Ian Dobson: a folk voice for half a century by Neil Partrick

Profiles of the unsung heroes of the UK folk scene from the first revival of the late 1950s through to the 1970s.

Ian Dobson has been a folk music performer, gig organiser and sound engineer for more than half a century. While for much of his professional career Ian was by day a teacher, by night he was the singer in several notable folk groups. For much of the 1970s and early ‘80s Ian also co-ran a Sussex folk club that hosted both major league and up and coming acts. When he and the late folk musician John Towner took over The Black Horse folk club in Telham near Battle, it became a focal point for both the burgeoning Hastings music scene and a venue for some of the biggest names in British and Irish folk music. for more continues here...

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The Dekorators – around 1982

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supplied by Nastassja Kaschevsky

Chris Kimber, Nastassja Kaschevsky, Jeanette Saxby, Doug DuggyFresh Smith, Geoff Saxby.

Tony Ham….They used to play Ma Beeton’s in Rye, the only song I remember them doing though is Jilted John.

Hastings Local Band Photos….Yeah, many a gig in there….think it’s the Ghandi restaurant now!

Geoff Saxby…..The Dekorators broke the world record for non stop playing in January 1985 at Becketts Bar in Bexhill, Devonshire Road. 147 hours…

Tony Ham…..Does it still stand and did they play Jilted John?

Nastassja Kaschevsky….Dave Blackman stood in for me on drums……can’t find anything on the internet about it anywhere!

John Bownas… In reply to Richard Peet, Richard – did you ever reach Geoff? I have his e-mail address in Australia if you want it still. drop me a line john@hastingsflyer.com … by the way… they were all right handed (even the drummer despite the kit looking like it is set up for a left-hooker) … the photos have been reversed 🙂 The record still may stand as Geoff tells me it was dropped out of the Guinness categories while they held it…

Pete Ellis… Andy Ellis and Steve Murphy played for the record breaking week. I believed the record was broken. I have the Guinness Book with the Dekorators mentioned. But sadly it’s a very small / basic entry

 

Candy Choir – The Cobweb 8th March 1969 & Battle Memorial Hall 1970

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Alan Esdaile… Good band saw them a few times. Remember at Battle Memorial Hall.

Robert Searle… Good harmony group used to see them the old Sundowners Pevensey Ruskin Arms East Ham.Cobweb,Black Bull Lewisham etc

Mick O’Dowd… Very good band. They were regulars at Cobweb.

Howard Jenkins… Brian Hatt is my Brother in law, he was age 80 earlier this year & has been living in North Wales since 1984. After leaving Orange, he ran his own PA company, his son Paul has maintained the family music connection, also as a sound engineer.

Wilko Johnson at The Black Horse Music Festival 22nd May 1998 by Andrew Clifton.

Martin Richter… fantastic! anyone know how to convert vhs to digital – *somewhere* i`ve got a copy of Divine in concert at Saturdays that needs preserving!

Yvonne Cleland… Damn I wish I’d seen this! However, I saw Doctor Feelgood in Eastbourne when Wilco was in top form.

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poster ad from Phil Little Hastings Music Files. Lead supplied by Neil Cartwright.

Alan Esdaile… Well done to Andrew & Steve Clifton, all those hours filming, no doubt loads of aches & pains from holding cameras but very much appreciated here.

Neil Cartwright… FANTASTIC!! ……. (and he’s using MY curly lead!!!!!).

Paul Dengate… Your curly lead Neil, and he’s using MY monitor mix!!!!

Andrew Clifton… Martin the video was coverted from a video 8 tape using Video forever it does vhs to digital.

Andy Gunton… I was there 🙂

Geoff Peckham… Excellent footage of Wilko Johnson. Great little festival. This was the year I played there with my Cajun band, the MudBugs. I remember it well!

Steve Sampson… Went on the Friday to see Wilko and Monday to see The Blackman Brothers.

Robert Wren… I had seen Dr Feelgood a number of times but that was the first time I had seen Wilko and I felt like I had a last truly seen Dr Feelgood.

 

Tramps Disco Club Warrior Square. 1976/1977

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Pete Fairless…..I’m in shock! These belong in the museum, anyway. What a great bit of social history. Not one over eighteen, I’ll bet!

Joe Knight…..looking good Alan!!!!

Eve Neuke….How many nights did I spend there as a foreign 16-year-old student!

Jim Breeds….Whatever happened to Go-Go girls? 🙁 Gosh, Tramps. I didn’t go there very often but that’s another memory bank nudged.

Mick O’Dowd….They went! Always remember you playing Van McCoy’s The Hustle and I have never heard it sound better than at Tramps!

Jeanette Jones……Great memories:)

Peter Pursglove…..That was my last Venue with Paul Casson RIP , we used to pack them in there

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin…..Just look what you could get for 40p – great value eh Alan ! from Hastings Observer Autumn 1977

Dawn Leaney… Loved Tramps! The 2 girls nearest the camera in the photo in the middle are Karen and Lynn and they were in my class at school at the time this was taken! We were about 15/ 16 ! 🙂 good times!

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