Hank Marvin at the Basement

My Wednesday evening started off with a Mental As Anything gig at Customs House, Circular Quay in Sydney. We had a great view from the stage and the audience just had the band to look at.

It was a private party and before we started the organiser comes up to us and says “are you going to be playing all your hits tonight?” One of our guys replied with a straight face “We’re going to play a jam in E for an hour”. It went right over the organisers head, they had no idea what we were talking about.

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There was also some great food on offer.

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After the Mentals gig I legged it down to The Basement, which was near by, as Hank Marvin was playing in his Gypsy Jazz mode. I made it for their second set. All I can say is that they sounded great! Excellent arrangements and they sounded like a ‘real’ band should.

Hank was a huge influence on me to start playing the guitar. When I heard The Shadows play “The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt” that was the sound I wanted to make. Interestingly, Mentals often play “Flingel Bunt” as a encore song.

Afterwards I got to hang out with Hank & Gary Taylor. Good times.

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17 Comments on Hank Marvin at the Basement

  1. now there are some great musos,i learnt to play apache when the shadows bought it out i was 14 great to see them still banging away.

  2. Actually it’s spelled Flinglebunt and as you may recall Martin, John B and had a band by that very name and used to love pkaying the tune. Hank Marvin is inspirational that’s for sure and you’re probably quite the influence these days also. Cheers!

  3. The great thing about the Shadows is that their hits are easy to play badly but well nigh impossible to play well (like Hank-and Martin??? can???) Hank really makes the guitar sing!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing Martin. Hank is an inspiration and still a great guitarist. I thought you may have been able to crack a smile for the photo!

  5. HI MARTIN,JUST FOUND YOUR MUSIC WOW MAN YOU SURE CAN PLAY A GUITAR
    LOVE ALL THE TUNES,I AM 24 CARET H.MARVIN FAN BUT YOU ARE AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER I WISH I COULD PLAY LIKE YOU DO,AND YOU COMEING FROM ROCHFORD ESSEX. ENGLAND AS WELL,I COME FROM GRAYS ESSEX NOW LIVEING IN DEVON.ALL THE BEST TO YOU MARTIN,

  6. HI MARTIN YES DEVON IS A LOVELY PLACE,I CAN PLAY SOME SHADOWS HITS,BUT I WANT TO LEAN YOUR MUSIC,I.E.POINT ZERO.GOT YOUR TABS BUT DO YOU DO BACKING TRACKS?.THANKS FOR THE REPLY. CHEERS MARTIN.

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