Barclay James Harvest – Hastings Pier 24th Jan 1975

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Sarah Harvey…..In those days I seem to remember that there was a sort of rivalry created by the fans of Barclay James Harvest and Moody Blues. They were classed as similar sounding bands and there were always arguments about who was the better. I always thought that their music was very different albeit both bands were of a similar mellow genre of rock music.

Alan Esdaile…..Great band but was a bit touch or go if they were going to appear, as they were not happy with the piano as it was not tuned to concert pitch. It was tuned first thing in the morning and then retuned again. They were still not happy but the show went on.

Terry Pack…..I was at that gig, and I loved them. A year later, I joined The Enid, whose leader, Robert John Godfrey, had written the arrangements for the music on their first album. Small world.

Chris Meachen…..Great gig, excellent band….

Mick O’Dowd……This was the gig and band that cured my tunnel vision that only good music was by soul artists. Since then I have given everything a listen and now have a diverse musical taste. Thanx to The Mockingbird!

Stuart Moir… Saw them

Martin Waghorne… I was there that night

Glenn Piper… Roadied for this one 

Robert Searle… See them on the pier twice,the first time I thought they were ok,the second time was no better,just had better gear.

Iain Cobby… I was there with my first wife, what a fantastic drummer , the late Mel Pritchard was and that Mellotron of Mr Wolstenholms. Just listen to Crazy City and Summer Soldier.Prog doesn’t get much better. They went big in Germany just as the Berlin wall came down and then fell out, splitting into two versions of the band. fond memory’s.

Tony Davis… Going back to Sarah’s comments about the rivalry between BJH and the Moodies I think that BJH actually recorded a track called Poor Mans Moody Blues.

Patrick Lewis… I was there that night with my future wife and friends. We had a few drinks in French’s before going on the pier. I always remember the opening song, Medicine Man, absolutely knock out. And yes they did record a song called Poor Man’s Moody Blues. The whole performance was truly amazing – Crazy City, Mockingbird and The Great 1974 Mining Disaster to name a few.

Eugene Hughes… I have never heard anything about Paul Casson on this page. I know he has long left us. Some people must have something nice to say about him, surely!

Chris Meachen… Absolutely excellent band, my favourite being ‘Galadriel’. Nice blokes too..

Patrick Lewis… I was there with my friends and future wife. It was a marvellous performance by the band. Probably the most underrated band of the 70’s.

Tony Court-holmes… I was there

Pete Dearling… I was their and fav songs are mocking bird, after the day , and child of the universe and got my album signed

Dave Nattress… The Bexhill prog fans always came to see BJH – great band. Think they played the pier more than once?

Jez Gillett Band – The Bulverhythe & Mr Cherrys New Years Eve 1987

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supplied by Pete Prescott

John Laidlaw…..Yup, the Bulverhythe. Pete and I had to look serious because we were wearing dark shirts. The rest were allowed to smile.

Tim Moose Bruce…..The pub was the Bulverhythe. The band I was in at the time (The Blind Bats) supported them a couple of times there. One of the gigs if I recall, was a fundraiser for the victims of the Herald Of Free Enterprise ferry disaster. The other band that night was local band PLC

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Neil Cartwright…..New Year’s gig Dec 31st 1987 at Mr Cherry’s

Phil Gill…..Mick Burt, Jez Gillett, Neil Cartwright, John Laidlaw, Pete Prescott. Lovely boys, polite to everyone and kind to animals. You’d never hear a swear word from any of ’em

Pete Prescott…..what sweet young things ! we did a comic relief night there.we were making money by playing anything that was asked (within reason) i remember going outside during a break to work out a song or a key.must of sounded like a band falling down the stairs ! good fun !

Neil Cartwright……… including versions of ‘The Stripper’ and the ‘1812 Overture’ !!!!! I think I probably still have a recording somewhere.

