Dark days

I know this is a music site but most of you know that I grew up and spent most of my life also loving Hampshire cricket – and particularly the days they came to Pompey. The first game I saw there was in 1959 and the wicketkeeper Leo Harrison died a couple of weeks ago. This morning I heard their opening bowler Vic Cannings had died and by lunchtime the opening batsman Jimmy Gray had gone too. One of the few survivors now is Mike Barnard who also played for Pompey. A sad day for me.


Hendrix in Pompey

I’ve been checking out some stuff about that famous event – Wednesday 22 November 1967. There’s an interesting review of the event by ‘Spinner’ in the local Evening News. He is quite complimentary about Jimmy (sic) Hendrix but otherwise said “Never has a pop show been so deafening and so lacking in good presentations”.

But the big question is – who else played? (I didn’t go)

We know that on the tour overall – 16 cities, mostly twice nightly – the normal bill was Hendrix plus Pink Floyd, Nice, Amen Corner, Move, Eire Apparent and MC Pete Drummond.

But there is a Hendrix website called crosstowncurrents.org which has a number of recollections of the night, raising the following questions:

Did Pink Floyd appear? Or was Syd misbehaving?

Did the Herd replace the Move for this show?

Did Jimi play first with Amen Corner closing the show?

Did the Nice play just one number (“Rondo”)?


Help the Guildhall

I think many of you know that the Guildhall is now run by a Cultural Trust (not the Council) and that they have done some fine things supporting popular music including the PME Exhibition, the Skiffle Orchestra, Singing Workshops, Young Performers Showcase, Rock Challenge and Live Gigs

They’d like your help in compiling research into their value which inevitably is in response to on-going cuts in such provision. If you have time they’d appreciate it if you would complete this Survey




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Don’t forget it’s Barebones acoustic music evening this Saturday, 29 October in Milton Village Hall, Milton Road, Portsmouth.

It starts at 8pm, doors open at 7.30.

We have the fabulous Jerry Williams and the wonderful Willow, plus surprises.

Free entry, with a collection to pay for the hall and for these amazing artistes, and bring your own drinks and nibbles.


And the clocks go back Saturday night so you can have an extra hour in bed!



Back to the IOW

From Nigel Grundy (PME):

“Some people have been in touch to say they were disappointed to have missed the Isle of Wight festival, 1968, 1969, 1970, talk by Ray Foulk (festivals organiser) and the free access exhibition preview evening at the Portsmouth Music Experience. I am planning to repeat the evening sometime early in the new year and will let you know when as soon as a date for the event has been settled.”


There is a Solent News TV report about the IoW exhibition herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D17KdrUZaiU

“When Nik Turner (Hawkwind) visited the exhibition he found a photo of himself in a Telegraph supplement about the 1970 IoW festival. Hawkwind played wherever they could, usually for free and probably spent more time playing outside festival arenas than inside them!”


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Worth Catching

“Love Emptifish Night” 16th December at the Coastguard, Emptifish playing live to your ears !!! your chance to be in the film about Emptifish. Exhibition of memorabilia, your chance to win a signed guitar used by the band, dancers, meet the band, prizes & Michelin tyre cuisine! Garage Punk DJ. Tickets available soon from Parmiters £20 each limited number available.