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25th September 2009
More on Kenny and The Car Parks: Thanks to Steve (see
below) we now have a picture of Kenny and The Car Parks, with a cover
picture of the band, which includes Brian's brothers Stuart and, of
course, Kenny. Click on link for image. Link
Steve is involved in a new book called 45 Revolutions,
looking at the seven inch singles between 1976 and 1979. The book has
a whopping 1190 pages made up of 4550 colour pictures and 2885 black
and white ones. If you are interested click on the following link. Link
At £108 on Amazon UK it may be one for a Christmas or birthday
12th September 2009
and The Car Parks: Steve, from Holland, contacted
me about the band Kenny and The Car Parks asking if I knew who, from
Bilbo, was on the record as Brian had written both the a and the b side
tracks ("Top Speed" and "Never Felt Bad"). Until
Steve's email I was totally unaware of this music. So I sent an email
to Brian who informs me that both himself and Colin Chisholm from Bilbo
were on the tracks, with Colin playing the drums and Brian doing guitar
and bass, with both doing harmony vocals.
In addition, Brian's brothers Kenny (yes, THE Kenny) and
Stuart are also in the band, along with Derek Thomson plus Gerry whose
surname Brian can not remember - well, it was 29 years ago. [editor's
update: Stuart Spence has contacted me to say that the above named Gerry
is actually Jeremy Walker (or Jerry for short), someone that Stuart
knew in school. I'm always amazed at how friendly the whole Spence family
are. So thanks again, Stuart.]
If you know of any Brian Spence related music that
is not mentioned on this website, like Kenny and the Car Parks, do let
me know as it is possible that I am unaware of it.
16th August 2009
Reviews of Bracknell Picnics:
Finally we now have pages for the Bracknell performance of Picnic at
Hanging Rock, with not one but two reviews - one of which was kindly
written by Ritchie from BilboMusic, the sister website to SpenceMusic.
Ritchie saw the matinee performance on the Saturday whilst I saw the
evening one. However, in the space inbetween performances we had a great
natter about all things Spence related. Reviews can be found through
the Picnic link on the left or via the link here. Link
to Bracknell Picnic.
18th July 2009
Picnic Week: This coming
week sees Picnic at Hanging Rock being performed in Bracknell. I'm looking
forward to seeing it on the Saturday evening and Ritchie (from Bilbo
Music) is watching the Saturday matinee show.
If you want to see Picnic, and I do recommend that you
do, tickets can be obtained from the South Hill Park box office on 01344
484123, subject to availability. For more information click on the following
link (click on it anyway just to see the misspelling of Brian's name).
16th May 2009
Wow! Time really flies. It's been an age since I last
did an update - back in December of last years. So what has been happening?
Well, to be honest not a lot, except that Brian is working on a new
musical. He is keeping the topic close to his chest and not revealing
Apparently he started working on the new musical whilst
waiting for something to happen with Jeannie Skye. Seems that it is
stuck in limbo. Which is a shame as the parts I have heard (with it's
origins in MacGregor's Trap) are great. It would be a tragedy if this
music did not get heard by the world.
Okay, what happened in 2008.
- Stewart Irving, previously in The
Wish with Brian and Debbie got back in contact. It is possible that
The Wish may get back together in some form, although live dates are
unlikely as Stewart now lives in South Africa.
- Videos of Spence related music started
to appear on YouTube. If you have yet to see them, go to the Videos
section here at SpenceMusic or over to YouTube.
- Norwich Youth Music Theatre had a run with Picnic at
- Talking of Picnic, The Royal Berkshire
Academy is planning on staging Picnic at Hanging Rock in July. This
will be held in the Wilde Theatre between 22nd and 25th July. Go to
for more information.
- The Wish album postcards, was meant
to be available on iTunes. I just tried to find it without success.
I did, however, find it on Amazon for £35. Why bother when you
can get it right hear through SpenceMusic for much cheaper.
I hope the next update will be quick than this one. Why
not jog me if you want news?
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