East Light

circa 1970 Source - Hobo. More to come as well as audio.(Roger Williamson)
There's a new post about Roger Williamson and East Light of Coventry Folkscene blog with you tubes of Roger's songs HERE http://coventryfolkclubs.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/roger-williamson-and-east-light.html

Played Pete Waterman’s Walsgrave June 2nd 1970, along with April & New Modern Idiot Grunt Band. Roger Williamson used to play Cov arts Umbrella folk gigs.

Roger Williamson's music is on Reverbnation

EAST LIGHT (Roger Williamson)

You Can hear these tracks on the Hobo site http://coventrymusichistory.typepad.com/blog/2007/12/roger-williamson-a-coventry-songwriters-70s-tracks.html  or on Reverbnation

East Light was Coventry singer Songwriter - Roger Williamson's folk rock band c1970.

Roger Williamson was around the Coventry Arts Umbrella Club, playing at the Umbrella folk nights on a Saturday evening. I got to know him a bit through Esther who used to be a regular at the Umbrella. I have vague memories of him siting in the Umbrella coffee bar in the wee hours playing and talking.

In 1970, as well as putting on the bands at the Umbrella, I used to help out on the door at Pete Waterman'sTuesday

night Walsgrave gig. on Tuesday June 2nd 1970 Pete organised a folk-rock night (this may be a bit of a shock to those who only know him as the man behind Kylie and Jason or Pop Heroes!). The night consisted of some of the finest Coventry folk artists - April - the electric folk outfit led by Ron Lawrence (later bassist with Sniff and the Tears) / The New Modern Idiot Grunt Band with Rod Felton and Rob Armstrong (who went on to make guitars for the likes of Bert Jansch and George Harrison) Rod Felton also appeared solo on this gig and it was here Pete Waterman introduced me to Rod with the comment that Rod was one of the few 'stars' Coventry had produced so far.(These bands and artists are blogged about on Hobo - see index). I kept the ticket (on view here). Roger played much further afield than Cov as this Melody Maker ad testifys to.


We have now heard from Roger and he's living in Minneapolis, MN, USA running Magus Bookstore 

and is an artist - you can view his art work  HERE

Roger Says in his e mail - "

I remember it being a wonderful and exciting time but then of course it was
the 60's. There were so many small folk clubs in the back rooms of pubs,
The Fox and Vivian in Leamington, others in Warwick and Stratford and so
many in Coventry. Such a lot of talent as well June Tabor, Rod Felton,
Martin Jenkins
just to name a few. It was a great time to grow up in.
I have lived in Minneapolis for about the last 23 years and started Magus
15 years ago. Magus is in Dinkytown next to the University Of
Minnesota, Minneapolis on 4th Street SE, which is immortalized in Bob
Dylan's Positively 4th Street. He used to live across the street from the
store. I have written several books since moving here, The Sun at Night,
set in London, The Black Book of the Jackal, Lucifer Diaries and Howling at
the Sky.
These are all available from Magus or Amazon USA. I recorded a
limited edition CD, "On the Arrival of the Machine" a couple of years back
which is myself reading some of my short stories set to music by my son

Here is some information on Roger's Bookstore -
Magus Books

About Magus Books

Magus Books began business at high noon on September 1st, 1992 with the commitment of supplying new and used religious, metaphysical and thought-provoking books to the community at large.

You will discover upon inspecting our inventory that we do not subscribe to any one belief system, as we realize that what is right for one person's quest of self-discovery is not necessarily right for the next person.

Therefore our selection of titles covers a wide range of material including Wicca, Buddhism, Hindu, Christianity, Islam, Alchemy, Voodoo, Santeria, Magic, Freemasonry, Tarot, Astrology, Palmistry, Dowsing, Mythology, Herbalism, Alternative Healing, Celtic Mythology, Norse Mythology, Native American, Psychedelic, UFO'S, Lost Civilizations, Martial Arts and other subjects.  We supply herbs, candles, oils, incense, tapes, compact discs and jewelry. Our focus has always been to develop individuality, to encourage interested parties to explore themselves and the environment, and to seek out our own untapped potentials.


