Melody Maker Circa June 12, 1971

Firechief Patto and the Seven Sisters
Excerpt from The Raver Column

Firemen were called to the infamous Seven Sisters Club, Tottenham, on Friday evening – or rather Dick and the Firemen, Mike Patto’s occasional ensemble of well known chums, liggers, and musicians.

It was one of those memorable evenings of frolic and fun that crop up only too rarely in our society circles.

The event proved to be a more than adequate tombstone to Seven Sisters, which died a twisting, debauched, and thoroughly brilliant death that evening.

Dick (heavily disguised as Patto the Man) purveyed music for the early hours of dawn with the Firemen – gents from King Crimson, Soft Machine, and Brotherhood of Breath.

Line-up was actually: Mike Patto and Boz (KC) vocals and percussion; Mel Collins (KC) and Gary Windo (B of B) tenors; Elton Dean (SM) alto; Marc Charig (B of B) cornet; Mongesi Feza (B of B) trumpet; Ollie Halsall (P) guitar, and Clive from Patto on bass; Tim Hinkley (Jody Grind) electric piano, and Ian Wallace (KC), Patto’s John, Keith Bailey, and a drummer called Eddie on drums and assorted percussion.

Your Raver counted three members of the audience during the midnight session, as most of the club was brimming with popular talent – out for a night on the ale, and what have you. P.P. Arnold, Roger Chapman, Viv Stanshall, Brian Davison, Mighty Baby, chatted gently between sessions.

Dick and the Firemen actually gigged for 90 minutes – which produced two numbers. The first "C Jam Blues" continued as "Honky Tonk Women," and ended as "God Save The Queen." The second commenced as "Hoochie Coochie Man," and somehow developed into "Onward Christian Soldiers."

Note:  This review is for the June 4, 1971 show at the Sisters Club in London.  Quiver also played that night.


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