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.

Hastings Observer Album Review

Eagle eyed readers of the Hastings Observer may well have spotted, on page 60 of the current edition (2nd November), an album review by Pierless Music’s Andy Gunton.

The review was of Garry & Rose Blakeley’s album ‘The Wheel of the Year’, which Andy reviewed for this site a few weeks ago. That review can be found by going to ‘Reviews – Albums’ in our menu section.

The version in the Hastings Observer has been slightly edited and can be read here:

We hope to be providing more reviews for the Hastings Observer in the future.

Yes, you may well have read them here first and also in an unedited form. But, at least our local paper is printing them and helping to give local artists some much needed exposure.

‘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: