The Falcons
The Klue

Line-up included  
Tony Hall rhythm guitar/vocals
Neil Pickering drums
Ian Shaw guitar
Eddie Gibbons bass/vocals
Pete Ward vocals
Jimmy Semple vocals
Eddie Gibbons bass
Bob Moorhouse drums
Brendan Druggit guitar/vocals
Dennis (Ted) Heywood keyboards
Sid Davies bass
Ian Waller (Big Wal) bass
Austin Hardman. guitar

LEFT to RIGHT........Eddie Gibbons, Neil Pickering, Tony Hall, Ian Shaw




The Falcons were formed in Chadderton in early 1963 and had only three members originally.

Tony Hall – Vocal and Rhythm Guitar
Ian Shaw – Lead Guitar
Neil Pickering – Drums

The first paid booking was at King St Stores, Oldham on 1st March 1963. Eddie Gibbons joined the group as bass guitarist and vocalist during a booking at the Gardeners Hotel , Waterhead in June 1963.

This line-up lasted August 1964 with Tony Hall’s dad managing the group at which point Tony Hall left to join The Dawnbreakers, another local group.

Tony was replaced for a short time by Pete Ward as vocalist and later by Jimmy Semple who still performs today in the Oldham club and pub scene.

Neil Pickering (the drummer) was replaced by Bob Moorhouse who had previously played with the Blakjaks and around the same time the group changed name to The Klue.

Various band members came and went……Brendan Druggit (Guitar Vocals), Dennis (Ted) Heywood on Keyboards.

Eventually Eddie Gibbons left the group and was replaced by Sid Davies and subsequently in Sept 1965 by Ian Waller (Big Wal) who sadly died of a heart attack in 1988.

Shortly afterwards Ian Shaw left and was replaced by Austin Hardman.




I did play drums in a band with Ian, Eddie, and Jimmy Semple, but I don't remember the "Falcons" name, I thought we were called "The Klue".
Can any one throw any light on that ?

Bob Moorhouse

I would be interested to know if Ian Shaw came from Eleanor Road,Royton as I bought an amp off him which he bulit and was fantastic. I used it for a few years with my group, the Faction.

He was studying electronics at the time and he designed a treble booster which was fitted into the amp and I still have the original circuits signed and dated by Ian.

I am also certain that the Klue played at a press ball at Counthill Grammar School, Oldham where I was a student.

Can anyone out there in '60's land confirm?

John M Lees

LEFT to RIGHT: Eddie Gibbons, Neil Pickering, Pete Ward, Ian Shaw

Yes, I can confirm that I did live on Eleanor Rd, Royton until 1972.

Also the Klue did play at a Press Ball on Thursday 28th Oct 1965 but I don't have a venue in my old diary.

Ian Shaw

What great days we had there were many groups on the Oldham and Manchester scene. Its funny I was talking to a friend of mine only today Ted Jones about Jimmy Semple the singer from The Klue.

Ted, Alan Verity, Alan Lees and Philip Riding and I were in a group called The Trolls. Ted said that Jimmy is still singing in the pubs. I must get to see him again.

I do know of the Falcons no conection to the Klue.

Robert Howard MBE now living in London

Just to say I remember because of knowing Jimmy Semple we went to a rehearsal at Bob Moorhouses dad's lock up and they sounded brilliant.

I remember Bob had a Rodgers kit and the snare rim had a crack in it which made it sound even better.

You can learn a lot from good muscians and we certainly did waching the KLUE rehearse.

Good days, and keep up the excellent work Paul.

Mike Ward

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Comments (4)

Topic: Falcons Oldham
Tony Hall says...
I was a member of the original Falcons along with Ian, Neil and Eddie. Sadly lost touch now retired and living in Brixham, Devon. When I left The Falcons, I was briefly with Ricky Martell and The Methods before joining The Dawnbreakers. The ... Read More
2nd June 2014 8:50pm
Alan Mills says...
I stood in on bass for a couple of Klue gigs in 1964. One at the Catacoombs at the corner of Shaw Road and Bottom o'th Moor and the second was at Big Daddy's club in Halifax. Other members were Jimmy Semple, Ted Heywood, Bobby Moorhouse and ... Read More
9th August 2015 7:58am
Eddie Gibbons says...
Jack Wolstenhulme Roadie and friend to the band sadly passed away while on holliday in Belgium 15th September 2015.
3rd October 2015 8:37pm
phil goodwin says...
I play every monday afternoon with a rock n roll jam band at the Royal Oak pub Oldham town centre.3.30 till 7 and Jimmy Semple plays drums and sings.He still plays great drums and has a fab voice.
16th December 2015 10:28am

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