Guy Fawkes Tried in Hastings!

I know that Pierless Music is here to talk about and share information about local music, but we couldn’t resist telling you about this. Don’t worry, there is a musical connection of sorts.

Tony Streeter, who among other things, promotes the Ragged Trousered Folk nights at The Jenny Lind and who is also one of the mainstays behind the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts, has written a book with a very local theme.

The book is called ‘Lives and Times of Kindred Spirits – the Bonfire Societies of Hastings & St Leonards’. This is very topical as the Hastings Week celebrations are due to start this weekend. They, of course, culminate in the Bonfire Procession and fireworks on Saturday October 19th.

To quote Tony, his book “Documents the history of Bonfire in Hastings, year on year, from 1815 onwards. It also includes details of the anti-Papal riots of January 1851; the Salvation Army and anti-Salvationist disturbances of 1883/84; neglect in the workhouse in 1884; Hastings first ever Carnival in 1895; the employment of local labour in the construction of the tramways in 1905; and the poverty marches of the same period”

The book is 272 pages long and sells for £8.50. More info can be found here:

To celebrate the publication of his book, Tony is having a book launch on Saturday 12th October at The Jenny Lind, in Hastings Old Town, between 1 and 4pm.

But, this is no ordinary book launch as it will include ‘The Trial of the Arch Traitor Guido Fawkes’ as performed by local actors. Don’t worry, I don’t think they are any plans to hang, draw and quarter Guido Fawkes afterwards!

Entry is free and there will also be music from local bluesman Jeremiah Longshanks. See, I told you there was music involved.

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot…..”

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.

Blog Post – RNLI Hastings Beach Concert

I’m sure that just about any music lover in the Hastings area has attended one of the RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts at some time or other?

For the uninitiated, the Beach Concerts are held at the start of Old Town Carnival Week every year, usually around the first weekend of August. They have become a staple part of the local event calendar and attract hundreds of music lovers every year.

But, did you know that this year will be its 25th anniversary?

That’s quite an acheivement for the many people who have been involved with putting on the Beach Concerts over those 25 years and they all deserve much praise for all of their hard work. Not just for all the great music they’ve helped to provide, but also for all the money they’ve raised for the RNLI as well.

It wasn’t until recently though, that i came to realise myself just how much work goes into putting on a gig such as the Beach Concert.

Because of that, i asked Tony Streeter, one of the current crop of organisers, if he’d write a blog post for us here at Pierless Music, to give an idea of just what it takes to get it all up and running. What Tony writes may well surprise you, it certainly surprised me and i thought i knew a bit about these things.

You can find Tony’s post here:

Don’t forget that what Tony has written is just an indication of what any promoter, or organiser of an outdoor event has to go through these days. It’s scary stuff and makes you wonder what hoops have to be jumped through to put on a festival such as Glastonbury!

Thanks to Tony for writing this post for us and we hope to have some more from him soon.

If you have any comments, please add them below Tony’s piece, we’d love to hear from you. Thanks.