Eddy Ferret Hot Jazz – The Royal Oak Whatlington late 1978.

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photo supplied by Cliff Wootton.

Sid Akem piano, Adrian Underhill guitar, Den Wootton drums, Roger Carey bass guitar.

Roger Carey…. We did a Thursday night residency from late 1977 which I think finished at the end of 78. Whereupon Adrian set us up at The Kings Head Old Town in 1979 with a year long Tuesday gig with many guests. This proved a great success and often packed out.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone else remember playing in the Eddy Ferret Hot Jazz?

Roger Carey with Three Friends at the Gentle Giant Revival 16th April 2009

Thanks to Philip George Thornton for posting this.

Three Friends play Freehand on their first gig 16th April 2009 at the Ropetackle Arts Centre UK.
Three original members of Gentle Giant Kerry Minnear, Gary Green and Malcolm Mortimore with John Donaldson, Andy Williams, Roger Carey and Mick Wilson

Andy Qunta… Wow! I mean, wow! Amazing musicians, none more so than Roger! By the way, is it true Justin Bieber’s covering this song on his next album?

Phil Gill… I remember Roger playing Gentle Giant to me in our teens and raving about how great they were. Cool how he ended up playing with them.

Phil Thornton… I was at this gig !! – the sound on the video does not do them justice, they sounded great ! very accurate performance with the only differences down to individual playing styles and tones ! – I met Gary Green and Kerry Minnear at the gig, I was a little starstruck !

Terry Pack… I saw the band in Lewes about a year after this. Kerry Minnear was no longer involved, but John Donaldson, Andy Williams and Roger Carey were excellent. Roger was playing a Fender, and getting a great, woody, sound. I was disappointed that Andy was given no solos(!). I guess Gary Green didn’t fancy the competition!When I sold nearly all of my rock LPs in 1978, including all the Genesis, ELP, etc., I kept the Gentle Giant ones. I haven’t listened to them since about 1976, but I didn’t want to part with them. I tried a few times to suggest that The Enid would benefit from vocals, and we used to sing six part madrigals for fun(!!), but it took several more years before the band start singing. I thought that Gentle Giant were the most interesting of all the English bands of that era.

Phil Thornton… yes thats right Andy I heard the same !! I think he will also be doing some Zappa as well …. … and its all rather ironic that my love of Gentle Giant got me kicked out of Stallion back in the day – haha !!!

Terry Pack… When I sold nearly all of my rock LPs in 1978, including all the Genesis, ELP, etc., I kept the Gentle Giant ones. I haven’t listened to them since about 1976, but I didn’t want to part with them. I tried a few times to suggest that The Enid would benefit from vocals, and we used to sing six part madrigals for fun(!!), but it took several more years before the band start singing. I thought that Gentle Giant were the most interesting of all the English bands of that era.

Kings Head The Bourne playlist 23rd August 1978 for Roger Carey and Friends

supplied by Roger Carey

The band was Steve Demetri, Tony Qunta, Roger Carey, Tich Turner and guest guitarist Andy Smith (From The Roaring 80’s). Put together for one night only by Roger Carey.

Geoff Peckham… I’ll bet that was a good night! x

Pete Fisher… What a great memento – I recognise Roger’s writing. Detailed setlist can be a great help, if you have time to look at it. Remember having around 30 songs/new arrangements at the beginning of a tour once, and sellotaping 3 sheets of A4 together to accomodate them…

Barry French… Last night my good friend Len Benton & myself went to see Tich performing with his band Hi Fi Sneakers, at Sidley Working Men’s Club (Great must see soul band ). Tich remembers the Kings Head Gig, & was amazed that Roger has held onto the set list all this time & that the gig is still being talked about (The Power Of SMART)

Tich Turner… Blimey! Was playing in Sidley last night with HiFi Sneakers and  Barry told me, the last time he saw me performing was at The Kings Head. I thought he was talking about a gig I did there with about 11 of us, we were doing a bunch of new songs I’d written and Ray Fenwick wanted to invite some guys down from London to see it. I think it was leading into The Roaring 8o’s. The Place was packed, [mainly by the band], but a great night. I don’t recall this gig at all. I’m wondering why we did it. Perhaps Roger can recall. And….hello to all of you.

John Wilde… Hi Tich. Best wishes and keep on keeping on!

Pete Davis… Used to see you down the York Bexhill with Steppin Out, I think you was called, with Del McCoogan…..

Pete Prescott… There was a gig at the kings head with Steppin Out that Ray invited some record company guys to. It was Nov/Dec 77. They didn’t show up.

Mike Waghorne… Must be 30+ years since I last saw you Tich hope you are well ?

Pueblo – Ore Centre & Langham Pub 1973/1974

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photos by Chris Meachen

PUEBLO – Roger Carey, Pete Fisher,  Bernie on Drums.

