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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!


Alan Gordon RIP

The one sad note at the Jimmy James event was to learn of the death of local drummer Alan Gordon (2nd left below) who had a brief brush with fame in Pompey Pop group HECTOR in the early 1970s. Alan went into QA, where he died last weekend.


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Fame for Jimmy

Jimmy James is now on the Guildhall’s Wall of Fame, marking his many appearances in the city – 29 alone at the Birdcage Club. It was a lovely event, Jimmy came with his family and lots of boys & girls from Birdcage days were there:

Cilla & Jimmy James

Here’s Jimmy with Cilla whose picture appeared on the cover of the ‘New Religion’ album.

Geoff Dorsett & Jimmy James

And here’s Express FM DJ Geoff Dorsett, who does much of the work for these events, presenting Jimmy with a duplicate of his photo and citation.

And here’s another one, Jimmy with fans including a couple of legendary Pompey DJs!

J James & DJs


RIP x 2

Not a great week; drummer Jon Hiseman of Colosseum (etc) and guitarist Danny Kirwan of the second phase of the original Fleetwood Mac have both died. Hiseman certainly played Pompey, and I think maybe Kirwan did the Guildhall with Fleetwood Mac