40 Years and counting


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.

Skys is Cryin' 1975 (with Dave right)

Steeleye Span

hammersmith envelope


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

2 thoughts on “40 Years and counting

  1. Incidentally no-one could ever get the band name quite right. It was “Skys is Cryin” from the sound of the first line of a Sonny Boy Williamson version of the song (on Folkways I think, maybe with Matt Murphy – not a Chess special)

  2. Lookin good Dave. Wow that looks like a guest appearance by a member of Thin Lizzie playing the 12 string. Very impressive.

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