YOU might not expect to find snooker champ Joe Johnson and Likely Lads actor Rodney Bewes on the same rock album. But this is no ordinary album...

Ten years ago music historians Gary Cavanagh and Matt Webster produced a book exploring Bradford’s music scene. Bradford’s Noise Of The Valleys, covering the years 1967-1987, topped the bestseller list at Bradford Waterstones and has continued to sell in book and record shops and online. Volume 2, spanning 1988-1998, was published in 2013 and they’re currently working on Volume 3, tracing Bradford’s rock and pop from 1999-2009.

Under Bradford Noise Records, Gary and Matt have also released compilation CDs of bands and artists featured in the books. In 2017 they released a‘Missing Music’ CD comprising ‘missing’ tracks from the likes of Kiki Dee and Smokie, covering 30 years of music, from Sixties pop to folk, New Wave and 90s rock.

“As we’ve worked on the books a lot of older material which we knew about but couldn’t find or, in some cases, knew nothing about, has kept turning up,’ says Gary. “We do our best to include this ‘missing music’ as extra CDs. It’s part of Bradford’s musical legacy, it deserves to be heard by a wider audience.”

Some tracks are sent to Gary and Matt, and they also scour second-hand record stores. “Matt’s a genius at audio restoration and digital editing,” says Gary. “We can make a scratched 7in single or cassette sound like a freshly recorded song.”

Their latest release is Missing Music 6, to be released on Friday at Trapezium in the Kirkgate Shopping Centre from 6pm, tying in with photographic exhibition Being Young In Bradford; snapshots of youth culture in the city in the 1970s and 80s, which runs until the end of December. Missing Music 6 features tracks by New Model Army, Bradford guitarist John Verity, as a member of 1970s rock band Argent., and a rare track by the late Bingley-born actor Rodney Bewes. Called Dear Mother, Love Albert it was the theme song to a TV sitcom he starred in from 1969-72. Also included are tracks celebrating the district’s sporting prowess, including a song by snooker champion Joe Johnson and anthems from City and the Bradford Bulls.

Missing Music 6 features:

* Rodney Bewes - Dear Mother, Love Albert (1970). Co-written by Mike Hugg of Manfred Mann.

* Tempest - Brothers (1973). From self-titled debut album by the prog-rockers, featuring Bradford guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

* Argent - Rock’n’Roll Show (1975). John Verity joined Argent in 1975. When they disbanded he formed the trio Phoenix with Jim Rodford and Bob Henrit, both later to join The Kinks.

* Tommy Hunt - One Fine Morning (1976). US soul singer Tommy Hunt lived in Shipley in the 1970s and was big on

the Northern Soul scene.

* Phoenix - Mississippi Neckbone (1976). From the rock trio’s debut album, with John Verity on vocals.

* Stormer - My Home Town (1978). Collectable single by local rockers Stormer, their only release on Ringo Starr’s Ring ’O’ Records.

* Fassbender/Russell - Stay (1981). Second single from local combo Susan Fassbender and Kay Russell following their Twilight Cafe single. Stay was played on TV’s Cheggers Plays Pop.

* Boys From The East - Eastern Eyes (1984). Debut single from indie trio, regulars at Bradford’s 1 In 12 Club 1982-88.

* Skeletal Family - She Cries Alone (1984). Fourth single from Keighley’s goth/indie band.

* The Answering Machine - Night-Time Radio (1987). One of four tracks on the local trio’s Last Rendezvous EP.

* New Model Army - Green & Grey (1989). From Thunder & Consolation album.

* The Headmen - Kissed To Pieces (1990). Debut single by the Bradford indie band.

* New Musical Testament - Joy (1990). From a four-track EP by local soul-funk combo.

* Rootsman - Tremors (1996). Rare track by local dub DJ Rootsman.

* Jon Harvison - Mask (1995). From Keighley singer/songwriter’s album Lonely As The Moon.

* Grim - F*****’ Weird Mate (1997). Quirky indie band formed by members of Bradford’s Zed and Nowt.

* Trevor Hockey - Happy ‘Cos I’m Blue. Former Bradford City midfielder recorded this while playing for Birmingham City.

* Bradford City AFC - You Know We’re Going To Win (1988). Football anthem from City’s 1987-88 season.

* Joe Johnson - Bradford (Bouncing Back) (1987). Celebration single from the Bradford champ who beat Steve Davis

to become World Snooker Champion in 1986. Featuring Hammond’s Sauce Works Brass Band.

* Bradford Bulls - Run With The Bulls (1997). Collaboration with New Zealand-born captain Robbie Paul and producers Anita Madigan and Dave King.

l Missing Music 6 will be available from Bradford Waterstones, the Exchange in Keighley, Jumbo and Relics in Leeds.