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Saturday February 7th 1976

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

jack the lad inducted into the friars heroes hall of fame in 2011 and eddie and the hot rods in 2010

pictures from this gig in the galleries

exclusive friars aylesbury interviews with ray laidlaw and jonathan kelly


Jack The Lad
Eddie and the Hot Rods
related friars history (click on date)
Jack The Lad Saturday July 7th 1973 Saturday April 27th 1974 Saturday February 1st 1975  Saturday September 25th 1976 Saturday July 9th 1977

Alan Hull's Radiator Saturday October 29th 1977

Lindisfarne Friday July 2nd 1971 Saturday January 3rd 1981Friars Dunstable Thursday October 25th 1973

Eddie and the Hot Rods Saturday October 2nd 1976 Thursday December 23rd 1976  Saturday February 18th 1978  Saturday March 17th 1979   Friday October 8th 2010

Kursaal Flyers (Graeme Douglas) Saturday December 28th 1974

band line up
Jack The Lad
Rod Clements (bass) Simon Cowe (guitar/mandolin/banjo)  Ray Laidlaw (drums)  Billy Mitchell (guitar) Phil Murray
Eddie and the Hot Rods
Barrie Masters (vocs)  Graeme Douglas (guitar)  Paul Gray
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

Barrie Masters, Eddie and the Hot Rods:

In my humble opinion Friars was the best all round gig in the country. The size is great as you're never too far from stage or bar, acoustics are excellent and from the bands point of view a perfect stage size and great dressing rooms.David Stopps ( promoter in my day ) an excellent host, always looked after us well and also ran a tight ship. I must add that the Iggy Pop gig with David Bowie on keys, rates in my top ten gigs of all time. So as you can tell, you won't get a bad word about Friars from me, and I have done more gigs than most bands in the country, most of them I have forgotten by now, but I always remember the Friars gigs I have done. if only all gigs were as good as.....

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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.


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