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

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – The Cobweb – 25th Jan 1969

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… January 25th, 1969. Simon Dupree And The Big Sound….I loved ‘Kites’ …..very haunting song for the time. And there are Status Quo yet again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbS2KmEecTo

Alan Esdaile… Brilliant record.

Andy Qunta… Kites! Still sounds fantastic! Have it on my iPod! Some of this band went on to form Gentle Giant, I believe!

Terry Huggins… That’s right. Their retrospective view of Kites was that it was crap. Simon Dupree didn’t exist. If I recall correctly it was three brothers and a few friends. They were all multi instrumentalists

Andy Qunta… Indeed, Terry, i think they were the Shulman brothers? Our own Roger Carey played with a later version of Gentle Giant, I believe!

Sarah Harvey… Roger did indeed play with the later version of Gentle Giant….Three Friends….. they are a band starring several former members of Gentle Giant Gary Green (guitar, vocals) Malcolm Mortimore (drums) ….here is Roger playing with them in Tokyo….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KP3hRiVKG8

Phil Thornton… saw Roger Carey with Three Friends, (faultless recreations of GG classics) 3 times ! – top class Bass and vocals from Roger !

Mick O’Dowd… I saw this show by Simon Dupree & Big Sound and was so moved I went out and bought their LP Without Reservations the next day! Excellent blue-eyed soul band (am I aloud to say that?) and they only had the one LP before they morphed into Gentle Giant. Incidentally Kites wasn’t on this Lp and only saw the light on the compilation album afew years back with the other gem Parade of Broken Hearted Pirates.

Andre Martin… Kites used to get a lot of plays on BBC Radio London by Robbie Vincent in his soul show days – Saturday Morning was always a cracker of a show, with lots played for the residents of Sunny Sydenham where I had friends.

Sarah Harvey… I adored Kites…. such a haunting song.

Andre Martin… It was a fantastic tooon without a doubt Sarah.

Tony Court-holmes… your not old enough to remember that sarah i remember sunday nights were tamla nights.

Ernest Ballard… Far out man

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Is it too late to enter the Go-Go competition?

Tony Court-holmes… go for it

Dave Nattress… The luscious Leigh, no way is it too late for you, go go for it!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Dave the mind is willing but the body isn’t these days

Dave Nattress… Leigh, it’s an old saying, you’re only as old as you feel in the head – or something like, so that makes me 310 tonight. But, really, it does not seem like about 45 years ago that you and Jane D used to be in the Cont. working together and then go out on the razzle in Hastings!!

 

Radio Cracker – Sounds Like Hastings – cassette 1989?

supplied by Pete Prescott

Featuring Liane Carroll, Roger Carey, Mick Mepham, Buick 6, Jez Gillett Band, Ian Barnett, Splash.

Andrew Bantock… Ah, the memories. I was Station Manager of Radio Cracker that year. Memories of watching from backstage and Simon Halsey doing the radio mix. I don’t actually have a copy of that.

Mick Bean… When I did a Buddy Holly stint on Radio Cracker (who remembers that groundbreaking local radio station?) I left a photo of Buddy Holly on display in the studio, I’d got his wife María Elena Holly to sign it when I met her in London. I wonder where it is now… Thats rock ’n’ roll I guess.

Man Friday – New Broom early 80’s

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photo by John Austin …. Dennis Wootton, Paul Austin, Roger Carey & John Wilde on drums.

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card supplied by Roger Carey and photo when they formed in 1974 from Paul Austin 

John Austin… Anyone Remember Man Friday ? aka Paul Austin, Roger Carey, Dennis Wootton, Think John Wilde was the drummer, use to play The New Broom, back in the day

Chris Baker…..Dennis Wootton! Now there’s a blast from the past!

Yvonne Cleland…..Will plays with him from time to time. He’s still about!

John Wilde… Not me folks.

Paul Austin… Dennis and me played guitar, John Wilde (not the one above) played drums and later on, Roger joined us playing bass guitar.

Peter Thomson… The New Broom, back in the day(!) was my local, and Graham Barrett’s. Don’t ever remember seeing a band in there but then we used to avoid it if we could…

Pete Millington… Roger Carey I remember  “lusting” after that Gretsch Bass when I first saw it at St Helen’s Hospital Social Club – must have been about 1975/6.

Martin Richter… are they xmas jumpers or am I having a flashback ?

Barry French… Saw Man Friday several times, great band. Since Man Friday Paul went on to play in an early Slam lineup. Dennis has continued to play in many bands on a variety of instruments (Drums,Bass,Saxophone & Guitar). Den & I often bump into Paul & talk about the old days.

 

Felix – Ore Centre Rock Festival May 1975.

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supplied by Roger Carey

Roger Carey (bass), Wesley Magoogan (Sax)

Wesley Magoogan… Blimey ! With a young Roger Carey !

Sarah Harvey… Great photo. I remember watching Felix rehearsing at St.Helens Church Hall and also remember organising the annual Ore Festivals….happy times. 🙂

Yvonne Cleland… Those were the days! Has Rog got any of the rest of the band?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry Yvonne , no other Felix ones at the moment but hopefully he will find some more. I do have some very good Pueblo ones to post soon.

Sarah Harvey… Samisen used to rehearse there as did a few other bands. Harry Williams was a big part of the Ore-Zodiac Community Association and I think the Town Council may have rehearsed at The Zodiac Centre (Formerly Round Table) in Priory Road.