John Laidlaw……Jez fired off party poppers for the cannon fire in the 1812. Pete, the song was “Layla” – someone had offered 20 quid for us to play it :).

Phil Gill….I’d have offered £40 for you to not play Layla.

Redstar Richter… where`s jez….?

Neil Cartwright… You can just see him (pink shirt) behind Pete.

Phil Gill… Is that Lou Reedlaw on guitar?

Neil Cartwright… One and the same.

Steve Thorpe… Was behind the bar!

John Laidlaw… I  like that, Phil – think I’ll start using it :D.

Peter Fairless… A bit late for me. I was definitely there for New Year 1981, though!

Tony Court-holmes… missed it living other side of the world then

Neil Cartwright.. Here’s the band with Santa Claus is coming to town…

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Pete Prescott… Wow ! That brings back memories! That went fast ! John me Neil Mick and Jezz. John played great guitar in that band.

John Laidlaw… Cheque’s in the post, Pete 😀. I had to push myself hard just to keep up with you lot! 29 years ago – crikey! That was a really fun band, with such great players.

John Williams… Done a few gigs there bottom of the stairs

Mick Burt… I remember that gig. I got so shit faced I couldnt play properly (more than normal)
Never touched a drink whilst playing again. Those were the days !!!  Blah blah blah !!

John Williams… Min was always in there, what a sax player we took him to London docklands for a gig and lost him lol

Mick Burt… Wow Min Brings back more memories !!!

Ernest Ballard… You’re all so damn young. What happened ???

Pete Prescott… Are you suggesting we don’t look like that now ?!!!! Ok ok ! My wife just took me to a mirror !

Ernest Ballard… Improved with age. Like a good malt lol

Starobin… I took that photo…!

Happy to update the photo. What name did you want me to use? and did you take both photos?

 

 

Stallion – Hastings Pier 27th Dec 1975

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Phil Gill… Well I must’ve played that gig, but I’m blowed if I remember it. And “Disco”…crap name for the support band. Who were they?

Roger Carey… Was about to say I played this gig but now recall doing similar show at Pier 31 December 1974….

Phil Gill… I was at that one too. The bouncers threw everyone out early, presumably they wanted to go off to their own parties…

Chris Sambrook… Could have been some young carpet fitters from the Isle of Wight doing extra gigs to earn some money. They were named after a Douglas Adams creation what is the the meaning of life….42. Not really. Be nice to think Mark King was that disco/funk bass player. Who mentioned Bass Players. Get on up, get down. Just taking the p p p sss lads.

The Kult & Diversion – Ninfield Hall 8th November 1969

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poster supplied by Andy Knight

Robert Searle… Yes,i remember that gig

Jan Warren… WOW, there’s a blast from the past, The Kult were so good, love it!! 🙂 xx

Paul Coleman… Yeh, loved The Kult. Mick & Pete were personal friends of my brother Martin (Coleman) & came to our house a few times. I thought their record “No Home Today” was brilliant. Unfortunately my copy got destroyed by the sun. I’d love to get another. I remember Ninfield memorial hall gig & the coach trips laid on so we could all support them when playing farther away. Great times.

 

El Pea – Island Records Sampler 1971

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Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember or still got this double album sampler, that sold for £1.99?

Mojo71 Reyneva… Yes, I have this album and was musically around when it was released. But here I am too many years later trying to putting the artist names to the pictures and coming up short! Who are the two women the right inside cover? By the way it is a shit hot sampler. Mojo71

Alan Esdaile… I think the two women are from The Incredible String Band.

Pete Prescott… Ah ! Never seen this before !

Terry Smith… i have this album as it was the third LP i ever bought ( Led Zep 1 & After the Goldrush were the first two and were bought from Richard Branson’s first advert in Melody Maker) I once met Chris Blackwell and waxed lyrical about this sampler . He was delightful and charming but i think it meant a lot more to me than him.