Bernard Jeffery….Yes it is definitely Pete Fisher and I’d say it was about 1973

Pete Fisher….Pueblo: Roger Carey-bass, Bernie Jeffery-drums, Pete Fisher-guitar/vocals
I remember this photo session was at a Pueblo rehearsal, in Ore Centre, photos taken by schoolmate and fellow musician (string/electric bass) John (Dai)Davis, and developed in his dark room at home. I’m pretty sure this is 1974 – going by the hair length – Roger and me were at Hastings Grammar School – I’d left the previous year, and Roger must have been coming up to his A-levels….Bernie started with me in Black Ash in 1970….I think Roger came into the fold around 72, have to check the archive! Back then Bernie was still playing his dad’s old jazz kit, Rog had a little Burns bass through a Laney top and home-made cab, I was playing my second electric guitar, a strange no-name thing with piano key controls that didn’t do much. By then I had my first decent amp, a Vox AC15, which was just loud enough to compete with Bernie’s drums, but I used a Cry Baby wah to boost for solos.
Bernie and me both liked Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and West Coast…..Roger used to play me Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore in the music room at school, but he was also really into Free, ( as we all were – All Right Now was one of the first songs me and Bernie attempted around 1970/71) and his melodic inventive riffs with singing vibrato were reminiscent of Andy Fraser. Our rehearsals were in fact long jam sessions, with endless solos, on various favourite themes. We cobbled together a short set list for the few gigs we played…various covers, and a couple of my early attempts at songwriting….and singing. I have a press cutting from 17th January 1974 from the Hastings and St Leonard’s news, which says we got a standing ovation at our recent gig at Hastings College….possibly the gig where Tony Qunta, my guitar guru and friend, lent me his brand new Orange 100 watt stack, which was a bit like driving a Ferrari when you’ve only got a provisional licence – it practically blew me off the stage! The article goes on to say we’d been playing together since September the previous year, and had already also played on the Pier, where we were again to perform on Friday February 8th 1974, in a “local band bonanza”. I still have the ticket (60p!) which lists us, a band called Butch, and local heroes Stallion (with Steve Dimitri on drums and Phil Gill on guitar). I remember we were on first, and I for one was very nervous, especially with lots of friends in the audience. It was a pretty big deal back then, having seen so many great bands on that stage…..the band expanded to include a second drummer (!) for a couple of months, but then I left Hastings and moved to London in September 1974, so the band broke up. I still have some crumbly old recordings and a couple more photos….time to delve in the archive!

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supplied by Pete Fisher

Pete Fisher…an early gig, possibly 1973, guitarist Kevin’s 18th birthday party, at the Langham pub, near Quarry Road.

Terry Pack….I think I saw this band in 1974, or earlier…. Roger was a great inspiration to me aged 15.

Tony Qunta….Great band!

Pete Fisher….Thank you Tony! You and Andy, and Factory were a great inspiration!

Phil Gill… bloody hippies.

Popular Beat Combo and Uome – Music Files Christmas Party The Crypt 22nd December 1997

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photos by John Kenward. Supplied by Phil Little. http://littledrum.co.uk

Martin Richter… wow – what a line-up! (the crypt).

Alan Esdaile… Popular Beat Combo – Rick Pentecost, Dave Blackman, Roger Carey and Steve Demetri on drums in both bands.

Ernest Ballard… What a lovely man Steve was. Bless him. Huge talent on the drums inspired by Steve Gadd

Tich Turner’s Mish Mash Band, The Jukes, Liane Carroll & Roger Carey, The Goodfellas featuring Pete Prescott – 22nd October 1989

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supplied by Pete Prescott

Tich Turner… I’ve only just seen this poster. Pretty sure it wasn’t 1985. I was still in The Ya Yas then. I believe the MM Band started in 1989 and we played last night. Another year!

Alan Esdaile… Thanks for correction Tich. Have updated from 1985 as that was a Tuesday. 22nd Oct 1989 would have been a Sunday.

Ernest Ballard… Still good whatever year Tich ha ha. Perhapes getting confused in his later years ah ha ha ha

Liane Carroll… Yep. 1989 I think. Rog and I weren’t together till 1987. I will ask him asap. Happy new year!! Xxxx

Pete Prescott… I was in Switzerland in 84/85 and 86.this was 89 or 90.I’ll check it out when I get home. Can’t remember much about this gig. It would have been fun with that line up I imagine.

Paul Farnborough Tribute – Chatsworth Hastings 11th September 1990

supplied by Pete Prescott

Peter Shaw….At the beginning, Paul took a risk using the Tuesday night slot in deference to his fathers wishes…when his dad saw the £1000 takings early on the following Wednesday morning, Tuesdays at the Chatsworth became a regular slot and for Jim Jim and The Jims a fun residency…..this particular night was an emotional journey for all including Paul’s beautiful wife and all staff…..I was delighted to be involved playing for both Johnny Mars and of course, the Jims. RIP PF.

Pete Prescott….sweet guy, didnt know him that well.when my first daughter was born he came out at the chats with a bottle of champs.very nice thought. I remember this night well. Sadly Ray wasn’t there so we had a short set. But it was a good turnout for Paul. Nice guy !

Phil Gill….Have that poster on my dining room wall – great night, top bloke. Paul made Tuesday nights a lot of fun.

Wesley Magoogan….Paul was a real gentleman.

Johnny Mars….Hi, the good old days!!

Terry Pack talking about memories at Mr Cherrys….I nominate Chris Cozens’ one and only trumpet solo on ‘Jealous Woman’ at Mr Cherries!

Kevin Burchett… he was a great guy and he was a regular at Scalliwags and a friend of Derek Reades so had a complimentary entrance everytime he came

The RC Band (Roger Carey and Friends) review 1984

Faye Wright, Roger Carey, Phil Thornton and Den Wootton

supplied by Roger Carey

Band formed in 1983 and finished early 1985

Conan Howard… wow ,Roger Carey , I cant believe how long you have been going at it , you must be amazing now, Len from Samisen 1970s