Rockabilly tribute to Penarth's Billy Banks estate


Penarth-based singer and guitarist John Lewis talks about the album he's recording at a housing estate undergoing demolition.

He spoke about his affection for Penarth Heights - known locally as the Billy Banks - during a live session for the Evening Show on BBC Radio Wales.

The flats overlooking Cardiff Bay have been dubbed an eyesore and are being replaced by a new housing development.

But John told presenter Alan Thompson that despite the estate's bad reputation he'd enjoyed good times at the Billy Banks and felt it was the "heart and soul" of Penarth.

One of the songs recorded there - Not Quite The Not - is about people on the margins who don't fit into normal society.

The Billy Banks Sessions by the John Lewis Trio is due for release in the spring of 2011.

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