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DALE GRIFFIN aka BUFFIN 24th October 1948 – 17th January 2016
Terence Dale Griffin was an English drummer, record producer and founder member of Mott The Hoople.
Born in Ross-on Wye, Herefordshire ,Griffin attended Ross Grammar school and played in a number of local bands with his lifelong friend Overend Watts and it was during this time he gained the nickname “Buffin”. Amongst Dales bands were The Silence, Charles Kingsley Creation and with Watts and Mick Ralphs in The Doc Thomas Group. Changes to that line-up occurred in 1968 and keyboard player Verden Allen joined the band and changed its name to The Shakedown Sound. In 1969 they moved to London and came to the attention of record producer Guy Stevens and Ian Hunter was chosen as their lead singer and Mott The Hoople were formed.
Following the departure of Ian Hunter in 1974, Griffin along with Watts and Morgan Fisher formed MOTT with Ray Majors and Nigel Benjamin. In 1976 following the departure of Benjamin the remaining members regrouped as British Lions with former Medicine Head singer songwriter John Fiddler until their demise in the late 70’s when punk hit with a vengeance.
During the 80’s Griffin and Watts formed a Production Company and produced albums for Hanoi Rocks and The Cult as well as hit singles such as Department S “Is Vic There”. Dale then joined the BBC as a producer and produced numerous BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994 including Pulp, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. In the early 21st century Dale oversaw the re-release of Mott The Hoople’s entire back catalogue from both Island and CBS period producing remastered versions and excellent informative sleeve notes.
Aged 58 Dale was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just as he had worked tirelessly over the years to bring about the reformation of his beloved Mott The Hoople and in 2009 the band reformed for a five night sell out Hammersmith Apollo 40th anniversary concerts of the original five founder members. Having been just diagnosed Dale only performed during the band encores with The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, also from Herefordshire and a friend playing the set and also covering for Dale on the 2013 Mott The Hoople tour.
Dale is survived by his long term partner Jean Smith.
See Andrew Cresswell Davis live in 2016 at the following dates!
3rd March Cheese & Grain, Frome
27th March The Bell Inn, Bath
29th May The Eldon House, Bristol
2016 sees the 40th anniversary of the entry into the UK pop charts of “Little Does She Know” by The KURSAAL FLYERS.
To celebrate this event singer PAUL SHUTTLEWORTH and Pedal Steel virtuoso VIC COLLINS, both from the original Kursaal’s line-up have recorded a brand new version of this classic, with their new band THE UGLY GUYS.
The Ugly Guys are best known for their electric Country Rock but for this version they have gone for an acoustic bluegrass feel entirely different from the original.
THE UGLY GUYS are: Bob Clouter-drums, Vic Collins-acoustic flatpicking guitar, dobro and vocal, Andy Farrell-upright “doghouse” bass, Steve Oliver-mandolin,banjo and vocal and Paul Shuttleworth-lead vocal.
Download & stream the single now!
Catch Mo Foster and Friends live in February 2016 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club.
PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, 10 Dean Street, Soho, London on Monday 1st February 2016
Box office for reservations:
0845 6027 017
Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.
Mo Foster (Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins) – Electric Basses – mofoster.com
Ray Russell (Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, Mark Isham) – Electric Guitar – rayrussell.co.uk/
Malcolm Edmonstone (John Dankworth, Peter Erskine, Marion Montgomery) – Keyboards – malcolmedmonstone.net
Nic France (Loose Tubes, Nucleus, Ronnie Scott) – Drums – nicfrance.co.uk/
Chris Biscoe (Mike Westbrook, Liam Noble, George Russell) – Reeds – chrisbiscoe.co.uk
Corrina Silvester (Yazz Ahmed, Hans Zimmer, Monty Python O2) – Percussion – corrinasilvester.com/about/
Catch The Reform Club live in 2016 at the following dates!
5th March – Lewes Con Club
11th March – The Hope, Newhaven
25th March – The Pump House, Brighton
6th April – The Brook, Southampton
8th April – The Borderline, London
10th May – Robin 2, Bilston
21st May – The Hearth, Lewes
25th June – The Snowdrop Inn, Lewes
‘Teapot Lane’ is included on The Reform Club’s forthcoming album ‘Never Yesterday’, available from Angel Air Records on 15th January 2016.
Steve will be performing all over the UK as part of The Sensational 60′s Experience – see him live at the following dates:
25th Beck Theatre Hayes 0208 5618371
26th Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells 01892 530613
27th The Grand Theatre Swansea 01792 475715
4th The Regent Ipswich 01473 433100
5th Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 0844 8713011
9th Belgrade Theatre Coventry 024 7655 3055
10th The Hexagon Reading 0118 9606060
11th Assembly Hall Worthing 01903 206206
12th The Concert Hall Stevenage 01438 363200
18th Westcliffe Theatre Clacton On Sea 01255 43 33 44
19th The Auditorium Grimsby 0844 8713016
27th The Spa Bridlington 01262 401400
1st De Montfort Hall Leicester 0116 2333111
2nd Queens Theatre Barnstaple 01271 324242
8th The Forum Theatre Billingham 01642 552663
9th The Forum Theatre Billigham 01642 552663
11th Central Theatre Chatham 01634 338338
*Herman’s Hermits to be replaced by The Fortunes
UK TOUR DATES
30th October Concorde, Eastleigh,
6th November Mercury Theatre, Colchester,
14th November Robin 2, Wolverhampton,
17th December Palace Theatre, Southend
UK/Europe Tour dates 2015/6
Fri 13th November The Hamburg Blues Band Landgasthof
Langenrade Ascheberg, Germany www.ascheberg-rockt.de
Sat 14th November The Hamburg Blues Band Festung Mark Magdeburg, Germany www.festungmark.com
Fri 20th November The Hamburg Blues Band Charly´s Oldenburg, Germany www.charlys-musikkneipe.de
Sat 21st November The Hamburg Blues Band Kubik Goslar, Germany www.kubikgs.de
Fri 4th December The Hamburg Blues Band Blues Garage Hannover, Germany www.bluesgarage-hannover.de
Sat 5th December The Hamburg Blues Band Kulturwerkstatt Hamm, Germany www.kulturwerkstatt-hamm.de
Fri 11th December The Hamburg Blues Band t.b.a
Sat 12th December The Hamburg Blues Band t.b.a
Fri 18th December The Hamburg Blues Band t.b.a
Sat 19th December The Hamburg Blues Band Music Hall Worpswede, Germany http://musichall-worpswede.eu
Wed 23rd December The Hamburg Blues Band Gulfhaus Vechta, Germany www.gulfhaus.de
Wed 6th January Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly Studio Theatre The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Fri 8th January The Hamburg Blues Band tba
Sat 9th January The Hamburg Blues Band tba Koblenz, Germany
Thu 14th January The Hamburg Blues Band tba Bonn, Germany
Fri 15th January The Hamburg Blues Band tba Bensheim, Germany
Sat 16th January The Hamburg Blues Band tba Schwerin, Germany
Fri 22nd January The Hamburg Blues Band tba
Sat 23rd January The Hamburg Blues Band tba Hamburg, Germany
Watch Linda introduce her latest album ‘The Fetch’ whilst listening to samples of tracks from the new release – available now from Angel Air Records.