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Saturday July 9th 1977

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

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

pictures from this gig in the galleries

exclusive friars aylesbury interviews with ray laidlaw and jonathan kelly


Jack The Lad
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 1981 Friars Dunstable Thursday October 25th 1973

Crossfire   Saturday February 4th 1978

farm (roger batchelor) saturday june 6th 1975

occasionally david (roger batchelor) saturday january 3rd 1981

warrior (roger batchelor) saturday november 17th 1973

band line up
Jack The Lad
Rod Clements (bass) Simon Cowe (guitar/mandolin/banjo)  Ray Laidlaw (drums)  Billy Mitchell (guitar) Phil Murray
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

Chris Oldham, crossfire

My name is Chris Oldham lead singer and guitarist of Wycombe band Crossfire we supported Jack the Lad on Saturday July 9th 1977 and Split Enz on Saturday 4th Feb. 1978. I remember the gigs very well

ihave very fond memories of playing with Jack The Lad, was a great gig and they let us come back on stage several times for encores. We were voted next to Marillion as best local band that year something we are still proud of to this day.  Nice to be mentioned on the friars site

press cuttings

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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