Monday, 9 December 2013

Jo Ann Kelly

Jo Ann Kelly played in the early 70's


Pop Will Eat itself played much later on -

Pretty Things

Pretty Things played the Lanch


Quintessence played the Lanch -


Patto played c 1971

Racing Cars

Racing Cars played the Lanch

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher played the Lanch

Small Faces

Small Faces played the Lanch - in the 60's I think.


ELO played at the Lanch c 1972 with both Roy Wood and Jeff  Lynn


Wizzard played the Lanch c 72 I think.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Wild Angels

The Wild Angels started as a garage rock-a-billy band in the UK in 1967 and was selected to be Gene Vincent's backing group on his British Tour the next year. They released a few studio and live albums in the '70s and are still playing Rock 'n Roll Reunion gigs and Teddy Boy festivals in the new millenium.

Skin Alley

Skin Alley was a progressive British rock combo, that existed from 1968 to 1974 and was founded by Thomas Crimble and Alvin Pope. They are best known for their track, "Living In Sin". Wikipedia


Spirit played the Lanch

Spirit was an American jazz/hard rock/progressive rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California. Read more on Wikipedia

Ronnie Scott Quartet

Ronnie Scott played the Lanch Arts festival 1971

Nashville Teens

Nashville Teens (a British band) played the Lanch in the early 70's

Jesus and Mary Chain

They played the Lanch in the 80's
The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. Read more Wikipedia


Oasis played the Lanch later on...


Dada, a 12-piece Stax-influenced, jazz-rock fusion band. Dada released one, eponymous, album in 1970,
with a line up including vocalist Elkie Brooks and guitarist Pete Gage. Singer Robert Palmer, formerly with The Alan Bown Set, and bassist Steve York both joined Dada after the album had been recorded, and the four were signed by Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records for USA and Chris Blackwell of Island Records for the UK and rest of the world to form Vinegar Joe in 1971, adding keyboard player Dave Thompson.
More on this site

Bridget St. John

Bridget St John is a British singer and songwriter, best known for the three albums she recorded between
1969 and 1972 for John Peel's Dandelion label. Peel produced her debut album Ask Me No Questions. Read more on Wikipedia

Blue Mink

Blue Mink played the Lanch

Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell (Poet) was part of the 1971 Lanch Arts festival, reading at the Colin Campbell at Lunch time. Back in 1961 he was one of the poets involved with the national Poetry and Jazz tour which had its first airing outside of London at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

Adrian Mitchell FRSL was an English poet, novelist and playwright. A former journalist, he became a noted figure on the British Left. For almost half a century he was the foremost poet of the country's anti-Bomb movement. Read more on Wikipedia

Alexis Korner

Alexis Korner was at the Lanch c 1969

Alexis Korner was a blues musician and radio broadcaster, who has sometimes been referred to as "a founding father of British Blues". A major influence on the sound of the British music scene in the 1960s, Korner was instrumental in bringing together various English blues musicians.In 1961, Korner and Davies formed Blues Incorporated, initially a loose-knit group of musicians with a shared love of electric blues and R&B music. The group included, at various times, such influential musicians as Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson and Dick Heckstall-Smith. It also attracted a wider crowd of mostly younger fans, some of whom occasionally performed with the group, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Geoff Bradford, Rod Stewart, John Mayall and Jimmy Page.Wikipedia

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Mission

The Mission played the Lanch i think in the mid 80's . Here with Julianne Regan of All About Eve on the first video -

"The Mission - known as The Mission UK in the United States - are a gothic rock band formed in 1986 by former members of The Sisters of Mercy." Read more on Wikipedia


Scaffold played the Lanch c 1970 / 71

Captain Beefheart

Captain Beefheart played the Lanch in the 70's

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

The Bonzos, I think, played the Lanch c 1969


The Nice played both the Naked Lunch c 1968 (the forerunner of the Lanch gigs) at the Locarno organised by the Art College before the art college and Lanch combined and the Lanch Poly c 1970.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Paul Jones

After splitting with Manfred Mann and going solo Paul Jones played the Lanch in the early 70's

Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull played the Lanch in the early 70's

Lanchester Poly Posters

The Lanch students union had some fantastic posters in the late 60's / early 70's a bit like these but none have turned up so far. Great pity - if anyone has any Lanch posters, let us know.

