Reunion gig for Canis Strange band formed at North Walsham school

A band is re-forming 24 years after they formed at North Norfolk school for reunion gig this weekend.

Canis Strange began at Paston School in 1977 when students Mark Hobbs (guitar), Jezz Startup (drums), Paul Life (bass) and Nigel Digby (guitar) teamed up their talents.

They played at venues including the Bosa Chios, a caf� and nightspot in the precinct at North Walsham, with a songlist including 1970s rock classics, and a nod to the Punk, before the calls to further education and life generally brought about a disbandment at the end of 1978.

Paul Life suggested a reunion in 1985, but other commitments meant only he and Nigel were available - so they recruited Hemsby drummer Ian Burrage for the revival at the Sheringham Mo in an event hit bad weather.

Bob Brewster, landlord of the nearby Crown Inn, took pity on the band and invited them to play again the following week outside the pub.


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Ian and Nigel them formed a band which lasted until 1990, when Nigel remained in the music business, playing in well-known local band Razor Sharp, and now teaching guitar. Paul returned to the biotech industry.

They played at Paul's wedding and another reunion was suggested which is happening at the crown this Saturday July 30 from 8.30pm, with Paul and Nigel joined by Cromer drummer Simon Hawkins from the Audiojunkies.

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Nigel said they had been rehearsing a mixture of 70s rock from Free, Cream and Hendrix along with some newer material, and were really looking forward to the event - which has up-and-coming Norwich band TrueScape as support.

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