Album: The Enry Tapes
Genre: Pub Rock
Red Admiral Records
24 July 2011
Why after all these years have we decided to release this CD?
The 1970s and 80s were halcyon years on the Kent Gig Circuit, that’s where we cut our musical teeth with the many other bands that are mentioned on the fantastic KentGigs.com Kent MusicBiz website.
Local venues such as The Louis Armstrong in Dover, The Rose Inn, Kennington and The Flowing Bowl in Ramsgate, as well as the many working men’s clubs were the focus for getting regular gigs. But the biggest prizes were The Leas Cliff Hall at Folkestone and The University of Kent at Canterbury, where backing famous Heavy Rock bands was a privileged opportunity to broaden horizons!
So, why, after so many years? Because this recording demonstrates a unique point in time! It ain’t a studio recording! The band was at its peak, and the venue: The Red Lion at St Margaret’s at Cliffe was a recent new venue, and we had been the first band to perform there, quickly followed by Naughty Thoughts and Silent Movies. We turned up one night, and Mick O’Dwyer, the Landlord, said that he wanted to record us, and showed us the two small microphones he had rigged up above the bar, the leads reached across to a cassette recorder perched on a shelf behind the bar. That night we played, leaving Mick to his devices, and thought no more of it. A week later, he handed me a C90 cassette tape. I took it home and listened to it. He had managed to record the whole evening’s performance, including customers asking for beer, and banter with the band. We all had a good laugh! We called it ‘The ENRY Tapes!’
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