Notts Alliance was originally the name of the
group running the Nottingham Tradional Music Club
throughout the 70s and 80s. The early residents produced
an LP in 1972 called "The Cheerful Orn". None of the
current members of Notts Alliance appeared in that
The club closed in 1989 and the current group stayed
together. Originally there were six members - the
current 4 and Dave Bissitt and Ian Smith. Smithy moved
down to Kent and made a CD with Keith Kendrick called
(sorry about this) 'Nautical - but Nice', Notts Alliance
did some of the backing work on that recording. Dave
Bissitt left to live in Wales and took a really good
baritone voice with him.
Around that time the group were playing a variety of
instruments as well as doing the unaccompanied harmony
stuff. Since 1995 the instruments have been phased out
and the group entirely concentrate on the harmony
singing. They have done bookings at a variety of clubs
and festivals including Sidmouth, Whitby, Beverley,
Fylde and Holmfirth.
Members of the Group
After the death of Sid in January 2005 the
balance of the group was altered,
with Chris mainly taking the bass line while Stephen and
Phil continued with top line and tune respectively.
Recently we have experimented with other line-ups, so Phil might be heard
singing a bass line, while Chris will sing the tune.
The younger, gabby one at
the end, sings bass harmony in the new line up.
Likes motorbikes and cats. When the group played
instruments he featured on guitar or button
accordion, and still collects accordions out of
A long serving resident of
NTMC. Noted as being 'the one who can sing' -
and can go from high tenor to bass if required.
Stephen was a member of Sherwood Rise, an
offshoot of Notts Alliance in the 80s, and
featured on "Out of the Wood". He's had a meteoric
career at Nottingham University, going
from lecturer to Pro Vice Chancellor in the
lifetime of the group. Plays whistle and usually
sings the top line.
The older one in the
middle, sings tune and occasional harmonies.
Once again an occasional player of the hammer
dulcimer, after being persuaded to dig it out
from under the bed.
Sadly Sid died in January 2005 - with his death
the group lost a good friend and a great contributor to
the repertoire and arrangements of the group - we will
always miss his presence, his fun and his creativity.
He was a long established resident
at NTMC and organiser of the club who also worked with
Sherwood Rise and was on their LP "Out of the Wood". He
worked also with the group "Red Star Delivery" walking
on glass, juggling and doing various other bits of
politically sound street theatre. Red Star was formed
around the time of the miners' strike and did some very
good work. Sid played guitar and usually sang the bass
A memorial cd is available,
all the monies raised from this have gone to Amnesty