Granary Newsletter January 2017

January 23rd, 2017  / Author: Al

Make a note of these GRANAREUNITED dates for 2017

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Looking forward to seeing you at the GOLDEN LION, Bishopston, Bristol for a wild night of ultra classic rock in true Granary style.

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THE FINAL PIECE OF THE MOTORHEAD  JIGSAW!

Throughout 2016 there was a great deal of Granary activity as we tried to pin down the exact date when Motorhead played at the Club. Finally it was confirmed that it was Monday 6th April 1981. Pictures of Motorhead in action at the club were supplied by Gran Fan Aiden Naughton.

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Now we can add yet another piece of evidence of this memorable gig that was recently supplied by Gran Fan Dafe (aka Merchant Navy Dave). He made his way backstage on the night and collected autographs of the band. A splendid addition to the Granary archives.

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You can take part by posting your favourite rock tracks and Granary memories on Facebook. Just search for Granary-Bristol and ask to join.

Till the next newsletter. Al & Ed

GRANARY NEWSLETTER JUNE 2016

June 23rd, 2016  / Author: Al

GRANAREUNITED 38 COMING SOON

It’s just a couple of months to go to our summer event celebrating the amazing times we had at the Granary.

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It has been all of thirteen years since our first Granary reunion event and the fact that we’re still here bringing you the classic rock night to remember proves that the Granary always brought you the best in rock - live or on record. Do join us on the 28th August and we guarantee you’ll have a truly memorable time going wild to your favourite classic rock. Bring all your friends - they’ll love it too. PS. DJ Super-Ed is working on a special Prog Rock playlist for the warm-up spot which begins at 7.30pm. Not to be missed under any circumstances. It is sure to feature several of the splendid Prog Rock bands that graced the Granary stage in the 70’s, plus a few more who didn’t, but should have done. I blame the guy booking the bands for that !!

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MORE PICTURES FOR THE GRANARY ARCHIVE

Karen has once again provided us with some shots taken at the Granary. This time she had her camera at the ready when MAGNUM played the club on 2nd February 1985.

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WEAPON, who played the club a couple of times in the early Eighties, sent us this picture taken with Les Pearce who had recently been upgraded from door security to general manager.

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GRANARY FACEBOOK PAGE COMES UP WITH THE GOODS

Granary fan Wendy Isaacs posted this request last month -

“My brother played in a band in the Granary many times during the 70’s. I was too young to remember and the family cannot remember what the band was called. He died aged 31 in 1983 but I would love to see if anyone remembers him, the band or even better, if there are photos of them playing. His name was Paul Fuller and I know that on one occasion they went on first, loaded the van and enjoyed the rest of the night there only to find that all their instruments had been stolen from the van!!!”

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Soon afterwards this reply was posted from Charlie Hart -

“I was the drummer in the band, it was called Blizzard, we supported the Gary Moore Band on 24th August 1972. I remember Paul very well. I still have loads of audio tape of rehearsals. Yes the van was broken into, a bass and maybe a guitar was stolen whilst we watched Gary Moore. Gary let us use his Wem pa in return for borrowing our mike stand. Paul played a black Jedson copy of a Gibson Les Paul. I have a photo of members of the band which I need to find in my boxes of bits and pieces, I have one with Paul with very long hair taken at the Mendip Gate pub where we rehearsed. The band members were Pete on Bass, Mick Miller also on guitar, Paul Hawkins on vocals.”

The follow up from Wendy -

Wow…that is fantastic news!! It would be so amazing to see photos of him and to hear him playing would be the icing on the cake (quite emotional too) My older sister Lorraine used to watch him play but I was too young. (He was 18 when I was born) He tried to teach me guitar but gave up because I was rubbish.

A final post from John Furlong said “And that my friends is why Facebook can be superb”.

