Better Days – Prom-in-aid gig – Queens Hotel Hastings 1986

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Gary Blakely, George Copeland or Andy Griffin?, Joe MacIllvenney, Paul Warren, Paul Dengate and Steve Cooke

Dave Kent….the bass player has been identified as George Copeland. I think it’s actually Andy Griffin who also probably played with Flat Battery & The Jump Leads. Anyone confirm this?

Mick Mepham…..I should think Paul Dengate would be able to say for sure.

Steve Cooke…..Quite right Dave, it is Andy Griffin. I must say that the fiddler on the right appears to have the least dress sense out of all of them.

Yvonne Cleland….I  remember the fiddler on the right from junior school………

Stepping Out – Wittersham Village Hall 19th August 1977

supplied by Paul Dengate

Paul Dengate… Another poster from 1977. I must have been there to get the poster, but I have no mention of it in my diary even though I was doing the sound for Stepping Out at the time (e.g. on the Pier the following week).

Conan Howard… was this band Stepping Out not later to become Felix with Wesley Magoogan and Roger Carey etc?

Martyn Baker… Well… I was in the band, and must have played this one…. I have no recollection of the gig though! But Felix were before Steppin’ Out.

Wesley Magoogan… I left Felix and joined Stepping Out which led to the Roaring Eighties.

Martin Stringer… Great band and a very talented young bass player. Guess who.

Wesley Magoogan… My favourite track we played was ‘Hand Jive’

Martin Stringer… Well Wesley you were fecking brilliant. I was and am so proud to have been in the same band as you. I wrote a song you made it.

Ernest Ballard… Didt Felix become Aircraft. I joined that band with Will Thompson and Mick Tanner. Drew on bass and his girlfriend Lynn both from London on piano.

Wesley Magoogan… That is correct Ernie.

 

Ritz – Black Horse Music Festival – 26th to 29th May 1995

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photos & poster supplied by Pete Prescott

RITZ, with John Laidlaw, Neil Cartwright, Martin Stringer,  Andy Knight(Drums) &  Paul Dengate.

John Laidlaw….Eeek!

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.

Catsfield Steamers rehearsal

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supplied by Paul Dengate

Paul Dengate… I have this picture to hand, taken after the time I ran the Box. It’s a Catsfield Steamers rehearsal: Kevin Hoad on drums, John Burgess (later vocalist with Better Days), Brian Chainey just visible behind John, Jane Downes and myself (playing the Gibson SG mentioned in a post on this page a few days ago). Umpteen other Steamers would also have been there.

Yvonne Cleland… I used to work with JB. He’s now the rector at Fairlight church. Catsfield Steamers were a cracking band.

Paul Dengate… The Steamers are still playing, though not so often since Will, Jane, Jo and myself left at the start of this year

Tim Moose Bruce… I like the Plastix on the graffiti o the wall. Remember them as a Bexhill punk band.

Andy Caine… Hi Paul, is that the SG I bought from you?

Paul Dengate… Yes

Steppin’ Out – Archery Tavern Christmas Eve 1977

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supplied by Paul Dengate

Paul Dengate…. I’ve checked through my diaries and I reckon this was taken at the Steppin’ Out “party night” at the Archery, Eastbourne, 24th December 1977. Used to do the sound for the band, but this was probably a special party-piece. L-R: Wesley Magoogan, Ray Fenwick, Paul Dengate, Martyn Baker, Roger Hubbard. Drummer is possibly Andy Knight.or Kevin Hoad.

Andy Qunta… Great band!

Nigel Ford… Was Tich Turner in Steppin’ Out at some point,…soon after he left Stallion, I seem to remember?

Alan Esdaile.. Yes your right Nigel. Here’s a press photo from 1977…

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John Wilde… One word. Hair.

Wesley Magoogan… Serious flairs!

Martyn Baker… Yeah, nice pair of lionels Wesley but I think if there was a biscuit around then Paul would have taken it.

Paul Dengate… Yes.

Dave Nattress… Samisen played the Archery Tavern once when I was with them – mid-week I think and If I remember correctly it was one of those gigs where the unappreciative audience had just about made double figures.

Geoff Peckham… in the main photo, The drummer? I reckon, by the jutting elbow, it’s Andy Knight. Am I right?

Len Smith… Believe you are correct, it is Andy Knight

Yvonne Cleland… I thought that was bonkers, but looking at that elbow – I know exactly what you mean!

Martyn Baker… It was definitely Kevin Hoad with us by then.

Ernest Ballard… Archery in Eastbourne. Archery shut down years ago. I remember seeing Jason Bonham there in his band Bonham

Pete Prescott… That would have been Kevin. Me and Titch were on that gig. We did Christmas songs and Smoke on the Water for the first time. Great band, Roger Hubbard wrote some wonderfully songs by himself and with Titch. I moved down to Hastings from north Kent that day. The band split up on new years eve.

