HARLOW BANDS FAMILY
TREE LAUNCH NIGHT

Carl and Bill get superstitious. BETWEEN THE LINES.

AUSTINS SHIRTS. Cowboys Stay on Longer. DEVIANT AMPS. Reeling in the years.

Opening the mad chateaux MAD CHATEAUX. Sublime. SARAH ROSS.

Harlow Bands Family Tree was finally launched on Saturday February 7th 2009. A marathon nine month quest by Paul Woodwright, David Devine and The Squares' Richard Holgarth, Adam Smith and Steve Harcourt.

With the tree going back to around 1961 and ending at 2008 it's a comprehensive list of Harlow based bands and the members that played with them. Some of Harlows finest bands reformed for a night of fantastic music and a meeting of old friends.

The evening kicked off with a brilliant set from one of Harlow's finest 80's prog band MAD CHATEAUX. They showed why they were so good the first time around. Next up was SARAH ROSS. After a slightly nervous start she settled down and proved just how good a singer/songwriter she is.

Next up, DEVIANT AMPS, still rocking after all these years, played a short set of classic Amps songs before ending with a couple of SODS numbers with original members MICKEY HOWARD (guitar) and the legendary KEVIN JONES (vocals). Punky.

AUSTINS SHIRTS were up next with a re-union set celebrating just how good and how much fun they were. Fantastic stuff. Lots of singing from the crowd. They were joined onstage at various points by MATT RANDALL (harp) and MURRAY TORKILDSEN.

Then it was the return of BETWEEN THE LINES. Compere for the evening Murray Torkildsen introduced them to the biggest cheer of the night and they went on to prove just how fantastically good they still are. Opening with "Piece Of My Heart" and closing with "Johnny Be Goode" the highlight of the set was "Superstition". Top stuff. The evening finished with a "dub" set from CHRISTIAN F.

The evening was filmed by JOHN MORTIMER and a DVD will be available from May 1st. Meanwhile the Family Tree can be seen in it's full glory in the St. Claire shop in Harlow Town Centre. Pictures ©John Mortimer.

Compere: MURRAY TORKILDSEN
MATT RANDALL Blowing in the wind KEITH CHENNERY Banging away ADAM, PAUL, DAVID AND RICHARD ©STAR