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Welcome to the latest in a rather erratic series of newsletters. Some amazing things have turned up via The Ollie Halsall and Patto Fan group on FaceBook. Please come and join the fun.

Patto (first album) Hold Your Fire
Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another Line Out Monkey's Bum

cherryred_headerlogo_300pxw.png (300×217) Remastered and Expanded Editions

Cherry Red Records and their label Esoteric Recordings have entered into an agreement with the legendary band Patto, (John Halsey, Clive Griffiths and the estates of the late Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall), to officially reissue all of the albums recorded by the band between 1970 and 1973. The reissues will all be remastered and feature liner notes written by journalist Sid Smith and exclusive interviews with John Halsey. The booklets will also feature previously unseen photos and drawings by the band taken from John Halsey’s personal archive.

In addition, the releases will be expanded by the inclusion of BBC Sessions, all released with the approval of both the BBC and Patto.

This long overdue reappraisal of the band begins with the release on Esoteric Recordings of expanded versions of the albums “Patto” and “Hold Your Fire” on 28th April. They will be followed on 26th May with an expanded reissue of “Roll ‘Em Smoke ‘Em, Put Another Line Out” and the first ever official release of the album “Monkey’s Bum” (recorded in 1973 but never officially released).

If you buy nothing else, I thoroughly recommend the 'new' Monkey's Bum. It is a revelation. You've never heard it like this before. Replace Last Night I Had a Dream with the BBC recording of Holy Toledo and it could be Patto's best album in many ways.
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Rodney Slater's Parrots



At the grand age of 75 self confessed late developer and founder member of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band Rodney Slater releases his debut album. Joining him are his Parrots - Michael Livesley, John 'Barry Wom' Halsey, Susie Honeyman, Bill Leach, John 'no jokes please' Lewis, Ken Thornton and Malcolm Shed.

Available August 21st.


Parker Goessling
Give It All Away?
Give up altogether, more like!

I wouldn't normally care for someone copying any solo note-for-note but this is truly something specal. Parker Goessling is a young guitarist from Boston MA, USA. Check out his band The Late here

< but first, sit down and watch this!


Parker Goessling
Give the Dots Away!

It get's worse! Parker's even transcribed it!


"From Patto's 1970 album Hold Your Fire. Not the best video but I thought it would be nice to post for all the Ollie fans out there. I transcribed this solo for my guitar proficiency at Berklee in the Spring of 2015. Hope you enjoy!" PG

The Happening Combo (CD)


Kevin Ayers, Lady June
& Ollie Halsall
The Happening Combo

Previously unreleased out-takes and re-workings of songs recorded between 1980 and 1997 by cult.Canterbury Scenists KEVIN AYERS and LADY JUNE along with their sparring partner, guitarist OLLIE HALSALL measure their mutualism, originality and independence of spirit to the full. Recorded in New York City, Deia, Majorca (and various places in between), they come back together here, posthumously as THE HAPPENING COMBO, the name given to a 1980 photo of Ollie, Kevin and Marvin Siau (the curator of this release) taken outside Kevin's house in the hills of Majorca, one hot summer's day.

This quality digipak release comes with an 8-page booklet containing notes by Marvin Siau and Kevin Ayersbiographer Martin Wakeling together with previously-unpublished period images.


Ollie Halsall
Self Portrait

Self-portrait, given to Claudio Puyo [keyboard player in the 1992 Kevin Ayers tiuring band]. Thanks to Ramon Perruolo for sourcing this and to Claudia for allowing us to publish these images

More art here

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