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I was the guitarist in RBWP, and it came as a shock to learn of the death of John Snelson, who worked his magic with the bagpipes in RBWP for a couple of years, before moving on to The Suns of Arqa. He was a top muso and a delight to play alongside, he always got a fantastic reaction from the audience, especially the finale, when he would walk through the audience from the back, playing all the way, then join us onstage for the big finish. I will just take a breather to gather my thoughts and come back and post a proper entry for one of Manchester's most unusual bands! I will have to search through my archives and try and piece together something that makes sense, as it didn't always at the time. I hope to post a track here, featuring John, from our cassette tape album "The Zog Tapes"
I was in and out of bands around Manchester, Stockport and Macclesfield for 40 years, and am still playing occasionally.
Mojo
Artefact added : 2nd June 2008
by Mojo
cheshirehousehusband Says –
I spent many happy boozy Sunday evenings in the Kings Arms in Salford watching RBWP. My memory may be clouded by the pints of Holts. I remember the bagpipe player tuning up in the toilets before playing 'All along the watchtower', unusual.

Another classic was a song inspired by a chance encounter with a drunk in a fish and chip shop in Little Hulton called Chip Ahoy. The song was called 'Give us a doner (and stick it on a barm).

I also remember a friend bringing his cat to the packed pub one Sunday night, not sure if it ever got home, maybe it's still there.
COMMENT ADDED 24th July 2008
bigdinners Says –
hi Steve... how goes it? ... Would love any RBWP tapes / memories if you have any
Mike
uncledinner@btinternet.com
COMMENT ADDED 29th July 2008
Big Vern Says –
Hi Mike/Mojo and anyone else who knows us!..I was the drummer with RBWP and have fond memories of playing with the band. The IOM tour always brings a smile. Mike, having just spoke to you via Chris Roach's mobile..I will send the 5 live tapes to you, my favourite tape is the BMF live at Peterborough gig...I am now back playing with The Harpbreakers (myspace Harpbreakers)Also been playing with a rock n roll band called The Mearcatz. Be nice to hear from anyone who knew or saw RBWP.
COMMENT ADDED 14th August 2008
BigLarry Says –
I remember John Snelson (didn't know his name at the time though) warming up his pipes in the toilets in Hawthornes Bolton and then making the walk from the toilets to the stage! Truly fantastic.

I remember there was an all day blues festival and you guys headlined. We still talk about it to this day.

Would love to hear some recordings and could perhaps help transfer some to digital media for the masses if that would help.

"Tight shoes and warm p*ssy!"

"It's not the size of the boat...."
COMMENT ADDED 6th October 2008
bigdinners Says –
hi big Larry ... Big Dinners here RBWP vocalist. I am currently wading through tapes of live performance, that I am cleaning up and transferring to digital media. Will let you know when I've done it. Mike uncledinner@btinternet.com
COMMENT ADDED 6th October 2008
jimmy Says –
Hi Guys.
Sorry to hear you are not all well and still around. Remember the Queen's in Buxton? Great sets, great nights, with Mojo Jackson, and Billy Bigdinners, (it said somewhere) and The bagpipes, coming slowly in from the far distance....
Jimmy
COMMENT ADDED 10th April 2010
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