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Saturday April 27th 1974

friars aylesbury phase two - borough assembly hall, market square, aylesbury

jack the lad inducted into the friars heroes hall of fame in 2011

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Jack The Lad
related friars history (click on date)
Jack The Lad Saturday July 7th 1973  Saturday February 1st 1975 Saturday February 7th 1976 Saturday September 25th 1976 Saturday July 9th 1977

Alan Hull's Radiator (Ray Laidlaw) Saturday October 29th 1977

Lindisfarne (Rod Cements/Ray Laidlaw/Simon Cowe) Friday July 2nd 1971 Saturday January 3rd 1981 Friars Dunstable Thursday October 25th 1973

Gryphon Saturday September 29th 1973  Saturday January 10th 1976

Stone Parish Church  Friday June 8th 1973

band line up
Jack The Lad
Rod Clements (bass) Simon Cowe (guitar/mandolin/banjo)  Ray Laidlaw (drums)  Billy Mitchell (guitar) Phil Murray
Brian Gulland (bassoon/keys/vocs)  Richard Harvey (recorder/krumhorn/mandolin) Graeme Taylor (guitar)  Dave Oberle (drums)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)

Ray Laidlaw, Jack The Lad

Bit of a tall order this one. I can't remember much detail but I have very fond memories of Friars, both venues, the first one being the most whacky. I've got a feeling that the first time Lindisfarne played there we were a last minute replacement for another band, it may have been David Bowie (it was the Faces in 1971 in fact - Ed.) I remember a lot of disgruntled punters in the pub grumbling about having to watch 'some bloody folk group'. As it happened a lot of them stayed and we went down really well. I think David Stopps must have had close links with Charisma records because all of the bands on the label, Genesis, Van Der Graaf, Audience etc seemed to get booked at Friars on a regular basis. As I said, I can't recall much detail, just lots of bonhomie, great audience reaction, good crack in the pub before and after, interesting herbal aromas and lots of bearded blokes and rustic hippie chicks.  Happy daze indeed

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what happened next
Jack The Lad called it a day after the 1977 farewell tour (obviously !) and eventually Lindisfarne reformed having a hit in 1978 with Run For Home and they played Friars again in 1981

Gryphon morphed into The Banned who had a hit with Little Girl in the new wave era. Gryphon played a reunion gig in 2009

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Jack The Lad official site 
sound and vision
Jack The Lad - Song Without A Band 
Gryphon - Second Spasm

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