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Barry Barron RIP

I’m sorry to record the recent death of Barry Barron (info from Mick Cooper), a Pompey Rock & Roller of the really early days. The band pictured is the Live Five (Barry middle guitar) who were featured briefly in the film “Expresso Bongo” (Cliff Richard, Laurence Harvey etc). The other photo shows Barry (right) with Chris Harvey the guitarist on the left at the City Museum in March 2010, when I interviewed them as part of the exhibition there. The funeral is at Portchester at midday on Wednesday. RIP



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Abba Zabba

I’m a (painting) member of the Fire Monkeys Arts Collective who occupy Studio One in the Hotwalls ‘Artches’ Project. It’s a great delight to be involved in the whole thing, which this weekend celebrates its 2nd birthday with a special show made up of work from all 13 studios in the Round Tower. It’s open this weekend from 11am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday and there’s a broad range of 2D/3D work, including a rather delightful ‘psychedelic’ bit (not me) with a mention for Captain Beefheart & his Magic band!