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Monday January 12th 1970

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

exclusive friars interview with freddy d'albert

Sweetwater Canal
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band line up
Sweetwater Canal
Aliki Ashman (vocs)  Alan Cartwright (bass) Roy Davies (keys) Tony Knight (drums) Fred D'Albert (guitar)  Phil Kenzie Dave Coxhill (all sax)  Geoff Driscoll (trumpet) Pat Higgs (tuba) Ray Draper (valve trombone)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)

Original poster and flyer - seems that Writing on the Wall were replaced at the last minute. Writing on the Wall did go on to play Friars later in 1970




Original local advert - seems that Writing on the Wall and then Gypsy were replaced at the last minute. Writing on the Wall and Gypsy did go on to play Friars later in 1970

 Fred D'Albert Fraser: "Sweet Water Canal were signed to Ronnie Scott's Management in 1969, (Ronnie Scott's Jazz club).Line up was: Aliki Ashman ,vocals. Alan Cartwright, Bass gtr. Roy (wilf) Davies, Hammond organ, Tony Brown aka Tony Knight (Chessman, Skin Alley) Drums. Fred D'Albert ,Guitar.( Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, The Drifters) . Saxes were Phil Kenzie, Dave Coxhill, Geoff Driscoll. Trumpet was Pat Higgs, also American jazz  star on tuba, valve trombone was Ray Draper.  A lot of  the band were formally The Freddy Mack band. 

 I know , I was there, regards , Fred D'Albert . ( 21 years with the Drifters ) 


odds and trivia
what happened?
Sweetwater Canal: Cartwright later joined Procol Harum. Draper died in 1982 in a robbery. D'Albert went on to play with The Drifters

Update January 2010 from Aliki's record company:

Sweetwater Canal was formed by Aliki Ashman when she signed management to Ronnie Scott's and was playing in the direction of CTA [ Chicago] We shall endeavor to recall the lineup but Ray Draper was not a member but was a guest and Roy [Wilf] Davies was on keyboards and most played with The Freddy Mack Band 

Aliki is alive and well living near Melbourne Australia working on her Third totally solo album and Wilf passed away years ago when he was still with Gonzalez

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