Anyone remember the group ‘Eliot’?

photos © Dave Trodd

Mick O’Dowd… No. Wasn’t that ET’s mate?

Stuart Moir… No

Margie Watts-Carter… Sorry, not to my recollection

Colin Brown… Elliott with 2 L’s was an American Emo band from Louisville, Kentucky.1995. But look more like a 60’s Band.

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Colin, I think the photos were taken locally in the 70’s.

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.

 

Fairlight Studios 1978 to 1982 have we got your tapes?

Andy Knight says…. Paul Dengate and I ran Fairlight Studios from 1978 to 1982. I have a number tapes (reel to reel) recorded by people I am no longer in contact with. Any chance anyone may the whereabouts or know who might. They are Ann Maxine, Harry and the Dicemen, Ivory Rose, Gen Kiddies, Trilobites (Jonathan Jukes), John LeBreton, Hestinga, First Bite (Derek Macey), Chris and Bryson. Best, Andy Knight.

Mike Mitchell… Brett Taylor  might know how to get in contact with Nick Barnard, drummer with The Dicemen. And Dave Baker and Wally of The Trilobites are still around Hastings and Bexhill… Chris Boorman who drummed for them is somewhere up north these days and Frances Jukes knows Jona’s whereabouts.

Tim Moose Bruce…. May be able to find Derek Macey. Mate of mine was in a band with him in the 80s.

Andy Qunta…. Unfortunately I don’t know any of those people. As a side-note though, I remember going in there late ’81 or early ’82 and recording a demo of a song called Statistics, which was subsequently recorded by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band for a single, and the opening track on their album “Somewhere In Africa”. Of course, I have great memories of Fairlight Studios! Thanks, Andy!

David Kent… If I remember rightly, John Stiles at Stiles Garage in Battle was the bassist with The Gen Kiddies.

Tim Moose Bruce… He is now a music lecturer at sussex down college in Eastbourne.

Reg Duff… I remember coming to the studio with First Bite (my first ever stint on electric guitar after Plum Duff) be interesting, although probably painful to hear it now!

Chris Sambrook… The Gen Kiddies were a great band. They were from Battle and Hastings. . Kevin O’Connor was Vocals haven’t seen Kevin for years. John Stiles and Dave Craven and the late Chris Turner on Bass. They were all a good laugh when playing gigs and never took themselves too seriously. Favourite song ‘Who you looking at, why are you looking at me like that”

Jon Wilde… Great bunch of guys. Missing Chris Turner. Any photos anyone?

Richard Turner… B nice to c any pictures of the hen kiddies

Nick Barnard… Hi Andy and Paul. Sorry for the delay in responding. My sister who has recently returned from New Zealand made me aware of your post back in August. I was drummer with The Dicemen along with Harry Rogers (lead singer / guitarist) and Richard Burley (bass guitar). I would be interested in any tapes you have  Get in touch when you get a chance. Cheers.

I will pass on your email address Nick.

Chapel Gate Green… In reply to Chris Sambrook, Chris Turner’s voice was so powerful – ” Ooo yoo lookin’ et ”
Remember it well along with ‘Radio Control’ & ‘Just another day’. I was the synth player (Blair). Haven’t seen the guys in the years since we split 🙁 I remember recording with you. ‘Radio Control’ was our musical answer to the CB fad that was big back then.

Chapel Gate Green… Hi Andy / Paul, Just found this post after all these years. I have a poor, very well played demo cassette of Gen Kiddies that we made with you. I think it was Radio Control, Who You looking At … plus ??? Tape is in deep storage somewhere in the barn. Would love to hear from you re the masters. Haven’t seen or heard from the band since splitting. Are the guys still around? Never took a single photo of practice sessions (at Mountfield Gypsum) nor at our gigs and have never seen any taken by others. Would love to see some if they’re out there. I remember well going to audition with them … played a bit at the practice session, they went off for a private talk then returned and said “f***ing hell, we’ve got a synth player”. Well chuffed all round. I really loved that band. Miss you guyz. Blair

Andy Knight… I need to look in my archives, will let you know

 

The Dekorators – around 1982

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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.

