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
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 )
Sweetwater Canal: Cartwright later joined Procol Harum. Draper died in 1982 in a robbery.
D'Albert went on to play with The Drifters
January 2010 from Aliki's record company:
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
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