Access All Areas At The Portsmouth Guildhall

Access All Areas At The Portsmouth Guildhall

The Portsmouth Cultural Trust (PCT) is delighted to announce an open evening for Access all Areas – The Portsmouth Music Experience.

Access all Areas is a growing exhibition documenting the history of popular music in Portsmouth since the end of the Second World War, exactly seventy years ago. AaA includes a range of images and memorabilia celebrating the great years of poprock, folkblues, jazz and dance. It includes a 1960s Gallery showcasing leading venues, musicians, posters and local personalities, the Guildhall Gallery documenting a history from Louis Armstrong and the Beatles, through to the Clash, the Smiths and Take That to the present day, plus the story of the filming of Tommy across the city in 1974. There is also a bijou cinema 16, and a Hall of Fame with hundreds of photographs of local acts over the whole period.

The Open Evening offers a chance to see AaA’s recently completed 16 track digital and 8 track analogue recording studio and home of AaA Music Radio, soon to begin broadcasting online with an eclectic group of presenters playing music from the last 50 years. You will also be given the chance to see the new summer exhibition, Rock Shots – 50 years of music photography in Portsmouth, featuring photographs of the local music scene by a range of local photographers.

Come and relive your memories of some great days – or learn something you didn’t know about Portsmouth and in particular, ‘Pompey Pop’.

Plus, accompanying the show, debut performances by two new Pompey acts will be playing and will include, The Southsea Skifflers who are comprised of a mix of experienced musicians and beginners who may well be the largest skiffle orchestra in the country; reviving memories of the great days of the 1950s skiffle boom and folk revival. This will be their first-ever performance with a few songs at around 7.45pm.

Scarlett Town have been rehearsing for a few months following the final gig by popular local band Reet, Petite & Gone last year. They were together for 22 years and three of their members Dave Allen (vocals), Nick Evans (lap steel & mandolin) and Denis Reeve-Baker (guitar) recruited Sue Dobbyn (clarinet & violin) for a new acoustic line-up. But while Reet, Petite & Gone performed music rooted in pre-war country and blues, Scarlett Town will perform a selection of more recent songs by some of the finest songwriters including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, John Martyn, Gillian Welch, Lou Reed, Tim Buckley and Willie Nelson.

For event details visit the Guildhall Website or see on Facebook.




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