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Musical Type/Genre: Jazz Rock
Formed: 1975

Line Up:
Tony Lee – Keyboards (Tamworth)
[Also in: Chris Miller Concept]
Vernon Wingrave - Bass Guitar (Tamworth)
[Also in: Chris Miller Concept]
Colin Edmonds - Percussion (Tamworth)
[Also in: Taragon]
Dave Brown - Drums - (Burton)
[Also in: Chris Miller Concept]
Brian Fennell - Saxes (Burton)
Kip Wilkes - Saxes (Derby)

Tamworth FC Social Club

Jazz Rock
Concept, Flash Harry, Les Hatton
Tamworth Football Club

Concept March 17th 1978 Tamworth Arts Centre08/02/76
Jazz Rock
Concept, Flash Harry and Guests
Tamworth FC Social Club

Graham Hare Band, Magnadaw
Tamworth FC Social Club

Tamworth Arts Centre

Tamworth Herald – 17/10/75
Musicbox – Concept

Concept is a band that Tamworth will be hearing a lot more about in the future.

The six-man group, which includes three Tamworth men, basically jazz-rock orientated and is highly talented, to say the least.

With Tamworth’s Tony Lee on keyboards, Vernon Wingrave (bass), Colin Edmonds (percussion) and Burton’s Dave Brown (drums), Brian Fennell (saxes) and Derby’s Kip *** (saxes). Concept has been together five years with various personnel.

The present line-up has been together five-months although the rhythm section has been around for all five years.

Concept has built up it’s names, playing at various clubs in the Midlands and has broadcast on BBC Radio.

Tony Lee was involved with the running of Tamworth’s jazz club at the Jolly Sailor a few years back and he aims to start a similar idea on Sunday.

“We intend to start a club at Tamworth F.C. social club on November 2 and then on the first Sunday of each month if things go really well and maybe on other evenings.” Said Tony.

Concept’s intention is to organise live music of this kind as with the exception of the Wigginton Hotel Folk Club there is little or none available in Tamworth.

“We would be putting our own jazz-rock group on as the resident band and hope to attract guest groups to play with us, plus local groups of any type other than pop and folk said an enthusiastic Lee.

The Concept members say there is little opportunity for groups to play in public and they hope that this venture will encourage new groups and give them a valuable chance to play in front of audiences. It will also provide exposure for our band, Concept and provide fund for Tamworth F.C. Supporters Club.” Added Tony.

Concept anticipates just covering expenses for the musicians and the first nights admission will be 30p.

Any interested music groups and bands should contact Tony Lee at Tamworth 40*** or 021 558 0602.

Tamworth Herald – 31/10/75
Musicbox - Concept

You could say that Sunday marks a new Concept in music in the Tamworth area.

Six-man jazz-rock band Concept sees the start of their live music club on Sunday. The event starts around 7.30pm.

Concept which includes three Tamworth men, has built up a strong name, playing at various clubs in the Midlands and broadcast on BBC Radio.

Keyboard player, Tony Lee, from Tamworth “We are trying to build a sort of platform for other bands to come and play to live audiences. We shall be resident but want other groups that is other than pop or folk to come along and perform.”

Concept’s intention is to encourage live music, basically of any orientation as, with the exception of the Wigginton Hotel folk club, there is little or no venues in Tamworth.

Lee was involved in the formation of Tamworth’s jazz club at the Jolly Sailor a few years back and Sunday’s new club will cost those interested just 30p.

Members of Concept are Tony Lee (Tamworth), Vernon Wingrove (Tamworth), Colin Edmonds (Tamworth), Dave Brown (Burton), Brian Fennell and Kip Wilkes (Derby). They say there is little opportunity for groups to play in public. Those sharing the bill with Concept at Sunday’s opening concert is a band called 69.

The band was formed six months ago when two members from a local three piece group Squashed Hedgehog joined two others from Armageddon from Birmingham.

In the past 69, has been busy playing the Birmingham pub circuit and use a lot of their own material.

The band is eager to play in the Tamworth area and is trying to break into the local barbeque scene next summer.

A demo tape recorded earlier this year was highly encouraging and 69 hope to record their first LP in the coming year when suitable material has been chosen.

Austrey’s Simon Welch is the band’s lead singer, while Kingsbury lad Phil Seedhouse plays drums and provides backing vocals. The two other members of the band are both guitarists from Birmingham.

Tamworth Herald – 17/03/78
Scene Around
‘Concept’ return

Top jazz-and-rock group “Concept” are returning to Tamworth Arts Centre tonight, Friday – and it’s hoped that, like last time, the concert will be a sell-out.

Six-piece Concept play all over the country – next month they’re off to the North’s premier jazz spot in Manchester and they hope to take part in the San Sebastian International Jazz Festival in Spain in July.

Their music ranges over the styles of the last 30 years. Fans can hear their interpretations of Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Gary Burton and Keith Jarrett, as well as their own originals.

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Caption: progressive jazz-rock band who dreamt up the idea of a new music club in Tamworth. Opening night is Sunday when they give another band the chance to share the bill with them.

Progressive jazz-rock band who dreamt up the idea of a new music club in Tamworth.
Opening night is Sunday when they give another band the chance to share the bill with them.

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