Just another WordPress.com site

The Canto Photo Gallery (1)

From 1973 through to 1974 ‘The Cantos Pop Group’, as some friends would subsidize their drinking and social life by playing on occasional Friday and Saturday nights at the Ranmore Arms Public House on Ranmore common. The usual line up consisted of Bill Ferrier, Steve Hopkins, Steve Williams and Trevor Wright. Nick Ritchie was touring with another band that originated at Therfield CS: ‘Joanne’.  As an old friend of the band, he would occasionally sit in.

As the range of our performances grew and the need for a drummer became more pressing, Jerry Start joined us after some time in the rather unstable line-up of the band ‘Sparks’ (This time ain’t big enough for the both of us).

As long as I can remember the first of the two 45 minute sets would start off with the Jackson Brown / Glen Frey song ‘Take It Easy’, made famous by the Eagles. Other covers in the set included ‘Sandman’ and ‘Horse with no name’ by the trio America, ‘Love the one you’re with’ by Stephen Stills, ‘Sloop John B’, made famous by the Beach Boys.

As time went on, increasingly songs written by Canto’s own Bill Ferrier and Steve Hopkins were included. As I turn my memory back some 40 years, songs including ‘Babbling Brook’ come to mind. I would record some of these performances on an increasingly noisy AKAI 4000D reel to reel recorder. I took the tapes along to a reunion weekend at Trevor Wright’s 40th birthday where Steve Hopkins asked to borrow them as he still played around with music in his home studio. That was the last time that I heard of Steve and of the tapes. I should have given him a copy! Steve, if you are reading this …..

Steve Williams at Ranmore Arms 1973

Steve Williams at Ranmore Arms 1973

009 Trevor Wright Ranmore Arms 1973

Trevor Wright Ranmore Arms 1973

002 Steve Williams at Ranmore Arms 1973 003 Steve Williams at Ranmore Arms 1973 005 Steve Hopkins Ranmore Arms 1973 006 Steve Hopkins and Bill Ferrier Ranmore Arms 1973 007 Steve Hopkins Ranmore Arms 1973 008 Bill Ferrier Ranmore Arms 1973

Comments on: "The Canto Photo Gallery (1)" (1)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: