1966 10 April
The Easter weather was terrific and the Birdcage fans will have enjoyed the return of the Vagabonds on the Saturday while other Birdcage visitors around then included Georgie Fame, Cliff Bennett, the Paramounts and the Cat. American soul singer Arthur Alexander (“You Better Move On”, “Go Home Girl”) appeared on the Sunday after Easter and the club ran its first two all-nighters with the Vagabonds and Graham Bond plus the Clique.
1967 26 March
Simon Dupree & Big Sound were promoting their new single “Reservations” with local record store appearances. They attracted a big crowd to a Portsmouth Youth Organisation dance at Clarence Pier and BBC screened their documentary on 17 March – they played also at “Heatrave” at the Savoy with the Inspiration. The folk scene was busy: Malcolm Price returned to the Folkhouse Club and American Hedy West came to the Ballads & Blues Club – she was perhaps one of the most underrated of the young American singers of the time, recording three albums for Topic Records in Britain in the period. In mid-March Jon Isherwood played the Pomme D’Or, Talbot Hotel and Folkhouse over four nights. Wizz Jones & Pete Stanley brought bluegrass to the Folkhouse and Jo Ann Kelly her Memphis Minnie-style blues to the Railway Hotel. Jazz became more regular at North End’s Oasis again with Tia Juana Jazz Band and then Ken Colyer. Easter was lively at the Birdcage where Chris Farlowe and the Academy played the latest all-nighter. Academy, “very popular” at Manor Court, were generally attracting good reviews including an appearance at the opening night of “Unliteabsorbing” – a new club or “Audio Visual Environment” underneath the Birdcage – a sign of the looming ‘summer of love’ and shift to psychedelia following Pink Floyd’s appearance at the Birdcage earlier in 1967. John Vivash opened two clubs locally with the Informers at Milton’s Oyster House and the Vogue in Havant.