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Gary O'Dea Picture Album

Tipton Musha'
Mobile chicken coop - Dudas Homestead, Watsonville, California - October '96.

City Lights Bookstore - San Francisco, October '96
"Me an old Jack Kerouac - Searching For Sal".

'96 Street Boogie - Hooker Style
San Jose Arts Festival, California, Oct '96
Red Rock Coffee Bar - Mountainview, California Oct '96.
Kismet Art Gallery + Coffee Bar - San Jose California, October 1996.
Songwriters Café - Birmingham, England 1997.
Teaming up with Stu 'The Blues' Downes and forming The Gentleman Bandits 1997. Recording at Stu's place - Turnpike Lane, London.
Opening night of The Secret Public Café, Tipton - Dec 1997. Blowing up a storm with Stu and Irish singer/songwriter Paul Murphy
I love this pic. Ecka joins the band on Tea - Chest Bass and Mandolin. This was our hometown warm up gig at The Secret Public Café - Tipton before we went to play at Glastonbury 1998. Doll's poster in the background. Funky Country Blues " ya ' muthafuckers."
Glastonbury 98. This should have been the Greenfield ha ha. The Croissant Neuf Stage - and all that mud.
Radio session at London's CMR Radio, Bob Paterson's Show 18/ 7 / 98. Following this session we made our debut that evening at The 12 Bar Club in London.
The 12 Bar Club - London. 18/ 7/ 98.
Back at The 12 Bar Club 24/ 9/ 98 for the gig with Bap Kennedy.
Gentlemen Bandits full band debut at The Weavers - London, 12/ 11/ 98.
Andy Stokes joins on Piano / Keyboards and Jim Houghton joins on Percussion.
Back at The 12 Bar Club again headlining 6/ 2/ 99.
The Varsity - Wolverhampton 21/ 2/ 99.
First recording session at Anew Music. Back to basics recording wise for that 'authentic country / blues - black country that is'. 27/ 7/ 99.
Me and Ecka in the Cox's Cosmic Country Floral Tribute Gardens, Tipton
Me and Ecka supporting Peter Bruntnell at The Flapper + Firkin, B'ham. 21/ 9/ 99.
. The Zen Buddah Boot Boys recording sessions at Dave Goodmans - London. January 2000. Back Row L to R: Me, Glenn Somerville, Dave Goodman and Gary Lammin. Front Row L to R: Pete Webb, Darrell Bath and Jim Houghton.


Pic's from the "Sittin' On Your Fence" recording sessions Anew Music - Birmingham Feb / March 2000.

Yours truly sitting outside trying to earn a dollar to pay for the recording sessions - it's a hard life.
Ecka: Tea Chest Bass and Banjo.
Jim Houghton: Percussion
Andy Stokes: Piano.
Gary Lammin: Guitar
Glenn Somerville: Violin.
P J Wright: Pedal Steel.
Steve Gibbons: Vocals
Me - Blues Shouter.
The Harborne Inbreds: BV's.
Zakala: Engineer.
ZBBB's Live debut - Rosie O'Gradys, Camden Town, London. 2/ 4/ 00.
. Me, Ecka + Jim 'back of a lorry' Harborne High St, B'ham. 28/ 6/ 00.
Bandits and Bobbies - Harborne, B'ham 28/ 6/ 00.
ZBBB's The 12 Bar Club - London 1/ 7/ 00.
Me, Ecka and Jim. The Varsity, Wolverhampton. 22/ 7/ 00.
ZBBB's - Rosie O'Grady's (Ecka on Mandolin) Camden Town, London, 20/ 8/ 00.
My own radio show launched 'The Secret Public Café' on WCR 1350 am. Wolverhampton 7/ 9/ 00.
Me and Ecka. The Fiddle + Bone, Birmingham Arts Festival. 10/ 9/ 00.
Me in hot sweaty drumming action. Playing drums on Johnny Was single 'Back In The Summer' Anew Music 11/ 9/ 00.
Poster for our support slot with U.S. Singer / songwriter Neal Casal. The Varsity Wolveehampton, 22/ 9/ 01.
Ecka, Me, Stokesy and Jim reading 'How To Make It In The Music Business' before rockin' The Bear - Bearwood, B'ham 20/ 10/ 00.
The MAC Centre - Birmingham 3/ 12 /00. Acoustic Room Gig. Cecil Patton (Johnny Was) joins on Bass Guitar.


Pictures from the Johnny Higgs Memorial Night - The George Pub, West Bromwich, 2/ 1/ 01.

Ecka, Jim, Steve 'Glocky' and Me. Singing 'Debris'
Ecka hugging Me while we both hug the bar
Ecka, Steve Gibbons, Jock Evans, Me, 'Glocky the beard' Big Jeff (the gaffer) and Scary Mark.
Storm - "Sitting in a box room feeling helpless, looking at old photos on the wall."
New band line up for forth coming festival dates, Caroline Jones joins on violin. This pic from The Bear - Bearwood, B'ham 11/ 5/ 01.
Gary O'Dea's Gentlemen Bandits 2001(Caroline is an honorary Gentlemen - ha ha).. Picture taken outside Katie Fitzgeralds pub Stourbridge - prior to gig there 25/ 5/ 01.

Americana Festival - Newark, Nottingham. Main Stage Fri 6th June 2001


The MAC Centre – Birmingham. 31/ 7/ 01. Summer Magic Open Air gig – all good clean family fun.


Nantwich Folk & Roots Festival. 19/ 8/ 01. Acoustic Stage. The band scaled back down to a three piece of me, Ecka + Jim. Great gig. We were so pleased with how it went that Ecka decided he’d have his hair spray dyed to celebrate – he told the women that he’d got a job interview the next day – ha ha.


The Baggeridge Music Festival – (Baggeridge nr Sedgley, West Midlands) 1/ 9/ 01 –
What a day
– a great gig and England stuffed Germany 5 – 1 in Munich.
A day we won’t forget.


John Cooper Clarke @ The Light Bar – Wolverhampton
18 / 9/ 01. Part of the 2001 Punk Conference Week of events.          

Me interviewing him upstairs @ Highway 61 Records -Wolverhampton 19/ 9/ 01.
Interview broadcast on my radio show on 20/ 9/ 01.
The Secret Public Café – WCR 1350am.

Wreckless Eric @ The Varsity – Wolverhampton 09/ 9/ 01.
He also recorded a live session for me at WCR before doing the gig. The session was broadcast on my show the next evening
20/ 9/ 01.

Meeting one of my all time heroes Wreckless Eric.
One of Britain’s songwriting gems.
‘Gal Lammin & JD (John Dent) travel up from London to record a live session for the radio show 27/ 9/ 01. Storming soulful acoustic blues. Gary asked to have a look at one of his old stomping grounds JB’s Dudley (the remains of the old King St venue). In one of Gary’s previous bands the classic Little Roosters the place was left in a similar state e.g. blown away. A great session was recorded by Gary & JD at WCR and broadcast live 27/ 9/ 01.

The Prom Bar - Bristol, 24/ 10/ 01. I nearly changed the name of the band to Gary O'Dea and The Black Country Cripples. We were all suffering injuries - the sitting to play was a necessity nothing to do with stage image - ha ha. Oh my aching back.

Coxy (guitar) realizing it's somebody else's round next
Micky Owen one time member of D'rango Slang, The Little Roosters and The Vibrators joins us on stage at The Prom Bar for the encore.