Quiet Womans Row

RickY Ford & The Thunderbirds

AS we have already seen, in the 1950s Pill produced a string of bands and talented artists.Here we feature the collection of Peter Hughes a guitarist with Ricky Ford and the Thunderbirds . Heavily influenced by early Rock & Roll and of course Skiffle, the group began life as the Trebletones. Singer Dai Michael (Ricky Ford), Peter Hughes, Jimmy Nash, and John Balaam soon made their mark on the local , and not so local music scene. Those Pill families who were moved to Malpas in the 1960s and 50s will remember the bands regular spot in Malpas Court School where they played every Wednesday night..
In fact the band played 5 nights a week starring in such iconic venues as The Newbridge Memo, Abergavenny Town Hall and at Little Mill near Usk.
Peter was not only known for his musical abilities but for his famous black "Burns Bison" guitar. The boys in the band were locoal in the true sense of the word. Arthur Street, Baldwin Street and Jeddo . The leader of the band Dai Michael sadly passed away recently and enclosed is the page from the South Wales Argus featuring the remainder of the group saying their own farewell.
Other images inluded are Baldwin Street in the big freeze of 1963, the family of Peter Hughes and some fondly remembered members of the Pill Community including the late George Bullock.

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