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Back Street Slide

Back Street Slide at The Railway

‘Back Street Slide’ at The Railway, Curzon Street.
Nigel Jones, Terry Biddulph, Trish Hathaway, Mark Stevens, Keith Jones & Dick Shaw.

The Roadhouse


THE ROADHOUSE showcases a range of signed and unsigned bands including tribute acts covering metal, rock, pop, acoustic, jazz, folk, reggae, ska, hardcore, blues, funk and r’n’b.

“The RoadHouse Club was first set up on an informal basis for local friends and music lovers after the closure and eventual demoltion of the nearby “Breedon Bar” – for many years the area`s leading music venue.

What had been just a bar in a sports centre was transformed into today’s GREAT venue. From very humble beginnings with decidedly sparse facilities and equipment, we have progressed steadily since 1999 to the stage now where The RoadHouse is widely regarded amongst both artistes and audiences as one of the best live venues in the Midlands.”

Three Magpies Folk Club




The Three Magpies Folk Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. Later to become ‘The Maggies’.



Hamstead Social Club



Hamstead Social Club, Old Walsall Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B42 1HY.



Under The Greenwood


“Under The Greenwood was a fantastic club but welcomed folk/rock as well, the club was run by Tom Cordrey.” – Elizabeth Jones


Big Bear Records

“Big Bear Records is probably the longest established independent record company in the UK and has been at the forefront of Jazz, Swing and Blues since 1968.

The Big Bear Music Group are the coordinators behind the annual Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival within the UK.”


A contract with Big Bear Records for ‘Bright Eyes’ to appear on the Peter Powell Radio One Show January 1981.

Vacant Lot



Tea & Symphony


Tea & Symphony 1971 via Pete Chatfield

Tea and Symphony was a British musical group of the late 1960s and early 1970s whose style may be described as “progressive folk”. From Birmingham, they recorded two albums for Harvest Records, had one track, “Maybe My Mind (With Egg)”, included on the Harvest sampler Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air, toured Britain with Bakerloo (Blues Line) and were guests on John Peel’s BBC radio programme.

The group was generally a trio, though sometimes supplemented by extra musicians. Members included Jeff Daw (vocal, guitar, flute), James Langston (guitar, vocal), Nigel Phillips (keyboards, vocal, percussion, left 1969), Dave Carroll (guitar, bass, violin, vocals, joined 1970, left 1971), Bob Wilson (guitar, keyboards, joined 1969, left 1971) Peter ‘Chatters’ Chatfield (drums, joined 1970, left 1972), Tom Bennison (bass guitar, French horn, joined & left 1970), Mick Barker (drums, joined 1971), and Stewart Johnson (guitars, vocal, joined 1971).[1] Steve Eaves is another former alumnus.



An Asylum for the Musically Insane

LP Harvest SHVL 761 (1969)

  1. “Armchair Theatre” – 3:54
  2. “Feel How So Cool The Wind” – 3:19
  3. “Sometime” – 4:14
  4. “Maybe My Mind (With Egg)” (Jeff Daw) – 3:42
  5. “The Come On” – 4:30
  6. “Terror In My Soul” (Jeff Daw, Nigel Phillips) – 6:06
  7. “Travelling Shoes” (Fred Neil) – 4:25
  8. “Winter” (James Langston) – 3:19
  9. “Nothing Will Come To Nothing” (Nigel Phillips) – 6:12

(All tracks written by Jeff Daw except where noted.)


  • Jeff Daw – lead guitar, flute, triangle, vocals
  • James Langston – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, kazoo, bells, cymbal
  • Nigel Phillips – drums, recorder, mandolin, organ, piano, vocals


  • Mick Hincks – bass (05)
  • Bob Lamb – drums (05)
  • Clem Clempson – lead guitar (05)
  • Ron Chesterman – bass (07)
  • Gus Dudgeon – percussion, producer[2][3]

Jo Sago

LP Harvest SHVL 785 (1970)

  • 1) Jo Sago – A Play On Music (Jeff Daw) including;
  • a. “Miniature” – 2:01
  • b. “Nyada” – 4:06
  • c. “Journey” – 1:19
  • d. “Brother” – 3:51
  • e. “Africa Paprika” – 3:29
  • f. “Fairground Suite” – 2:25
  • g. “Desperate Oil” – 5:53
  • h. “Umbilical Bill” – 0:51
  • i. “Goodnight” – 3:33
  • 2) “Try Your Luck” (Nigel Phillips) – 3:18
  • 3) “Yourself” (James Langston) – 3:28
  • 4) “Green Fingered” – Redhanded (Jeff Daw) – 0:54
  • 5) “Seasons Turn To One” (Jeff Daw) – 3:04
  • 6) “View To The Sky” (James Langston) – 2:41
  • 7) “The Nortihorticulturalist” (Nigel Phillips) – 3:26
  • 8) “Dangling” (Bob Wilson) – 0:59


  • James Langston – lead vocals, acoustic & 12-string guitars, percussion
  • Jef Daw – acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, bass guitar, percussion, flute, backing vocals
  • Bob Wilson – piano, organ, harpsichord, acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • Nigel Phillips – drums
  • Mick Hincks – guitar.

Produced by Tony Cox


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New Order + Happy Mondays + The Wonder Stuff at Tower Ballroom





New Order + Happy Mondays + The Wonder Stuff at Tower Ballroom. Thurs 2/10/86.


The Golden Eagle Charity Week



The Golden Eagle Charity Week

Feat Au Pairs, Dance, Ricky Cool & The Icebergs, Vision Collision, Dangerous Girls.

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