Limited edition CD, available to buy on the day for only £5.
Mike Waghorne… Didn’t a Pete Brown write some of the lyrics for Cream ?
Alan Esdaile… Same person Mike.
photo: Nastassja Kaschevsky
In aid of St Michaels Hospice and Surviving Christmas – two very worthwhile charities. Features: THE JUKES – THE KYTES – SOUL X PRESS and their 15 piece Blues Bro Show and Stax of Motown. Doors open at 7pm. Advance tickets: £8.50 (includes booking fee) from Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Aquila House, Seafront, Hastings. Tickets on the door – £10 Great value for 5 hours of great live music from 4 live bands!
Barry Taylor… Pete Brown accompanied this time by Malcolm Bruce, son of the legendary Jack Bruce of Cream fame. Pete performed a great set at BareFacedBlues on 4/10 and now he is accompanied by someone of extra special note! Buick 6 are also playing, the finest Delta-blues exponents in the UK these days. Peter O’Donnell is playing Bob Dylan songs…plus much more besides.
1960s CHRISTMAS HAPPENING – DECEMBER 22, DOORS OPEN 7PM St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
in aid of St Michael’s Hospice and Respond Academy
Featuring both internationally known and up and coming performers, this 1960s Happening promises to be a groovy and eclectic musical mix, a fun-filled evening where live opera meets pop; and where talented young musicians at the start of their career get to perform alongside established artists and legends of the ‘60s.
Headlining the event on December 22nd at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, are Cream lyricist Pete Brown and composer/multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Bruce, who will be performing classic songs from and about the 1960s, and three-piece delta blues band Buick 6.
Pete Brown co-wrote ‘60s hits including White Rooms, Sunshine Of Your Love, and I Feel Free, while Buick 6 comprises three of the UK’s finest musicians – Roger Hubbard on guitar/vocals, Colin Gibson on bass and Steeleye Span’s Liam Genockey on drums.
The 1960s Christmas Happening will be in several parts. Opening the evening will be talented young artists from Respond Academy performing songs from the era. Respond Academy is an alternative education and youth project based in St Leonard’s, enabling young people to gain new skills in music, media and the creative arts. There will also be performances from two talented young vocalists based in Lewes, Florence D’Haemer and Norina Dixon.
Then a short operetta The Telephone, by Gian Carlo Menotti- a romantic comedy performed on a stylish 1960’s set. It stars two young performers Czech singer Gabriela Bohacova and baritone Timothy Patrick. Gabriela began playing piano and singing in an opera group aged 5, and is now a versatile musical performer, while Timothy has performed with numerous opera companies. Frances Rayner (international prize-winner) will provide piano accompaniment.
The second part of the evening will feature live music from a range of artists including singer/songwriter Odette Michell (“…a smartly crafted blend of soulful narrative set against a backdrop of haunting folk/pop rhythms”- RealCity Magazine) who will perform ‘60s covers; The Locomotions, playing their second ever gig – ‘60s funk by The Meters and James Brown; Peter O’Donnell singing songs by Bob Dylan; and west-end performer Rachel McCarron with songs from 1960s musicals.
Headliners Buick 6 and then Pete Brown and Malcolm Bruce will close the evening.
More acts are still to be announced!
The show is directed by Mischa Frankel who is producing the event in partnership with St Mary in the Castle, and has many years of experience in fringe and mainstream theatre.
Michele Frankel is looking for anyone interested in taking to the stage during the intervals and talking about 1960’s memories. Anyone interested please let me know and I will pass on your details.
designed by Cliff Brooker
After the shocking fire at the hospice, Pete Prescott, Mike Raxworthy and Andy Gunton are putting together a special fund raising event on the 6th September, 2015.
Pete Prescott… I would like to thank Mick Burt and his band VEXED who just gave me £100. They received it for playing at the funeral of Colin Murphy. It’s going towards the concert I’m organising with Mike Raxworthy and Andy Gunton. Its at the White Rock Theatre on Sept 6th 3.00.till 10.00.(the theatre have given us the day free of charge and the staff have volunteered their services on the day ) some of the top local bands will play (Rockitmen, Soul Express, Kid Kapichi, Liane Carroll and Roger Carey, Marie White and band, The Do They’s, The Tabs, Rich Lown , The Pete Prescott Band, Dr Savage and the Fat Tuesday 2nd line, Soundwaves ) All proceeds will go to the hospice.
