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Hi folks,

Time to introduce you to our new bass player, Mr. Jan Robinson. 'Jan' is pronounced 'Yan' just to make things clear :-)

Jan has a tremendous musical background playing Classical, acoustic, electric and bass guitars. He was guitarist with Caddyshack in the 80's which was a Review show to the Blues Borthers.

In the early 90's he joined forces with members of various named bands and formed The Cat Scratch Band gaining a huge following in and around the Reading area and released the album "Say It To My Face" penned by Jan and the band. From there they teamed up with Barry Ryan of "Eloise" fame working moslty in Scandanavia and Germany which is where we first met.

In 2001 he fronted his own Mersey Tribute Band on guitar and lead vocals touring nationwide for twelve years appearing alongside Marmalade on several occasions. So today, after a recent chance hook up, Jan is now part of Marmalade and we warmly welcome him, as I'm sure you will too.

All the best Sandy

Jan Robinson

20th April 2013. Symphony Hall Birmingham.
Birmingham St. George’s Day Association Concert.

Dear Sandy, Alan, Mike, John James and Damon,

I’m writing to express our gratitude to you all for the fantastic performance you gave on Saturday in Birmingham. From the moment you bounded on stage you had the audience in the palm of your hands. This was not your usual type of audience, they have been coming here over the last ten years to watch mostly male voice choirs and brass bands, but they loved you. From the school kids up in the choir stalls behind you, to the more elderly people who you had jiving in the aisles, I’ve never seen a group win over an audience so well. Everyone left the concert hall in a happy mood, this was reflected in the amount that the charity “Troop Aid” collected in their collection buckets, £1472.88.  Please do come back to Birmingham again, you have a whole new band of supporters.

My Sincerest thanks. Dave Ward, chair BSGDA.                                                      

Symphony Hall Birmingham

We are happy to announce that 'The Sensational 60's Experience Tour' presented by 'Stageright Promotions' starts on Friday 20th September 2013 at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley. Featuring Marmalade, Hermans Hermits, Chris Farlowe & Steve Ellis' Love Affair. With The Swinging Blue Jeans guesting on certain nights. To download a PDF of the promo poster for yourself please click HERE.
Sensational 60's Tour 2013-2014

 
Here is the new Marmalade charity Christmas single Santa is Coming with all proceeds going to 'Camp Mohawk' which is a multi-functional day centre for special needs children, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment. Thanks to Mark Hatchard of Hotbox Studios for the video.

Friday 18st November 2011 - PRESS RELEASE:  “Santa Claus is Coming” Marmalade Christmas Charity record For CAMP MOHAWK, To see what it's all about please download the PDF file HERE.

To hear the track on AIRPLAY DIRECT or to download for Radio Station members of AIRPLAY DIRECT
please click HERE


Santa is Coming
Sunday 31st October - Happy Halloween everyone, we thought you might like to see a few photos that our good friend Kenny sent to us from our recent trip to Offenbach, Germany on 16th October 2010, What a fantastic gig and thanks to everyone for making us so welcome, we hope to see you all again sometime soon...Sandy X
Marmalade

Tuesday 7th September - On Saturday 4th September we had a day trip to Odense in Denmark to perform at the annual festival. The bill also included The Hollies, The Merseybeats and The Manfreds along with top class Danish bands and a surprise visit from Don Powell from Slade! Haven’t seen Don for nearly four years. It’s amazing where the time goes. The show was great fun and we all had a good chance to chat back at the hotel where Tony Crane & Billy Kinsley joined our table along with Mike D’abo to sort out the world’s problems over a few refreshments ….a good evening was had by all!

Here's some pictures from the night…..


Odense

Monday 6th September 2010 - As mentioned in the last news letter, change is inevitable and it is with regret we announce the departure of Graham, with whom I have been performing for the last thirty seven years. I’m sure you will join us in wishing him the best for the future.

We welcome on bass Mike Steed whose colourful career to date includes contributions to various film soundtracks, playing bass guitar, keyboards and mandolin on numerous recording sessions and touring extensively since the early nineties with many all-star line-ups including incarnations of The Kursaal Flyers, Dr Feelgood and Brian Robertson of Thin Lizzy fame. Mike’s talents will bring diversity to the group’s existing stage show and work is already underway in writing and recording new product. We look forward to your company and hope you enjoy the new line-up! Exciting times. Never say Never, Sandy
PS. Here's a few photos from the Americana International gig we did recently.


