Roger Hubbard and The Prisonaires – The Piper Friday 13th December 2019

The Piper’s proud to present a rather special show for December, with Roger HUBBARD & The PRISONAIRES – playing alternately.

Roger Hubbard – Nana Tseboe – Henry Isaac – Paul Baverstock – Dr King – Tony Reeves

The Prisonaires will play 2 sets, one at 8:00 pm and the other 10:00 pm
Roger Hubbard will play 2 sets, one at 9:00 pm the other at 11:00 pm

QUOTES
‘Roger Hubbard is as good as any guitar player in the USA and UK’ – Muddy Waters
‘Absolutely brilliant music a joy to watch them play’ – The Green Man Festival
‘One of the finest gigs I’ve seen anywhere for years’
‘Really one of the most remarkable and memorable live performances I’ve ever seen’
The Prisonaires definitely a supergroup, pivotal to the most ground-breaking music of the 1960s and ’70s’
‘King provided the platform for Bert Jansch to move out of the shadows and into the sun’

Tickets are £10, available on-line in advance or directly from the venue in advance or on the door on the night. For more information and tickets… https://www.thepiper.club/events

Wee Jock… Awesome

Neil Partrick… Is this liable to sell out in advance? I mean it should.

Alan King… Don’t know! Best to try to get advance tickets. The venue uses a ticket app called DICE, which is smart phone / mobile only and you need to download the app, i’m sure it works for youngsters but possibly not appropriate for the demographic for this gig – i’ll try to set up a wegottickets page to accommodate those who can’t handle the new technology – but there is also the walk up – tickets on the door approach – so get there early.

David Edwards… The trouble is people in Hastings are breastfed when it comes to music and begrudge paying to see artistes of such calibre when they should pay. I hope it is jam and packed full

Tom James Cowan… If you use DICE to book but don’t have a smartphone you can just print off the ticket, or the Piper have a list of ticket purchasers on the door as well….

The Prisonaires – Searching for The Old Folk Rebels – Review of Electric Palace Hastings gig 1st July 2018 by Neil Partrick

Photo: Neil Partrick

Alan (left) with Bobby Valentino (fiddle), Les Morgan (drums) and Tony Reeves (right,bass)

The Prisonaires Live at the Electric Palace Hastings

“Is this a supergroup?” asked a friend of mine as we took our places last night in the third row of this tiny, historic, yet barely half-full Hastings cinema. If about 250 years of combined experience playing with some of the most important western musicians of the 20th Century fits the bill, then The Prisonaires are definitely a supergroup. While not household names, any blues, jazz-rock, folk, or rock enthusiast will understand that these gentlemen were pivotal to some of the most ground-breaking music of the 1960s and ’70s. Yet there were plenty of empty seats in a venue that only has 48 of them.

Acoustic guitarist and leader of the band, Alan King commented wryly that scheduling a gig during an international football tournament is always a disaster. But can it be that south-coast music buffs preferred staying at home to watch telly in the hope that Argentina would defeat the French, than attending a gig of this quality? When The Prisonaires finished their set a member of the audience stood up and shouted that it was the finest gig he’d seen in Hastings in years. It was one of the finest gigs I’ve seen anywhere in years.

Musical impresario, Alan King was a doyen of the famed 12 Bar Club, the ‘60s Soho music venue that gives the name to Dr King’s ‘12 Bar Music’, the platform for this and for some forthcoming Electric Palace gigs. King told me outside the Gents – the Electric Palace is so small that the toilets are never far away – that he is lucky enough to have played with his favourite guitarists, Davy Graham and Bert Jansch, and his favourite singer, Miller Anderson For many years King also played with his favourite songwriter, Alan Hull (of Lindisfarne).

The aura of Graham and Jansch hung over proceedings as King opened the set riffing on the rite of passage folk guitar tune, ‘Anji’. What the advance publicity promised would be a hybrid of The Pentangle and Can, “with a touch of Miles Davis’” jazz-rock-funk fusion, was underway. ‘Anji’ went from sounding like The Pentangle were performing it, to something with a lot more attitude. Almost like Fairport Convention’s ‘A Sailor’s Life’, but lifted beyond even that wonderfully free-flowing, folk-jazz hybrid  However I couldn’t detect the influence of Can on this or on any of the other tunes The Prisonaires performed last night. It was undoubtedly an eclectic set though, and The Prisonaires have certainly embraced Can’s determination to kick against the musical pricks.

To read more of this review please click the following link… http://oldfolkrebels.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-prisonaires-live-at-electric-palace.html