Well, here we all are in the middle of a pandemic – strange days indeed (as John Lennon once said, or sang). As with everyone else, things are currently suspended. So, at the moment, there’s no Jam Night, no 5-a-side footie and no cricket, among other things. So, if you’re reading this, keep yourself busy in the lockdown and stay safe! cheers, Rob.
* New Release * ‘ T o A l l I n t e n t s ‘ b y R i f f R a f f
Riff Raff are back! The band has just released their third album,
‘To All Intents’
is a fifteen track blockbuster!
See the Riff Raff page.
‘Mac’s Jam Nite’ is due for a return very soon. Since our stint at The Middlesex Arms ended last October, Gavin has been exploring other options to get things up and running again. So we now have a new venue, which is The Horseshoe in South Harrow – the last Thursday of every month, kicking off on Thursday 28th February, 9pm till 11.30pm. So, get down to The Horseshoe and join in at the new Jam Nights. See you there. BFN, Rob.
Unfortunately, Jam Night at the Middlesex Arms is no more ! We’ll be looking to start again somewhere else February / March next year.
Jam Night is back tonight !
We’re back at The Middlesex Arms, South Ruislip – the last Thursday of every month !
See you there ! Cheers, Rob.
BREAKING NEWS … Jam Night is moving! It’s no longer at The Three Wishes in North Harrow. Tomorrow’s Jam Night will be at The Crock Of Gold in Ruislip High Street. More soon !
It’s been a while since my last communication. So, what have I been up to ?
Robfest 2017 took place last Sunday. This was the 12th annual acoustic extravaganza and once again the weather behaved for us – no rain ! Riff Raff provided the live music, aided and abetted by some guest artistes. Thanks to everyone who dropped in – it was good to see you ! On the subject of Riff Raff, we are in the process of recording another album. A lot of material is being kicked around at the moment, with some tracks nearing completion while others are in the early stages of being written or recorded. So, lots of work still to be done – Stay tuned viewers !
Saturday was busy too. I played at Harvey Ellison’s memorial gig at Harrow Borough FC in the evening. Harvey, sadly, died of cancer last year. He was involved in forming the ‘Power Of Soul’, was also involved with starting Jam Night in the late eighties and played saxophone in the Glitter Band in the 70s.
In the afternoon, I went to Loftus Road to see QPR take on Reading and was entertained by a winning QPR ! Rangers won 2-0 and really deserved to have won by more – not often I’ve said that in recent times ! The previous Saturday, I was at the Stan Bowles match. What a player he was. He, and the Rangers team of the seventies, was so great to watch, playing exciting, open, attacking football – very entertaining. It was good to see Stan The Man again but it’s very sad that he now has Alzheimers.
Jam Nights continue at The Three Wishes in North Harrow. From September, it will be up to twice-a-month, on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of every month, following its recent reduction down to once-a-month. For a short while, we also had a second Jam Night, at The Broadwalk in North Harrow – also on a once-a-month arrangement. Unfortunately, that was short-lived, and is no longer on-going at The Broadwalk.
On the sports front, my knees are holding up well, enabling me to play regular Sunday cricket this season. On the whole, I’m bowling well and haven’t had any niggling injuries so far. I’m also playing 5-a-side football regularly too. With trips to the Gym, I’m managing to keeping myself reasonably fit.
I had a week’s holiday in the Isle Of Wight in July, with Rosie. It rained on the Tuesday but the rest of the week’s weather was pretty good. We visited loads of our old haunts, including The Crab and Harry’s Bar in Shanklin. We stayed a couple of nights in Longhope in Gloucestershire in June and visited loads of places, such as Ross-On-Wye, Abergavenny, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouth, Chepstow, among others. It was a really nice break !
Oh well, that’s it for now. Cheers, BFN, Rob.
Well here we are, with the end of the year in sight. Where did the last 12 months go ? Whoosh !! So, time to look back and reflect.
Jam Night has been going well at the Three Wishes, North Harrow. However, it turns out that we’re being down-graded from weekly to monthly for 2017. I’m sure we’ll soon see how that all turns out. ‘Stranger Here, Than Over There’, the new Riff Raff CD, was released earlier in the year. More recording has been taking place with the Riff Raff boys, with more ideas for another CD perhaps. Still on the subject of music, I’ve just heard that another legend has died – R.I.P. Rick Parfitt.
Rosie and I have been on our travels to North Wales, Isle of Wight and Liverpool. We visited North Wales with Adrian and Di, and re-visted Portmeirion. We went back to the IOW this year for our holidays and stayed in Yaverland, just outside Sandown. We had a great week. Then we took the train up to Liverpool, for three days away. We took a bus tour round the city and visited the Beatles exhibition. The weather was good too, apart from one rainy afternoon. We went to the Cavern Club and were sitting in Sgt Pepper’s next door while, back home, QPR were losing 0-6 to Newcastle. Never mind, now that Ollie’s back we’ll be OK – won’t we ? I hope so – I’ve just bought a half-season ticket !
I was back in cricketing action for the season just gone. It took a while to get going again, what with last year off and my limited participation in the previous five years. The groin strains didn’t help either. But I had my moments and I’m looking forward to next season. I’ve recently joined a gym to try to get fitter and stronger after my two knee operations. I’ve also been making a gradual comeback on the 5-a-side footie front. The Subbuteo season is now well underway, so I’m getting plenty of exercise running round the table !
Well, that’s about it, other than to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
The last Jam Night of the year, at The Three Wishes in North Harrow, was held on Thursday 15th December. It was another great night with a sizeable attendance. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, as the weekly musical extravaganza wound up for another year. The first Jam Night of 2017 will be on Thursday 26th January ! However, there is a down side – Jam Night is changing from weekly to monthly, on the last Thursday of every month. Apologies for this change !
From all the House Band, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Jam Night at the Three Wishes, North Harrow is OFF tomorrow, Thursday 1st September, for one week only. It’s back on again on Thursday 8th September !