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Brend McCabe@ 6:33pm 06-30-2020
been a fan since he was born. My baby brother.
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Hugh Terry@ 11:13am 05-23-2020
It's a great shame that Ollie is not more famous, as he was obviously a sublime guitarist. You only have to play The Rutles to hear that! Thanks for having me. HT x
Replied on: 12:45pm 05-23-2020

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gian vianello@ 10:52pm 03-14-2020
I've been a fan of Ollie and Patto since the 70's.Hardly anyone in the States knows them. That is a shame. The word is getting out. I play in a band with a couple of English guys. They knew of him and Patto. They were ahead of their time and too good for the radio.
Replied on: 10:27am 03-15-2020

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JPH@ 1:35am 05-16-2019
he just kills it...wish others would return to form but....the main thing is that PATTO these are songs not jam sessions he is easily playing years ahead of everyone else lets compare Halsall's playing to John McLaughlin circa 70' ....cheers
john bates@ 11:08pm 05-08-2019
08/05/19 10:35pm - Just heard from a friend that Chris Holmes has passed away. Had seen Chris a couple of times, he was playing the the band Big Al and the Blistering Buicks. :-(
Replied on: 12:34am 05-09-2019

Thanks, John. I'd vaguely known 'Professor' Chris Homes and the rest of Timebox since 1968. It wasn't, however, until some thirty years later, whilst researching sleeve notes for the Deram Anthology compilation, that I managed to track him down and we became good friends. He was a mine of information about the band and the heady days of the late 1960s. We both went to The Castle Inn in Cambridge to catch-up with 'Admiral' John Halsey, who hadn't seen him since he left Timebox and it was genuinely touching to witness them meet again. Chris was a great musician who was, as far as I knew, still playing with Big Al and the Blistering Buicks, where I caught up with him last year in St Albans. A few years back, he would call me almost every Sunday night, sometimes a little tired and emotional, and regale me with wonderful stories and the progress of his personal and quite justified vendetta against Decca Records for with-held royalties. I hope he gets the equivalent of a big fat royalty check when he gets up there. Love

Phil Sugden@ 7:10pm 04-02-2019
Great to find this site, and pleased to sign guestbook! Saw Patto often at the Black Swan when I was a student in 1972. One weekend saw them on Friday at the Marquee, then back to Sheffield to catch them on Sunday at the Swan. Best live band ever I reckon. Saw Zoot Money sit in with them one night at the Swan. still remember the gag when they got on their knees with their shoes underneath and sang " Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go!". Ollie Halsall was amazing and once said he was trying to play like Cecil Taylor but on guitar! Mike Patto's voice was incredile also. What a loss so early. I had heard that Clive Griffiths was hospitalised after a terrible car accident? Is he still with us? He did try to get off with my girlfriend once, but I forgive him....
Replied on: 8:57pm 04-02-2019

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Stuart Troutman@ 5:52pm 09-04-2018
I remember playing some odd tracks by Patto on one of my old radio shows in North Carolina (US) back in the 70s. It struck me even then that this guy played guitar at a level that was unlike any others of the time. Especially in the 'rock' world. He immediately made me think of Fripp.
Everyone can get a pretty good glimpse of him live on Spanish tv with Cale and Andy Summers (search YouTube).
Replied on: 9:16am 09-05-2018

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Brad Buzzi@ 5:41am 11-16-2017
Thank You for all this info I never would have known without
#294. First track is Back Against The Wall.
Replied on: 6:23pm 11-16-2017

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jan@ 12:56pm 10-05-2017
very interesting site!
Replied on: 2:13pm 10-05-2017

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Dave Fox@ 11:51am 08-08-2016
Really applaud what you're doing to keep memories of Ollie alive, and to bring him to the attention of the latest generation of players/music lovers.

I think it's doing Ollie a great disservice to call him 'forgotten' in any sense, as some of the linked articles do ('forgotten guitar hero' and so on). No one who heard Ollie - especially live - could ever forget the experience. No, for whatever reason, he simply didn't come to the attention of enough people during his career. Patto always seemed on the brink of 'making it', but didn't quite - probably due to the BBC ban.

I saw Patto several times during the early 70s, including one appearance as a support act at the Sheffield City Hall (then the biggest venue in Sheffield). They were so good that about 20 minutes into the main act's set the audience were chanting for them to come back on. I seem to remember Mike Patto having to come out and say 'come on folks, give these guys a chance' or something similar, before the 'stars' could finish their set.

Even after all this time, hearing Ollie's solos still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up - surely the acid test that divides guitarist who are great from those who are merely very good.
Replied on: 1:12pm 08-08-2016

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Javier de Gregorio F@ 6:14pm 06-14-2016
I saw Ollie when Kevin Ayers played in Madrid, back in 1974 (I also have the poster of the concert which I took off the wall). Good old memories. I followed his career whether in Boxer, Patto or Kevin. Great guitar, great musician and great persona.
Replied on: 10:32pm 06-14-2016

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Phil Hobbis@ 12:37pm 02-08-2016
My band "Pahana" played with Patto a couple of times. They were a great band and Ollie was a great player.
Replied on: 1:12pm 02-08-2016

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JOHN SCALES@ 12:49pm 11-20-2015
Ollie…what a player, many many many moments of brilliance both live and thankfully, on record. Patto album number 1? With Far Canal, on my desert island. Thanks for the music Ollie.
tom russell@ 6:02pm 08-01-2015
just saying hello to evone , great site and great music from long ago
Roger P@ 1:38am 02-25-2015
...well it looks like I got the date AND the show wrong. Lol, I nearly started! Yes, Disco 2 March '71. It had the same kind of set-up as OGWT which came a few months later. I remember buying that first album in the summertime so it couldn't have been Autumn '71. I think you're right. Disco 2. Well done you. RP
Replied on: 9:11am 02-25-2015

This is an interesting summary of their BBC appearances:

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