Ernest Ballard… Happy days not splitting up lol on New Years Eve

Jackie Clarke… Loved The Archery. Good music venue.

Tim Moose Bruce… Great venue for Eastbourne. Saw Dr Feelgood there, Wilko with Norman Watt Roy and another memorable gig was Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts. Played there myself with the Blind Bats a couple of times. Now gone and a hideous Co op store there in its place.

Barry French… I played at the Archery with 1st Emotion in the early 70’s. The area where the band played was then called the Dilly Dally Bar. All the staff were dressed like Victorian waiters. The Victorian theme was carried carried on through the bar with Velvet upholstery on the Chairs & Velvet curtains. All very posh.

Terry Pack… I wasn’t there, but the drums look suspiciously like that stainless steel kit that Kevin had for a while.

Pete Prescott… If it was Dec 77 I was singing in the band. I was in it from Sep till they split in new years eve (7 days after I moved to Hastings to join them !) We played some Christmas songs and an impromptu smoke on the water. It was a great band that needn’t have split. But that’s what bands do best !

Martyn Baker… I was there. With Kevin Hoad, on drums. No question.

 

Ritz – early 80’s Chatsworth Hotel. photo Paul Dengate.

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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!!

 

 

Chaser – folk rock band – 1994

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photos supplied by Paul Dengate

Andy Knight Drums, Garry Blakely Fiddle/Voc, Paul Dengate Gtr, Pete Fyfe Vov/Gtr, Neil Cartwright Bass, Dave Roberts Melodeon.

Neil Cartwright…. We played the Black Horse, the Beer Festival and the Trowbridge Pump Festival that year.

Hastings Folk Fest – 2nd to 7th May 2017

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Paul Dengate… Don’t forget the Hastings Folk Fest starts on the 2nd May, the day after the Jack In The Green procession. There is a major concert by Fairport Convention in St Mary In The Castle on the 6th May (promoted by Spyboy), plus free gigs and sessions in our favourite Old Town venues.  www.hastingsfolkfest.org for more info.

programme details… http://hastingsfolkfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/A3-folded-programme_poster_final.pdf

Fairlight Studios 1978 to 1982 have we got your tapes?

Andy Knight says…. Paul Dengate and I ran Fairlight Studios from 1978 to 1982. I have a number tapes (reel to reel) recorded by people I am no longer in contact with. Any chance anyone may the whereabouts or know who might. They are Ann Maxine, Harry and the Dicemen, Ivory Rose, Gen Kiddies, Trilobites (Jonathan Jukes), John LeBreton, Hestinga, First Bite (Derek Macey), Chris and Bryson. Best, Andy Knight.

Mike Mitchell… Brett Taylor  might know how to get in contact with Nick Barnard, drummer with The Dicemen. And Dave Baker and Wally of The Trilobites are still around Hastings and Bexhill… Chris Boorman who drummed for them is somewhere up north these days and Frances Jukes knows Jona’s whereabouts.

Tim Moose Bruce…. May be able to find Derek Macey. Mate of mine was in a band with him in the 80s.

Andy Qunta…. Unfortunately I don’t know any of those people. As a side-note though, I remember going in there late ’81 or early ’82 and recording a demo of a song called Statistics, which was subsequently recorded by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band for a single, and the opening track on their album “Somewhere In Africa”. Of course, I have great memories of Fairlight Studios! Thanks, Andy!

David Kent… If I remember rightly, John Stiles at Stiles Garage in Battle was the bassist with The Gen Kiddies.

Tim Moose Bruce… He is now a music lecturer at sussex down college in Eastbourne.

Reg Duff… I remember coming to the studio with First Bite (my first ever stint on electric guitar after Plum Duff) be interesting, although probably painful to hear it now!

Chris Sambrook… The Gen Kiddies were a great band. They were from Battle and Hastings. . Kevin O’Connor was Vocals haven’t seen Kevin for years. John Stiles and Dave Craven and the late Chris Turner on Bass. They were all a good laugh when playing gigs and never took themselves too seriously. Favourite song ‘Who you looking at, why are you looking at me like that”

Jon Wilde… Great bunch of guys. Missing Chris Turner. Any photos anyone?

Richard Turner… B nice to c any pictures of the hen kiddies

Nick Barnard… Hi Andy and Paul. Sorry for the delay in responding. My sister who has recently returned from New Zealand made me aware of your post back in August. I was drummer with The Dicemen along with Harry Rogers (lead singer / guitarist) and Richard Burley (bass guitar). I would be interested in any tapes you have  Get in touch when you get a chance. Cheers.

I will pass on your email address Nick.