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Exeter Hourglass Live

After a hiatus of a few years, regular live music returned to The Hourglass in 2019 courtesy of the First Thursday Club. Specialising in Blues and Americana, performances alternated between the house band Gets/z Loose and invited guests. The Club host is Rob Brown. We are holding our breath for a post-Covid restart. When? Ah, when?

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 this is substantially on hold, but to remind audiences of what we did, what we’re doing and what we hope to do we have created a Youtube Channel #ExeterHourglassLive

We had hoped to be joined by Otis Gibbs from the USA in July 2020, but this is now on hold until 2020 – but do check out his playlist in our Youtube Channel

We’ve picked a performance of Plastic Jesus by Gets/z Loose in June 2019 to share and a couple of videos from Otis Gibbs, all in our Exeter Hourglass Live playlists – 2020 Laughs At Your Plans (The Cancelled UK Tour Blues) and Hoosier National Trailer.

Jess McAllister and Lucy Piper were the last performers before the first lockdown at The Hourglass, so it was fitting that we were able to bring them back, albeit to the closed bar, in order to perform a couple of tracks from Jess’s latest album – Silence and Love you from Afar. Watch their unusually intimate performance livestream video and their chat with host, Rob Brown.

As we prepare to bring back live music with an audience next year we’d like to acknowledge the great work the Music Venue Trust are doing and are so grateful that The Hourglass has been designated as one of their grassroots music venues.

09/12/2020 receives coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor has given Exeter holiday rental ExeterSelfCatering –
Clifton Hill its exclusive Certificate of Excellence accolade – presented to the best of TripAdvisor Rentals’ hundreds of thousands of homes.

The Certificate of Excellence is given annually to those properties that provide consistently outstanding experiences and whose owners offer first-class customer service to their guests.

Philip and Louise Haines, Owner/s of ExeterSelfCatering –
Clifton Hill, a home that received the accolade, and, said that they are thrilled with the recognition.

“We are very pleased to earn Certificate of Excellence for our property. We have listed with TripAdvisor Rentals since 2014 and we always strive to provide great customer service. It’s great to be rewarded by TripAdvisor Rentals after all of our hard work and it’s wonderful to know that our many guests over the last year have really valued their stay.”

Laurel Greatrix, Communications Director, TripAdvisor Rentals, said: “We’re excited to recognise and honour the top homes and homeowners on our site. This is a hard-earned accolade, and we’d like to thank these property owners for their dedication to providing travellers with consistently outstanding experiences.” is available to book on TripAdvisor Rentals, where travellers can search, compare and book hundreds of thousands of properties worldwide. Choose properties with Payment Protection to enjoy safe and secure payment.

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The Certificate of Excellence recognises properties that meet strict criteria, which take into account customer service as well as quantity and quality of reviews.

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David Bowie

1972 – I was a 19 year old concert promoter, and had just signed a contract for a David Bowie gig. We were preparing for a great couple of upcoming months at the South Parade Pier in Portsmouth, UK.

In January/February 1972 I’d seen a couple of his first Ziggy shows in London – the Great Hall at Imperial College, which was probably their 3rd outing and Wallington Public Halls. David Bowie performed at South Parade Pier on Saturday March 4th, Ziggy Stardust was quickly being unveiled around the UK.

The Pier performance was after the December 1971 release of Hunky Dory, but before the release of the Ziggy Stardust album in June 1972 and the TV performance of Starman on Top of the Pops in July, which propelled him to stardom in the UK. It was a time of miners strikes in England with our posters stating “This concert is on regardless of power cuts!!” David was there with Angie, and the full Spiders band, although they were not billed as such at that time.

Preparation for the gig was difficult, finding a suitable generator, a piano tuner to work on a Saturday and other challenges that are all part of the life of a promoter and a concert goer has recalled that the gig couldn’t begin until everyone came downstairs – Bowie trying to make the crowd look as big as possible, ever the showman!

Bowie was learning his craft in 1972, quiet and keen to put on a show, and the resultant performances were stunning. His appearance cost me a princely £225! There’s a copy of the poster and contract below.

And the other gigs that followed in the next couple of months? Rory Gallagher and Sandy Denny who sadly are no longer with us. Rory Gallagher was supported by the 3rd ever gig by a heavily Bowie influenced Roxy Music – with Andy MacKay coming back the next week to hone his saxophone technique by watching Sha Na Na! Between that March date and June we also welcomed Jeff Beck, Fairport Convention and Lindisfarne to Southsea.

Thanks for the memories David.

Philip Haines

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