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Saturday January 3rd 1981

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

exclusive friars interview with ray laidlaw

Occasionally David
related friars history (click on date)
 Lindisfarne Friday July 2nd 1971 Friars Dunstable Thursday October 25th 1973

Jack The Lad (Rod Clements/Ray Laidlaw/Simon Cowe) 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 (Ray Laidlaw) Saturday October 29th 1977

Crossfire (Roger Batchelor) Saturday July 9th 1977 Saturday February 4th 1978

Farm (Roger Batchelor) Saturday June 6th 1975

Warrior (Roger Batchelor) Saturday November 17th 1973

band line up
Rod Clements (bass) Ray Laidlaw (drums) Simon Cowe (guitar)  Alan Hull (vocs/guitar)  Ray Jackson (vocs/mandolin)
Occasionally David
Clive Whitelock  Ray Bate  roger batchelor
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)


Ray Laidlaw, Lindisfarne:

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. 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'

Clive Whitelock, Occasionally David

I recall we were a very late addition and so didn't make the poster. I would have loved to have been on that. I think it was my favourite design of poster, it having been used also in the 60s to advertise groups and bands appearing at High Wycombe Town Hall

Occasionally David was in essence Me and Ray Bate. We wrote everything and  we were the singers. The rest of the band I think didn't feel the same about it as we did, especially the drummers who came and went as if they were just visiting. We had a skinhead following which didn't go down especially well with the Lindisfarne crowd and my abiding memory is of this little clique of potential hooligans doing an awful lot of yelling. We weren't skinheads in any way, shape or form and I have to admit to being a bit miffed at this odd turn of events. The leader of them was Dave Parsons who played trombone on the single we had out at the time. In retrospect I think it was a good thing ultimately

it was good to get a decent rider of beer and sandwiches although too much of it seemed to disappear down the throats of said skinheads it seems. We were all a little bemused that Lindisfarne charged us to use their PA. Stingey buggers! As it turned out, this was the last gig of all. (Almost!) Ray and I went on to record a cover version of Love's Forever Changes which we released on cassette although there are some CD copies doing the rounds. We intend to put it out on CD eventually. It has gained us a lot of attention over the years. We also gathered together a lot of Wycombe's musicians and recorded a CD of mine and Ray's songs called Micklefield. This has also got around quite a bit. In July I started the group going again. It's just me and my son on bass. He normally plays guitar for the metal band This Dying Hour. It was great to play at Friars, probably the biggest gig we ever played both in size and prestige.If anyone is interested in the further adventures of Occasionally David we are on david and our history is on the BigUntidy on-line magazine

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what happened next
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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