Granny will be taking another trip in Congleton Library on Wednesday 16th October in an evening of original acoustic music and spoken word -harking back to the late 60`s and early 70`s.
Following last October`s “Good Medicine” – and previous years “Right On!” “His Back Pages” and “Unknown Pleasures” entertainments – this year the library is excited to welcome Joe Beard and Gerry Robinson of The Purple Gang.
The Purple Gang enjoy legendary status as participants in the alternative rock and pop music scene of late sixties London. They worked as a psychedelic jug band with legendary producer and svengali Joe Boyd and rubbed musical shoulders with the likes of Syd Barrett and the early Pink Floyd, The Move, “Davey” Bowie, Love, Yes and many, many more evocative acts. Championed by John Peel, The Purple Gang were even participants at the famous 14 hour Alexandra Palace Technicolour Dream happening in April 1967.
The Purple Gang were “in the right place at the right time” but their first “tipped for the top” single “Granny Takes A Trip” got banned by the BBC – an occupational hazard. Fame and fortune duly failed to come calling but nevertheless The Purple Gang have lived on – reconvening every now and again over the years to record and perform – with their tracks appearing on numerous historical compilations.
Founder member and group leader Joe Beard is currently completing a memoir of the Gang`s amusing experiences in the counterculture of the late sixties. He will be name-dropping and performing readings from this forthcoming publication.
Joe and Gerry popped in to the library to perform a few taster numbers during this years Congleton Jazz and Blues Festival. They were fantastic and showcased electrifying mandolin!
Also appearing will be Fox n Fenn featuring the very talented songwriter and poet Terry Fox – coincidentally also an active partici–* pant in the late sixties music scene with his band Cops N Robbers.
Tickets for this intriguing event are available now from the library for just