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From Graham:

“New series starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9am on Radio 4 entitled ‘Black Music in Europe’. Also, Christine McVie (who used to grace our Guildhall stage when she was plain old Miss Perfect in Chicken Shack) was good on ‘Desert Island Discs’ Sunday – repeated this Friday.”

Many thanks – I remember her also once with Chicken Shack at Rikki’s Sunday night Blues Club at Kimbells.




Mick’s Week

Mr Cooper’s had a busy and interesting week:


The annual reunion (l-r) Marc Tuddenham, Colin Wood, Mick, Pete Light & Larry Nicholas – a few bands there …


He got a better shot than me of Andy Grays (CEO Cultural Trust) and Paul Jones

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A Plan:

This Sunday, 17 December from 5pm to 10pm in the Square Tower, there is a musical extravaganza to raise funds for St Simon’s Church in Southsea, specifically to provide food and shelter for homeless people in Portsmouth over the Christmas period.

 There are five bands playing (start times approximate):

5.00 Southsea Skiffle Orchestra

6.00 Red Sky Divers

6.45 Scarlet Town

8.00 The Wireless

9.00 The Muvvas

Shep Woolley will be the compere for the evening and will provide continuity to ensure a good time is had by all.

At about 7.30pm the raffle draw will take place – there are some seriously good prizes to be had.


Paul Jones

With apologies to our legendary DJ, I have to report a fine day for Portsmouth Grammar School, as one of its ‘products’, watched and applauded by others who share his alma mater, was honoured by Portsmouth Guildhall:

PJ 12.17

Paul Jones was the latest musician with local links to be inducted into the Guildhall’s “Wall of Fame” prior to his gig tonight with the Blues Band. He told tales of seeing Lonnie Donegan at the KIng’s, of forming his own skiffle band, the Louisiana 4, playing with Manfred Mann at Kimbells and the Rendezvous – and at the Guildhall on a number of occasions including the tour with Bill Haley & his Comets (above with Andy Grays, CEO, Guildhall Civic Trust)