Another dose of the tonic, for a good cause in Ronnie’s memory

ONE of the warmest sounding records by a local act this year was by Des Horsfall’s band Kuschty Rye.

The Good Gentleman’s Tonic was a musical tribute to the late Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who died in 1987 after battling multiple sclerosis for a decade, writes John Greenwood.

Complete with a narration by John Unwin, son of comedian Stanley Unwin who provided similar narration for the Small Faces’ groundbreaking Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, it was a heartfelt tribute to Lane’s work and evoked perfectly the rustic psychedelia and rock and roll mix Lane loved and performed with his post-Faces band Slim Chance.

Fittingly, Kushty Rye will be at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Friday, January 13 (Lane would have loved that!) to play a benefit gig for a Multiple Sclerosis charity, in Ronnie’s memory.