Yvonne Cleland… Sounds like a cracking gig for a great cause ))) xxx
Bob Shoesmith… Some very familiar faces Yvonne
Lucy Pappas… Brilliant! Wonderful music for a great cause xx
Vicky Rosling… How can you purchase tickets?
Alan Esdaile… This gig is not official announced until next week and I expect tickets will be available from The White Rock Theatre. Hope to have confirmation of this in the next few days.
Pete Prescott… Yes that’s correct. Pay on the door.
Andre Martin… As Carnival FM is supporting St Michaels – lets have some more details and we can get a few mentions going during the week of transmission I am sure.
Andy Gunton… Concert for St Michael’s is a benefit gig to raise much needed funds for St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards On Sea. Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s, payable at the door. Tickets are not available in advance. Wristbands will be issued to enable you to come and go during the event. Concert for St Michael’s runs from 3-10pm, doors open at 2.30pm. All musicians are giving their services for free. Acts and running times are subject to change and alteration. There will be a raffle on the day, with some great prizes already donated. The organisers would like to thank everyone who has helped get this event off the ground at such short notice, we appreciate it. More details coming soon, but in the meantime put the date in your diary.
Paul Merison… Also The Do They’s have been added to the bill.
Andy Gunton… Confirmed running order. It’s a little different to the poster and, as with all events like this, it is subject to change and alteration.
3pm – Soundwaves Choir
3.25 – Rich Lown
4.00 – Pete Prescott Band
4.35 – Marie White Band
5.10 – Dr Savage
5.45 – Rufus Stone Band 6.20 – Kid Kapichi
6.55 – The DoTheys
7.30 – The Tabs
8.05 – Liane Carroll & Roger Carey
8.45 – Soul Express
9.25 – 1066 Rockitmen
Philip John… Had to whip back early from the Concert for St Michael’s but was lucky enough to catch Pete Prescott’s set. Pete was on sparkling form and the band was tight as spandex trousers ! The addition of the sax player worked really well with some of the more jazzy numbers especially the BS&T Spinning Wheel some good blues too, especially liked their version of ‘Born under a bad sign’. Worth the ten quid just to see that band, then along comes ‘Kid Kapichi’. Recommended to me by Andy Gunton I was not disappointed. Saw them at a beach concert and thought they were OK but tonight they were scorching! Great to see a guitarist with an AC 30 amp real clean sound. Good image, especially liked the bass player, a sort of prowling Wilko Johnson with one serious hair cut . Don’t know most of their numbers but really enjoyed ‘Murder on George Street’ and the following three numbers. Surely it’s only a matter of time before they move on up. The last band I caught before heading home to finish off pressing computer work was ‘The Do Theys’ .Excellent covers band, the lead singer is a real showman and had I stayed for one more number I’d have had to get up and shake it all about with all the wild women down the front. Still haven’t been able to shake ‘Blame it on Sunshine’ from my head. Have to say it was good to see a bunch of young guys up and dancing along side the ladies.
Alan Esdaile… Agree on the Pete Prescott Band, Philip. Blood Sweat & Tears Spinning Wheel was excellent. Great to catch up with a few people today. Some amazing talent on stage and Liane Carroll and Roger Carey were sensational.
Andy Gunton… I know I’m biased, but would have to agree about Kid Kapichi. They’ve certainly come on in the past year. I was saying to them afterwards, in the dressing room, how they now come across as a real ‘band’. The music, image, on stage interaction etc has all clicked into place.
Glad you mentioned ‘Murder on George St’, as I think that’s a cracker, as is ‘Ice Cream’ another new song.
Mike Raxworthy… In just a few weeks (Saturday December 13th) we will be putting on our charity Christmas Soul Party. This year it features The Harry Court band, Pete Prescott with his funky soul band and Soul X Press with our 15 piece Blues Bro Show. It’s at St Mary in the Castle on Hastings seafront. This year we have doubled the bar staff so the booze can flow somewhat faster than last year! Tickets are only £8.50 in advance from Hastings Tourist Information Office on the seafront in Aquilla House. On the night they are £10. All of the money raised goes to St Michaels Hospice and Surviving Christmas, two very important and worthwhile local charities, so please come along and give it your support. To date we’ve managed to raise with the help of our party people, £120,000 for these charities and some local good causes have also benefitted. Doors open at 7pm and it goes till midnight.