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.
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 prices remain the same for 2018 - £17 for email updates, £20 for updates by
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.
good wishes for a great Holiday Season!
Gina and Warren