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Friday 25th The Auckland, Netley Road, Southsea

Saturday 26th The Wheatsheaf, Shedfield near Wickham.
Start time for both is 8.30pm, finishing time 11pm ish.

SOUTHSEA SKIFFLE ORCHESTRA: Guildhall tomorrow Tuesday 22 January; 12-1pm and for one month only, on Floor 2.




I’ve just woken up from a Big Sleep (Bogart etc)

I’ve offered to help a student with memories of pubs – in my (our?) case, pubs with gigs

So here goes. These are mainly from Ron Brown’s book and list of Pompey pubs (n.b. sometimes names changed to protect the guilty); and it’s a list of most, perhaps all I have played in, starting with the Barley Mow (Southsea) two days ago:

Old Portsmouth/Portsea: The Pembroke; the Dolphin; the Mary Rose; the Apple Tree

Southsea: The Wheelbarrow; the Festing; the Parade, Eldon, King Street Tavern; Scott’s Bar; the Black Prince; Lord John/Little Johnny Russell; the King’s Hotel; The 5th Hants; the Wine Vaults; Jolly Sailor; Portland Hotel; the Cambridge; the Nell Gwynne; the Auckland; the Florence; Fawcett Inn; Golden Eagle; Rutland Hotel; the Wig and Pen.

Eastney/Milton: Alma Arms, Sirloin of Beef, Eastney Tavern, Eastney Cellars, RMA, Cumberland (Charlie Hurdles), Old House at Home, the Barn;

Railway Line and North: the Talbot; the Railway; the City Arms; the Air Balloon; the Star; Museum Gardens/Contented Pig; the Swan; the Salutation; Winchester Arms; Cross Keys.

At one time, the Ship & Castle in Rudmore Road was a favourite rehearsal space.

Do you think I might have missed any. Can you add others that were venues for gigs, now or in the past?


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Tuxedo Junction: Wheatsheaf, Botley Road, Shedfield, this coming Saturday the 22nd, 8.30pm – 11pm

Plus, this Sunday, at the Square Tower, with the bands listed in running order, each one on the hour, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm etc …

SS Xmas Poster


“Talkin’ with Huddie Ledbetter”

I do quite often in the Skiffle Orchestra these days but the title is actually a line from one of the greatest albums in my life, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. Apparently it was released 50 years ago this week and with my mates in Rosemary it was a big part of the soundtrack of our lives in the following 18 months.

I’ve just seen a news item on BBC about the anniversary, which drew attention to its references to Belfast, which I’ve never visited, but there are also references to Notting Hill which in those days and again 20 years later was an important alternative to Pompey for me. The feature also described the “folksiness” of the album, but I reckon it’s more significant for the musicians who give it a jazz feel. At that time, Astral Weeks, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix hinted at a way forward for pop/rock towards contemporary jazz. It never really happened, but I shall be forever grateful for that wonderful album.



Scarlet Town are at the Barley Mow tomorrow night (Thursday).

Meanwhile, Tuxedo Junction are doing their thing at the Auckland in Southsea, this coming Friday 8.30pm—11pm and the following Sunday @ the Robin Hood in Rowlands Castle, 3pm – 6pm.

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Nicolas Roeg RIP

The film Director has died. His movies included Performance, a remarkable portrayal of London gangsters and a fading rock star played by Mick Jagger. It is strictly speaking a late 1960s movie – the end of the dream – although its release was delayed. I recall seeing it at the cinema in Cosham High Street. A few years later came The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie.