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Monday June 1st 1970

friars aylesbury phase one - new friarage hall, walton street, aylesbury

friars aylesbury first birthday party

exclusive friars aylesbury interviews with roger ruskin spear and martin turner


Mick Softley
roger ruskin spear  les payne  wishbone ash
related friars history (click on date)
Mick Softley Monday February 23rd 1970 Monday March 16th 1970 Monday April 20th 1970  Monday May 4th 1970  Saturday September 25th 1971 Friars Bedford Friday February 6th 1970

Roger Ruskin Spear Saturday December 23rd 1972 Saturday December 22nd 1979

Chameleon (Les Payne)  Monday June 8th 1970  Monday July 6th 1970  Saturday June 19th 1971 Friars Princes Risborough Tuesday October 6th 1970 Friars Bedford Friday August 14th 1970  Thursday November 26th 1970

 Mainland (Les Payne) Saturday January 6th 1979

band line up
Wishbone Ash
Andy Powell Ted Turner Martin Turner Steve Upton
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)



Roger Ruskin Spear sent us his diary entry (in 2009) from this 1970 gig where he was paid the princely sum of 30!

Here is my diary for 1970 (dentist on Tuesday!) Keep up the good work.


odds and trivia
what happened?
Mick Softley was a Friars regular and these days seems to be living in Northern Ireland. We found out sadly that in 2012 his heath has not been too good and has been hospitalised. We wish him well of course.

Roger Ruskin Spear appeared at Friars again at the 1979 Xmas Party. Further details below from Louise Longson:

Roger used to be an art lecturer (3-D Design) at Chelsea Art College, but retired a few years ago.  Now, he is actively performing once again with Three Bonzos and a Piano (, which includes former Bonzos Rodney Slater and Sam Spoons

Les Payne is a local legend and made many appearances at Friars.In addition to listed solo appearances, Les was also part of Chameleon who made many appearances in the early days and also in Phase 3 with Mainland

Wishbone Ash  were one of the UK's biggest rock bands by the mid 1970s

official web presence
Andy Powell's Wishbone Ash official site  Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash official site Les Payne official site  Roger Ruskin Spear's Three Bonzos and a Piano
sound and vision

Mick Softley - Time Machine 

Roger Ruskin Spear- Living Doll 
Wishbone Ash - Errors of My Way 
Les Payne - Every Night

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