Head On and Hat Trick – Hastings Pier 16th February 1979

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flyer supplied by Mick Mepham, poster supplied by Roger Carey, ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, photos by Chris Meachen, Hat Trick playlist Roger Carey.

Head On featured – Tony Qunta, Mark Thirsk, Steve Kinch and Andy Qunta and Hat Trick featured Barry French, Dave Shirley, Roger Carey and Dennis Wootton.

Andy Qunta….those pics do look like they could be from that gig! Can’t believe my moustache! That was a great night, as I recall! I especially like the travel arrangements at the bottom of The Hat Trick playlist.

Geoff Peckham… Thought that was the encore!

Steve Kinch….I can’t believe my hair!

Pete Prescott….you could pick up radio 4 on those haircuts.you didnt look like that when i was in the band.do you remember falling off the front of the stage at a gig andy ? when you told me the story i nealy wet myself ! over to you. . .

Sarah Harvey… One of those moments when I suddenly remembered playing in a gig! This time with Hat Trick supporting Head On! Doh! This is the set list for ‘Hat Trick’ when supporting ‘Head On’ at the Pier…. ‘The Rooter’ was a progressive rock song about derelict railway steam engines (Roger described it is an epic) …. would have appealed to Mr. Cooksie. Opening number ‘Maybe Now’.

 

A Minute Passed & Prospect Place – 1982

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supplied by Roger Carey

Mark Thirsk drums, Tony Qunta guitar & vocals, Roger Carey bass & vocals.

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cutting supplied by Tony Qunta, photo supplied by Roger Carey

Roger Carey… (second photo) in London. A Minute Passed were a jazz rock group formed by Tony & Roger and Head On drummer Mark. Band ran from late 1980-1982

Phil Gill….Mark Thirsk, bless him. Proper nice guy.

Peter James Shaw….Mark Thirsk nice guy and a good cool player…I liked his style!!!

Andy Qunta….Great band, great musicians, great guys! A Minute Passed were frighteningly good! Unbelievable musicians, all of them!

Steve Kinch….Wot they said. All thoroughly nice geezers! Mark was a fabulous player.

Pete Prescott…yes a stunning player.

Carol Ann Bolton… (photo 2) You could wear that now and not notice it was from another decade, unlike the ’70s.

Phil Gill… (photo 2) Tone appears a trifle confused as to the tie/collar interface configuration.

Geoff Carter… Played with Mark in his first band up in Yorkshire before he moved down to London. Awesome guy. We all miss him.

 

 

Factory Reunion reviews – The Carlisle 16th October 2015

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photo by Jim Breeds – Hastings and Area, Past and Present

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photos by Sarah Harvey

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photos by Chris Meachen

Alan Esdaile… WOW! They smashed it! What a brilliant night. Well done to Andy, Tony, Jaffa & Lol. Now when’s the next one?

Jim Breeds… Awesome.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan & SMART! We had a great time, and we are working on a “next one”! Will keep you posted!

Lucy Pappas… A fabbie night! When’s the CD coming out? xx

Andy Qunta… We’re hoping the album will be out in a couple of months or so, Lucy!

Mike Curtis… Wonderful night! Factory are still soooooo good.

Yvonne Cleland… Factory blew the roof off. Incredible!!! So glad I was able to be there, wouldn’t have missed that for anything!

Chris Meachen…  It was truly magnificent! I’ve taken hundreds of pics which I’ll have to go through & then upload a few, but it’s been a fantastic evening, meeting up with so many old friends too! Just brilliant. With the number of local musicians in attendance, you could probably have reassembled several other bands!

Pete Prescott… Great night. And great seeing some old faces. It was like a SMART meeting with a fantastic band.

Dave Nattress… Totally astonishingly brilliant gig by Factory last night – just about 2 hours of incredible stuff. World class. 41 years apart and this – can’t wait for the album!!! To anyone who missed it – you really shouldn’t have. Very best wishes to all the guys and thanks for a truly wonderful show. A great sound as well.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Dave!

Tony Davis… A great gig guys. So nice to see a good crowd full of old friends! Looking forward to the album and next gig – please make it soon.

Mick Mepham… What a great evening chaps!!! What 40 years????  Magic stuff.

Colin Bell… Forty years melted away, you boys set the place on fire! It was a pleasure to introduce you.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Colin!

Sarah Harvey… What a brilliant night. Nostalgia, memories, emotion, wonderful music and wonderful people.Factory are true legends. Not forgetting Chris Meachen who has photographed so many bands and artists down the years. If it wasn’t for Chris a lot of memories would have been lost forever. Yet another legend.

Clare Bennett… It was so brilliant! Xxx

Kev Towner… A tough night for me getting up there – but worth the effort ten times over!!

Michael Pannell… Hear hear Chris the legend….

Wesley Magoogan… Great show indeed.

The Malvern – gigs 1995

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supplied by Phil Little Music Files.  www.littledrum.co.uk

Karen Sweatman was Blackman… I loved going to see Becky & the Bombshells. She used to give me and my mates her mike to do backing vocals ….. badly! 🙂

Michael Wilson… Used to see the Bombshells at the Marina ‘Fountain’. Great gigs

Richard Turner… Remember my dads band playing there sure it used to b called the new broom

Kev Towner…  remember going to see Splodgenessabounds at The Malvern with Graham Swann

 

A Minute Passed

Ric Hool has asked if anyone remembers the band ‘A Minute Passed, as they were one of his favourite Hastings bands  featuring Tony Qunta, Roger Carey , Mark Thirsk. Anymore info or photos?

Andy  Qunta….Yes indeed! What an incredible band! More musicianship in that band than anyone has a right to! I have the cassette, and it still blows my mind! Those 3 guys! Phew!

Pete Fisher….guess I missed them…would love to hear some tracks!

Ric Hool….I’m very excited at the prospect of this group’s profile being raised. I have two cherished and much-listened cassettes by ‘A Minute Passed’. Musicianship aside, and I absolutely concur with Andy’s appraisal, this group stood their ground and THAT COUNTS.

Terry Pack….I heard them once at The Chatsworth. Mark was a fine drummer. He and Tone shared a house in Tulse Hill when I lived just up the road in Brixton, and Tone and I were playing together a lot. He damaged the tendons(?) in his wrists by practising too long and then playing. I think he had to stop playing. The last time I saw him, he was working in a shop which specialised in super hi-fi recordings of classical music.