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing Beggars’ Gate Where Once Giants Trod cd

WHERE ONCE GIANTS TROD     Beggars’ Gate

Firstly thank you to Cliff Wootton for providing me with this album for review at last Fridays SMART meet.

Beggars’ Gate are Pete Cornford (vocals/guitar), John Farebrother (guitar/guitar vibesware/Ebow/ambient sound), Steve Harland (keyboards, synth, vocals), Cliff Wootton (bass guitars) and Jules Blake (sound engineer) and the band are based around Tunbridge Wells. I’m sure some of you will know these guys, for those of you who don’t then I urge you to make their acquaintance through this album. I have no wish to try and place the music they make into any particular genre, they have been described as prog/folk/rock, which is I suppose fair, however there are so many other elements at work here, classical, tribal, celtic, ambient are just some of the additional adjectives I would choose to use. The 10 tracks take you on a journey where all the aforementioned elements appear and samples and Gregorian chants also make well placed appearances. The liner notes written by Pete (who I assume wrote all the lyrics) start thus ‘At risk of sounding old fashioned, this recording was always going to be a concept album’. Which sounds slightly apologetic, well let me say there’s nothing wrong with a ‘concept album’ in my book whether it be from the early 70’s or the uneasy world of 2017 we all inhabit. Clearly this is a deeply personal and heartfelt expression for us to take a look at our past and where we might be heading. The crashing waves, chants and tribal drumbeats that kick off the opening title track immediately evoke a feel of ancestry and transport you to a Tolkienesque world of open wild landscapes and create a cinematic image in your head, well they did in this head, then sliding perfectly into the gentler ‘Orkney Stone’ a paen to ancient stones, with some excellent guitar (surely some Floyd influences here) and some damn fine piano. The first of two ‘instrumental’ tracks follow ‘Insolitude’ with a simple haunting piano over natural birdsounds works beautifully as a lead in to the celtic vibe of ‘Banks of Lindisfarne’. ‘Now The Road Is Calling’ has some, for me, of the best lyrics on the whole album and a fine vocal. However lyrically ‘The Walls Of Separation’ essentially a anti war protest song takes first place. ‘Protest’ songs can often come across as shallow and trite (not intentionally), this is far from the case here where the words ring chillingly true and certainly hit their mark and had me returning to this track more than once, a very fine song indeed. The magnum opus of the album I think goes to the final track ‘Sanctuary Gates’ which closes the album in epic form building as it does to a crescendo that fully delivers, and I suspect the band themselves know that.

As I spend the vast majority of my time reviewing national and international artists its a pleasure to have something ‘local’. I wish Beggars’ Gate all the luck with this release  and getting it out there to the widest possible audience to enjoy.

Til next time………..Colin

Alan Esdaile… Sounds GREAT. I’m playing it at the moment and also heard Sarah Harvey play it on her show last night.

Curved Air – Pavilion Hailsham – Sat 4th November 2017

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Subject to contract exchange
Founding members Sonja Kristina and Florian Pilkington-Miksa are joined by Kit Morgan, Yehudi Menhuin-schooled violinist Paul Sax, Chris Harris and Robert Norton.
Curved Air was originally formed in 1969, a ground-breaking progressive art-rock band known for a unique and powerful combination of a remarkable female vocalist and virtuoso musicians.
Reformed in 2008 after a sabbatical of 18 years, Curved Air’s concert and festival appearances in the UK, Japan, Italy, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Holland and Belgium continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion.
The band is still fronted by Sonja Kristina, who topped the British Music Female Vocalist polls throughout the 1970s…..she has been the constant flame, leading Curved Air through the decades.  more information...http://www.spyboy.co.uk

Jan Warren… Back Street Luv!!

Pete Fisher… never got to see Police live, but saw Stewart Copeland in Curved Air in 1974…

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Jeanette Jones… Jones still talks about seeing Sonja performing in a cat suit 😉 He enjoyed the singing too! Sadly time passes, wish we could all do it again, mistakes & all 🙂 Cat suit days are sadly behind most of us now!

John Coleman… Wasn’t Sting in the original line up ?

Chris van Rock… Sting Don’t think so …. Sonja looks the same …