pic by Sharon Lee
I’m trying to find some information about “Sound Recording Studios”, formerly at unit 19, Trades Hall, Charles Street. I’ve found an old tape recorded by a local musician there in 1966. Does anyone have any memories?
Deborah Egan (vocals) / Mick Wilson (viola) / Virginia Duff (percussion and vocals) / Vicky Aspinall (violin) / Mary Jenner (violin). A post-punk band originally from Sheffield. The group were an electric string quartet fronted by a lead vocalist with an instrumental line-up which consisted of violin, viola, cello, and assorted percussion. The group was dominantly female and included some of the seminal female names of the late UK punk period. Jenner became a bassist for Leeds art house group The Mekons whilst Duff went on to become a television producer alongside columnist and partner Victor Lewis-Smith. Egan formed twelve piece The Mysterons and politically charged cabaret duo The Diplomats.
The name was taken from the name of a chapter in an Angela Carter novel. Acrobats of Desire were a mainstay of Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They recorded and broadcast for the BBC2 Late Show, STV and Tyne Tees Television. Their last performance was at Futurama 1981 supporting Siouxsie and the Banshees and Echo and the Bunnymen while in turn were supported by a band from Dublin called U2. Their EP, Parking Boys (Desire Records DES001) was recorded and produced by Camel’s Andy Latimer at Foel Studio in Wales. It entered the independent charts in the UK and Italy it was featured by John Peel on his show.
What a great piece of memorabilia; this is an advert singing the praises of Sheffield’s Esquire Club (now The Leadmill), printed in 1964 in a Manchester blues magazine of all places. The owners of the legendary Twisted Wheel Club there had a managerial tie in with The Esquire for a time, and figured enthusiasts might want to visit their rivals East of the Pennines. But the way the advert is written is just great, taking the rise out of itself and traditional clubs. At the time r’n’b was really big, and so was soul music, and The Leadmill catered for fans of both big time. The advert also mentions their resident bands, Vince Arnold & The Avengers, and The Scott William Combo. Vince Arnold was of course none other than Joe Cocker, and they had cut a live album at the Esquire just the year before (though it wasn’t issued for 30 years!). The Scott William Combo sadly we know nothing about, fill us in if you can.
Our thanks to Easy On The Eye Books for the advert anyway; they are preparing a book of rare 60s blues photos taken mostly in Manchester, and this was discovered while going through memorabilia supplied for the book. Simon R.
Thanks to Sharon Lee, we’ve now got 304 gigs from the George iV (aka Blitz) but more entries for any original music Sheffield gigs always wanted…
A nice blog entry with some bootleg audio here.