Annie Humphrey speaks to Newnham, Edwards, Vosper and Cecil about their regular Benfleet gig


Hello All! Thanks for stopping by my and reading my debut Music Column.

I’m going to be reporting on all things music related in Southend, which means anything from the plethora of pubs who put on live bands weekly, to some of the larger iconic music venues that attract big names in music, to interviews and individual spotlights on events coming up!

Which brings me nicely to Tuesday the 7th of November and the Anchor Inn, Benfleet. The First Tuesday of every month between 8.30pm and 10.30pm is ‘Newnham, Edwards, Vosper and Cecil – Live’ with special guest appearances.

We spoke to band member Trevor Newnham who said ‘Us chaps got together to back the odd singer on gigs and record various sessions for people.’

‘After a gig backing my wife Sarah we kinda looked at each other and said “this is a great lineup we should do more with it” so I approached Mick at the Anchor knowing he is a big supporter of live music.’

‘I asked Mick what his worst night of the week was and maybe we could build it up for him? That was a year ago and it’s been pretty busy most months.’

‘The band are absolutely incredible musicians and each one a true gent too. Sam is the pianist/keyboard player and he regularly plays with 80’s hit band ‘The Real Thing’!

‘Al Vosper is a guitarist to the stars having worked with the likes of Anastasia, Chris De Burgh, Beverley Knight and LuLu to name a few.’

‘I (Trev Newnham) play bass and have worked with Dr Hook, Sir Cliff Richard, The Supremes etc and I’m currently a member of the Illegal Eagles.’

‘Marc Cecil hits the drums and is a popular player on the jazz/Latin circuit having played with the likes of Derek Nash, Paz, Robin Jones’.

So get yourself to the Anchor in Benfleet (SS7 1LS) on the 7th for a great night of music.

Stay tuned for the next spotlight article about Touchline Music in Hockley.

Here’s our latest November gig guide:

10th November – Touchline Music – Aladdinsane – The Sound and Vision of Bowie

10th November – Cow and Telescope (formally the Sutton Arms) – Expose

10th November – The Spread Eagle – Jump Mother Crab

10th November – The Cricketers Inn – Mr Spankey and the Hipthrusters

10th November – The Castle – The OUT OUTTS

11th November – Ye Olde Smack – Grand Reunion

11th November – The Plough – You Little Thief

11th November – The Borough Hotel – Head Candi

11th November – Hockley British Legion – Steal

11th November – The Plough – No More Heroes

11th November – Cow and Telescope (formally the Sutton Arms) – Storm

11th November – The Spa – The Runaways

17th November – The Miley – AOB

17th November – The Trading Rooms – Echo South

17th November – The Rose and Crown – Grand Reunion

17th November – Cow and Telescope (formally the Sutton Arms) – Hedgehog

17th November – The Exchange – The Elmwood Boys

18th November – The Marlborough Head – Dead Mans Hand

18th November – Benfleet Social Club – Rant n Rave

18th November – The Borough Hotel – The Class

18th November – The Half Moon, Rayleigh – The Fadeouts

18th November – Cow and Telescope (formally the Sutton Arms) – Lord Toffingham

18th November – The Cricketers Pub – Kopy Katz – Rockabilly Rumble

24th November – The Exchange – Hussy

24th November – The Hamlet Court – The Maxibrites

24th November – The Spread Eagle – David Gellett- acoustic set

24th November – Cow and Telescope (formally the Sutton Arms) – The Start

25th November – The Hamlet Court – Grounds For Divorce

25th November – The Half Moon Rayleigh – Handle With Care

25th November – The Vault – Head Candi

25th November – Shoebury Conservative Club – Larry and The Streamers

25th November – Cow and Telescope (formally the Sutton Arms) – VT11

25th November – The Old Walnut Tree – The Fabulous Feedback Band

25th November – Benfleet Social Club – The OUT OUTTS

25th November – The Spa – The Playbacks

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Annie is the lead singer of the popular Essex-based band Frog On A Rocket – check out their Facebook page here for more info.