Budleigh band reunites after 45 years

A jazz and blues band fronted by a Budleigh Salterton pensioner is making a comeback at the Feathers pub – 45 years after they disbanded.

‘The After Eight Blues’ rhythm and blues band were a staple feature at many pubs in and around Twickenham and South West London in the 1960s.

The band consists of Roger Millar and Jim Panormo both on guitar and vocals, Tim Strange on drums and harmonica player and vocalist Ian Briggs, from Budleigh, and they were all pupils at the Thames Valley Grammar School.

In 2010 they promised that they would reform the band – and after being well received at their first gig in a bar in Swanage, almost half-a-century after they had disbanded, it gave them the confidence to play at Ian’s local.

Ian said: “We have asked Exeter musician Chris Harris to play with us, as we have been unable to trace our original bass player.

“The average age of the band is around 67 and they are all looking forward to playing this reunion gig.”

The gig wiill be held in the public bar on Saturday November 5, from 1.30pm and into the late afternoon. Admission is free.