May Day

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Up the workers! (I’m doing not one, but two gigs today, in Gosport and Old Portsmouth)

My May Day started by going to the ‘paper shop, only to spot the Morris Men outside the Pembroke. They danced – and, around 9am, other people drank beer.

Today would have been the 70th Birthday of my old pal Steve Farrow once a ‘worker’ in HM Dockyard. We shared wonderful days together in Rosemary and he played in many local bands before and after that, including Tangerine Slyde and Generation, before teaching himself to sight-read and working with Mecca bands (etc). Here’s ‘multiple Steve’, by Geoff Allman, and the Slyde at the Black Cat, North End, with drummer Steve Hollins in front, Steve Farrow (guitar), Ian Walker (voals) and Mick Legg (bass guitar). It looks from the horizontal microphone stand that Brian Grice was ‘exit stage right’.

Farrow multile

Tangerine Slide @ B Cat



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

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