad the way things have panned out and I always try and buy the physical product when possible but I doubt very much many younger than me (well, 10 or so years younger) still do. With houses being built with less room than ever now ‘collecting’ anything is a dying thing as well…

Peter Fairless… How are CDs holding up? Anyone got any really early ones – do they still play?

Dave Nattress…Tony – As a music fan for very many years – and a purchaser of contemporary music since about 1964, vinyl, then some pre-recorded cassettes and CD’s, I have always been satisfied that I paid for the product and thus it’s mine, I own it, and to me most importantly of all, whatever deal the band or individual have been on, because I bought it and didn’t copy it or pirate it in some way, then the artist/s got paid something for their work. I truly mean this. The times I’ve said to friends that by buying it, even if the band are on £1.00 an album split 4 ways, (after all the other costs have been taken), at least they’ve got a bit out of it. This said I have burned copies of a few real precious CD’s just in case I should lose the originals and I used to copy vinyl’s on to cassettes for playing in the cars I’ve owned back to about 1971. Still have all these old cassette copies stored in the loft – the originals are in the house, with the vinyl’s and CD’s. In fact I have bought a good chunk of my vinyl recordings on CD as they’ve come out or as I’ve discovered them. Even some pretty obscure stuff. Peter – my earliest CD purchases go back to 1990 and they play fine. There were several reports a lot of years ago now that said that CD’s would degrade and become unplayable – only time will tell.

Jim Breeds… I think my earliest CDs are fine, but then I held out for vinyl for years, only giving in when my then partner bought me a portable CD player for my 40th. Yes. That long ago. Then I got an adaptor that plugged into the cassette slot in my car and that was good. My cassettes are still OK too 🙂