Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene

The Honky Tonk Bar, Southsea


The Festival Bar 1950's and 1960's - The Honky Tonk Bar 1970's - Peggy Sue's - Zoom 1980's and 1990's

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From Robert Palmer, - I worked there part-time as a barman around 1950, Bob Wells was the manager, when the Crystal bar opened he managed both bars over all and I became part-time manager of the ''Fes '' , during the day in summer it was full of holiday makers, at night sailors , we used to look in the paper which ships were due in, I went home some nights with a few bruises , when the Mecca ballroom opened I was offered the part-time bar manager job .

The Alan Kave Klan played at the Festival Bar from 1966 to 1970. There were just three of them! Alan Kave was fictitious.
John Pratt drums, Ray Reece guitarist/singer replaced by a guy call 'Steve Starr' and Terry Kean organist.

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May 1980

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The Bar Staff, left to right, Jeanette, Jean, Derek, Maggie, Tony, Richard Podger(Manager), Lynn and Simon

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The original starting trip in 1974

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Jim, Geoff, Mick, in 1974

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Mick, Geoff, Jim, in 1975

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Mick, Geoff, Jim, in 1975

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New men added, Chris Lowe, Mick Cooper, Geoff Davis, Jim Armstrong, Dave Knight in 1976

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Mick Cooper, Fred Illingworth, Nobby Glover, and Geoff Davis in 1977

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Geoff Davis, Mick Cooper, Nobby Glover, and Fred Illingworth, in 1977

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All change again Fred Illingworth, Mike 'Clump' King, Geoff Davis, Mick Cooper in 1979

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All change again Mike 'Clump' King, Fred Illingworth, Fred's daughter Karen, Geoff Davis, Mick Cooper in about 1979

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Mick, Fred, Geoff, in 1979

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Fred, Mick, Geoff and Clump with the 'Wall', in 1979

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Geoff gets a present from Father Christmas!

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The Christmas panto was SINderella!, Left to right Mick, Fred, Geoff, Ann, Richard, Mike and Gina,
Geoff and Fred were the ugly sisters, Fartingale and Ferkinshaw. Richard was the Incredible Sulk.

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A Honky Tonk Bar staff night out!

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Stan Stoakes on stage,

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The Honky Tonk Band

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Our one and only performance in Neros, at the invitation of the legend, Roy Castle,
We were playing Amazing Grace on Coke bottles!

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.... and it's goodbye from him!

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Geoff can be seen on You Tube, with thanks to Viv Gregson

- DAVIS&CROCKER BANJO MEDLEY -

- GEOFF DAVIS -

- GEOFF DAVIS live at The Gaiety Showbar Southsea 1984 -

- JAMMING IT UP with GEOFF DAVIS JIM BERRY MIKE KING 1984 -

- GEOFF DAVIS Sings Live -

- GEOFF DAVIS and The William Tell Overture -

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Geoff and his sister Joan in 2012


Live music and entertainment comes to an end and the disco takes over

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In the early 1980's the Honky Tonk Bar became a 'disco' bar! with various names, Bliss, Lush, Peggy Sue's, Basement and Zoom.

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Karen Quinnell plus Elaine and Claire, barmaids at Peggy Sues

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Rory at Peggy Sues in the early 1980's

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