and Now - September 28th, 1980
in the Here and Now column of the Eastern Evening News on Monday September
28th, 1980 included an article by Colin Cross on the local JBs Band with
JB standing for the Jolly Butchers public house in memory of Black Anna
who was a legendary Norwich pub entertainer. The band included such local
music luminaries as Mike Parle and Alex Atterson.
column included the usual list of coming concerts which included Bad
Manners at Tiffanys of Great Yarmouth a Nashville Cavalcade show at
Norwich Theatre Royal. A new venue had been set up at the Globe Inn,
Wells, with artists lined-up including the Stingrays, Peter Bellamy, Zorro
and the Cosmo Jazztet. The Jubilee Jazzband were also appearing at Norwich
Festival House and Camel, Split Enz and Hazel O'Connor had been lined-up
for the University of East Anglia.
advert showed some famous rock names due to appear at West Runton Pavilion
including Tygers of Pang Tang, the Dead Kennedys (admission £1.80), Slade
(only £2), The Real Thing and The Four Tops. Nine Below Zero had appeared
at Norwich nightspot Cromwells.
growth of jazz in the area was also highlighted, along with a new series
of talent shows about to start at the Talk of East Anglia.
two main pieces was the announcement of a new series of gigs organised by
the UEA at a variety of venues which were designed to beat those
"back to studies blues."
included Q Tips, Weapons of Peace, Gino Washington, Fischer Z, the
Stiff Records tour (including Any Trouble, Tenpole Tudor and Dirty
Looks). The column seemed to highlight so many music venues that either no
longer exist or have long stopped live music.
main article in this column was a piece on traditional Norfolk folk singer
Peter Bellamy who had just returned from Australia. The article was headed
"Folk star Peter gens up on old Henry" and is reproduced below.
traditional folk star Peter Bellamy has just returned from a
gruelling 31 dates in 35 days tour of Australia.
Despite spending most of his time either travelling or singing,
Peter also had time to do some research into the history of Henry
Cabell, a convict who was shipped down under in the 18th
century and became a rich landowner and the inspiration for a folk
opera "The Transports" written by Peter a few years
Touring round the country, Peter found numerous descendants of
During the tour Peter featured a variety of folk material from
songs from The Transports to his own settings of Rudyard Kipling
works and historical Norfolk folk songs.
Peter is sad at the decline of the folk scene in this country:
"I just hope we can get something started again although I
make no predictions on that point," he said adding that he
hoped to make further tours of Australia and the United States in
"It was my second trip this year and it was fascinating to
meet the descendants of Henry Cabell. On top of that the
traditional Norfolk folk songs went down very well.
"The Australian folk scene is rather like that of England
10 years ago. It is vibrant and alive. They are full of enthusiasm
and that makes up for any lack in technique they may have,"
"While in Australia I met June Whittaker who is writing a
trilogy of novels about Henry and the first of these will be
published in March. I have been invited to go out and sing my
Transport songs and I hope I shall be able to fit that in with my
other commitments," he said.
Meanwhile Peter has lined-up three appearances locally. He will
be at the Globe, Wells on October 10th, Yarmouth Folk Club on
October 15th and Lowestoft Folk Club on October 24th.
As a footnote Peter told me that three of Henry Cabell's fellow
convicts shipped with him to Australia had the surname Bellamy!
reviews in the column included One Trick Pony by Paul Simon, A Case of the
Shakes by Dr Feelgood), Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables from the Dead
Kennedys and Purity of Essence by the Rumour.
are the albums reviewed by myself in this column:
One Trick Pony - Paul Simon (***)
One of those difficult albums to
review that produces a mixture of emotions. Sometimes you love it,
sometimes it's infuriating, but always it's interesting. Simon's
first album for many a season is a mixed bag. Of course, there are
no classic melodies similar to those that liberally littered Simon's
association with Art Garfunkel. Here the songs are sharper, coarser
and influenced more by jazz overtones than folk. "Late in the
Evening" makes a worthy single. It's one of those songs that
grows with the rampant horn section particularly impressive.
In comparison "That's Why God Made the Movies" is a slower
more thoughtful number. "One Trick Pony" and "Ace in
the Hole" are up-tempo numbers. Some of the other offerings are
rather lightweight but the overall effect is an acceptable album
that perhaps is a little disappointing when set beside Simon's
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead
The ultimate in bad taste. Dead
Kennedys are the antiChrist of music and so blatent is the sickness
of this album that it doesn't have the repellent effect that it is
meant to have. In fact without the lyric sheet you would be immune
from shock simply because singer Jello Biafra's vocals are largely
incomprehensible. The DKs hail from California and have already
enjoyed success in the alternative sharts with "California Uber
Alles" and "Holiday in Cambodia, both of which are on this
album. The fist of these is a savage attack on Governor Jerry Brown.
Other tracks are equally tasteless with such titles as "Kill
the Poor," "Forward to Death," "When Ya Get
Drafted" "Drug Me, "Chemical Warfare," Stealing
People's Mail" and "Ill in the Head." The DKs set out
to insult our musical intelligence ... They succeed and make the Sex
Pistols sound like Abba. The music seems irrelevant, suffice it to
say that it's lousy but I would like to add that the record still
Purity of Essence - The Rumour (**)
When the Rumour make an
album without Graham Parker it loses its bite. Without Parker's
guttural voice all that really is left is a collection of farily
chirpy and harmonious pop songs. Purity of Essence has a lack of
purpose and character, although the songs are pleasant. "Little
Red Book," the single, is as good as anything else on the
album. Throughout the guitar work is competent and the vocals give a
60s feel, particularly on tracks like "It's Gonna Work Out
Fine" and "Houston." Overall the LP is unfortunately
slightly lacking in ideas, slightly out-dated and somewhat
the column included the top 10 singles supplied by Top Deck Records of
Norwich, the alternative top 10 supplied by Backs Records of Norwich and
the top 10 albums supplied by Robins Records of Norwich.
spots went to Masterblaster by Stevie Wonder (singles), Requiem 12 inch by
Killing Joke (alternative) and Scary Monsters by David Bowie (albums).
Peter Bellamy died in 1991 at the age of 47