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VINYL TAP – Tuesday

At Last! Vinyl Tap are coming out to play at The George – Purbrook, with some new numbers from The Byrds, ELO and Elton John! Kick-Off around 8:30PM


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Early Finish

In July

Wed 6th July                     Mixed group at Pedrian Jazz Club with some of S.C. L. Band.

Thurs 7th July                   Ballads and Blues Club. Couple of good guitarists featured.

Mon 11th July                   Had a blow with Frank and Paul (banjo) also played washboard.

Wed 13th July                   Summa Cum Laude band at Pedrian club. Played very well.

Thurs 14th July                 ‘Ballads and Blues’ club with Frank playing piano, boogie style.

Wed 20th July                    ‘Le Vieux Carre’ back at the ‘Star’ in a good session. Ted Owen clarinet, Kenny Robinson guested.


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Ted’s Busy June

And mention of the Ballads & Blues club signals the early days of the Pompey folk scene:

Wed 1st June: Pedrian Club move to ‘Star’, Lake Road. Band played well.

Sat 4th June: Special jazz session at Fareham with Vieux Carre in fine form.

Wed  8th June: ‘Vieux Carre’ at ‘The Star’. Played very well with Ted Owen on alto sax.

Wed 15th June: Fine session at the ‘Pedrian Club’ with the ‘Vieux Carre’. Fine clarinet player in Lewis style from Edinburgh, also guest banjo.

Thurs 16th June: Tried the ‘Ballads and Blues’ club, new Frank Hurlock venture and heard some goodish folk music.

Wed 22nd June: Session at The Star . No clarinet in Vieux Carre group.

Thurs 23rd June: Recording session for Vieux Carre with Ted Owen clarinet, Graham Patterson piano. Very good session at The Star Inn.

Fri 24th June: Vieux Carre entered ‘Jazz in June’ competition at Brighton and came first. Judged by Sam Charters, Bill Colyer etc **

Wed 29th June: Last session with ‘Vieux Carre’ at The Star before they left for Holland.

Thurs 30th June: Went to ‘Ballads and Blues’ club at The Star.

** Bill Colyer brother of Ken Colyer. Sam Charters from USA recorded many blues singers, wrote the book The Country Blues and a few years later was record producer with Vanguard Records and recorded the albums by Country Joe & the Fish.


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Me too?

British singer Joss Stone has performed at a bar in North Korea, as part of her effort to play in every country in the world.

My ambition is to play every venue in Pompey before I’m finished. Recent additions include St Simon’s Church Hall and the Emporium on the corner of Elm Grove.


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So here is May to liven things up

No not Teresa – Ted’s 1960, with lots of Frank Hurlock round-and-about and a couple of “last nights”.

Mon 9th May                     Went to Summa Cum Laude jazz club. Band played well. Poor crowd. Folk group with Frank Hurlock also played.

Wed 11th May                   Jazz at The Cobden ‘Vieux Carre’ in good form. F. Hurlock tuba.

 Mon 16th May                  Summa Cum Laude club. Poor crowd. Band played well.

Wed 18th May                   Last night with ‘Vieux Carre’ at ‘The Cobden’, Arundel St. Move talked of to the ‘Star’, Lake Rd.

Mon 23rd May                   Last night of ‘Summa Cum Laude’ club. Band played well, also guests featured.


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Quiet Month

Ted’s April

Wed 6th Apr                   Sesssion at The Cobden with ‘Vieux Carre’.

Wed Apr 13th                 Session at The Cobden with ‘Vieux Carre’ minus bass player.

Wed 20th April               Session with Vieux Carre at The Cobden. Guest clarinettist and Dereque Adye on bass.

Wed 27th Apr                  Session at The Cobden with the ‘Vieux Carre’