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Granary Newsletter May 2016

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

MORE PICTURES TO ADD TO THE GRANARY ARCHIVE

As promised in last months newsletter here are some more of the pictures of artists taken live at the Granary that have turned up on the Granary Facebook page. First a slendid shot of Tony McPhee fronting the Groundhogs at one of the six times they played the Granary btween October 1984 and December 1985. They did play a couple of times prior to 1984 but the “Home of Rock” banner didn’t exist then.

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Another tremendous guitarist much loved at the club was Dumpy with his Rusty Nuts who first appeared there in November 1982 and became a regular attraction until the club closed in 1988.

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With six appearances at the club between June 1976 and May 1978 the rollicking blues band S.A.L.T. can be classed a regulars and great fun too. Seen here in what the management laughingly called “the dressing room”.

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Bernie Torme and the Electric Gypsies played in the summer of 1982 when this on stage picture was taken.

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Finally here’s a couple of shots of the lead guitarist of Bristol based Stormtrooper at one of their Granary gigs in 1978. Watch out or some great news about a new Stormtrooper album soon to be announced

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OUR NEXT GRANARY GIG IS ON SUNDAY 28th AUGUST 2016


NEWSLETTER APRIL 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

ONE HELL OF A NIGHT AT THE GRANARY

A real feast of photographs taken at the Granary have arrived recently including some from Granary fan Karen Rich which finally confirmed the date of the surprise appearance of Jimmy Bain on stage asĀ Thursday 13th September 1984. The Larry Miller Band were the featured artist at the Granary that night and were joined on stage by Ronnie James Dio and bass guitarist Jimmy Bain who were in town to play the Colston Hall the following night.

dio-poster-14thsept1984Karen told us “We were very sorry to hear of the recent death of Jimmy Bain and thought you might like to see this photo taken on the 13th September 1984, the night before Dio played at the Colston Hall. He is pictured here with my husband John. We were regulars at the Granary and loved the place dearly!”

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Jimmy was joined on stage by local guitar wizard Chris Goulstone member of Bronz who told us ” “That’s me! I remember Larry Miller wouldn’t let his drummer play- so Jimmy and I jammed just the two of us!!’ Rock me Baby’ was the tune - I remember Dio was there and also Tania, the vocalist with Headmaster. She took off her high heels off cause Ronnie was so short!:)

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Larry Miller said that the jam session went on longer than the audience actually wanted and began to chant for Larry and the cried “We love you Larry” when the Miller band returned to the stage. Further information has been added by Mark Jones - Just to point out that Ronnie James Dio didn’t actually get up on stage that night.The possible reason being that he’d correctly deduced that, even with his discretely-stacked boots, he’d still be shorter than the audience whilst up there. Well, that was my pet theory at the time, though I was probably being unkind!.And, yes, the jam itself was rather interminable. (I wonder if anyone remembers Larry Miller’s rather good, privately-pressed LP from around that time? ‘Right Chaps!’ it was called, I think.)Granary regular, John Rich, by the way, as seen in the newsletter with Jimmy Bain, also got his photo in Kerrang around that time after winning a competition in the magazine. I think his prize was a guitar from the NWOBHM band, Spider, though I could be wrong after all these years.

Jimmy Bain was back at the Granary on Thursday 9th November 1978 with Wild Horses.

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