These are a few samples of the general style as I recall -

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for
its extreme complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. Read more on Wikipedia

Dexys Midnight Runners

Dexys Midnight Runners played the Lanch c 1980

Roy Harper

Played the Lanch several times


Caravan played a few times at the Lanch

Caravan are an English band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan. Read more on Wikipedia


Gong is a Franco-British rock band formed by Australian musician Daevid Allen. Other notable band
members include Allan Holdsworth, Tim Blake, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Gilli Smyth, Steve Hillage, Francis Moze, Mike Howlett and Pierre Moerlen. Read more on Wikipedia

Kevin Ayres and the Whole World

Kevin Ayres played the Lanch quite a few times and with The Soft Machine.
Kevin Ayers was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. Read more on Wikipedia


Kraftwerk were yet another visitation to the Lanch -


Man played the Lanch


Hawkwind played the Lanch early 70's

Cockney Rebel

Cockney Rebel played the Lanch c 1976

The Humphrey Lyttleton Band

The Humphrey Lyttleton band played the Lanch in 1969

This piano work in this song - Bad Penny Blues - influenced the creation of Lady Madonna.

"Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton, also known as Humph, was an English jazz musician and broadcaster, and chairman of the BBC radio comedy programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue." Read more on  Wikipedia

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro played the Lanch c 1972

Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra

Andre Previn was at the Lanch for the 1971 Lanchester Arts festival

"AndrĂ© George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings."  Read more on Wikipedia


Can played the Lanch Poly in the early 70's
"Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong ... " read more about Can here Wikipedia

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Pink Floyd

The Pink Floyd were part of the Lanch Arts festival 1972 who played at the Coventry Locarno along with Chuck Berry (who recorded My Ding  a Long there) and Slade. Pink Floyd played early version of tracks which were later on the Dark Side of the Moon in a more developed form and the programme was then Eclipse before it was changed to Darkside of the Moon. You can read the story of the gig here -

Indian Summer

Indian Summer were a Coventry progressive band who made an album, still sought after on the RCA Neon Label. they played the Lanch at the 1971 Lanch Arts festival with Leon Russell and Osibisa.

Malcom Harker - bass, vibes
Paul Hooper - drums
Bob Jackson - organ, lead vocals
Colin Williams - guitar, vocals

Discovered by Jim Simpson of Henry's Blues House in Birmingham who also discovered Black Sabbath the year before. Keyboard player and songwriter Bob Jackson went on to play with John Entwhistle's band, Ross, Pete Brown's Piblokto, Bandfinger, The Dodgers, the Fortunes and others along with some of his band mates.

Find out more about this band here on the Hobo A to Z of Coventry bands

Van der Graaff Generator

Van der Graaff Generator played the Lanch early 70's

Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-
songwriter Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records.Wikipedia

The Clash

The Clash played the Lanch c 1977


Colosseum played the Lanch in 1970 with New Jazz Orchestra and Jack Bruce and Friends -
See the New Jazz Orchestra for links to more information.

Jon Hiseman's biography available from Jon Hiseman's site 

Jack Bruce and Friends

After Cream split up, Jack Bruce made a solo album in 1970 and went on tour with 'Friends'. Jack Bruce on bass and vocals, Mitch Mitchell drums (Ex Jimi Hendrix), Larry Coryell guitar, Mike Mandell - Organ.

They played the Lanchester in 1970 with Colosseum and New Jazz orchestra - organised by Bron Agent and Colosseum manager Colin Richardson - see the New Jazz Orchestra post on here for links on this.