Marmalade

Thursday 22 April 2010 - Hi everybody, Long time - No speak …but now seems a good time!

It appears our drummer, Glenn Taylor, has decided to move to another band. It was announced on Sunday 18th April, via the web, that he has replaced Paul Hooper in The Fortunes. We hope it works out for him.
 
Marmalade is lucky to be welcoming the very talented drummer, Damon Sawyer, who is an artist in his own right. Damon has performed with many artists including Bill Wymans’ Rhythm Kings, Paul Rodgers, Paul Jones, Sonny Black, Bernie Marsden...the list goes on. He is a drummer, recording engineer and producer, successfully running his own studio in Wokingham, Berkshire.
 
Change is inevitable and things move on, so it is time for a new chapter in Marmalades’ long and distinguished career and to all our loyal supporters, we look forward to travelling the journey together.  The show goes on......

Take care ….Hope to see you soon! Sandy.


 

New Marmalade
Monday 22nd June 2009 - I had a most enjoyable session with Sandy Martin of Radio Wiltshire on his Monday lunch time show. We chatted about some up and coming tours, played a few of the Marmalade records and sang a few bits and pieces Live!....(with much winding up from Sandy). Thanks to him for his warm welcome! He was kind enough to give me my first play of the title track of my own first album, “ Golden Years”. I have been talking about my own project for years but, finally, this year, I have committed to finishing the project and moving on to the next one. It should be ready (mixing at the moment) by August. Hope you get to hear it. All the best for now, Sandy.
Sandy Newman & Sandy Martin

East of England Show Peterborough - Saturday 20th June. This is the region's leading countryside and lifestyle show and it was our privilege to be the headline act for the weekend's entertainment. I know the show was an outstanding success, with thousands of visitors streaming through the gates to enjoy three sunny days of rural pursuits and some great food. Some of the lads couldn't resist a few tastings in the food hall on the way to the dressing room. We were looked after extremely well and I think the organisers were a little surprised at how hassle free everything ran for us. I believe last year there was an hour and a half delay waiting for Boney M. The crowd were fantastic right from the beginning and it was a really pleasant evening with a little breeze blowing across the stage to keep us reasonably cool. It was a good sight from the stage with a sea of deckchairs in front of us (see slide show). Thanks to all in the audience, the staff, organisers and the sound crew Martin and Dom. You all managed to make it a great gig for Marmalade. Look forward seeing you all in the future. All the Best, Sandy.


East of England Show

Saffron Lane WMC Leicester - Saturday 13th June. We had some fun at Saffron Lane W.M.C on Saturday. As some of you may know, our drummer Glenn is indeed a local Leicester lad and Brian Cooper, our former road manager also. It was a walk down memory lane, all over again, when a few old heads we hadn't seen in a long time turned up on a lovely summers 'evening to be entertained by our good selves. Brian turned up to say hello with Pat, his lady and keep us up to date with what has been happening in their lives. Although it has been three or four years, it's always like Brian has never been away when we see each other. The committee at the club made us more than welcome and thanks to them for their hospitality. We did have to resist the faggots and peas or black pudding we were offered, due to the fact it was a little to close to performing time. but it was tempting. Thanks to all the audience who seemed to enjoy everything. A good evening was had by all. Here's a little slideshow of the crowd, I'm sorry they're a little out of focus but it's difficult sometimes to take photos & perform at the same time.
We look forward to our next visit to Leicester! Bye for now, Sandy.


Saffron Lane WMC

Huckelhoven Germany - Friday 22nd May. We made the trip to Germany in the car this time for a bit of a change. It beats hanging around for hours at airports, which seems to be an ever increasing phenomenon. It is actually quite relaxing having the short ferry trip instead of queuing up to go through endless security checks. The journey was no problem apart from having a little disagreement with the sat/nav. It seemed to favour staying on the ring road around Antwerp for as long as it took us to notice the same building three or four times. When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by George and Ilona, some long time German friends. It was a very hot day and it made us have a few beers ….just for old time’s sake!
On the bill that evening were Middle of the Road, Chris Andrews, Harpo and the Equals, so again it was many hellos throughout the evening. We were on at the end unfortunately so I crept off for a little shut eye and set the alarm on both phones in my room only to be wakened by a massive banging on my door about twenty minutes before the show. Fortunately, our Alan had noticed my absence from the dressing room and assumed I had probably crashed out completely. Graham and I had a couple of refreshments and a good old chat with Pat Lloyd from the Equals at the end of the night. They go back along way to when “Dean Ford and the Gaylords” were living in Archway when they moved down to London.
Thank you for your attention everyone but I think I shall go to bed now. In the next news letter I shall bring you up to speed with a few other events that have been keeping us busy. All the Best, Sandy.