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“PRIDE BEFORE A FALL” IS THE ‘LOST” ALBUM FROM STORMTROOPER

Bristol’s very own Stormtrooper were ahead of the ‘N.W.O.B.H.M’, as they had originally formed in the mid 1970’s. But they were right in there more than holding their own with the likes of Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Motorhead in terms of seeing their music released in the slip-stream of that catch-all ‘brand identity’. Their passion, talent and ambition enabled them to launch themselves to gain recognition, and their hard work and blistering live shows paid off when ‘Pride Before A Fall’ became one of the singles released through the unlikely means of local Heartbeat Records operation, run by Simon Edwards in Bristol. ‘Pride’ roared its’ way into the ‘Heavy Metal’ chart at 23 in Sounds in its’ first week of release. It reached the heady heights of number 11 after. Now the other recordings made by the band in that era, are available on ‘Pride Before A Fall - The Lost Album’. Songs like ‘In The State In the City’ and ‘Still Coming Home’ showcase the bands’ unique blend of Bob Starling’s distinctive and passionate blazing guitar attack, with the driving force of an electrifying rhythm section. Nick Hancox’s technically brilliant and energetic drumming fused with Colin ‘Boggy’ Bond’s knock down the walls bass playing, and his definitive use of Moog bass pedals which brought another dimension to the textures in the music. In the best traditions of a great rock band, this was topped by the rock power and vocal range of singer, Paul Merrell. A lost gem that’s rock gold and is worthy of being in any genuine rock fans music collection.

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Stormtrooper played the Granary at least five times between 1976 and 1979.

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Band members will be joining us at the next Granary reunion event to sign copies of the album that will be available on the night. More about this in our next newsletter. If you want to get in first and pre-order a copy now and hear extracts of album tracks then click to visit Archive Records

https://bristolarchiverecords.bandcamp.com/album/pride-before-a-fall-the-lost-album

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Granary Newsletter May 2016

May 18th, 2016  / Author: Al

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

May 16th, 2016  / Author: Al

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 as 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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NEWSLETTER MARCH 2016

March 14th, 2016  / Author: Al

GRANARY NEWSLETTER MARCH 2016

“I have been trying to think of a word for two weeks!”

The word has finally come to me….”fortnight!” Yes the Spring 2016 Granary reunion event is just a fortnight away. The original Granary DJs will be welcoming to the Lion former Granary Club members, fans, their friends and family as well as any true classic rock lovers or indeed anybody and everybody that loves a damn good time!

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DELVING INTO THE DUSTY GRANARY FILES

Granary (and Sam Apple Pie) fan Les Wainwright contacted Al via the Facebook message service and said “I have just read through your excellent Granary book and have a question. During the late 70’s Sam Apple Pie changed their name to The Vipers before reverting back to SAP .Is it possible that the two dates in your book 15.07.78 and 23.12.78 are them. It is additionally complicated by the fact an Irish band of the same name was around at this precise time. As a big supporter of SAP would you happen to remember? Your last date for SAP in 1981 is the very last recorded date I can find. I was in touch with their guitarist Andy before he sadly died a few years ago, due to the nature of time and indulging in those long cigarettes he had forgotten a lot of their history. thanks in anticipation. Les” Al replied “I still have the old Granary bookings folder with scribbled monthly details of the acts booked. However it runs out (for some unknown reason) in 1978. It’s was still at the back of my files case so I checked it out and there on the last page is “Vipers 15th July”. I’m sure you’ll be happy to learn that after their name I have written “formerly Sam Apple Pie”! I’m pretty sure that the December date is also SAP. Cheers, Al”

1978-july-notesAlso found on a seperate scribbled sheet was a list of bands that had cancelled during 1976. Something that happened quite a lot for loads of different reasons. One band called Dirty Tricks turned up but went away without playing as they said “The club is too small”. The Scorpions also were also reluctant to play saying “We rehearse in places bigger than this” but changed their mind when they saw the high number of attractive young ladies who turned up early (they had free tickets!). Some of the cancellations in 1976 were Spiders from Mars, Jimmy Witherspoon, AC/DC and The Stranglers

Newsletter November 2015

November 14th, 2015  / Author: Al

We are looking forward to our Christmas Granary Reunited event - we hope you are too.

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Please tell all your friends, it’s definitely a “more the merrier” kind of night. Forward this email to everyone you know and let’s all get together again and do it like we used to back in the Granary days. The music will be a non-stop parade of the best of classic rock with a sprinkling of each individual Granary DJ’s personal favourites. Drinks at normal pub prices plus a FREE dip into Santa’s sack of jolly rock pressies!