This is some footage from the US leg of the tour -

New Jazz Orchestra

One of the best nights at the Lanchester Arts Festival in 1970 was booked and arranged by Bron Music Agent and Colosseum manager - Colin Richardson. The three acts on that night were Jack Bruce and Friends / Colosseum and the New jazz Orchestra. A jazz super band, if you look at the names -

Album 1969 Verve SVLP9236.
2nd track on B Side of this 1969 Verve LP release by The New Jazz Orchestra.
Arranged By [Arr.] -- Neil Ardley
Written-By -- Miles Davis
Bass -- Jack Bruce
Directed By -- Neil Ardley
Drums -- Jon Hiseman
Producer -- Tony Reeves
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet -- Dave Gelly
Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet -- Jim Philip
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone -- Dick Heckstall-Smith
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute -- Barbara Thompson
Trombone -- Derek Wadsworth, John Mumford, Michael Gibbs, Tony Russell
Trumpet -- Derek Watkins, Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther
Trumpet, Flugelhorn -- Ian Carr
Tuba -- George Smith
Vibraphone, Marimba -- Frank Ricotti

You can read more about the NJO and Colosseum etc here - in the interviews with Colin Richardson
Colin Richardson with Paul McCartney
Check out the the interviews with  -Colin Richardson

Colin's own musically interesting blog is here

A good read on Colosseum, New Jazz Orchestra and all the background is also Jon Hiseman's biography Playing the Band

Available on Jon Hiseman's website here

John Williams

Classical guitar player John Williams also checked into the Lanch in the 70's


Cream played the Lanch in 1969 -

Bad Manners

Bad manners played at the Lanch c 1980


Another outstanding band to play the Lanch in the 70's was Santana -

Thursday, 28 November 2013


Groundhogs are a British rock band founded in late 1963, that toured extensively in the 1960s, achieved
prominence in the early 1970s and continued sporadically into the 21st century. Read more here Wikipedia

They played the Lanch several times i think.

Natural Acoustic Band

Again in the early 70's The Natural Acoustic Band played the Lanch -

"The Natural Acoustic Band were a British acid-folk band, formed in 1969 in Milngavie, Glasgow,
Scotland. There were a number of personnel changes throughout the band's history, but the best known line up was:
Tom Hoy (born 5.2.1950, in Glasgow Strathclyde, Scot) — Guitar and Vocals
Robin Thyne (born 1.11.1950, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland) — Guitar, Bongos, Bass and Tenor Recorders, Tambourine, Clacker and Vocals
Krysia Kocjan (born 10.8.1953, in Craigendoran, Scotland, Died 21 February 2007 in Portland, Oregon, America) — Vocals, Guitar,Glockenspiel, Bells

The band only produced two albums and one single (reaching No 1 in the Melody Maker folk charts). They were on the bill on three occasions at London's Marquee Club: November 17, 1971 (supported by Shape of the Rain), 12 April 1972 (supported by Gnidrolog) and 22 November 1972 (supporting Brewers Droop)."

Elton John

Elton John played the Lanch in 1971

A cover of Lesley Duncan's Love Song with Lesley on guitar and backing vocals.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Duster Bennett

Duster Bennett was a popular one man blues band on the Lanch in the early 1970's

Anthony "Duster" Bennett (23 September 1946 – 26 March 1976) was a British bluessinger and musician.
Based around London, his first album Smiling Like I'm Happy saw him playing as a one-man band, playing a bass drum with his foot and blowing a harmonica on a rack while strumming a 1952 Les Paul Goldtop guitar given to him in 1968 by Peter Green. Backed by his girlfriend Stella Sutton and the original Fleetwood Macon three tracks, the album was well received. He remained popular on the local blues club scene until his death in a car crash in 1976. Read more on Wiki

Principal Edward's Magic Theatre

Principal Edward's Magic Theatre were, like Medicine Head and others, on John Peel's Dandelion label c 1970 and played the Lanch about then.