Denmark to Dartford - 16th & 17th May. It now seems like a long time ago but an overdue update to keep abreast of what’s been going on. Saturday the 16th of May we flew out to Denmark to perform in a huge tent which they use all through the summer for festivals in Scandinavia. It was a really good bill and the British contingency consisted of Marty Wilde and the Wildcats, The Illegal Eagles and Marmalade. Most of the other bands had flown out the day before but we had the early bird from Stanstead and were picked up at the airport and driven to Esbjerg. Unfortunately for Marty Wilde there was a communication problem and our driver thought he was simply picking up Marmalade …he was supposed to pick up Marty and his assistant Marc. We had a slow day waiting for the performance which in our case wasn't until midnight but it was good to catch up with the other guys. We don’t get to see them often and after the show there were a few beers disappearing in the hotel bar. The owner of the Hotel Ansgar, Poul Rasmussen, and his wife, has always been very hospitable to all the British bands and a big thank you to them for making our stay a very enjoyable one.

The following day it was back on a late afternoon flight to Stanstead and straight down to the Orchard Theatre in Dartford for a show with the Swinging Blue Jeans and Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. The first person I bumped into was Peter Oakman who is playing bass with the Jeans. Peter has long been the perfect gentleman and from the early days as one of the original Bruvvers, when he wrote “Picture of You” for Joe Brown, he has contributed much to the music business creatively, as well as being an excellent bass player.

The back stage corridor seems to be the meeting place and it was hello to all the guys from both bands…Ray Ennis, Phil Thomson, Alan Lovell, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich with whom I had a nice chat ……It is easy to forget how much time we have all spent in each others company over the years. It really does feel like an extended family when you bump into all the guys.
All in all it was a good old weekend and the audience and staff at the Orchard Theatre made it a pleasure to be absolutely shattered.…I managed to leave all my stage clothes there but got them sent through in the post.
Oh well…..All’s well that ends well!! Bye for now, Sandy.


Denmark
Saturday 26th April 2009. Hi Folks, Just a quick note to thank everybody who came to the festival at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth.  You made it a very enjoyable night for us and as promised, here are a few photos of everybody having a laugh. We also had a visit from our good friend & lifelong fan Peter Sanderson….. He came on the bus (a two and a half hour trip) and we took him to 'Harry Ramsdens' ….he was as happy as a sand-boy as you can see.

We're doing more recording over the next few weeks to further the progress on Marmalade's new CD…….Will keep you posted ok.. Take care! Sandy.

Great Yarmouth

Saturday 19th April 2009. From Brean Sands to Benalmadena. We took a trip out to Spain to perform in the 'Bonanza Bar' in Benalmadena for Kelvin, who runs both the club and “ Yesterday once More”, which hosts many events including the Brean Sands events which we perform at. We had a great time and I must say, were looked after exceptionally well….Thank you Kelvin and all the staff at the club. There were a few blasts from the past on the evening ….a wonderful hen party and an audience who were definitely there for a good time ….Look forward to maybe repeating the experience in the future.
Once again, thanks to everyone who made our stay pleasurable. Speak soon, Sandy.


Spain

GOOD FRIDAY - 10th April 2009. Hello from Sandy!...I hope everybody had a great Easter break. I spent Easter Friday in the company of Chip Hawkes who had a show down in Rayleigh in Essex at a great place called the Touchline.

He asked me back in January if I was free and did I know any drummer who could do the show with us? ….as it happened, Damon Sawyer, with whom I have been working in the recording studio, was free and along with Mick Steed from “Love Affair”, on Bass/Keyboards, we had a great night. Their professionalism shone through and made it a pleasure for both Chip and myself.

