The Tabs – An acoustic reunion

One of the most successful and well respected local bands of recent years are back, albeit with a slightly different line up.

The Tabs are playing an acoustic reunion gig at the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards on Friday 13th December. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 from B&T Music in Claremont, or you can buy them online for £8.80 at:

For the uninitiated, The Tabs played gigs nationwide between 1990 and 2004, including a slot at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropedy Festival in 1995 in front of 20,000 people. They also released four critically acclaimed albums during their career.

As to why the band have reformed, founder member Garry Blakeley told me, “In January this year the present acoustic line-up were all at a party with an open mic for anyone who fancied playing. It was suggested during the course of the evening that we play some Tabs stuff (a little risky as it had been a while) but we did. Everyone enjoyed it so we thought it made sense to play a few gigs”

The Tabs have already been lined up for more gigs in 2014, including during the Hastings Jack In The Green festival. There has also been some interest from a few festivals, so watch out for more info.

I asked Garry why this reunion gig was an acoustic affair, rather than a full electric gig that The Tabs were known for? He told me, “Acoustically means that it will be much simpler for setting up a PA etc – much fewer sound problems to deal with and we know that the music still works really well.”

The band are planning to record any gigs that they play with the view to, possibly, releasing an album in due course.

I’m not a huge fan of band reunions, as they are often done for all the wrong reasons. But this is one that I’m certainly looking forward to.

Some reunions are just better than others.

Blog Post – Ragged Trousered Folk

Tony Streeter has written a new blog post for Pierless Music all about his ‘raggedtrouseredfolk’ gigs that take place at the Jenny Lind pub in the old town, Hastings.

These gigs feature artists from across the world, as well as the best local folk talent.

Read more here:

Well done to Tony for putting on these gigs and for persuading international artists to come to Hastings. Tony is also one of the people behind the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts, which will place just over a week’s time, so he’s a busy man. Well done.

Sorry about the colour of the writing in Tony’s post, but WordPress didn’t seem to like using black this time around.

Hastings Rock radio (Again)

A while ago I posted about the return of Hastings Rock radio for its 20th anniversary broadcast. Well, the start of transmission is nigh and the radio station begins broadcasting on Saturday 4th May on 87.7FM locally and across the world via an Internet stream.

You may well have read a bit more about Hastings Rock via a recent article in the Hastings Observer:

Hastings Rock prides itself on playing original local music during its 28 day broadcasts and this has been happening for most, if not all, of the 15 separate broadcasts that have taken place during those 20 years. 2013 will mark the 16th actual broadcast.

As mentioned in my previous post, I will be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on Sunday evenings, in May, between 8 & 10pm. During those shows I shall try and fit in as much local music as I can and I already have more than enough to play, but I’m always open to hearing more.

Just because Hastings Rock is a rock station doesn’t mean that I’ll only be playing classic rock music though. I tend to try and stretch the musical boundaries of the station as much as I can during my Local Music Shows. Therefore, expect to hear Blues, Folk, World and much more besides. I do have to draw the line sometimes, but I have always tried to have what I call an ‘open ear policy’ when it comes to music.

Local music is also played as a part of Hastings Rocks ‘A List’. The best tracks that have been sent in will get regular airplay during normal scheduled shows throughout the 28 days. There aren’t many, if any, other radio stations that can claim to do that.

If you miss the Local Music Shows I do intend to post them as ‘Podcasts’ here on the Pierless Music site at some time. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

For more info about Hastings Rock, why not visit the stations website:

Andy Gunton


Pocket Size @ The Jenny Lind

We don’t tend to publicise gigs outside of the Pierless Music Gig Guide, but i thought i’d make an exception this time around.

Why? Well, firstly because the person putting on the gig is trying to do something a little different by promoting local talent, instead of his usual fare of more established national and international talent (There’s nothing wrong with ‘his usual fare’ by the way)

Secondly, the self promotion of local gigs is something that may well become the subject of a blog post here very shortly.

And thirdly, because we have some extra information about one of the acts playing and a couple of videos to share with you.

The gig in question is on Wednesay, 12th December, upstairs at the Jenny Lind, in Hastings Old Town. More details can be found in our Gig Guide here:

One of the bands playing are called Pocket Size. You may have seen them at this years Beach Concert. But, did you know that they once had a big chart hit in the USA? No, neither did we. It was called ‘Walking’ and there was a very entertaining video made to promote it:

Although that song is not very representative of the far more folky sound that the music of Pocket Size has now, it does show that they are obviously talented and experienced songwriters and musicians.

And to whet your appetite for what they sound like now and for what you can expect to hear at the gig, here’s a performance from earlier this year, filmed in Eastbourne:

Good isn’t it? And if you enjoyed that, why not get yourself along to the Jenny Lind on 12th December to see more of the same.

If you do go along, why not write a review of the gig and send it into us here at Pierless Music?

‘The Wheel of the Year’ – Album Review

As promised, here is a link to the Pierless Music review of ‘The Wheel of the Year’ by Garry and Rose Blakeley. Details of how you can buy, or download the album are in the review.

Don’t forget their mini-tour, starting in Hastings on Thursday, 1st November.

See our previous post for more details of that and further tour dates: