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.

Skin @ the Hallamshire

Evolved from Sons & Lovers, members included Josie from Tsi Tsa, Richard Hartley, Malcom Walmsley, Sam plus the legendary Jim O’Shea on bass. Oh yes, and a 4 piece horn section!  

University Flyer 1974

I found this at the back of my Be-Bop Deluxe scrapbook! Most of these gigs were not on our listing so a double bonus. Strawbs, 10CC, Budgie, Earthband, Barclay James Harvest, Greenslade, a decent selection! Plus our very own Shape Of The Rain.

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 […]

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 […]