This is a site devoted to the history of Sheffield Rock & Pop music. We all know about the famous bands that come from the Steel City, but we want to devote some space to the bands that nearly made it as well.
Contributions of any kind welcomed – photos, reviews, memories, tickets, flyers, all welcomed. We know most readers will have some memorabilia tucked away in a dusty drawer 😉
Fans of the massively under-rated Comsat Angels will be delighted to see the release of Steve’s first solo album of songs. It’s wonderful to hear new work from one of Sheffield’s true talents. We hope it’s sufficiently successful to encourage him to do it more often 😉
The Playhouse was a theatre that stood on the junction of Little Hill and Townhead Street until demolished in 1978. It was built as a Temperance Hall in 1855 and in the 1920s the Sheffield Repertory Company moved in. It didn’t look like a proper theatre until 1954 when a £30,000 restoration took place. It closed in 1971, a few weeks before the Crucible Theatre opened. It featured many performances and was home to Theatre Vanguard, a youth group that one of your SMA team attended!
This record was released in 1966 and featured songs from 3 shows held there, sung by Roderick Horn And Dorothy Vernon and written by Alan Cullen, Roderick Horn. Entitled “Songs From The Sheffield Playhouse” on the Unit Nineteen label (UN 19 1004ep). The tracks were:
Songs From ‘The Stirrings In Sheffield On Saturday Night’
A1 The Grinders’ Hardships A2 Sheffield Workmen
Songs From ‘Trudi And The Minstrel’
B1 Says I To Myself B2 Oh What Times
Songs From ‘John Willy And The Bee People’
B3 Tiddly-I B4 Fussabout
The list of gigs (excluding 1000 from the City Hall) has now passed 4000 with the addition of some Take 2 gigs. Please help us fill any gaps!
Allegedly taken at the City Hall November 2 1963
Details of this band added here