King's Head Hotel during the Rochester Dickens Festival.
World Trade Centre
during the Bully Wee Band's 1980 tour of America, with a view of
New York, tragically never to be seen again..
Bully Wee Band -
Exeter University February 1981
the left Ian Cutler, Deborah Queen; an American friend of the
band's, Colin Reece, Fergus Feely, from Norway Jim Yardley's
future wife Berit and Jim Yardley.
after this tour Jim decided he wanted to settle down with Berit
and left the band to move to Mjondalen in Norway.
Festival July 1981
the departure of Jim Yardley from The Bully Wee Band, Colin, Ian
and Fergus carried on for a while as a three-piece until Martin
Allcock joined later in the year. During this time Colin and Ian
formed the scratch band (pun intended) Crabs. It's also short for
Colin Reece And Band as it happens.
Band were, from the left Phil Moore; keyboards: Ian Cutler;
violin and vocals: Colin Reece; vocals and guitar: Nigel Downey;
drums and Mick Peters; bass and vocals.
a week or so after this picture was taken, Nigel died in a car
crash. The band, not having the will to replace him, decided that
Bully Wee Band -
Allcock replaced Jim Yardley in The Bully Wee Band at the end of
the summer 1981. Augmenting the band on fretless bass, a thing
called a Quindola, basically anything with strings on and
After the band split in 1983, Martin added an 'a' to his name
and became Maartin Allcock of Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull
and more recently Swarb's Lazarus.
find out more about Maart and his latest projects clunk
the left Fergus, Martin Ian and Colin.
with Ian Cutler - Cambridge Folk Festival Main Stage 1982
'Way Below The Tide' (Colin always liked to sit down for that
one). Fergus Feely and Martin Allcock are out of shot.
was this weekend that Ian broke the news to the rest of the band
that he and his long term girlfriend Ayesha were going to marry.
His initial intention was that it would make no difference to the
workings of the band, but inevitably that was not the way it
||Bully Wee To Split
rather grubby newspaper cutting from Music World, March 1983
announcing the break-up of The Bully Wee Band.
had decided to settle down to marriage and a family. Realizing
from the bitter experiences of fellow band members, past and
present, that life on the road and marriage were not altogether compatible.
||Drammen, Norway -
his departure from The Bully Wee Band, Jim Yardley had settled in
Norway with his girlfriend Beret. Colin's solo travels often took
him to Norway where he would meet up with his old friend and
partner. Here they are together in Zorba's Bar in Drammen with
another good friend Bård Olaussen probably singing 'Wonderful
Tonight' - always one of Bard's favourites.
the left - Jim, Colin and Bård.
and Bull Hotel -
June 1984 Colin started a residency of every Wednesday at The Royal Victoria and
Bull in Rochester, Kent. Shortly after that he was joined by guitarist
supreme Steve Shorey, who he had know as one half of a Dartford
Folk Club duo 'Tall Storey'. Colin and Steve clicked straight
away and, in turn, were soon joined by Ian Cutler on fiddle when he moved
to the area from Bromley. Packing them in every Wednesday night for over
and Bull Hotel -
1984 to 1987
During the three year residency, the
Wednesday night sessions became the place for many local musicians to drop in to
jam, do a spot or just generally be seen (as if!!). Here with Colin and
Steve we can see the arm and bass neck of Mike Peters, the back of fine
singer and local folklore authority Sue Hudson, the raised chin of another local
vocalist Pam Reeney and the bowed head of melodeonist Ron Horsfield.
Others to appear over the years were singers Dave Bubb, Damien Aked and Jon
Cunningham, Phil Moore on keyboards, Ian's sister Val Cutler on fiddle, Cliff
Bayliss on mandolin and Tony 'Rico' Ricardo on Saxophone. Anyone we may
have forgotten, please email and we'll be happy to include you on the list.
Haugesund, Norway -
In November/December 1985 Colin
set off on one of his Norwegian tours, during which he spent a two week
residency in the music bar Diks'len in Haugesund on the west coast. Unable
to sustain the Royal Vic and Bull residency back home, Steve Shorey upped sticks
and joined Colin for the whole two weeks in Haugesund. To say Colin was
delighted to see him is a severe understatement.
||Broadstairs Folk Week
Kent August 1986
the tradition of their Wednesday night residency at The Bull in
Rochester, Colin and Steve, when invited to the Broadstairs Folk
Week, would ignore the organisers' pleas to do a 'folky' act and
invite anyone who wanted to join them, to do so for a rock
session. It wasn't long before they were regularly booked each
year for the specific purpose of doing precisely that.
the left Steve Shorey, Colin, Mick Hennessy of Roaring
Jelly and ex-Jack
the Lad, Billy Mitchell (Then of Maxie and Mitch fame and later to replace Alan
Hull as lead singer with Lindisfarne).
||Colin Joins Jim Davidson
- September 1987
September 8, 1987 Colin received a phone call at home from dressing
room 2 of the Princess Theatre, Torquay. The call was from
Richard Digance, who had produced Colin's 1985 solo album 'Well
Kept Secrets' and had been a friend since they met in the late
70s at The Brewery Folk Club.
had been touring as support for Jim for about four years, but
now, finding national fame in his own right, was ready to leave
Jim and seek success in theatre tours of his own. This left a
hole in the last forty minutes of Jim's act when Richard and John 'Smudger' Smith would accompany Jim on guitar and banjo for the
musical closure of the show.
joined the Jim Davidson Show in Skegness on September 15 1987.
Season 1988 -
The Warren Park Hotel, Torquay, Devon
pic shows a Sunday night off during the Torquay Summer Season.
Colin and Smudger were staying at the Warren Park Hotel and had been
asked by the management to play for the guests at the hotel
during their night off from the Princess Theatre Show. "We
can't pay you", they said, "but we'll supply you with
all your drinks for night instead." It was a successful
night and repeated the following week. Only this time Colin and
Smudger were paid in cash. It was cheaper !!!
For the second appearance they were joined by Clodagh Rogers'
husband Ian Sorbie on bass and local boy Jamie Darling (then only 14)
Poor Jamie didn't get much of a look in on that night. An
ex-drummer by the name of Jim Davidson decided he wanted a go and
that was that.
Two years later Ian was invited to join Jim's band for two summer
seasons and a nationwide tour. Sadly in 1992 he was diagnosed
with a brain tumor and died later that year. The loss of a good
man, not only for Clodagh but for the rest of us too.
picture shows from the left Ian Sorbie on bass, Colin on guitar,
Jim Davidson on drums, Smudger on guitar and sitting waiting his
turn is Jamie Darling.
Ceilidh Band - Gravesend Fort Gardens June 1989
or The Jezreels Ceilidh Band are a band that have seen many
line-ups since they started in the early 1980s. Between 1985 and
1990 the line-up included Colin. Here, the 1989 band is playing
at a one day festival in Gravesend, Kent. From left to right they
are Bob Kenward; bass guitar: Colin Reece; electric guitar and
vocals: Doug Hudson; acoustic guitar, vocals and dance caller:
Ron Horsfield; melodeon: Steve Moreham; violin.
||Colin with Jim Davidson
- Great Yarmouth,
Norfolk summer 1989
second summer season with Jim.
stage at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth. Probably singing
those who don't know who Jim is, he's the one without the guitar.