Portsmouth Music Scene

The Portsmouth Music Scene
The Drummers

There's an old rude saying, that drummers are people who play with musicians.
To be honest, we'd be lost without them, so here is our tribute to them all.


Roger Mahoney, dated 1948. His first resident gig every Fri, Sat and Sunday night at the Fratton Trades Hall with The Mrs True Duo.
piano & drums.(Three nights.15/- !!) No pic of Mrs True I'm afraid. She was a Winnifred Attwell style player.
Roger went on the play in the Benny Freedman Band at the Savoy Ballroom

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Russ Mahoney


Jeff Walker drummer and music shop owner


Ken Hughes, drummer with the For-tunes from 1962 at Paulsgrove Sec Mod School


Mike King drummer with Five by Five 1964

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Dave Pittard was drummer for Barry & Zodiacs, Chapter 6, Rosemary, Springhill, Dawn, Informers, throughout the 1960's


Tony Hawnt drummer with Kiev 1974


From the Portsmouth NEWS 24th March 1977.
Roy's Drum Pad, owned by legendary drummer Roy Huggett was in Elm Grove, close to the traffic lights.
The tall man in the photo is Roy and the gent with dark hair is drummer Roger Mahoney.


The late Roy Huggett, played with so many bands over the years

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The three ages of Terry Threadingham


Bryan Hatchard of the Cadillacs


The late Malcom Bailey, played with a number of bands in the 60s including The Rivals and Grass. The photo was taken at Vospers social club.

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Pete Light, formerly with the Renegades.

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Anthony Rollinson, author of 'Twenty missed beats'

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Phil Briggs of Big Band Theory


Nobby Glover with The Shadders at the Heroes, Waterlooville


Alan Williams with the St Louis Checks on and 1960's beat cruise

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The three ages of Phil Tilbury.

As a 14 year old(left), as a thirty something, and then more recently(right)
He played with Cody Nash, Twelve 88 Cartel, Bobby Howard Band, Stewart Brothers, First Chapter finaly becams a DJ


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Dave Houghton on drums and then with Mark Andrews and Phil Campbell.


Jim Armstrong at the Honky Tonk Bar around 1975

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Tony Ransley and Alan Gordon

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Alf Pink of the Renegades


Robbie Clarke, who you can see in Pompey Pop Pix drumming with Morganís Camel Train, is making the most of retirement by returning to drumming.
Hereís a pic from his first gig in 44 years with the Angie Haynes Blues Band at the Kingís Head, Wickham.


Chris Hughes in the recording studio, previously with 'Something for the weekend' and in 2013 with 'Hat Trick'



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Bernie Fox

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Kenny 'Fonzi' Morgan

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Malcolm Burns


Danny Rowlands

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Graham Hunt

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Fred Chandler with the Cosham Concert Brass Band in the 1980s

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David Eames formerly with The Pop Pickers retired in 2018 after 55 years drumming

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Brian Iredale 1944-2018, drummer with the Cheese Doctors


Damian O'Malley drummer with Emptifish

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Ashley Rowlands of Butterfly Collective


Bob Harrigan of the Diplomats

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George Francis of Sykick Surfers


Steve Turner - Drums/Percussion Parallel Lines

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Andy Emberson of Wickersneadwith, Manhattan, Shannon, Park Lane, Maddison Blue, Half-Light, Great Escape.

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Dave Cairns, Arms & Legs, Public Heirs, Mokus


Tony Hawnt, Kiev 1973, Sahara 1974, Ryder 1974/77, Mickey

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Alan Gordon from Time Dyasty and Hector

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Andy Stechman with Rock Therapy

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Tim Sullivan, the first drummer in County Line

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