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Friday July 2nd 1971

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

exclusive friars interview with ray laidlaw

related friars history (click on date)
Lindisfarne  Saturday January 3rd 1981 Friars Dunstable Thursday October 25th 1973

Jack The Lad  Saturday July 7th 1973 Saturday April 27th 1974 Saturday February 1st 1975 Saturday February 7th 1976 Saturday September 25th 1976 Saturday July 9th 1977

Alan Hull's Radiator Saturday October 29th 1977

Possible setlist: Scotch Mist; Walking Blues; Train in G Minor; Knackers Yard Blues; City Song; Fog on the Tyne; We Can Swing Together
band line up
Rod Clements (bass) Ray Laidlaw (drums) Simon Cowe (guitar/mandolin/banjo) Alan Hull (vocs/guitar) Ray Jackson (mandolin/harmonica)
Sam Gopal  (tabla) Alan Mark (vocs) Mox Gowland (harmonica/flute) Micky Waller (guitar) Freddy Gandy (bass)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)



Ray Laidlaw: 

 '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 - 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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Lindisfarne were last minute replacements for The Faces who pulled out

what happened next
Lindisfarne  By 1972, Lindisfarne were enormous with the legendary 'Meet Me on the Corner' huge in the UK charts and a best seller album By 1973 constant touring took its toll and the band split with Laidlaw, Jackson and Cowe forming Jack The Lad who would become one of the most popular bands ever at Friars making six headline appearance 1973- 1977. Alan Hull led the short lived Radiator along with Laidlaw and lasted one album. Lindisfarne reformed and carried on, playing Friars in 1981 and a reworked 'Fog on the Tyne' with footballer Paul Gascoigne yielded an unlikely hit in 1990. Alan Hull died in 1995. Lindisfarne in its last guise called it a day in 2003
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