One surprise of the evening was a visit from two original “Rubettes”. Bill Hurd and Micky Clark both toddled along without knowing the other was coming. Bill came with his wife, Gina and his son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Helen.
Sam and Helen had invited all of Marmalade to their wedding which turned out to be 12 years ago….I couldn't believe it had been so long! It was also the first time Bill and Micky had seen each other in years since the split into two “Rubettes". It was good to see them both together and all in all, it was a very nostalgic evening. We took some silly pictures for posterity. We now have a potential six piece band, full of mad men… I hope you enjoy!!

Thanks to the entire organisation who made the show possible and if you ever get the chance to go see someone at the Touchline, www.justlivemusic.co.uk I can guarantee you will be made most welcome.

Till the next time………All the Best, Sandy.


Southend

Saturday 4th April 2009. Hello to everyone from all the lads!..Saturday saw us at Richmond Holiday Park in Skegness and the crowd were, as usual, very good indeed. Sometimes when we do these shows we get a chance to say hello to some of the other acts that we rarely see so it was good to bump into the boys from Vanity Fair as we arrived. It’s been a long time since we have seen them and they have always been a very good band. As we entered the building Brian Poole was just finishing  so we got to say hello to Brian as well. The association with Brian and our Graham goes way back to Dean Ford and the Gaylords and when The Gaylords started to appear south of the border back in the early sixties they ended up in the same management office as Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. Thanks to all who made it a great evening / morning and a big thank you to Harry and Linda Kent for the pictures they sent …I took a few of the audience  myself so you can have a look. Hope you all enjoyed !!
 
All the Best for now, Sandy.

Richmond Park

Friday 27th March 2009 saw Marmalade in the studio laying some tracks for the new album. It was a long and fruitful day and we all left the studio feeling satisfied that our efforts were sounding good .
We were performing again that evening back in Bognor Regis and had a real good night with a splendid reaction from the crowd ….Thank you!! Here's a few photos courtesy of our web master 'Ian Munro' www.imp.uk.com
A big thank you to Martin Maguire who took the time to send us an email review having seen the show that night…Sorry we never got round to playing “Falling Apart at the Seams”, it was simply a lapse of memory….the crowd seemed to want to Rock n’ Roll too much…..It was noisy!
We had decided to stay after the show because the next day, we were off to Hamilton in Scotland and were required to be there at 4 pm.

Saturday 28th March 2009 - Hamilton was a pleasure on many counts ….We got a warm welcome from the minute we arrived both from the crew and the management of Hamilton House and “The Piggies “, who were on the bill with us, accommodated us in every way possible with the staging for the evening…Thanks lads !!!
It was the audience that held the most interest for the conversation in the car, on our way home.

It happens when you play your old home patch that people whom you haven’t seen for years, come out of the woodwork. …This was certainly the case that night. The original road manager Ian Osmond came to see the band for the first time since the early seventies when he left and followed a career in South Africa. Charlie Smith, our former guitarist and then drummer turned up and we haven’t seen each other for over ten years. Alan Kelly, who was undoubtedly my mentor in the music business …he gave me guidance, encouragement and opened my ears to great music when I was fortunate enough to play with him from the age of 15 in a band called “The Candy Floss”.
My brother James and his wife Marion ….they have always been a great support. Hazel Gibb and her daughter Heather drove up from Manchester to be there. (Pictures courtesy of Hazel)
A few old “Dean Ford and the Gaylord’s” fans made themselves known to Graham and all in all, it was a great night.
Makes you think how long we have all been at it……time for bed!!!!
More “Reflections” another day. Cheers, Sandy.


 
Bognor Regis
Hamilton - Glasgow

Wednesday 1st April 2009 - Trust us, this is not an April Fools joke......
Hi Everyone. A little update of things we have been up to over the last week.
We were performing at Butlins Holiday Camp Bognor Regis last week on Wednesday 25th of March and also on Friday 27th, so it seemed a good idea to stay together and utilise the time to work on something new for the future.
After a fantastic night at Butlins, the next day, Thursday, we had photographic session and video shoot at an arts centre in Bracknell called 'South Hill Park' which is an historical old building with much character. Most of the content of the days work was pointed towards a brand new album from Marmalade !!! Yes !!!! You heard it right.... A brand new album from Marmalade!!!! It leans heavily on acoustic instrumentation with honest simple arrangements and not a sampling machine in sight !!! It will also Include some timeless classics and a collection of absolutely brand new songs, it is our hope that you will enjoy.

