Samisen 2017 reunion


Sarah Harvey…. 40 years on….Samisen 2017…. first step towards a reunion

Dave Nattress… Hey Sarah are you looking for a singer?

Sarah Harvey… Yes 🙂 All former Saimsen members are cordially invited and encouraged.

Iain Cobby… Good luck you old proggers; if you need a backing band for a gig ……………

Scalliwags 3rd Reunion – Masonic Hall St Leonards-on-Sea – Saturday 6th May 2017

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Jan Warren… I used to go there, I think it was downstairs at The Regent Hotel, St Leonards?! – good times, good memories!! 🙂  I have so many memories of The Regent, it started off with my hubby being a “handyman” and me a “chambermaid” at the Regent, then he was given the weekend DJ slot, that must of been the early seventies, I remember a glam-rock band called “Rubber Band” (I think) – the singer was very “David Bowie-like and they released a single (45rpm) called “Moonwalker”?!! , and lots of other bands that were mentioned the other day?!! ……….. and then it became SCALLIWAGS!! 

Kevin Burchett… tickets will be on sale from the 1st February in Seconds Away Kings Road St Leonards on Sea and also available on the door.

For more information please contact Kevin on Scalliwags Facebook page or his own page. 

Factory – Original line up! The Carlisle 16th October 2015 & memories of a gig with The Sex Pistols.


Sarah Harvey… How do you reserve a ticket on the facebook page?

Jacqueline Marsh… That’s where I use to sing as a 7 year old whilst my mum worked in the pub downstairs I use to get on the stage use the Mike and sing my heart out while the pub downstairs was listening but at first I didn’t know till they started clapping.

Geoff Peckham…. The Factory article in the Hastings Observer last week sparked a minor debate re the band’s appearance with the Sex Pistols. It was not, in fact, the Pistols’ first gig but probably their third. I’d left the band by this time so I’ll let Lol tell the story as recorded in his diary:

FACTORY were booked 2 support SASSAFRAS at Westfield College, NW London on Fri 21.11.1975, but when we arrived there that afternoon, we were told that we and SASSAFRAS had been pulled out by our management. They hadn’t told us this, but we said that as we were there, couldn’t we perform anyway? This they agreed 2, but they did warn us that another band called The SEX PISTOLS might turn up, but with a name like that, they didn’t think they would. The college understood it was 2 be their 1st gig and I think they said that they would be playing 4 nothing. The main band, NUBIUS and we had long finished sound-checking when in walked around 30 punks, dressed in the most peculiar clothes, with lots of safety pins, with the band’s equipment. ‘We’re using your PA,’ they said and Dave Garland, our sound man and roadie was so taken a-back that he said OK, something that had never been allowed in the past.

About 2 songs into their high energy set, their ‘sound man’ pushed our Dave out of the way, told him he didn’t know how 2 mix and he pushed all the sliders up full, so that everything fed back and he said ‘That’s how u do it.’ Most of the college audience had already left and gone 2 the bar, but their loyal fans, who had come with them, were thoroughly enjoying themselves po-going and spitting at each other and at the band on stage. Johnny Rotten just stood quite still in front of the drums, clinging 2 his mic stand and saying between each song ‘Have fun.’ I found them 2 be very exciting and I commented 2 Andy the old cliche that they were so bad that they’d probably be big one day. He disagreed. The following week, they had the front page of Sounds 2 themselves and the rest, as they say, is history. Lol.

Peter Fairless… All the sources I can find say 6th November was their fist gig.

Phil Thornton…I got my tickets for the show ! – is it upstairs ?

Geoff Peckham… Yes, Phil, it’s upstairs. Look forward to seeing you there. It’s been a long time!

Phil Thornton… excellent !! – so bringing in a hired PA ? – I remember your orange set up from the king and queen days ! – loved how tony mixed himself on stage !! – Ive never seen anybody else do that !!!!!

Geoff Peckham… I play with a band now who have a p.a. where each member of the band can control his/her own monitor mix with an app on their phone. Modern times, eh!

Dennis Wootton… Got my tickets. So looking forward to this. Watching you guys back in the 70’s inspired me to take up music. And I haven’t stopped since.

Tony Court-holmes… best of luck mates

Phil Thornton… yes ! – they had that system at the last festival I played at ! – but what Tony was doing back in the early 70’s was genius as it was dynamic and fully integrated in to the bands sound, and of course he knew where to turn it up better than a casual sound man would !

Allyson Breed… Jim tells me we will be there 🙂 what can I expect?

Jim Breed… Who is going to this?

Chris Meachen…. Will everyone have managed to grow their hair to authentic 1975 style in time for the gig? Or is it just me…?

Tony Davis… I will be there along with my good friends Alan and Paul and of course the world famous Iain Cobby. Looking forward to it.

Dave Nattress… Got tickets for my eldest Daughter Katie and me. Really looking forward to it! Very best wishes to all the guys in the band for a great gig and looking forward to the “live” album!!

Scalliwags 40 year reunion – 23rd May 2015


supplied by Kevin Burchett

Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 7.00pm – Masonic Hall St Leonards-On-Sea

Anyone interested in this please contact Kevin Burchett on The Scalliwags Facebook page, otherwise happy to pass on any messages.

Kevin Burchett… SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Due to the popularity of the SCALLIWAGS REUNION event we have had to change to a bigger venue.THE MASONIC HALL in st leonards WHICH holds over 3oo people. so SCALLIWAGS is coming back to st leonards. the other benefits are Ann Buckland and Madeline Joyce Morton are going to do the buffet which will save us a lot of money giving the lifeboat more in donations. the DJs have said they will still do it for free. thanks to them Masonic Hall have kindly given us the hall for free. thanks to Masonic Hall for sorry that we had to let down Richard Lavender and the angling club down but the main thing is to make as much money for the lifeboat as possible. so i hope everyone that has said they will come will still do so its still £7. 50p a ticket. Ann Buckland has her own catering business and Madeline Joyce Morton has many years experience in the hotel trade . so both are well up to the job in hand. thanks kevin and maddy. your thoughts and comments are most welcome under this thanks again

Sarah Crunden… Quite a few of us are really interested in coming to the Scalliwags reunion. Can you tell us how we get tickets? Many thanks. Look forward to hearing from you.

Alan Esdaile… If you live local tickets are available from: Seconds Away, 38 King Road, St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex. TN37 6DX Tel: 01424 447454. I will pass on your email to Kevin Burchett, who is organising the event and he maybe able to help with other options.

Kevin Burchett… Tickets are going fast for the reunion now anyone in the lists who hasnt got tickets seriously needs to think about getting them because if we carry on like this it will be by ticket only on the night out of a total of 300 tickets we only have 106 left it will be no good leaving it to the night . Thanks Kevin and Maddy, we would hate to see anyone who wants to go disappointed.