Another week and sadly another tribute to someone else we have lost, these shows are unfortunately becoming eulogies – and tonight we’ll celebrate the music connected with John Lovering (pic above 2nd right) of Bangor new wave bands Hot Water and Fay Ray who sadly passed away two weeks ago today.
Formed in 1980, and originally called Fay Ray & The Rubbermen, they featured ex-Hot Water members, Sheila Brook McCartney (voc), Owen Hughes (drms), John Lovering (gtr), Jeff Taylor (sax), with Tony Travis (bass). They worked with Nigel Gray (producer for The Police) and released a 1980 single Family Affairs (Surrey Sound) and an LP ‘Contact You’ and single Heatwave (both 1982 on WEA). Tonight’s show has two songs taken from a live performance in front of the cameras for a TV programme over 40 years ago called ‘Something Else.’ The other two songs were recorded at Cob Records in Bangor in 2010 (the shop that drummer Owen ran).
Fay Ray were staples of the Tuesday Rock Nite at Plas Coch in Bangor and also supported Killing Joke in London (29.05.80).
John Lovering, a guitarist who looked like Robert Fripp, was a college lecturer in Bristol. and became a Professor at Cardiff Uni and one time advisor to the Clinton administration (Eastern Europe expert)!
Seek out their album on vinyl, and recently reissued on CD – the singles are knocking around too on eBay / Discogs.
This is the second benefit gig for Music For Hospitals, the first being the same time, same place last year. And once again, a resounding success – a celebration of those within the music scene along this patch of land who are no longer with us… Jonny Fflaps, Barry Cyrff, Al Maffia and Bern Elfyn Presli.
There are more (too many)… Maeyc Hewitt (Ectogram), Edi Filmstar (4Q), Les Morrison, Dave Griffiths (Joie de Vivre), O’Malley (Toilets), Ron Watt (Last Rights), Hugh Hughes (Y Brodyr), Chris Wright (Patchwork) and others who have contributed to our wonderful local music scene.More
(taken from Turquoise Coal)
Between 1980 and 1983, annual Bangor area compilation tapes were released, bringing together a selection of the music made in the area during the previous year. This was the final tape in the series, which appeared in May 1983. This time, there were 29 tracks, covering a wide spectrum and lasting a full two hours, the release being spread across two C60 cassettes.
This was The Pinecones first live performance on September 4th at the Castle Hotel in Bangor, supporting local superstars Fay Ray. Unfortunately, due the positioning of their name on the poster (see below), most of the audience thought they were called Disco & the Pinecones!
The gig proved to be too much of a success, and the group were instantly booked to play two major gigs in the area the following month – at the University’s main hall and at the annual Ogwen Valley Fair outdoor festival.