Thanks to the wonders of modern social media, my friend Stewart recently shared a scanned image of a poster for a show we put on way, way back in the distant haziness of 1996.
The show, held at the wonderful Theatre Twm o’ r Nant in Denbigh, featured the earliest three piece incarnation of Redhill, supported by two good friends of ours who were playing together for the very first time on stage – Stewart Jones on guitar and Brian “Licorice” Locking, on harmonica and bass.
Brian’s claim to fame (and it is a hugely significant one) is that he became the bass player for none other than The Shadows, when Jet Harris left. He modestly recounted some of this history during the evening, and you could almost feel the nostalgic warmth oozing out of the microphone.
Stewart Jones is a local hero guitar player and has also had his fair share of musical success. He deserves to be more widely known in my opinion, he’s awesome! Stewey recently (2010) featured on a new album, Revelation, by reggae master Lee Scratch Perry, also featuring Keith Richards, no less!
So when that scanned poster appeared on Facebook, it set off lots of memories, and an urge to check a particular box in my attic. Sure enough, it was there – an old TDK SA 90 cassette tape with their names and the date handwritten on the inlay card. I’d even popped the write protect tabs, knowing I’d probably want to dig it out someday.
… and here it is, for all to enjoy once more, a little piece of history.[audio:https://www.redhillband.co.uk/audio/BrianandStew.mp3|titles=Brian Locking & Stewart Jones, Theatre Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh. 23.3.1996]
It’s wonderful to hear these two fine musicians enjoying each other’s input and playing off each other. Brian is the perfect gentlemanly host, very warm and charismatic. Stewey always lets his guitar do the talking, and with a skill like his, you wouldn’t want it to be any other way.
Stew currently plays in the Paul Sturman Band, in the Wrexham area