In 2018 Billy Bragg published his fascinating book about the origins of Skiffle and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Britain called “Roots, Radicals and Rockers - How Skiffle changed the World”, to great acclaim, so great was it that the book stimulated the production of a one hour TV special entitled “Rock Island Line - the Song that made Britain Rock!” Billy invited the Quarrymen to take part in the filming and we spent a couple of hours chatting and playing in St Peter’s Church Hall earlier this year. The programme went out BBC4 on Friday 12 April at 9:00 pm. Inevitably much of what we said ended up on the cutting room floor but there were plenty of interesting people such as Lonnie’s son Peter, Chas. McDevitt Peggy Seeger, Hylda Sims and loads more to grab your attention.
Then at 10:55 on the same channel there was a repeat of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Britannia” which featured some clips from a live Quarrymen performance at The Thunderbolt in Bristol, with John Duff Lowe, Len Garry, Colin Hanton, Rod Davis and guest bassist Mike Wilsh.
All this in addition to Colin and Len who appeared in a Beatles related tv programme on Friday 29 April!