Pretty Things trio to play unplugged at Island venue

By Richard Wright

Friday, December 21, 2012


Pretty Things trio to play unplugged at Island venue

The Pretty Things, from left, Dick Taylor, Phil May, Frank Holland.

MUSIC PRETTY Things fan Pete "The Hat" Darby is bringing the band — or at least most of it — back to Ryde.

The band, which features former Rolling Stones guitarist and Island resident Dick Taylor, plays the Wight Rock Bar on February 2.

A few years before, they played the nearby Ryde Theatre and have been at Bestival.

Pete first met the Pretty Things in 1964 at a memorable Cambridge Corn Exchange gig and they have musically collaborated since.

Musician Pete said: "I thought then they were a great band and I didn’t know at that time Dick Taylor was with The Stones."

After moving to the Island, he looked up Taylor and the two played together. Then, The Hillmans — Taylor’s band — performed at Pete’s Ryde Folk and Blues Club last March, at the Wight Rock Bar.

"Dick asked if I would put on The Pretty Things as an unplugged, or semi-unplugged trio — and how could I refuse?

"So Dick, Phil May and Frank Holland will be coming on February 2 — when tickets are limited to just 100," said Pete.

The support band are the local rockabilly trio Tea ’n’ Biscuit Boys.

• Tickets are available from the Wight Rock Bar or


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