PORTSMOUTH rock’n’roll legend Colin Quaintance will be remembered by friends, family and former bandmates at a memorial concert in his honour.
The charity show will feature recordings of the 68-year-old guitarist’s own songs and performances by musicians who knew and played with him throughout his career.
Classic Portsmouth rockers including the Renegades, Arnold Gutbucket, Shep Woolley, Grenville Mayes and Mo and PJ Walker will take to the stage at the Rifle Club, in Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea, to celebrate the life of their friend. Organised by Colin’s daughter Kathy Woodman, the night will raise money for local stroke charity, Pompey Strokes, on Sunday, October 9.
Kathy said: ‘I thought it would be good to do something for the charity which helped look after dad.
‘My dad used to do quite a lot for charity with his group, they used to do gigs for sick children and raise a lot of money. I wanted to carry that on and do something he would have approved of.’
So Kathy called musicians who used to play with her father or knew him back in the day, to create a line-up in his memory.
‘Some of them were rival bands at the time but friends as well,’ she said.
‘My dad used to play with Grenville Mayes when he needed an extra guitar player. They were all old friends, all people he played with and knew. A lot of people had a lot of respect for him for his music over the years.
‘I want the evening to be somewhere people can remember my dad for all the things he did – but also have a family friendly night out with food, drink and a raffle.
‘I’m excited about it. It’s given me something to take my mind off losing him.’
Mo Walker performs in a duo with her husband PJ and had known Colin for over 20 years. She said: ‘He was irrepressible – so full of life and fun and so overjoyed by everything that came his way.
‘Colin wasn’t a loud person, he just always made you smile and he was dedicated to his music. He never had a bad word to say about anybody.’
The evening will kick off from 7pm and tickets cost £2 for a single ticket, £3 for a couple, or £5 for a family of four. Call (023) 9264 8819 to arrange to pick them up or buy directly from the Rifle Club.