Tamworth Bands History : 1975
|January - March||April - June|
|Folk, Folk, Folk!||Lenny Henry at Amington Liberal Club|
|July - September||October - December|
|Dave Armour||The Arts Centre opens...|
It’s 1975. The Bay City Rollers sing Bye, Bye, Baby, Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody, Rod Stewart and Sailing and Don Estelle and Windsor Davies and Whispering Grass – this is 1975.
In Tamworth, you can see Lenny Henry at Amington Liberal Club, Jasper Carrott at the re-opening of the Wigginton Hotel Folk Club and The Hollies at The Belfry in September. These are the only big name acts to visit the town in ’75.
Concept are probably the highest profile local band. They’re featured in the Herald twice with their new band nights at Tamworth Football Club where they encourage other local bands to join them on stage for exposure.
Kwil are still playing regularly (although without Phil Bates) as are The Hy-Kells, and Andy Dwyer is still the top local folk act. Discos have surprisingly died a death. The regular disco at every local working men’s club seems to have ended, although Barry John still appears regularly.
There is only one story this year. Tamworth Arts Centre opened on November 21st 1975. Despite continued protests from councillors “attacking staff costs” and “hire charges will turn centre into a ‘white elephant’”, the Arts Centre finally opened in November of ’75.
Dave Armour, the manager, had earlier in the autumn suggested he wanted a “full-house every night” and he organised an incredibly ambitious opening programme of events. Everything from ballet to folk, film to brass bands. Two solid weeks of arts entertainment for the people of Tamworth.
Read the full History of the Birth of Tamworth Arts Centre – one of the most important venues in the development of Tamworth bands.
Dave Armour – was one of the nicest people you could meet. Someone who looked you in the eye and treated you, no matter who you were or what you looked like, as an equal. His work establishing Tamworth Arts Centre as a vibrant heart of creativity in a town where ‘arts’ was a four-letter word was an achievement that will never, ever be appreciated for the impact it had on the town. From his work and encouragement of music in the late 1970s sprung the entire music scene of the 1980s. A man who, after asking Vince Watts and Eddie Armchair who were the best band around at the time, actually considered trying to get the The Clash to play at the very, very first Tamworth Rock Festival. Dave Armour – a hero. A hero that to my lifelong regret, I shit on. (Sorry Dave – I was an 18 year-old twat! - Ed.)