The Piper, Norman Road, St Leonards – New Music Venue opens 22nd June, 2019

More detailshttps://www.facebook.com/ThePiperCalls/ or  https://www.thepiper.club 

The Piper…‘The Piper’ Arrives – A new unconventional grassroots music venue and pub opens in St Leonards. With an increasing number of small music venues closing down across the country in recent years, it gives us great pleasure to announce the arrival of The Piper, a brand new grassroots music venue and pub set to shake up the music scene in St Leonards and Hastings from 22nd June. Located on Norman Road, The Piper occupies a previously much-loved music venue ‘The Norman Arms,’ which closed down a few years ago, much to the disappointment of the local community. In need of full restoration, new owners Chris Barnett and Andy Barker took on the project to create what will now be the only grassroots music venue in St Leonards, hoping for the establishment to once again become a cornerstone of the community, providing live entertainment for local residents and beyond.

Owner Chris Barnett, who has worked in the music industry for over 30 years managing bands, record labels and music events in across the UK will be booking up-and-coming eclectic and alternative national and international artists from a variety of music genres to play at The Piper.
Owner Chris Barnett says: “In my youth, thanks to small venues and good promoters, I was lucky enough to catch bands like the Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, Oasis, The Verve and The White Stripes long before they broke. As hundreds of small music venues continue to close, this is becoming less possible and I hope to change that for the residents of East Sussex and beyond with the opening of the Piper.”

The venue takes its name ‘The Piper’ as a gentle nod to the debut studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, and the only one made under founding member Syd Barrett’s leadership, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’. Syd Barrett, actually performed his last ever gig on Hastings pier with Pink Floyd 51 years ago, and to mark the venue’s opening, internationally respected sculptor, Suzie Zamit from Hastings will be creating a bust of the erstwhile singer’s head to be displayed in the pub.

The Piper will be open throughout the day, from from 10am until 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 12am on Friday and Saturday, at the management’s digression.

The Piper address: The Piper, 1 Norman Rd, St Leonard’s-on-sea TN37 6NH

Colin Jefferys… Anyone remember a pub called the Pied Piper.  Run by Ted and Carol ?

Pete Fairless… On the West Hill?

Tony Davis… Used to be The Manor in Manor Road

Clifford Rose… I used it at the weekends 77-80

Dave Berry and The Cruisers – Witch Doctor St Leonards 11th June 1965

John Warner… He used to spend a lot of time in Maidstone where he met a girlfriend.

Jackie Hersee…I remember it well

Ian Plater… I remember that.

Pete Fisher… I remember thinking the guitar was pretty spooky when I used to hear this on the radio as an 8 year-old …first ever wah-wah guitar, certainly in the UK, played by Big Jim Sullivan, Jimmy Page played rhythm…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c9W2-uGvQQ

Kris Ryan with the Questions plus The Confederates 5th June 1965

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supplied by Peter Millington

Gerry Fortsch… Was that John Conroy’s Confederates?

Alan Esdaile… Yes

Pete Millington… yes it was! Peter (Ginger) Millington – Bass Trevor Spears – Lead Guitar, Paul Burton – Rhythm Guitar, Dave Johnson- Drums and John Conroy- lead vocals – great times for the Confeds

Spyke and Jinks at Scalliwags 1975

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supplied by Kevin Burchett Scalliwags and sober judge Facebook page.

Kevin Burchett… SPYKE PLAYED AT SCALLYS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY AFTER OPENING SOON AFTER THEY REFORMED TO BECOME JINKS

John Storer… Aah! …. those halcyon days of crimpolene flares! 🙂

Peter Millington… We didn’t reform, we just added Rod Trowell to our line-up and changed our name from SPYKE to JINKS. That change happened after 28th May 1975 and before our return to Scalliwags on 11th July that same year. Thanks for posting Kevin – my “style cred” has just hit the buffers!

Peter Gladwish… Just noticed my band, ‘Vogue’ were on this advert. We were regulars at Scallywags for quite a while.

Pete Prescott… I still have the Jinks album on cassette (light blue cover )

 

Trapeze? and Image – The Cobweb 24th May 1969

24th May 1969 Trapze

Anyone confirm if this was Glenn Hughes Trapeze?

Robert Searle… Yes believe it was

Chris Sambrook… Trapeze were a  a 5 piece band in 1969, so it could have been Glenn Hughes. Then they were down to 3. You are the music, we’re just the band album not sure if this was the first album as a 3 piece. Glenn Hughes mentioned the Moody Blues another West Midlands band for their  help early on to  promote Trapeze,  with thanks to them, within the  presentation of Deep Purple inducted by Lars Ulric into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Robert Searle… “Send me no more letters” was their single on the Threshold label.

Town Council – Camber & more.. 67/68

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supplied by Chris Baker

Chris Baker… Aaaagh! So very long ago!  Town Council at Camber Sands. We played there twice a week for a couple of summers. Must be late 60s I think. Great days.
Left to right: Steve Hersee, Brian *Bear” Williams, Bob Shipway, Pete Robertson and Chris Baker.

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Chris Baker…. A more respectable studio shot of The Town Council. Taken by G.Ivan Barnett and a very blurry one in the basement practice room at the Round Table Youth Club. Amazing!

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