The Yetties -The Black Horse 13th March 1979

Alan Wood… Great venue ,sometimes iffy groups

Wendy Weaver… I was there😀. Been to many of their gigs since. They retired about 5 years ago and Pete Shuttler sadly died in September 2014. Bonnie is still talking and singing about our beloved Dorset

Iain Cobby… the Catsfield Steamers played at Jo and I’s wedding in Beckley many years ago! They were fantastic and made the day.Shine on!

Friday Nite Swing Sessions – The Black Horse 1976.


Jim Breeds… ‘Snatch’ Snashall. Hmm…. I was recently trying to remember the stage name of a jazz violinist that I used to work with at Ashdown House at about that time. He played in a jazz band at the Hayloft & occasionally the Black Horse. Real name was Jim but I can’t remember his last name. Maybe this Snatch is the guy … Jim had played Jazz with Spike Milligan in Bexhill in WW2.

Peter Thomson… It was Jim Small, Jim. Used to launch into impromptu bursts of solo violin during lunch breaks. They were one and the same, as betrayed by a photo in one of Milligan’s books (can’t remember which).

Black Horse Music Festival 1996.

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photo: The Lost Boys Pete Prescott. supplied by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott…   A year I’ll never forget. It was the lost boys last gig. Very emotional.i loved being in that band. It was filmed. I still have it. I should put some of it on you tube. Amazing much missed festival.

Kev Towner… Yes you should Pete!!

Paul Dengate… Couldn’t have been a better folk reunion day.

Stuart Moir… Saw the video at Pilot studio, brilliant performance loved it


Did Paul Simon play The Black Horse at Telham? asks Barry Taylor

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Barry Taylor… did Paul Simon play the Black Horse At Telham does anyone know?

Stuart Huggett… He may well have, he certainly appeared to have played The New Inn in Sidley during his mid 60s troubadour days. Also the De La Warr folk festival date August 30th 1965 with: Shirley Collins, Ian Russell, Rob Edwards and Ralph Hay”.

Andy Gunton… That’s got to be worth a piece in The Stinger hasn’t it Stu? 😉

Stuart Huggett… Only the 50th anniversary this year, eh?

Alan Esdaile… Maybe a bit early Andy but might be worth going through the Bexhill phone book to see if you can find a Mrs Robinson!

Stuart Huggett… Sidley Ways To Leave Your Lover.

Andy Gunton… You Can Call Me Al(an).  If anyone has any memories of Paul Simon’s gigs at the De La Warr, or New Inn please let me or Stu know. We’re going to put together something for a future issue of The Stinger about his visit to our area. Any links etc gratefully received

Alan Esdaile… I remember Art Garfunkel being in Hastings in the 70’s. He came in Stylus Records and I sold him an album which I think was Its A Beautiful Day. He was down here to work in the studio with John Martyn.

Andy Gunton… That would make a nice little postscript Alan & I remember you telling me about that before

Alan Pepper…. Loves me like a (white) rock !

Alan Esdaile… you guys are still crazy after all these years.

Jim Breeds… Do you know if any collaboration between Martyn & Garfunkel saw the light of day?

Bob Bailey… Not that I can remember

Alan Esdaile… can’t confirm what they were working on or if any records were released together. However, often due to being on different labels and contract restrictions, some people were not credited.

Jim Breeds… Good point Alan, or credited to a fictional name like Hari Georgeson 🙂