SMART 22 Coffee Meet Report. WOW! Very busy afternoon and getting more people every time. It’s working out well with the big tables, so people can show their scrap books and albums etc. The chairs round the side are fine but as for the little tables! Always welcome any other ideas on how to arrange the room.
Among the newbies this time were Kendal Eaton, Keith Day, and Andy Knight. Everyone is excited about the Concert for St Michael’s on Sunday 6th September at The White Rock Theatre. Barry Taylor was plugging his Bare Faced Blues Festival at the Gecko Bar on Sunday 4th October which has been confirmed that Pete Brown will appear. Anyone that doesn’t know, Pete Brown was always considered as the 4th member of Cream and wrote the lyrics for White Room and Sunshine Of Your Love among others. Colin Bell had with him a rare pass for the Samanthas soul club in London. Mick O’Dowd had with him his pier cuttings and Nigel Ford had some photos he took at Hyde Park in 1971 of Humble Pie, Head Hands & Feet and Grand Funk Railroad. More great photos of The Confederate from Peter Millington. Linda Day was talking about the album she has by Rollerball featuring Michael Baldry and produced by Terry Pack and Tony Bird. Three quarters of Factory were present and very pleased to see the page ad in this weeks Observer for the reunion gig on the 16th October. Pete Prescott was showing some great photos of Five Bob Rocket. Roger Carey never fails to find some rare pieces and had with him leaflets and cuttings from Rumours Club, Reading Festival, Marquee Club, Expandis play list and Vines Cross photo, Jukes photo 1983, A Minute Passed photo, Fender Hot Squad & Jon Hiseman at Bonners and A21 promo leaflet. John Petri had photos of the bands Chain Reaction, Same Size and Stallion. Other talk was about bottle alley, 4A.M., Shaft, drum tuition, The Black Sheep (nice CD), Paul Wiseman, Battle Memorial Hall, Green Cardigan Festival, Mott The Hoople, Prog Rock Chart, 70‘s festival gigs, Jinks, Prinnys Club and Jim The Jolly Fish! This is just a small part of what I heard and can remember! If you wish to add anything here that I missed then please do so.
Linda Day… It was good seeing lots of people attend
Mick O’Dowd… Seemed like a swarm of …. there were so many. Excellent meet. Nice to see so many new/old faces and fantastic talk .
Nigel Ford… My Hyde Park photos included “Magic Michael” on stage between bands. I seem to remember he was also at the Pier before Hawkwind. Head, Hands & Feet in ’71 preaching “peace & love” or similar when I saw them. Anyone remember him (in a long dress)?
Stuart Moir… Will try to do the next meet.
John Wilde… Very sorry to have not been present but we were preparing for that evenings gig at The Big Green Cardigan festival. Please may I ask a favour Alan, could I have a souvenier copy of this months mag? Expandis plays Flairz December 18th. See you at the next Smart meet.
John Wilde… Yes Nigel, Magic Michael was also fondly known as Jesus. He would always stand centre stage in the crowd either in a dress or baretop. He was at just about every festival I went to. Sadly rumour has it he passed away. RIP.
Tony Davis… Nice picture of the Stallion guys. Sorry I couldn’t make it but hope to see many of you at the St Michael’s gig tomorrow.
Tony Court-holmes… Phil with hair, my god.
Nigel Ford… Well I Googled Magic Michael and it seems he’s alive and kicking with his own Facebook page…
John Wilde… Well that is good news. Gawd bless Magic Michael.
Andy Qunta… Steve D. & Phil T. look almost like brothers in this photo!
Alan Esdaile… Please note the Stallion photo should be dated as 1976 not 1975. Thanks Phil Gill.