Bare-Faced Blues Festival – September 7th & 14th 2014


Barry Taylor is looking for more people to help with the collection buckets and can be contacted at or 01424 712842

Janine Anne Hemsley…..”Looks good”

Times for this event are:

Sunday 7th September Goo Goos – 2.30 Pete Prescott & Highway – 4.30 Buick 6 – 6.00 Turpin & Walker – 8.00

Sunday 14th September Mick Bolton – 2.30 Joe Rytlewski Band – 3.30 King Size Slim – 5.00 Pete O’Donnell – 6.00 Tea Chest Blues – 8.00

Don’t forget the CD which will be on sale for only £5.00, with all proceeds going to St Michael’s Hospice.


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Scalliwags Night Club Song 1970’s


video and all cuttings supplied by Kevin Burchett

John Storer…..Sometime in the late 70s, Lewes Crown Court were hearing a trial in relation to an offence that took place in Scalliwags. It was decided that the jury should attend the scene of the alleged crime to view the place. They were accompanied by the Judge and the prosecution and defence legal teams. Before the visit, court officials insisted that all signs and notices that displayed the “Sober Judge” name and / or logo were to be covered up prior to the visit for fear of offending m’lord

Bare-Faced Blues Fest 2014. Update.



Gecko Bar St Leonards-on-Sea . To raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice.



DJ/Compere: MARCO with his blues/rockabilly vinyl.

Should be good. Tickets available soon.  Promoter:

Joe Knight…..looking forward to it, great music & musicians

Scalliwags & Saturdays


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Phillip Meston…..I was a regular at Scalliwags!  Not forgetting the sticky carpets. I also remember the Christmas/New year parties with all the food!

Perri Ann Haste…..Oh my goodness! – I can remember dancing round my bag a few times in this place!

Gary Kinch……….had my stag night there in 78.

Nick Prince…..And not forgetting the Sober Judge.

Andy Qunta….Ah yes, Scalliwags! & Saturdays! Excellent fun times!

The Cobweb – more of April 1968 from Nigel Young Archives


Nigel Young Archives

Nigel Young….Thursday, 18.04.68 St Leonards-on-Sea The Cobweb
The local Purple were back the following week for another gig (admission again four shillings, five shillings for guests), this time with a ‘Stereo Disc Show’. Taste played The Cobweb in May, as did The Iveys (pre-Badfinger). 1969 started strongly with The Episode, Kippington Lodge, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound and Status Quo over successive weeks, Trapeze played there in May and Episode Six returned for the last time in June. A fire in the Dolphin Ballroom bingo hall (below the Cobweb) caused serious damage and brought the club to an end in December 1970.
© Nigel Young (from the forthcoming book, Deep Purple: Day By Night)


Nigel Young Archives

Nigel Young….Marine Court, an imposing Art Deco apartment block, fourteen storeys high, on the seafront at St Leonards-on-Sea in Hastings, in East Sussex, was built just before World War II, completed in 1938, lavishly modelled by architects Kenneth Dalgleish and Roger K Pullen on the Queen Mary, the Cunard-White Star Line’s new liner. (Cunard and White Star had merged during the financial difficulties of the Great Depression.) Now a Grade II listed building, it contains flats and restaurants, with shops at ground floor level. By 1968 it was home to The Cobweb with a capacity of 350, previously known from July 1964 to October 1967 as the Witch Doctor.
© Nigel Young (from the forthcoming book, Deep Purple: Day By Night)

Deep Purple – The Cobweb 1968


Nigel Young Archives  via  Ian McGilvray

Peter Pursglove….The Witch Doctor ,a great place RIP

Pete Fisher….. would have been 13 back then, and just beginning to play guitar, but sadly too young to go to this gig….had to delve into wikipedia to check my facts…this would have been the Mark 1 line-up, with Rod Evans on vocals and Nick Simper on bass, and only about a month after the band formed….I guess it was “Black Night” that first drew my attention, and became the pub jukebox soundtrack for several years…I remember buying Deep Purple In Rock in summer 1970, and playing it proudly to Bernard Jeffery and Steve (?) in my bedroom, who were in my first band, Black Ash, on drums and vocals, with Iain Cobby on bass, and deciding that was what we wanted to sound like…..along with Led Zep and Free….finally got to see Purple in Cologne with Steve Morse on guitar in 1996….would love to have seen Blackmore live!

Mick O’Dowd…..Sorry to disappoint. This Deep Purple were the Hastings branch and it was the other ones that nicked our name. So there!!

Peter Pursglove….Yes Mick , I just had a look and they were booked on the 11th and 18th

John Storer…..interesting to see that Episode Six were playing two nights later, a band that featured Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass.

Bare-Faced Blues Fest – Sunday 7th & 14th Sept 2014


A blues festival is planned for Sunday 7th and 14th September 2014 to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice. ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ will be held at Gecko Bar in St Leonards and will feature the cream of the local blues artistes. Discussions are taking place with acts including T.Chest Blues, Roger Hubbard, King Size Slim and Nelson King Goo Goos.

Promoter Barry Taylor would like to hear from any local musicians who could contribute to an event which will show the wide variety of styles within the ‘Blues Genre’  and he has ambitions for it to become an annual event. Barry can be contacted on: or I’m happy to pass on any messages.