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THE GRANARY’S FIRST BIG NAMES PRESENTATION

In the few months before the “Plastic Dog” team began promoting rock at the Granary the venue was a seven days a week jazz club but then on 15th November 1968, almost exactly forty seven years ago, the club had an excursion into the blues and promoted the one and only MUDDY WATERS. A massive exclusive for the Granary and a brilliant start of twenty years years of music excellence.

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GRANARY REUNION PRACTICE SESSION!

A new venture for the Golden Lion is the Sunday tea-time good-time music session which this Sunday features LOOSE WHEELS. This is of great interest to the Granary fans of the early Granary days as guitarist and front man for Loose Wheels is Steve Webb. Steve was with prog rock outfit ORIGINN who were on stage at the club in October 1969 and played 9 times in the next 12 months. He then went on to front SQUIDD who continued to feature on a regular basis for the next year or two. Steve then joined Al Read at the Plastic Dog office booking bands and managing artists. Incidentally the drummer with both these bands was the now internationally known fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. With Steve in both bands was bassist Rich Langham who now also features in LOOSE WHEELS. Another Granary favourite was Keith Warmington the amazing harmonica player in both Brent Ford and the Nylons and the Paynekillers. Keith is likely to make and appearance with LOOSE WHEELS if we are lucky. LOOSE WHEELS present a tasty slice of of country, Americana and good time blues at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. See you there.

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Newsletter August 2015

August 28th, 2015  / Author: Al

GRANARY NEWSLETTER (2) AUGUST 2015

A reminder for you that the Granary team are all geared up andready to bring you a glorious night of the finest Granary styled classic rock.It’s only a few days before the Golden Lion will be soaked in the atmosphere of Granary disco nights.Let’s awaken those memories of the fantastic times we had at Bristol’s favourite rock club.We are really looking forward to your company and, of course, the company your friends as well.

The more the merrier!

It all get’s underway at 7.30pm with Ed, Ade, Al and Adrian at the turntablesplaying those Granary classic tracks (air guitars supplied).Drinks are at pub price and there’s also the Lion’s tasty soul food available.The next Granareunited is not until Christmas week so whatever you do, don’t miss this one.

SEE YOU SUNDAY!

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NEWSLETTER - JULY 2015

July 29th, 2015  / Author: Al

This months Bristol internet entertainments magazine 247 has a feature by rock journalist Robin Askew about the city’s former venues. He homes in on 26 venues that no longer exist and we were pleased as punch to discover that at number one it was the Granary!

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Robin’s review of the club read “The roll of honour above the entrance to the Granary club at 32 Welsh Back read like a who’s who of prog, metal, classic rock and punk: Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Robert Plant, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Ian Dury, Iron Maiden, Dire Straits, Motorhead, John Cougar, Status Quo, Billy Idol, Def Leppard, The Stranglers . . . More than 1500 bands squeezed on to its tiny stage between 1968 and 1988. Originally run as a jazz club by the late Acker Bilk, the Grade II listed Bristol Byzantine building announced its reincarnation as a rock venue on November 15, 1968, with a gig by the great bluesman Muddy Waters. Its director was legendary local capsizer Tony Bullimore. A grungy, sticky-floored dive, with local bikers serving as ’security’, The Granary couldn’t have been further removed from today’s corporate, elf’n’safety-constrained venues. That’s probably why it remains so widely loved, spawning a book (The Granary Club: The Rock Years, Broadcast Books) and regular old rocker reunions at the Golden Lion on Gloucester Road. Today, the building has been converted into expensive apartments with a fish restaurant on the ground floor.

You will find the complete article at http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/features/things-you-didnt-know/26-former-bristol-music-venues

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WHO PLAYED AT THE CLUB MOST OFTEN

Based on the number of documented gigs in the Granary book a list has been posted on the Facebook Granary site showing the professional and semi-professional bands that played there most often.