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HOBO - Coventry Music Magazine

[this is good] 
Have had an e mail from Roger Williamson from East Light. You can read the essential bits now on the East Light post. He now lives in 

Minnesota, - on Fourth St. and runs Magus bookstore opposite where Bob Dylan lived - he's now also an artist (the link is on the post to his work and writes books. I now have some contacts so may be able to get some pics of Roger and his band for the Coventry days.

Posted by: HOBO - Coventry Music Magazine | 08/20/2007 at 06:53 PM

Roger Williamson - East Light - bio

After posting some info on Coventry singer songwriter / author and Magus bookseller Roger Williamson and his folk outfit East Light c 1970 I got an e mail from him - now living in minisota where he runs the Magus bookshop.

Roger has sent me a bio and will be sending us some audio soon -


My first adventures into playing music were inspired by listing to rock and roll transmitted on Radio Luxemburg late at night.  I would pick up this station on a home made crystal set when I was supposed to be asleep.   A couple of years later, probably around 1963, I would go and listen to bands on Wednesday nights at theOrchid Ballroom on Primrose Hill Street.  This was about the time of the Beatles release “With the Beatles” album.  I remember there was a large copy of the cover projected on the back of the stage. 

There was also the Sombrero coffee bar next to Pool Meadow bus station which had the most amazing juke box. This juke box was fabulous and I’ll never forget hearing Bo Diddly singing Pretty Thing.  This would have been around 1962.   I discovered a whole other world different from my upbringing.

In 1964 I played bass in a band called the Elements which included Paul Saunders on lead guitar and John Underwood on guitar.  After the Elements I played Bass for the Red White and Blues and then in 1966/67 left them to play bass for the Darkness.  The Darkness was originally going to be Alex Sun and the Darkness but Alex the singer dropped out. 

There were great venues we played at, Chesford Grange on Saturdays, Plough on the London Road the Avonside Country Club and The Navigation Inn.  Chesford Grange was great on Saturday nights.  It had two stages, as one band took a break the second band came on.  This was all going on while ballroom dancing took place upstairs, all very bazaar.  After finishing at Chesford Grange around 11pm we would often move to the Avonside Country Club and play there until the early hours.

Began singing on the Coventry folk scene in 1967.  In 1969 I formed East Light with Paul Saunders  and we moved to London.  We played as East Light for a few months before Paul emigrated to Canada.  I continued to play in and around London folk clubs for the next few years until I joined a reformed Dando Shaft in the early 70’s with Martin Jenkins, Ted Kay and Bill Bones.  Martin Jenkins and I busked in the London underground to rehearse each others songs and earn a few bob.  This lasted for about six months until Martin Jenkins and Ted Kay moved back to Coventry.  I went back to the folk scene performing on my own until forming the Roger Williamson Band in 1974.

I moved to the USA in 1985.  I wrote The Sun at Night which was released in 1989 it was reprinted in 1997 followed by Labyrinth: Tales of a Rite of Passage about a year later, Lucifer’s a Basic Handbook of Lucierian Sorcery in 1994 reprinted in 2002, Black Book of the Jackal in 2000 as a limited signed and handbound edition, this was released in soft cover in 2006Calling up the Spirits was released a couple of years later, Howling at the Sky in 2002 and Lucifer Diaries in 2004.  Lucifer Diaries was released as a limited edition signed and numbered hardcover and as a softcover.  I released a limited edition compact disc “On the Arrival of the Machine and its Mode of Operation” in 2003 for which my son Luke provided the music.   Tarot of the Morning Star deck of 22 cards due to be released October 2007

Opened Magus Books in September of 1992.


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ooo I had forgotten all about the Sombrero, slightly more pop,,p,y crowd than the Ship's wheel and a Stoke Park annexe around 4.00.  Tried to be a bit like the London coffee bars and more or less succeeded. Chesford Grange was good music ,,very much a couples type of place though, mainly for those with transport as it was awful to get to and a sod to get back from if you couldnt get a lift,,,,no street lights, or pavements and having to walk past   cows. 

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