Bio: Formed at Exeter University in the late sixties (their name was apparently inspired by the head of the university), Principal Edwards Magic Theatre were more a multi-media enterprise than a rock group, appearing with dancers and lightshows. John Peel signed them to his Dandelion label and helped produce their albums. They also appeared regularly on his 'Top Gear' show. One of the main assets was lead vocalist, Vivienne McAuliffe, whose crystal clear voice helped make them a little special. Their music was innovative and imaginative with a strong folk influence and an air of mysticism. This is typified by The Death Of Don Quixote and Third Sonnet to Sundry Notes of Music on their second album. However, arguably their best track was Pinky: A Mystery-Cycle. It's a melodramatic number with a thudding drumbeat, haunting lyrics and frequent changes of tempo.

However a loosely-knit outfit at the best of times, the group went their separate ways after three singles and a further album. The last one Round One, was made for Deram in 1974.

Compilation appearances have included: Weekdaze on Psychedalia - Rare Blooms From The English Summer Of Love (CD); The Whizzmore Kid on Progressive Pop Inside The Seventies (CD); Autumn Lady Dancing on Dandelion Rarities (CD); The Asmoto Running Band on Dandelion Sampler 1969-1972 (CD).

1.) McAlpine's Dream
2.) McAlpine Versus the Asmoto
3.) The Asmoto Running Band (hou'amih)
4.) Asmoto Celebration
5.) Further Asmoto Celebration (after the ball)
6.) Total Glycerol Esther
7.) Freef ('r) All
8.) Autumn Lady Dancing Song
9.) The Kettering Song
10.) Weirdsong of Breaking Through at Last


This was their first single on the Dandelion label

and the B side 

Lament for the Earth

Mr Fox

Bob Pegg's Folklore band - Mr Fox, played at the Lanch Arts festival 1971 alongside The Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman) and Ralph McTell.

"Mr Fox were an early 1970s electric folk or folk rock band. They were seen as in the ‘second generation’
of electric folk performers and for a time were compared with Steeleye Span and Sandy Denny’s Fotheringay. Unlike Steeleye Span they mainly wrote their own material in a traditional style and developed a distinct ‘northern’ variant of the genre. They demonstrate the impact and diversity of the electric folk movement and the members went on to pursue significant careers within the electric folk and traditional music genres after they disbanded in 1972 having recording two highly regarded albums." Read more on Wiki

Canned Heat

Canned Heat played the Lanch in 1969.

Ivor Cutler

Ivor Cutler played there a few times as I recall -
Ivor Cutler was a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. He became known for his regular performances on
BBC radio, and in particular his numerous sessions recorded for John Peel's influential radio ...Read more on  Wikipedia

Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green's)

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac played at the Lanch in 1970.

Claire Hamill

Claire Hamill was a singer songwriter from the Port Clarence (across the Tees from Middlesbrough) and played the Lanch c 1971.

"Claire Hamill is a British singer-songwriter. As well as her solo career, she has collaborated with Wishbone Ash and Yes' Steve Howe." Read more here Wikipedia

Above - Claire Hamill with an early Joni Mitchell composition

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs played the Lanch c 1971 in a blues style.

The Selecter

Another Coventry band who played the Lanch c 1979 and i think later was Two Tone band The Selecter. I was at the first concert just before the first single broke I think. I'd seen Pauline Black in a Coventry folk club known then as Pauline Vickers, and saw Neol Davies talking to her. I thought she was going to do a solo spot before neol's new band went on stage and got a surprise when Pauline turned out to be their lead singer. Good night and about the time people started dancing at the Lanch rather than sitting cross legged throughout performances. The guest sax player on Three Minute Hero was Joe Reynolds who used to play in a number of Coventry bands including the Jazz rock band Willow c 1973 / 4.

Joe Reynolds band card for Willow

Neol Davies had played at the Lanch before with one of his earlier rock bands Mead c 1970.

Curved Air

"Curved Air are a pioneering British progressive rock group formed in 1970 by musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds, including classical, folk, and electronic sound." More here Wikipedia Stuart Copeland (later of Police) on drums.

Early copies of the album with special vinyl "The album was the first vinyl picture disc as a limited edition of 10,000. Picture disc technology was in its infancy and this resulted in a level of surface noise. The disc was re-issued in conventional album format (the "Green Label" edition), with a photo of the original picture disc on the album cover."