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INTRODUCTION: Although a Pianist Website you will find some "Keyboard" pieces here under Soundclick.com categories of Electronic - Alternative - Jazz - Classical etc. I record Music and Videos on a fairly regular basis.The oldest recording being "Sleeping Beauty Waltz" performed in 1979 for Pontins Holidays on a Gulbransen Palace Electronic Organ (a rare vintage sound nowadays!)
ABOUT: I have No Sales - no Links on Amazon, i-Tunes, or anywhere else ambitiously awaiting someone spending the sum of $0.53 cents on a download!! (haha). I have always "done my own thing" in life and will continue to do so for as long as I am able. I earned good money as a teenager and a young man out of music and that in itself was an achievement for a lad who was somewhat dimwitted at School, probably largely due to the superstitious, bigoted and oppressive Catholic Education of the era.
I was conscientiously taught under the Trinity College of Music Syllabus, London by Stockport Heaton Norris Tutor Mrs Jessie Davies. My career as a Professional Musician was in fact many, many years ago, - mainly when I lived in Heaton Norris, Stockport (I left there in 1985 from my home on Lloyd Street). I was a pupil of St. Annes RC School in Heaton Chapel on Glenfield Road. I used to play Piano at what was then the NEW St Annes RC School, and the piece I remember playing the most from this was a great Hit of the day - "The House of the Rising Sun" (I've recreated this as a YouTube Video as you'll find below). My real playing career started way back though for the Joan Bates School of Dancing, Stockport. It was a wonderful "grounding" for me as a Pianist playing for Joan's classes in Heaton Norris, Reddish, Levenshulme etc. It also gave me the quite unique experience of playing Piano in The Kings Hall, Belle Vue Manchester for Joan Bates' Children's Ballets - both as part of the Annual Railway Carnival Day held at Belle Vue each year and also at Joan's own Children's Christmas Ballets up until December 1972. Below is a photo of myself and dancing girls backstage at the Kings Hall, Belle Vue. I guess this was around 1969 and further down the page a Poster of the 1969 Manchester Belle Vue Railway Carnival. Belle Vue Zoo, Funfair and Dancing and Banqueting Halls were a part of life for people for many years, and are still sadly missed. How I wish we could have taken our children there!
I subsequently went on to being a Pro. Musician in Dance Bands, - as an Organist on the Manchester Working Men's Club Circuits, - a Resident Pianist for what was (then) the huge Holiday Company called Pontins, - and a highly successful Band called "The Alan Anthony Set" shared with Altrincham Timperley Guitarist, the late Alan Yates. Around 2009 after meeting up with Alan after many years (he was playing at a Wilmslow street festival), we decided to have a short re-union gathering as a Band, and the video below was brilliantly recorded by my wife Susan at Bolton Town Hall in 2009. VIDEO Left to right: Heaton Mersey, Stockport Bass Guitar-Vocalist Pete Smith; Ian Wright on Drums; ace Trumpeter Johnny Tucker (formerley of the hit recording band, "The Temperance 7"); Alan Yates (seated on the video), and myself on Keyboards. An earlier photo of the Alan Anthony Set is below. The ORIGINAL 1977 line-up was Ronnie Arnold (drums), Eddie Hosey (bass guitar-vocals - centre, band photo), Alan Yates and myself. Pete smith then replaced the (sadly) now late Eddie Hosey. Working through The Alan Arnison Agency, Manchester, we played all the top Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire and Lancashire Hotels of the era.
In 2006 I decided to resume playing again. I called it the "unfinished business" in my life. Mastering the technique of years gone by on a weighted 88-Piano was an uphill struggle, but I persevered with great encouragement from the long defunct "Soundclick Seniors" Website and Forum. I had done a short spell of playing in the Manchester Working Men's Clubs around 1989-1991, but this was on electronic organ playing for dancing and accompanying Cabaret Acts. As well as reforming The Alan Anthony Set for a short spell of time I became a Wedding Pianist in Cheshire up until 2013. So I guess this was quite a successful exercise in a Pianist who'd not played for decades regaining (I hope you'll agree) quite a high standard or performance once again. (I always loved playing electronic organs - especially the Hammonds - but of course this is an entirely different technique to playing solo Piano!)
Ok, so here are some more Photos: You'll see me at Christ Church Schoolrooms, Heaton Norris around 1968-ish with Dancing girls - pupils of the Joan Bates Dancing School, Stockport. Old black and white picture taken with Polaroid of myself, Freddie Beardsall on Bass and the quite extraordinary Manchester Jazz Drummer Gordon Beckett taken Great Moor Conservative Club, Stockport. Photos taken in "The Snowdonia Lounge" Pontins Prestatyn in the late 1970s. A photo of myself and Drummer Ronnie Oates at the long gone Co-operative Hall venue, Downing Street, Ardwick Green, Manchester in 1977 for an "over 30s social night" held every Friday evening; and finally in 2012 at the Bechstein Grand Piano at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. A POSTER in two sections from the 1969 Belle Vue Manchester Annual Railway Carnival which I think will be enjoyed by Manchester Historians.
WHAT'S COMING SOON? Well I'm constantly recording new music. I also hope to scan and get online some more Belle Vue Manchester / Railway Carnival items in the near future. I've not forgotten about my YouTube a/c and will video again soon! although Microsoft removing Windows 10 Moviemaker has not actually helped!! Last Update: 30/05/2019.
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