SMART SOUNDS – Factory gig Marina Fountain 29th April 2016 and cd review by Colin Bell


© Nastassja Kaschevsky Hastings Local Band Photos

So there we all were again for the second coming (this century!) of Andy, Tony, Jaffa, Laurie, or simply our very own local (Hastings/Bexhill) heroes Factory. After the re-union gig last October at the Carlisle the guys promised a return and return they did and this time with the extra treat of an album, a physical CD we can hold in our hands! Ok, I know these days music comes out of the air in files or whatever and I may be a luddite but I like something I can hold/look at/read etc. Anyway..after the ever excellent Roger Carey and Steve Cooke the boys hit the Marina stage and from ‘Call of the Wild’ to ‘Time Machine’ 18 songs later they ROCKED! with an energy and passion and for what they do, I said it before after the re-union gig and i’ll say it again the sheer energy and stamina on display would defeat many much younger bands. Whether old favourites or new material it all delivered. Highlights were many I particularly enjoyed Lightning From Heaven, Scarlet Lady, Am I Mad, Jig a Jig and Lady Muck where Andys keyboard skill and artistry reminds me so much of Ray Manzarek. Tonys fiery pyrotechnics on guitar and violin are a joy to watch, while Lauries ‘Moony’ antics and Jaffa’s solid bass bring it all together. So glad they did their ‘nod’ to the Roger Daltrey days with Behind Blue Eyes in the encore too, always one of my favourite Who tracks. Another great night for us all. If you didn’t make it along you can at least as aforementioned now enjoy a Factory CD!

This is where I put my professional journalist/reviewer hat on….how im supposed to be dispassionate is another matter…! Opening with a sample of the original recording of Time Machine before sliding into Call of the Wild, followed by Castle on the Hill (originally of course b side to Time Machine) the boys take us on a 15 track trip which rocks, lulls at times and has an overall ethereal quality that pervades the brain. There is a lot to absorb, all tracks are written by the band and I found it interesting that Tony’s compositions are intrinsically ‘english’ in feel/whilst brother Andys songs (in the main) have a whiff of the US West Coast about them, all those years in L.A.? They of course may well disagree! Jaffa’s ‘Howard’ is just great, a dark fable John Entwhistle would have been proud of. Harvey Summers has done a great job on production at capturing the Factory ‘sound’. Its just great after 40 odd years to have something tangible to listen to. One niggle…it would have been great to have had ‘bonus’ tracks of crowd pleasers par excellence Jig-A-Jig/Behind Blue Eyes maybe ‘live’, but I can see it from both sides of the coin! But very happy to be ‘Back In The Time Machine’.   Till next time……. Colincolin-head-111x150-111x150

Neil Steadman… The Factory video has turned out well Alan. It’s on a mobile but the quality is surprisingly decent. Great on the main home system. Their sound balancer knew his job.

Alan Esdaile… I think that was down to Roger Carey.

Neil Steadman… Hats off  to them.

Teresa Qunta… EXCELLENT review of the Factory Marina Fountain gig AND the Back in the Time Machine CD! (Available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, etc!!)

Scalliwags 2nd reunion 30th April 2016.

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Kevin Burchett… the Scalliwags reunion tickets are on sale in Seconds Away Kings Road St Leonards

Alan Esdaile… For people who live away, happy to pass on your details to Kevin Burchett.

Kevin Burchett… the tickets for the 2nd scalliwags reunion are on sale now from seconds away in kings road st leonards . we have now sold over 200, so if your thinking of going get them early because last years was a sellout and a lot of people were dissapointed. in aid of 2 local charities thanks Kevin.



Grundy – Warrior Gate St Leonards 1984


supplied by Peter Millington. Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present

Pete Millington… Grundy as Bob Posner joined. Probably one of the most popular groups in Hastings for over 40 years and still going. L-R Bob Posner Bass Guitar/Vocals, Nigel Davies Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals RIP , Clive Davies Guitar/Vocals, Kirk Ronchetti Drums.

