Hastings prog-rock band reunited and back in 1066 Country for a one-off Carlisle gig

0
Have your say

Forty-one years since last performing together, the original line-up of the then Hastings-based progressive rock bandFactory is to play a one-off reunion gig at The Carlisle, Hastings on Friday October, 16.

Brothers Andy and Tony Qunta (12-string guitar, keyboards, vocals and lead guitar, electric violin, vocals respectively), Geoff “Jaffa” Peckham (bass guitar, vocals) and Lol Cooksey (drums, vocals) first got together in April 1970 and from their first rehearsal, Factory was born.

Working extensively in the UK, Holland and Germany, they supported many top bands of the day, including Status Quo, UFO, Pink Fairies, Suzy Quatro, The Scorpions, Fleetwood Mac, and 10cc to name.

The Sex Pistols also made their live debut supporting Factory at a north London college in 1976.

The band also had the great privilege of some half a dozen recording sessions with Roger Daltrey of The Who, at his studio in 1973.

After the demise of the band in 976, Andy enjoyed chart success with Hazel O’Connor and Icehouse, (he also co-wrote John Farnham’s major hit You’re the Voice prior to moving to the USA, where he now performs in several major tribute bands. Tony has mainly worked as a freelance session guitarist, performing with numerous bands and projects, including “Odyssey,” (Edgar Winter, etc.) as well as performing in shows in the West End and on tour. such as “Dancing in the Streets” and “Soul Sister.” Apart from a brief spell with the progressive rock band, England, Jaffa took a break from rock music and amused himself with other genres and instruments.

Among these were Dixieland jazz, reggae, English folk, Morris music, Cajun, composition and arranging, as well as providing a musical service for people with learning difficulties and dementia.

After seven-and-a-half years as rock band Die Laughing’s drummer, for the past 29 years Lol has returned to his roots, performing with The Fabulous 6Ts.

For two weeks immediately prior to their gig at The Carlisle, Factory will be working on the long -awaited album, which should have been recorded and released 40 years ago!

Factory’s set will include many of those songs which were so popular with their audiences back in the 1970s and they will all be performed as close to the originals as is possible.

This is a rock treat too good to be missed and tickets are now available from The Carlisle at £8 in advance from the beginning of September, or for £10 on the night.