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Croeso 69 Blues Festival.
Grosmont Wood Barn
May 23rd 1969.
Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
Eyes Of Blue
Incredible Sun Dog
This looks like it might have been a good un ! Two top English blues bands and a host of good support bands, a large number of them Welsh bands from Swansea , Cardiff and Neath areas . The Eyes of Blue were well known to the Archive as we lived in the area (in fact we roadied for an offshoot band called Yellow for one gig , a free concert in a park in Swansea attended by about five people, the soles of my shoes nearly melted due to the exhaust of the van becoming red hot , amazingly the van didn't catch fire ).
The Eyes featured Phil Ryan who went on to star in Man , as well as Taff Williams and John Weathers, who both played in various well known UK bands in the 1970s . Kimla Taz were semi legendary in most of South Wales, even in 1969, as they sported an excellent guitarist in the late Tich Gwilym, although we never caught one of their gigs. Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera were famed for excellent live shows.
I can remember going from Newport,hitch hiked to Abergavenny,met some friends and bummed a lift to Grosmont,waited ages to see the bands,what a night it was,Peter Green was the man on the night for me,my mate,Nigel Edmondson also played that night with his band incredible sun dog,a few years ago I was talking to Rob Barker,who runs the Angel Pub in Grosmont and he showed me an original poster advertising the gig,he very kindly made a photo copy which now hangs in pride of place in my home in Spain.It has caused people to inundate me with questions about that night,they couldn,t believe Fleetwood Mac and Jethro Tull actually played in a cow shed.
I was at this overnight festival. It was a huge barn, jammed to the rafters. I walked the 9 miles from Abergavenny to Grosmont with half a dozen mates. The support bands were all brilliant in their own right, although I'm sure Savoy Brown and the Climax Blues Band were there too - could be wrong - there was a lot of live music around Abergavenny at the time, the Town Hall had bands on as well as the Tithe Barn.
I managed to get right down the front and sat at the base of the stage for the main two bands. Jethro Tull came on and were very entertaining, you have to remember there weren't many people around who looked like Ian Anderson, standing on one leg and playing the flute, brilliant musicians. They'd just had a huge hit record with Living In The Past as well.
I vividly remember Fleetwood Mac coming on, all of them kept their duffle coats on as far as I can remember. They'd had Albatross at No.1 in the charts in January and had just released Man of the World. I also remember thinking it was the first time that I'd ever seen Orange amplifiers - Fleetwood Mac all had them, very new and clean looking. They played Albatross note perfect, they were so good, having a good time on stage, few drinks - a memorable night.
all walked back into Abergavenny early on Saturday morning and have a
vague memory of Greco's opening up for us for coffee and burgers.
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