Paul Watts announces:
"The next Music Night [at Sunbury Cricket Club] is on Friday 19th August, starting a bit earlier than usual, and as you may spotted, it’s rather an unusual one – August is a funny old month to do regular gigs what with people being on holiday, so I decided to vote myself a gig by hosting The Paul Watts 70th Birthday Jam Session, which also celebrates five years of running the Music Nights at the Club. It was actually my birthday in June, but it was more convenient to do this show now, and we have pulled together a dozen or more of our excellent local players, including several with an illustrious history, plus I hope one or two guests coming from further afield.
"The guitarists are Gerry Cook, well-known local jazz and rock player, originally with The Saxons in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s who were winners of the National Skiffle Group Championship; Tim Renton of 3AM, who played at the Club last year (he was formerly a Womble!); Chris Allard, who has played at the club with Venice Red; Mark Doyle of The Marshall Taylor Band, who have also played at the Club, plus a loose musical cannon in the form of cricket club stalwart Dave Boothman. Bass players are Colin Pattenden from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (and now with Nashville Teens, Jackie Lynton and Skeleton Crew); Martin House, local player who has been in Life & Soul along with all our bands since the ‘80s; Roger Harding, another local player who plays with jazz outfits like the Rebel Yell Jazz Orchestra. Keyboard players are Kevin Welling (he was once in a band with Elaine Paige) of Dave’s Not Here and The Stan Bland Band, and a likely guest appearance by former EMI colleague of mine Jon Pope, who was with Mungo Jerry back in the day. Drummers are Stephane Booroff of Edison Lighthouse, and local player and Music Night regular Alan Worrell. Harmonica players are the formidable talents of an old buddy Geoff Forester and Adam Russel of Nashville Teens and his own band. We’re delighted to say also that it now looks like Karl Green, originally with Herman’s Hermits and latterly with his band Dave’s Not Here, will be in the UK for the event and will be slotting in on vocals and guitar on various numbers. There may well also be a couple of old friends from my first 1962-3 band in Hastings, The Confederates, who have played for the last quarter-century on the south coast as Jinks, along with one or two other surprise guests. I will be singing and playing rhythm guitar – just about everybody else will also be singing.
"This fine body of talent will be loosely organised into group-sized agglomerations to do four sets of about half an hour each, which we have prepared to some extent, so it won’t be a jam session in the true sense of a disorganised free-for-all, although there will be some cast-of-thousands massed rockers and voices bits for the finale. I am sure it will be a bundle of fun all round, and although precision may not be a hallmark of the evening, we are aiming to put on a proper show worthy of the Club.
"Admission is free, otherwise it’s normal Music Night, with the usual food menu available from fairly early on, as we are aiming to start the show promptly at 8.30, so that we have some time to socialise during and after the show. We look forward to seeing you there".