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NEWSLETTER (November 2018)  


2018 has been a momentous year in the Eel Pie world on many fronts. We now have a fantastic Eel Pie Island Museum here in Twickenham. Curator, Michele Whitby and
her volunteers, have done a fantastic job of not only displaying some wonderful exhibits, but also, and very importantly, capturing the vibe of all aspects of this unique island. The Museum Opening in February was attended by Island celebrity inventor, Trevor Bayliss, who sadly passed away less than 2 weeks later. You can find info on the Museum at www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our Eel Pie Club supporters and members who helped us raise funds to buy the acoustic curtains for the Eel Pie Club stage. The curtains went up in May and have offered a marked improvement to the sound both on stage and for the audience.

In 2017, the Eel Pie Club was involved in a
documentary concerning all aspects of Eel Pie
Island called ‘Clinging to a Mud Flat’. A half hour extract from this documentary, focusing on the music history only, called simply ‘Eel Pie Island’ has been televised and featured frequently on Freeview 93,- The Together Channel.
We understand that the Rock ‘’n’ Roll Island
documentary in which some of you were involved is due to be released shortly. The producers are currently obtaining permissions from all involved.

The end of an era for The Pretty Things! In
September, The Pretty Things performed their ‘Final Acoustic Show Ever’ to a full house at The Eel Pie Club. Their final full band show will be at Indigo at the O2 on Thursday 13 December.

Sad news: Jim Rodford, bass player to The Kinks, The Zombies and The Blue Bishops, passed away suddenly in January 2018, age 76. For those of you who knew Jim, you would know that he was a great musician and true gentleman. The Zombies will be
playing a tribute concert in his memory at the Alban Arena in St Albans on 20 January 2019.

Well done to Mike ‘Crawdaddy Club’ Rivers for
managing to persuade the Richmond powers-that-be to hold a UK Rhythm and Blues Concert on Richmond Riverside during the summer. Gradually, the Establishment is acknowledging our local RnB music heritage
.

 

The Eel Pie Club (now famous) Christmas Party
is the ‘best party in town’ with great music, great fun, free mince pies and mulled wine (if you get there early enough). This year’s do is on Wednesday 19 December. Confirmed musicians to date are: Don Craine and Keith Grant (Downliners Sect), Robin Bibi, Chris Hunt, Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero), Dave Lennox (Blodwyn Pig) + great guest musicians, including (at time of writing)
Paul Cox, Pete French, Mark Freeman, Derek
Griffiths (Artwoods), Belinda Campbell, Peter
Hammerton, Andrew Heart + Rockstock, Honey B. Mama (aka Cleo Sylvestre), Ali Mackenzie (The Birds), Dzal Martin, …and more…..

Looking forward to Wednesday 16 January 2019, when Mud Morganfield, the son of King of
Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters, returns to the Eel Pie Club. Visiting The Club for the first time on 7 March will be Sari Schorr & The Engine Room. Sari is a native New Yorker who is taking the blues world by storm, with a voice that jolted legendary blues producer Mike Vernon (think Fleetwood Mac,
Clapton, and Bowie) out of retirement.

The mighty Atomic Rooster will be back at the Club on 2 May with support by Jamie Thyer & The Worried Men. Jamie is an Eel Pie Club Member and has been cited as “One of the best living Axemen that Britain has to Offer”.

On Wed 27 March, we are hosting a Community event for POWERJAM, Twickenham’s only not-for-profit Rock and Pop band workshops, featuring 3 bands of local budding musicians ages 10-18. If you
fancy coming along, the music will be from 7-9pm and will cost only 2 for Eel Pie Club Members.

MEMBERSHIP Membership prices remain the same for 2018 - 17 for email updates, 20 for updates by post.

A HALF A CENTURY AGO this week JOE
COCKER reached Number One in the charts with ‘Little Help From My Friends’. The legacy continues with Paul Cox’s wonderful tribute show, ‘We Remember Joe Cocker’.

THANKS TO YOU ALL WHO SUPPORT THE EELPIE CLUB. NONE OF IT COULD HAPPEN
WITHOUT YOU!  Special thanks to Don Craine,
Doug Taylerson, John Cobb, Simon Leak,
Gaynor & John Osborn; and Jennifer Noble and Pat Stancliffe for the great photos.


  All good wishes for a great Holiday Season!

Gina and Warren