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Saturday September 25th 1976

friars aylesbury phase three - vale hall, civic centre, market square, aylesbury

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

exclusive friars aylesbury interviews with ray laidlaw and jonathan kelly


Jack The Lad
Mike Elliott Split Enz
related friars history (click on date)
Jack The Lad Saturday July 7th 1973 Saturday April 27th 1974 Saturday February 1st 1975  Saturday February 7th 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

Split Enz Saturday May 21st 1977  Saturday February 4th 1978

band line up
Jack The Lad
Rod Clements (bass) Simon Cowe (guitar/mandolin/banjo)  Ray Laidlaw (drums)  Billy Mitchell (guitar) Phil Murray
Split Enz
Tim Finn Phil Judd  Mike Chunn Neil Finn Malcolm Green Eddie Rayner Noel Crombie
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)

Two flyers issued for this gig - pre and post the Aylesbury Rock Explosion gig


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

press cuttings

This advert (from we think the NME) name checks many of the Friars people and Ray Laidlaw. Peter Prentice was the overall Civic Centre manager and Roger Beechey was the then manager of the Friars retail arm, Earth Records.


From the Aylesbury Roxette 1976

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.

Split Enz came back to Friars headlining and eventually morphed (with other musicians) into Crowded House who became enormous

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Jack The Lad official site 
sound and vision
Jack The Lad - Song Without a Band (with maddy prior) 
 Split Enz - lovey dovey

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