The Tea Set



1978-1981

With the demise of The Bears - Ron West and Cally recruited Nic Egan and Mark Wilkins to form The Tea Set. The group would prove to be the most accomplished and best remembered of the groups from that time. Their live act was totally unique, with front man Nic Egan pulling off gymnastic leaps while singing. Their debut recordings were issed as an EP on Waldo's Records (BS 003) - for £1.00 (cheap!). Soon after an extra member was acquired and the 'classic' line-up of Nic Egan (voice), Ron West (guitar), Mark Wilkins (keys), Duncan Stringer (bass) and Cally (drums) was born.

Their second release was 'Parry Thomas' (PA 006) which championed the exploits of World Speed Record Breaking Thomas in his car 'Babs'. It caught the attention of John Peel who duly booked the group for a 'Peel Session' at the BBC. Meanwhile Duncan had left, Ron had moved back to bass guitar and Nick Haeffner was added on lead guitar.

Work began on their debut album, and their new manager got them signed to EMI's UA label - in breach of their Waldo's contract, resulting in a legal battle and the album being shelved. A 45 was issued 'Keep On Running', produced by the Stranglers' Hugh Cornwell. The band then signed to Demon Records who issued their final piece of vinyl 'South Pacific' in 1981.