Will Powell R.I.P. – Willfest, an event to celebrate a life well drummed. The Duke 26th October 2019.

Supplied by Paul Huggett

Mike Waghorne… Drummer of Footloose!

John Williams… I am shocked I worked with this man he also played in our band for some time RIP will

Andy Qunta… RIP Will.

Mick O’Dowd… RIP Will. One of life’s good guys!

Martin Curcher… RIP Will, Remember the Jam sessions, when I was about 15/16 years old, rehearsing “Sultans of Swing”.

Paul Huggett… Hope as many SMART people as possible will come along and support the event, run on behalf of Will’s family and two wonderful organisations

Iain Cobby… Great memories of Will and the gigs we did in Footloose all those years ago. Such a lovely guy who was always smiling, shine on you crazy diamond.RIP

Kevin White… Can’t believe he’s passed.He was a lovely guy, always smiling as IC says. I worked with him for a while on Anglian Windows in the 80’s, he was always willing to share his carpentry skills with me. He was a great drummer too. RIP Will

The Edge – In Action 1984

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all photos supplied by Neil Cartwright

featuring Will Powell (on drums hidden), Neil Cartwright (guitar), Barry French (guitar) and Paul Huggett (vocals).

Barry French… Hi Neil. Never seen these shots before. Any idea of the venue?

Sheila Maile… I was a good friend of Will Powell he was in a band called Festivity Blues with my boyfriend in1969/71, do you know his whereabouts?

Barry French… Will is still living in Hastings (Not sure where) My wife saw him out recently, & apart from recovering from a broken leg, he was fine & in good spirits.

Sheila Maile… Thank you for reply

 

Amethyst – Whitefriars Press Club – Tonbridge 1974

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supplied by Barry French

Barry French, Jenny Kebel and out of shot Will Powell & Paul Huggett.

Neil Cartwright… Ah … the good old ‘Hammer Fist’ !!! 😉

Peter Millington… Great Pic – Remember seeing them in the Old town around 1974

Barry French… Just to explain Neil’s “Hammer Fist” comment. Amethyst were in the main, a middle of the road club band. We had an Agent who got us a Pub gig, which if memory serves me correct was on the outskirts of Maidstone. The agent assured us that “Amethyst was just the band the venue were looking for”. When we arrived at the pub we were amazed at the many motor bikes that were parked outside. On entering the pub  (dressed in our mauve frilly shirts & flares) we were greeted with a pub full of bikers, with Paranoid (or something very similar) being played on the jukebox. Thinking this can’t be the right venue we went in search of the Land Lord. We found him in the back bar, behind him pinned on the wall was a massive poster. Illustrated on the poster was a huge clenched fist surrounded by lightning bolts. Written on it were the words that sent a chill down the spine,” HAMMER FIST” here tonight 8pm to 11pm. Well to cut a long story short,we did the gig, the Bikers (As bikers always are) were polite & friendly & i’m sure some were singing along to Jambalaya during our Carpenters medley. A gig well survived, but none of us had the nerve to ask for another booking.

Neil Cartwright…  ‘Come-a Come-a down, dooby-do down down’ =D

Peter Millington… The memory is back – I saw Amethist at the Kings Head in the Bourne – A Pub Gig but no Bikers, Phew! I hear you say Barry.

The Edge – around 1987

 

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supplied by Barry French

The Edge featuring Will Powell, Neil Cartwright, Barry French and Paul Huggett.

Barry French… This was a real fun band to be in, minimal rehearsals, a few beers & good audiences (I think people may have expecting a certain Irish guitarist). Prior to playing with the Edge Will Powell played drums with a blues/rock power trio called Egorr, who played regularly at the Regent during the early 70’s. He later went on to play with Footloose who had great success around Hastings & shared the bill with Hat Trick on a few gigs. Neil Cartwright (One of my dearest friends) has played in loads of bands around Hastings (To many to list) but along with the Edge we shared the stage in the Dum Dum Boys & Mice On Ice (I have dated this Edge clip from the Hastings News around 1987, but I’m sure Neil will correct me if I’m wrong). Neil currently resides in France & we see each other regularly. I think that Paul Huggett is currently playing Bass with the Rhythm Doctors.

Cliff Wootton… I remember Will Powell being the drummer in Egorr when they played with us on a regular gig in the Regent Hotel basement.

Judith Monk… I know Neil Cartwright.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes Will Powell was in Footloose a brilliant band that seems to have disappeared in the mists of time.