Felix, Samisen & This Side Up – The Carlisle Hotel 3rd Oct 1975

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Felix press cutting … Wesley Magoogan, Roger Carey, Den Wootton, Will Thomson and Mike Tanner.

Wesley Magoogan… Amazing looking at the past ! Hard to believe this was 40 years ago, seems like yesterday !

Martin Curcher… Is that Mike Tanner on the right?

Liane Carroll… Fab picture. My hubby looks sooooo cute!!!

Yvonne Cleland… Remember this night well! xxx

Conan Howard… Samisen knocked it out of the ball park that night

Sarah Harvey… Yes we did

Bernard Goffredo… as always. It was fun in those days

Roger Carey… Lenny and Ralph!

Roger Carey…That gig went particularly well, the review was written by Stephen Turner who was in year above me at school and became a Hastings Observer journalist of renown- it was good to have someone who had interest and enthusiasm for the Hastings music scene! Thanks for putting this up Alan! Look forward to when we can all meet up at a “Smart” gathering again….The band Felix had been formed in late 1974 I think , Den Wootton’s brother Cliff was originally on bass but suggested I should take his place so I joined in 1975.. We carried on into 76 with a lot of writing, recording, rehearsals and selected gigs but when Wesley Magoogan decided to leave to concentrate on session work the band was reshaped by Mike Tanner and Will Thomson into “Aircraft”. Den and I moved to our pop/rock band “HatTrick”.. Fun and games man!.. One of my film quotes in that essay about Felix… In “JFK” Joe Pesci plays a very jumpy character who , while being interviewed by Kevin Costner, talks about “everybody was flipping sides- fun and games , man…!” It came to me whilst thinking of us all joining or checking out each other’s bands!

Barry French… Happy memories of two great local bands

Terry Pack… I heard Felix a couple of times. Roger’s playing scared the living daylights out of me.

Alan King… when i was a kid we used to go up to The Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge on the North York Moors to watch Back Door. Met him a few times 30 years later when Miller Anderson (who plays with my old band sometimes) was playing with him – here they are with Ian Paice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozA6-DEULOs

 

Bumpers – Island Sampler compilation LP 1970

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Side 1
1. Every Mother’s Son by Traffic
2. Love by Bronco 
3. I Am The Walrus by Spooky Tooth
4. Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga by Quintessence 

Side Two:
5. Thunderbuck Ram by Mott The Hoople
6. Nothing To Say by Jethro Tull
7. Going Back West by Jimmy Cliff
8. Send Your Son To Die by Blodwyn Pig
9. Little Woman by Dave Mason

Side Three:
10. Go Out And Get It by John and Beverley Martyn
11. Cadence and Cascade by King Crimson
12. I’m Reaching Out On All Sides by If
13. Oh I Wept by Free
14. Hazey Jane by Nick Drake

Side Four:
15. Walk Awhile by Fairport Convention
16. Maybe You’re Right by Cat Stevens
17. Island by Renaissance
18. The Sea by Fotheringay
19. Take Me To Your Leader by Clouds

Chris Giles… I loved this LP ..one of the best, I thought of the Island samplers and have still got it

Dave Nattress… I remember this one well, a couple of friends had it. Stand out track for me – first time I heard it was “Oh I Wept” by Free (off Fire and Water). Already had Tons of Sobs and Free but got F & W on vinyl then and on musicassette for the Ford Anglia I had back then! Still got both as well as the first edition, remaster and special edition – and pretty much everything Free did. Free what a fabulous unit. Paul Kossoff (RIP) such unique guitar work. Actually the first time I heard many of these artists!

Martin Stoggell… The artwork you got on those big covers.

Pete Fisher… I had You Can All Join In and Nice Enough To Eat, but I don’t think I had this Island compilation – looks great…http://www.45worlds.com/vinyl/album/idp1

Chris Jolly… I still have this double album Pete… It’s great!