Kev Towner… Reading all this stuff, I come away with the impression that everybody was in about five bands – at the same time!! LOL

Phil Gill… Still are Kev.

Conan Howard… found I have some photos of FELIX at the Carlisle when Samisen played at the same gig. will see if I can post them , if I cant do it I shall pass them over to SARAH to do it ….all the best CONAN

Dave Weeks… Bring back the Ore Centre rock festival.

Sarah Harvey… Funnily enough I thought of reviving it for old times sake but got enough to do right now with Hastings Rock

Yvonne Cleland… I was at that gig. I seem to remember that Will volunteered me to announce Felix!

Ernest Ballard… Great picture

Jo Turner… Me and Liz Turner. I remember this so well.

Tony Qunta… Great pic! Brings back wonderful memories

Colin Gibson… Is that a Burns bass Rog is playing? That was my first bass! It had a mini jack, so if your lead went, you were fucked!

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…

Roger Carey – Burns ‘Sonic’ bass guitar Oct 1973

supplied by Roger Carey

Roger Carey… October 1973, with my left hand Burns ‘Sonic’ bass guitar, which I played upside down for several years.

Martin Richter… nice axe

Pete Fisher… great photo…Pueblo days!

Phil Gill… He was only ever allowed to practice in the garden, bless him.

Pete Fisher… one advantage of those curly leads we had back then…

Sarah Harvey… Too much playing guitar young man and never looking after the bloody garden by the looks of it!

Phil Gill… 20 years later, Rog was so used to outdoor practice, he found it difficult to adjust.

Iain Cobby… I had a red one (had it sprayed white at cave road motors). really well made, but try to put a set of Rotosound strings through the machines…………… no way.

Glenn Piper… I remember that bass

Alan King… I’ve never played guitar upside down ! I’ve played an upside down guitar though but………… (tumbleweed)…….

Liane Carroll… Beautiful x

Read moreRoger Carey – Burns ‘Sonic’ bass guitar Oct 1973

Hat Trick – Ore Centre Sept 1978

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Photo supplied by Roger Carey. Write up supplied by Sarah Harvey

Barry French, Dennis Wootton & Roger Carey . (and David Cash not in photo)

Andy Qunta….Saw them several times! Great stuff!

Sarah Harvey…..There is one member missing from this picture…I think it was Dave Cash and this is probably a picture of their last gig with this line-up (See article dated Sept 9th, 1978 attached)…..they did continue however although I have no idea who joined them! 😉

David Cash…. Hello David Cash here, 1978 member of Hat Trick till I moved to London to go to College. I’m a keyboard player and Music teacher now at Northbrook College (Worthing) and ICMP (London). Still bump into Roger Carey from time to time at Liane Carroll gigs.

Barry French… Very fond memories of my time with Hat Trick.
Den & I are are currently playing with SLAM, & we bump into Roger from time to time & reminisce about the old days. So pleased to hear that Dave Cash has done so well for himself (Great musician but he’s the only guy I know could get drunk on half a shandy) Perhaps sometime we will all get together & play a few tunes (Stranger things have happened).

Sarah Harvey… How lovely to hear from Barry again……I was gutted when he left Hat Trick. A wonderful person and always remember him playing in a band with Den’s brother Del. Can’t remember for the life of me what they were called. Help me someone! Remember them playing at St.Helens Youth Club on the Ridge and at The Regent.

Barry French… Hi Sarah good to hear from you too. The band that Denis & I were in was 1st Emotion. Together with Den’s Brother Clifford, we had a resident spot at the Regent Hotel (About 1972 ) Later my Sister Jenny joined the band & we played the Caravan site & club circuit for about 2 years. Den & Cliff left to form a rock band called Butch (Which I believe played the Pier & The Aquarius) while Jenny & I formed Amethyst with Paul Hugget & Will Powell ,we played the club circuit until the break up of the band in 1977.

Lucy Pappas… Den and Del! I was in a band with them! Lived on Chown’s Hill? We rehearsed in their garage, I think!

Sarah Harvey… I remember all of those band names and I always remember you playing Yellow River….just can’t remember which band that was, but its funny the things that stick in your mind. I think I always came to see you with Roger Carey or Kevin Potter. I have to say that Roger is coming on really well as a bass player 🙂 and haven’t seen Kevin Potter in over a decade.

Lucy Pappas… Sarah, we used to sing ‘Yellow River’ at St Helens Youth Club. Some T Rex, too, not sure what else. I loved being part of the band but did we even have a name?

Redstar Richter… who scored the goals?

Barry French… Hi Lucy I also remember those day’s rehearsing at Chowns Hill. We originally were going to call the band Typhoid but good taste prevailed & the name was changed to “Iron -Stone”.The line up was your good self, Diana Smith, Den, Cliff & Me. I think we did a couple of gigs at St Helen’s Youth Club, & yes I too remember Yellow River. (Magical times!!!) Really amazing to hear from you.

Lucy Pappas… Aw, Barry, I wish I could recall those days more clearly! We were called ‘Iron Stone’? Who knew? Where is everyone these days? Maybe we need a reunion gig? xx. I don’t think I have any pics of the band. Roger Carey gave me some of us with Phil Gill a while ago but I don’t think I have any of youth club days 🙁