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Martin Stringer… was up in my attic this afternoon and found a lot of photos from different bands. This was Stepping Out probably about 1976. Poor Roger Hubbard far left sadly faded. Great band though.
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Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil. Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.
Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.
Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.
Martin Stringer… Crikey.
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Phil Thornton, Kevin Hoad, Tony Bird and Martin Stringer.
Phil Thornton… Well thanks for digging this out Martin ! (I don’t remember ever seeing this before) didn’t we have a bass player ?
Alan Esdaile… It would be interesting to know the story behind the props.
Tony May… A definite touch of The Bonzo’s by the look of this pic! (lol)
Martin Stringer… Hi Phil, hope all well with you and yours. Can’t remember a bass player.
Tony Bird… the fifth member of the band was Mick Ingram and the photo was taken at my studio called Wing at Ninfield circa 1980 and the props what part of the studio decoration. Now that’s recycling.
Julian Richards… cannot forget the Abysmal Sisters , great music , lots of humour ! I went back to Bexhill in September 2014 for 3 weeks , live in Perth , Australia , my best mate Richard Crawley took me in to see Tony Bird , he even gave me a copy of the A/sisters on CD , what a great surprise , still sounds bloody good even after such a long time . Great to see Tony is still in business , you bloody Legend !!
regards , Julian Richards ( Formerly of Bexhill )
You can hear Tony talking about The Abysmal Sisters on my recent radio show… https://www.mixcloud.com/alan-esdaile-johnny-mason/johnny-mason-60s-and-70s-show-on-chr-with-special-guest-tony-bird-180719/
photos & poster supplied by Pete Prescott
RITZ, with John Laidlaw, Neil Cartwright, Martin Stringer, Andy Knight(Drums) & Paul Dengate.
Paul Dengate… Just thinking, Neil and Andy and I played with two bands that weekend – Chaser and Ritz. Then realised that Garry Blakeley probably played with nearly everyone on the Saturday!
John Beeching… I don’t think he left the stage all day, should have been sponsored for the marathon.
Ritz playing a Christmas gig at the Chatsworth Hotel. Paul Dengate, bass guitarist Martyn Baker is to the right, out of picture, Judith vocals and Martin Stringer and Andy Knight.
John Wilde…..That woman forgot to get dressed. Its Xmas for Christ sake, where is her skirt?
Chris Pook…..Looks like Judith singing. Post Beez Neez!
Diane Knight…..where’s Paul Dengates razor blade ????
Martin Stringer… Oh yes, I remember it well.
Peter Bridger… Brilliant band – used to go see them all the time
Mick O’Dowd…. Good old Judy!
Pete Shaw… Why has Andy upturned his bass drum front skin? Had he been to Australia? Doh!!
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Martin Stringer, Andy Caine, Lurgi, Andy Knight and Paul Gambo.
Mitch Mitchell…Remember seeing Ritz at Ore Community Centre…and a song that. Stuck in my mind was all about My Car Won’t Go.
Andy Caine… Wow!! Did we play anywhere? Have a name?
Martin Richter… blimey – what ever happened to Gambo?
Terry Pack… Lurg = Rob Edworthy
Roy Penfold… I remember being dragged into a Cunning Stunts open mic gig with him at the Crypt many years ago. Haven’t seen or heard of him since!
Will Cornell… Judging by the bottom photo, I’d say the name of this band was….wait a minute are we in mixed company?
Andy Knight… 1978 I think, post Steppin Out, remember rehearsing in The Box.
photos © Eddie Hazell Estate . photos for sale for donation to St Michaels Hospice.
Jeff Davis, Andy Leaney, Martin Stringer, John Laidlaw.
John Laidlaw (photo 6) Yup, that’s me. Playing with Rude Knot To, could be 99, 00 or 01 (although I suspect it really is 2001) – difficult to remember when you’re in a band with Jeff Davis and Martin Stringer.
Dawn Leaney….My late husband Andy Leaney (photo 2) with his beloved Ovation guitar playing at Hastings Beach concert.
Andy Walker…Is that the same John Laidlaw that was in The Tony Ashton Trio with Pete Shelton?
John Laidlaw… I don’t recall either the Tony Ashton Trio, or Pete Shelton – sorry!
Dawn Leaney… Anymore photos of Andy Leaney on that day? … I remember being in the audience! 🙂 xx
Alan Esdaile…. If anymore crop up I will send to you Dawn, anyone else got any?
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Martin Stringer & Malcolm Jones
Clive Jones… Thats Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.
Joanne Hunter… These guys are on my Whatever Happened To…? list.
Alan Esdaile… Sadly Malcolm is no longer with us but Martin now lives in Ireland and making a name for himself as Mairtin The Magician and Mentalist.
Clive Jones… Joanne, I wish you had posted this three years ago. I’m sure Malcolm would have happily told you himself about his interesting life as a singer song writer,multi instrumentalist,poet and all round entertainer. Unfortunately he passed away suddenly in 2013. However if you do wish to follow it up I will gladly put you in touch with people who he knew in Stony Stratford, where a was very much a celebrity for the last 25 years of his life – Clive Jones(brother)
Martin Stringer, Marytn Baker, Paul Guimbeau, Paul Dengate, Judith Clarke & Andy Knight.
Paul Dengate photo
1996 review -supplied by Phil Little. Music Files.
Phil Gill… I sort of vaguely remember this gig.
John Laidlaw… You stood in for me, Phil? I thought I’d remember that… if only because I’d have been worried they wouldn’t want me back after.
Phil Gill… You’re very kind, but you needn’t have worried. I have a low mandolin threshold.
Peter Bridger… I was at that gig. Still have the cassette I bought – but nothing to play it on!