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Keef Hartley Band at Bath.
6-27-70. Am.

   Keef Hartley gets nary a mention in any of the press reports, no photos, nada, zilch, nothing . A shame, I used to like this guys style and I remember being very impressed by the set they played at Bath.

     This band were , according to the Bath programme , not in Big Band format at this date. Nevertheless the small line-up played their buns off . I well remember that this was the first great set of the day and Keef and the boys gave it some wellie and were very well recieved by the audience, who were thirsting for some decent music after waiting around for some hours for any music to happen . 

   unfortunately the recording that we know of that existed of the bands performance was either wiped or deteriorated beyond repair. Oh woe !!!!

Photo © JC

Photo © Jake Matchett

Photo © Jake Matchett

Keef Speaks ! © Jake Matchett

Photo © Jake Matchett

Photo © Jake Matchett


Keef Hartley Band Saturday afternoon at Bath © Al Bye

I’m not sure how important this is but your webpage asked for recollections of Keef Hartley band at Bath in 1970. I was (am) a big Keef Hartley fan but their performance at Bath for some reason wasn’t particularly well received (particularly Keef’s solos) at least where I was positioned which was some way back from the stage. There was polite applause but unfortunately quite a few calls displaying shall we say discontent! Keef, from the stage, interpreted this as calls for more (which may have been the case closer to the stage) and so then proceeded to play an encore which was the Legoverture – all 20 minutes of it!

So, unfortunately, Keef Hartley was not one of the highlights of Bath and this was compounded by Colosseum following if not next then very soon after who were terrific and Jon Hiseman’s drum solo being full-on and receiving plenty of (genuine) calls for more.

Best wishes

Richard Wheeler


Keef Hartley - Drums.
Gary Thain - Bass.
Miller Anderson - Guitar.
David Caswell -Trumpet.
Lyall Jenkins - Tenor sax.

expanded line-up.
Barbara Thomson- Baritone.
Ray Warleigh - Alto
Derek Wadsworth- Trombone
Mike Davis -Trumpet
Bud Parks- Trumpet.
Now this line-up had some real clout !

The Bath 1970 lineup featured a single trumpet and sax

Encore : Half Breed Suite

Right :Keef and band in full flight © Craig Solomon

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Keef Hartley Band Saturday afternoon at Bath © Al Bye

     The Keef Hartley Band were a driving blues based outfit - Hartley was John Mayall's drummer previous to him forming his own unit. They were one of the early bands on Saturday morning .

     Keef now works predominantly as a furniture designer / cabinet maker in his home town of Preston. However music is still a major part of his life and building on the success of recent CD re-issues, he is currently working on new material for an album to be released in 2001.

 Anyone with a tape , recollections, set list, whatever of this show  contact me please. Contact us

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