Which professional group was the most popular live at the Granary?
1: QUARTZ - 16 appearances (pictured)
2: SAM APPLE PIE - 14 appearances
3: CLIMAX BLUES BAND - 13 appearances
4: TRAPEZE - 12 appearances
5: STRIFE - 11 appearances
6: LARRY MILLER - 11 appearances

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Which semi-professional group was the most popular live at the Granary?
Based on the recorded number of appearances at the club it was
1: BIRTH - 17 appearances
2: CRIMSON EARTH - 16 appearances
3: WISPER - 11 appearances
3: GOOD HABIT - 11 appearances

As many bands that played at short notice as replacements for ones that didn’t turn up or at private parties or during the later years when no records were kept it’s likely that this list is questionable. Colin Bond posted on Facebook “I put STORMTROOPER (1976-1981) forward as one of the bands to have played the Granary most. We did a hell of a lot of private parties, social events and stand ins too, one being filling in at a couple of hours notice for ACDC, that was a fun night, we managed to prevent the disgruntled punters from tearing the place apart, I doubt if they had a refund too!” I added that JACOB MARLEY used to finish their set at the Naval Volunteer and speed around the corner with their gear to replace the non-appearance grouploads of times.

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THE NEXT ROLLICKING GRANARY ROCK EVENT GROWS CLOSER.

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Newsletter May 2015

May 15th, 2015  / Author: Al

GRANARY NEWSLETTER MAY 2015

Our last Granary re-union was thoroughly enjoyed by all and musically proved to be a winner. Our sincere thanks to everyone who deposited their spare change in the Granary fund bucket as enough was collected to keep the web site and the mail out services running for the next year.

The Granary DJs helped publicise that it was just 1 day to the release of an album by a colleague of the gig venue.

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Super-Ed Newsom left, Al Read, Adrian Coleman back, Ade the First Copley, new album release artist front, a group of drunken bums joining in right.

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Karen and Melanie enjoying the rock classics pounding out of the nearby speaker. The poster on the wall advertises Al’s Granary book which finally sold out on the night. Al has no more copies available and, as a reprint is unlikely, perhaps he’ll shut up about it now. Yes Al, we all know you’re allowed to call yourself an author!

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David Roberts is a good friend of the Granary and has told us of the reprint of his Rock Atlas. The book includes several pages featuring the Granary Club in Bristol keeping the club firmly on the map!

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ROCK ATLAS has hundreds of stories which deliver a fresh, new insight into the lives of the UK and Ireland s rock and pop stars. Where were they born? Why does a particular place inspire them? Why do so many locations mean so much to musicians and us fans? ROCK ATLAS has the answers. If you ve ever wondered how Steve Marriott got on with his neighbours, how Bob Dylan went ghost-hunting in Worcestershire, what a rude boy s bedroom looks like, where Eleanor Rigby is buried or how The Jam are commemorated in their home town of Woking, this is the book for you. This fact-packed look at rock and pop, from an entirely different perspective, throws up many new revelations about our favourite musicians. When you ve finished reading the stories, you can visit the places. Every one of the book s 800 entries is followed by directions for how to find the iconic venues, record shops, statues, album cover shoots, childhood homes and festival sites

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The day following the last last Granary re-union saw yet another re-union take place as some of the original Granary team met at a Clifton tavern to recall those heady days of rock creativity.

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Left to right: Paul Birchill who was the guitarist with “Obsession” who were the first group to play on our opening night at the Granary on Monday 30th December 1968. Duncan Graham (now resident in Canada and still playing) was the bassist with “Obsession”, Mike Tobin was the vocalist with “Obsession” and was the man responsible for arranging the move from our start venue of the “Dugout” to the new premises of the Granary, Andy Davis was the guitarist and vocalist with “Griptight Thynn” who were also sharing the bill on the opening night, Ed Newsom was the Granary DJ on that opening night and can be found still proving his worth at every Granary re-union.

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The story isn’t over yet. The legacy of the Granary lives with the re-union nights and here’s a reminder of our next special event.

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NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015

March 1st, 2015  / Author: Al

Our last newsletter featured some “just discovered” photographs of the legendary Motorhead Granary gig on Monday 6th April 1981 sent to us by Aiden Naughton. Here’s a couple more of the “now archived pics”

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Must admit that we’re always partial to a little satire every now and then and this take on the line-up for the Glastonbury festival caused a chuckle or two.

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Don’t forget to contact us if you have any pictures or stories to tell of the Granary Glory Days. Email al@thegranaryclub.co.uk