Sosostris at the Sutton Centre Theatre, July 11, 1981
Sosostris (1979 - 1981): Progressive rock band based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK, comprised of pupils from
Sutton Centre Comprehensive School, High Pavement. Known for their original songs and early use of the Korg synthesiser by a sixth-form band (official entry in
the Rocklopedia Britannicus, 2013, page 745).
"Sosostris" is a name most of you won't have heard of. "What does that mean?" "How do you pronounce it?" For a person with a lisp,
"Sosostris" is an absolute nightmare.
Madame Sosostris is, in fact, a gypsy fortune teller. She appears in "The Waste Land" by T. S. Eliot, one of the most important
and influential poems of this century. She prophesizes things which can't possibly hope to understand.
Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante,
Had a bad cold, nevertheless
Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe
With a wicked pack of cards. -- T. S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"
"Sosostris" is also the name of a recently formed progressive rock band. Much of their music is original and draws upon a wide range of musical influences.
Pieces range from classically influenced twenty minute
epic to five minute bursts of heavy rock to pieces of pure psycedelic fantasy.
Certainly, putting the music of "Sosostris" under any one label is no cosy task. But one thing can be said of their music. If nothing
else, it is original and the band guarantees that you will have heard nothing like it before.
Sosostris in March 1980
Ian Marshall - Bass Guitar
The band is made up of the following members:
Gary Marsh - (keyboards): Gary is an ex-Sutton Centre pupil who now attends Mansfield Art College. He has been playing piano for
six years and his instruments in the band include: piano, electronic organ, and a Korg synthesiser. He helps to write a lot of the band's
Ian Marshall - (bass): Ian is in the upper-sixth form and has been playing bass for nine months. Ian provides most of the lyrics for the
songs the band writes.
Gary Marsh - Keyboards
Gary Radford - Guitar
Gary Radford - (rhythm/lead guitar): Gary is in the upper-sixth. He has been playing classical guitar for six
years, and has attained grade IV standard and won three first-prize certificates in the Classical Guitar Section of the Mansfield Music and
Drama Festival. The change to electric guitar is a recent and completely new departure for him. He writes a lot of the band's music along with
Paul Archer - (vocals): Paul is in the upper-sixth and an established actor, which invariably shows when he is onstage with the band.
David Bean - (drums): David is in the lower-sixth. He comes from a musical family and has been playing drums seriously for one year, although he has
been interested in this instrument since he was very young. David also plays drums for the Sutton Centre School Band and is self-taught.
Paul Archer - Vocals
David Bean - Drums
Formed in June 1979, the band practice twice a week at the Centre. So far they have performed one concert in the Undercroft at St. Modwen's church. A second
concert is planned for this month at Ashfield Comprehensive for a local youth club.
The next scheduled appearance of "Sosostris" is at the Sutton Centre Theatre on June 21st, 1980, at 7:30pm. Tickets will cost around 50p and everyone is
warmly invited to attend. So, if you're looking for a night of original music, why not come and have a listen to "Sosostris"?
Gary Radford - upper-sixth.
From Centre Outlook, the newsletter of Sutton Centre Comprehensive School, Sutton-in-Ashfield,
Notts., March 1980
Photographs by Stephen Wright, taken in the Sutton Centre Music Block, March 1980