The Culprits – Royal Standard 19th February 2006

The Culprits playing at the Royal Standard. (Martin Blackman, Kevin Hoad, Chris Barrett, Phil Gill) 19th February 2006


Photo collage by Peter Millington

Alan Esdaile… Phil Gill with his happy face on! Martin seems to have got the hang of levitation.

Phil Gill….I’m guessing my happy face is because someone had just yelled “Can you do Mustang Sally?!!” in my ear for the fourth time that week

Martin Blackman….Blimey’ forget about this line up, must be time for a reunion! “Mustang Sally Denied”

Robert Searle… Now, come on Phil, you know it’s your favourite number

Roger Hubbard to record a live album at The Royal Standard – Feb 2015


The Old Town Blues Club… The Royal Standard.  From 9:00 pm until midnight – Bar until 1:00 a.m. FREE ENTRY

Thu 12th Feb 2015 – Alan King (solo) with guests, let me know if you want to come down to play and I can get a house band together
Thu 19th Feb 2015 – The Prisonaires & Roger Hubbard (recording a live solo album)
Fri 20th Feb 2015 – The Prisonaires & Roger Hubbard (recording a live solo album)


Alan King… I’ve finally managed to get my London band, The Prisonaires, down to Hastings for 2 nights and as Tony, the bass player, records the gigs and has previously produced both John Martyn & Sandy Denny we will be using the opportunity to try to record ROGER HUBBARD solo sets on both nights for a projected solo  ‘live’ album from Roger

The Band comprises of : Bobby Valentino – violin (Bobby has played with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & Mark Knopfler, The Pistoleros with BJ Cole and Pete Thomas, The Fabulous Poodles and is probably best known for the court case surrounding the Young At Heart  violin riff – which he won)

Tony Reeves – bass (Tony was in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor, before becoming a founding member of Colosseum with John Hiseman, moving on to Greenslade and Curved Air, with Stuart Copeland and along the way produced both John Marty and Sandy Denny, he also played bass on Davy Graham’s first few solo albums)

Mike Paice – sax & harp (Mike was in Jools Holland’s Millionaires alongside Pino Palladino, he’s played with Ronnie Wood’s band, he was in Lonnie Donnegan’s band, The Jo-Anne Kelly Band, was a founder member of Red Beans & Rice and currently plays in Dana Gillespie’s band)

Les Morgan – drums (Les was in pub rockers Juice On The Loose, Ron Kavana’s band and The Jo-Anne Kelly Band with Mike.  Miller Anderson who fronted the house band for three series of the German TV show Superdrumming, featuring the world’s best drummers, regards Les Morgan as the best of the lot.)

Martin Brown – guitar (Martin has spent the last decade working in Vintage & Rare, Guitar Shop in Denmark Street, he is the go to session guitarist in London, our very own James Burton.)

Alan King – guitar (I worked with Bert Jansch, Davy Graham & Alan Hull back in the 1990’s, producing 2 albums for Jansch – both Mojo albums of the year – and one cited in the US Acoustic Guitarist magazine as being one of the 10 best singer songwriter albums of all time – and doing several arrangements with Davy. In a previous life, according to Malcolm Hardee, the godfather of alternative comedy, I was most of the brains behind Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out – which in the light of overwhelming evidence I now apologise for.)

Martyn Baker… Strangely enough….. I’ve just recorded a series of “down the pub” concerts, in my local in Shoreham-by-Sea, that feature the aforementioned Miller Anderson. He’s Brilliant!


Old Town Blues Club -The Royal Standard


Message from Alan King…. I will be playing a solo gig at The Royal Standard this coming thursday (27th Nov 2014) as Miller is not available  due to unforeseen circumstances – it’ll be a little bit of Folk, Blues & Beyond – with acoustic and electric guitars. If anyone wants to come down and play a few either with me or solo, then let me know via e-mail in advance if poss. (Any messages posted here will be passed on)

then in December we have :

4th Dec – Roger Hubbard
11th Dec – Hubbard / Turpin
18th Dec – King Size Slim

then a two week break for Xmas Day and New Year’s Day

Hope to see you soon, hopefully this thursday

Yvonne Cleland… Looks good

A little bit of Woodstock comes to Hastings – Miller Anderson & The Prisonaires Sat 27th Sept 2014


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Sat 27th Sept – Miller Anderson & The Prisonaires – The Royal Standard. The Bourne, Hastings TN34 3AY – FREE ENTRY 9:00 p.m. 

His band The Prisonaires are… Colin Gibson (Bass), Liam Genockey (Drums), Alan King (Guitar)

45th years after The Woodstock Festival – The Royal Standard is pleased to present Miller Anderson & The Prisonaires. Miller performed at the original 1969 Woodstock Festival when he fronted The Keef Hartley Band. He has also been a member of Mountain, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Deep Purple’s touring band, Jon Lord Band and even T.Rex. Together they have played with : Gillan, Steeleye Span, Ginger Baker’s Airforce, Gerry Rafferty, John Lee Hooker, ,Jimi Hendrix, Davy Graham, Bert Jansch and many more

A typical Saturday on the not too respectable outskirts of the Old Town. Beaten-down men and women clung to each other, factory girls in tight white hiphuggers do the bump, skinny bald old men in overalls jitterbug decorously with stout middle-aged women in sequined glasses. Strangers huddle together against the cold. You can feel it in your bones. You know a change is gonna come. Run in worn out shoes. Steal the moonlight that creeps through the branches of the trees. The Devil comes this Saturday night. He comes in a big old car with whitewall tyres, suicide clutch and the stench of gasoline.Picking and sliding on an old guitar, with drums pounding and a low down bass growling in syncopated rhythm. Sometimes songs need singing, sometimes they need something else. Out here is a long way from Saturday night. Notes sweet, strangled and crying for life, or another drink, or more of that moonlight through guitars and amps that ‘aint got none. There’s things out here that some folks ‘aint never seen.  Drums on fire with the Lord’s gasoline. Bass notes running out of one vein and the Holy Ghost pumping something new in the guitar player’s wrist.  Feel that hand start a fluttering, making sounds on those strings like this. Defrost your heart, blow a kiss this lonesome way. Steal that moonlight, white car-a-coming, have no fear, lay down those pills, put away that liquor. They caught The Devil and they got him in The Royal Standard. And he got wings that look like leather and a long and forked tail and when he clatters it against the bar, sparks will fly.                           ‘the awesome Miller Anderson’

‘absolutely brilliant music a joy to watch’

‘King provided the platform for Bert Jansch to move out of the shadows and into the sun’

‘amazing guitar’ ‘fantastic guitar’

‘genius guitar picking’

‘one mean guitar player’

Tommo…wow – thanks for this