Celebrating Birmingham's Popular Music History
1960s coffee shop and regular musicians hang out in Edgbaston on the Hagley Road.
I used to play lead guitar in the coffee bar on Thursday nights with the group ‘The Jaymen’
Other bands that played there were ‘The Dominettes, the Uglies etc We used to
play downstairs which was accessed by a short spiral staircase. The place was
packed out every time a band was booked. The year was 1959/60. Great days.
The Sicilia coffee bar was used by many pupils of George Dixon Grammar School In the late 50’s and early 60’s, I was one. We used to access it by going through the panelled door under the main staircase in the school, down the stairs and go through the cellars and out into the small access yard at the rear of the coffee bar.
If anyone remembers the large masks on the walls down stairs, myself and a few others made them out of redundant cardboard chocolate egg cases from Cadburys. They where about 2 1/2 feet long. There was also the Fiesta Coffee Bar by the old Mathew Bolton College (became the registry Office ) It was virtually opposite the old Hungry Man Pub.
Hi Dave, I used to go to George Dixon and think that I remember you. But I never knew there was a ‘secret’ way of accessing the coffee bar. All these years I’ve thought it was The Sicilio but is actually The Sicilia. You live and learn.
Use the sis from 1959/62; great night.the mysterians was my mates group played there regular,john husrtwait from the uglys was a good pal of minr.good time.
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