Ramases – Space Hymns

Ramases (Kimberley Barrington Frost) was born in 1934 in Sheffield. He was the only child of musical parents (his mother played piano to silent movies in the local theatre, and his father was a tenor) and grew up singing and playing guitar from an early age. Barrington was drafted into the RAF and after completing […]

John Ryder RIP

Steve Ward writes to pass on news that former Sheffield chart-topper John Ryder has died. They released 1 album and 4 singles in the late 60s, one of which reached number 1 in Canada. John was also lead singer in the Whirlwinds, who featured Richard Hawley’s father Dave on guitar as well as Frank White.

Steve Avian RIP

Very sad to be informed of the death of Steve Avian, lead singer of Sheffield band The Astrids

Handsworth Plaza

Anyone remember the Handsworth Plaza? Located at the junction of Richmond Road and Bramley Lane, the Plaza was opened on the 27th of December, 1937.  Seating in total was for 1,100 patrons with adequate waiting room provided in the entrance hall and foyer. The entrance was covered by a sweeping canopy with stairs to either side […]

RIP Ian Squires aka “Tiny”

SMA are sorry hear of the death of Tiny, as we knew him. He stepped in to sing backing vocals with Dig Vis Drill on a promo video and they played 5 dates in 88/89, performing to backing tapes. Sad that we also lost Glenroy (aka Squid) many years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ6jIdyVFTU

Andrews Tickets

Some notes sent in to accompany Andrew Vaughan’s signed ticket contributions. (More tickets here). How many of us know we went to a gig but had no memories of it? Date Band Comment 21/02/1976 Sutherland Bros and Quiver Soft rock duo with backing band Quiver. The SBs wrote most of the material. This was the […]

RIP Richard H Kirk

SMA are deeply saddened to hear the following news It is with great sadness that we confirm our great and dear friend, Richard H. Kirk has passed away. Richard was a towering creative genius who led a singular and driven path throughout his life and musical career. We will miss him so much. We ask that his family […]

Violet May

Thanks to John Firminger, who has shared an article he wrote about Violet May’s legendary record shop.

The Process

I used to hang out with these guys in the early 80s and thought a lot of them. They payed many gigs in the area, alongside Pulp, Hula and other local outfits, as well as appearing on the Oxford Road show alongside the Smiths. They were Allen Walton bass, Brian Bentley guitar, Gary Trigg drums […]