Alan Newman… I was 13 in 1970 when my big bro lent me this to say this what real music sounds like

Nick Shute… Thunderbuck Ram!!!…got this then went straight back to the shop and got Mad Shadows!!…these samplers were brilliant for introducing people to new releases cheaply…worked for all! Two other standout samplers that spring to mind…”el pea” and “fill your head with rock”

Jon McCallion… Still have it good album

Sam Rosewell… Think I might have Dad’s copy somewhere…

Chris Meachen… Still got this, nice enough to eat, and one called island people..

Richard Stack… Still have this album. Still sounds good.

Paul Huggett… I used to buy compilation albums then to get a bit of variety for not much money , Rock Machine etc and those Island ones Pete mentions, but missed that one! Some of them have been recreated as playlists on Spotify by the way, which as mine are long gone was good to discover.

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Harvey Summers… It gives me great pleasure to announce the new Factory album is now available exclusively from www.HarveySummersMusic.com Downloads come with full artwork and CD quality WAV downloads are available. Physical CD’s are pre-order currently but also come with a free immediate download of the CD quality WAVs. Go!

Steve Kinch… Anyone who knew/knows me from the 70s in Hastings, will know that I used to play in a band called “Factory”. We were: Andy Qunta on keys, 12 string guitar & vocals; Tony Qunta on guitar, violin and vocals; Lol Cooksey on drums, and myself on bass (replacing “Jaffa” Peckham, who left in 1974). We’d play the length and breadth of the UK, sometimes venturing to mainland Europe. I guess you’d call it my first full-time band. Unfortunately, the much sought after record contract eluded us. Consequently, none of the material was ever properly recorded. Fast forward to 2020… Some of those songs from then have now been properly recorded and are available to download. Bass duties are shared between myself and Jaffa. The album was recorded the good old fashioned way: Four guys in a room all playing together 🙂. Vocals, and one or two overdubs done later. NB Andy wrote “Tribal Statistics” featured on Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s album “Somewhere in Africa”. He was also co-writer of “You’re the Voice”, which became a worldwide hit for John Farnham. You could say, Andy honed his songwriting chops with “Factory” 🤘Download “Aiming High”, the perfect lockdown companion 

Robert Blackham… This is a fantastic rock album – I love it.  Great melodies and performances.  Bob

Clancy – Hastings Pier 7th May 1976.

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Martyn Baker… Still got the album that I bought after the gig. Tres funky! Featuring Colin Bass on er ……. bass! Also………. Remember Bo Derek? She’s his sister!

Alan Esdaile… Never knew that Martyn. Mention Bo Derek and all I think about is Arthur! I know Colin Bass was in Camel.

Chris Meachen… Seventh Heaven are a band that intrigue me;- they were early exponents of jazz funk, a genre I wasn’t ready for at the time. I do know that they came from the Isle of Wight, & have often wondered if there was a Level 42 connection… Does anyone know any background?

Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers plus Strife – Hastings Pier 15th June 1974

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Pete Houghton… Both Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers and Strife were bloody fantastic great concert by both bands.

Phil Gill… Chill Willi were fabulous. Great country style guitarist, who I talked with afterwards and who was happy to talk guitars for ages. He gave me the best advice ever – always practice first thing in the morning and it sets up your fingers for the rest of the day. He was right, been doing that now for 45 years and it still works for me. Funny how a chance encounter can change your life so much.

Pete Fisher… Maybe that was Philip Lithman – read in wiki he’d been over to San Francisco before the band formed, and went back there after they split…I think you can hear a bit of West Coast maybe even Grateful Dead influence here…lovely guitar anyway, oh and good advice BTW – wish someone had said that to me – evenings after work not always the best time…

Mick O’Dowd… Chilli Willi. Excellent! Bongos Over Balham. Excellent album!

Pete Houghton… yes it’s an Excellent album

Nick Patching… Mick, Pete Thomas on drums (from Seaford) who went on to hit the pig skin for Elvis Costello