On Thursday evening we moved on to the 'Frog and Wicket' at Eversley Cross for a good old fashioned style pub gig ….no frills ”Alive and kickin’”..” Rough and ready “..like it used to be in the old days. It’s great to be up close and personal with the audience (and the bar) in that kind of environment. A good old blast of Rock N’Roll….That is what it was like in the 60s & 70's. It is how we all served our apprenticeship. We had a fantastic turnout and thanks to all who turned up on the evening. Some had traveled a considerable distance but everyone seemed to have a great night and we look forward to repeating a similar night sometime in the future. A big thank you to Mark and Tania of the' Frog and Wicket' for their kindness and co-operation.
Here's few pix from our night at The Frog & Wicket.

More photos & updates to follow later, watch this space......... Cheers from the lads :-)


Frog & Wicket
Tuesday 17th March 2009.
Great to see some old friends of Marmalade at Brean Sands on Sunday 15th of March…the show was running a little late but everybody in the audience was in good spirits and we had a very enjoyable evening/morning. A special little mention to Jimmy , whom  we met whilst doing the very last Del Shannon tour in this country. He asked if we would give “Runaway” a spin, so we ended the night with it and Alan gave it a “Ten out of Ten”. It ‘s been a few years that “Yesterday once More”, has been running and the support for the shows is always encouraging ….long may it continue and if you happened to be there on Sunday you may find yourself on the pictures along with this news item……Take care and hopefully we shall see you all soon!

Brean Sands

Monday 9th March 2009.
A quick Hello to one and all who were at Skegness on Saturday 7th March. It was good to see a few familiar faces and we hope everybody enjoyed themselves. We had a few technical problems to begin with but with the help of the audience and the crew things rapidly got better. Alan is recovering after demonstrating his magic powers in the sword swallowing department !!!!
All in all, it was a great evening and we hope you can spot yourself on one of the three photos Sandy took from the stage.
 
 Take care ….till the next time. All the best from the lads !!.......... Get back there....

Skegness 9/3.09

Saturday 28th February 2009.
Had an interesting couple of days last week. I had a visit from Ian Munro on Monday & for those who don't know.........
Ian, or Spike as he is also known, is the web master & ex band member who has designed our new website.

We did a little brainstorming on some new presentation ideas for Marmalade and relaxed that evening by attending a 'Velvet Hearts' gig, check them out HERE. The band is absolutely stunning and if you haven't seen them live ....you really should make the effort. The gig was in 'The Frog & Wicket' at 'Eversley Cross' and it really took me back......it was one of the first pubs I was in when I joined Graham Knight and Alan Whitehead rehearsing in Eversley village hall back in 1973. I touched base with some friends I haven't seen for a while and a good night was had by all. The next day we had a visit, while working in the studio, from Dave Munden of 'The Tremeloes'...We had a bit of fun that afternoon and a few snaps were taken of beardy men.

I'm off to bed now to get ready for my birthday party with my family tomorrow. All the best Sandy.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Sandy Dave & Ian
Monday 9th Feb 2009:
Hi Everybody. Just a wee note about Saturday past….7/2/09. We had the privilege  of performing at Gloria Loker’s  birthday celebration in Newmarket on Saturday 7th February.  It was a milestone birthday for Gloria and along with her close family (including the little ones) there were many familiar friends  to join in  the revelry . It’s always fun to see people in fancy dress as it creates a devil-may-care atmosphere….there was much dancing and singing throughout the evening  and I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves. Again,  a  Very Happy Birthday to Gloria!!!!.
We are a lucky band to have people that have always supported us …no matter what.. Thank you all !! All the Best for now. Sandy
Hi, this is the first entry........More vital information about a typical 60's / 70's band is the problem of trying to get any news or gossip out of them while they're on the road having fun and entertaining people. At this precise moment in time 2/2/09 I have no idea where, or what the guys are doing. They're probably stuck in a snow drift or something while trying to get to, or coming back from a gig. Let me know if you see them & if you do, offer them a shovel............ or a bevy :-) Although i know which one they would prefer.