Emma Gibbs Loves
music scene was once thriving, particularly from the late 1980s to the
early 1990s. There was even an annual festival
in the castle grounds.
Gibbs Loves Badges was part of that scene, and for about a year, from
1989 to the beginning of 1990, Martin Sketchley was a guitarist with
the band. That year changed his life forever.
is a selection of Emma Gibbs memorabilia. Band membership changed as
people came and went, which accounts for some inconsistencies in the
photographs. Click on the thumbnails to see the images at a larger
you want to know more about the Tamworth music scene — or were part
of it and are feeling nostalgic — you might also like to visit Edward
ian Armchair's website.
incarnation of Emma Gibbs Loves Badges, autumn 1989: Lee Revelle
(vocal), Nicola Musgrove (guitar), Martin Sketchley (guitar), Jim
Goodman (drums), Spencer Ireland (bass)
December 4th 1989 the Gibbers played at Newcastle Polytechnic,
supporting then-hip indie-popsters Kitchens of Distinction.
cousin, Shaun Hollis, drove the van and took photographs. The gig was
somewhat hampered by the fact that Spandau Ballet were playing over
the road, and that the audience seemed somewhat reluctant to let go of
the bar until the Kitchens came on stage. Rounding it all off nicely
was the fact that the van ran out of petrol just as the band got back
to Tamworth at around 6am.
Newcastle Poly photos
July 18th, 1989, Emma Gibbs played at a pub in Derby called the Lord
Nelson. The agreed fee was £30 plus 10% of the bar take; the band got
£35, with most of the bar take accounted for by the Gibbers'
particular highlight was a drunken man demanding a free copy of the
demo tape for his girlfriend. In truth, the gig was doomed from the
start, when Jim and Martin left the posters on the train and had to
get Lee to produce replacements.
Lord Nelson photos
Emma Gibbs stuff