Bob Posner… 1984 I had the pub from 1979 to the end of 84 then I took it on again for another Five years from 1987. (Glutton for punishment) then I had the Old King John for a number of years.. Pub pic, left to right… Me, Nigel Davies, Clive Davies, Kirk Ronchetti. As a matter of interest and memories as you can tell from the pumps in the pic. (The hand pumps were in the top bar) it was still a Whitbreads pub (before the mergers and monopolies commission).

2nd Bare Faced Blues Festival – Gecko Bar 4th Oct 2015.

Bare Faced Blues Festival




The 2nd Bare Faced Blues Festival will be held at the Gecko Bar on the 4th October 2015 in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

Line up confirmed:  The Black Sheep (photo above), special guest Pete Brown, Roger Hubbard, Peter O’ Donnell & Mick Bolton, Blues Plus, Eddy Odel.

Contact Barry Taylor for more details:

Natasha Kaschevsky… Looking forward to taking some photos again, this year!

Barry Taylor… For some Years now,there has been a steady migration of Musicians, Writers and Artists,from London to areas like Hastings…which of course offers a varied and vibrant music scene. One of the recent arrivals is Pete Brown,poet,writer and performer.He is perhaps best known for his contribution,as lyricist,to 60s Supergroup CREAM.Petes writing resulted in rock-classics like “White Room”,”Politician” Sunshine Of Your Love” and many more. These songs launched Cream into a short but hectic career which made Eric Clapton,in particular, into a Global star. Pete also worked extensively with Cream bassist Jack Bruce,whose most memorable album was “Songs For A Tailor” in 1969,after the demise of Cream. Pete Brown makes a rare guest appearance at this Years BFBF in aid of St Michaels Hospice.The venue is Gecko Bar,St Leonards seafront, on Sunday 4th October, from 1.30pm.Admission is free,with a collection and sales of CDs+prints. Pete Brown will be accompanied by Jack Bruces son, Malcolm [keyboards] Headlining the Event will be The Black Sheep,plus Roger Hubbard, Peter ODonnell+Mick Bolton,Blues Plus and Eddy Odel.

Bare Faced Blues Festival playing times: Eddy Odel 1.30, Roger Hubbard 2.30, Blues Plus 3.30, Peter ODonnell+Mick Bolton 4.45, Pete Brown 6.15, The Black Sheep 7.15


The Scalliwags 40 years reunion video by Kevin Burchett.

Kevin Burchett…Madeline Joyce Morton & Kevin Burchett would like to thank all you Scalliwagers. We raised £2.574.39 for Hastings Lifeboat. Plus £80 cheque from The Alexandra Social Club Bexhill made out to the Lifeboat but was given to us to donate. So grand Total of £2.654.39. Think we should all be very proud. Hope you all had a fantastic night and have recovered. Kevin and I are getting there slowly lol. Who’s up for another one? Xx

John Wilde… Wide waistlines and grey hair.

Kino-Teatr Cinema Theatre St Leonards-On-Sea. Opening May 2015.

Thanks to Nick Prince for keeping us updated on this.


Soon to open KINO-TEATR is a state of the art facility, unique in its location and design, housing a main auditorium of around 100 seats with its own bar and an integrated (and separate) gallery, bar and restaurant. This new facility will be home to theatre performances, films, music, comedy, poetry and performance and events, as well as a range of educational opportunities for the residents of St Leonards and Hastings.

This new ‘arts centre’ connects directly to an existing and very successful gallery, The Baker Mamanova Gallery, which has been one of the drivers of regeneration and change in the Norman Road area over a number of years. Kino-Teatr is housed in one of the oldest surviving cinema buildings in the UK, built 4 years after the very first cinema in the country. This contributes to the space’s unique atmospheric quality, which is equally enhancing to the arts it presents and to audience experience.

In addition to the Kino-Teatr auditorium and bar and the Baker Mamonova Gallery, Kino-Teatr is opening an exciting new dining experience with their outstanding quality Kino-Teatr Restaurant due to open June 1st.