My buddy Denis and I are off to launch our new band today at a private ‘dress rehearsal’ party before our public debut next Thursday
Today is also the 40th Anniversary of one of our great nights. We were students at Milton’s College of Knowledge and had a seven-piece country blues/skiffle/jug band Skys Is Cryin’. We entered a nationwide ‘Tartan Bitter’ student Talent Competition on the offer of free beer at every gig and on this day/tomorrow (?) in 1975 we appeared in the Final at Hammersmith Odeon (support to Steeleye Span) and won the whole thing with a prize of £750 – serious money in those days.
One of the judges was Alan Bown, the MC was Bob Harris and somewhere I’ve still got the recording. It was a rather magical day! The photo is from one of the earlier rounds which were at Worthing, Thames Poly and Reading University but I can’t remember which one.