Grisby Dyke

Lineup included

Derek Foley Guitar
Lou Stonebridge vocals
Ron Henshall saxaphone/flute
Dave Buckle drums
Graham Moores guitar
John Titley bass

Not a lot on Grisby Dyke other than Derek Foley, formerly with The Navadas and Merv’s Bardots, played on the album:

The Adventures of Rosemary La Page / Mary Ann She.
DM 232. 1969.

Derek was also a member of Paladin and played on:
‘Paladin’ Bronze ILPS 9150 1971.
‘Charge’ Bronze ILPS 9190 1972.

Derek later worked with Graham Bond on:
‘Two Heads Are Better Than One’
Chapter 1 CHSR 813. 1972.

Ron Henshall turned professional in 1968 with Grisby Dyke. They supported many groups including Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and Rod Stewart, they played with The Grit Band at the Cavern Club in Liverpool around 1970. Two Manchester bands flying the flag in Liverpool.

When Grisby Dyke split Ron joined Socrates a trio who won Opportunity Knocks. He's still playing in 2006 with The Aidan Townsend Band, who can be seen Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Manchester's Trafford Centre. 

Dave Buckle is now working under the stage name of Dave Buck, as an international comedian.

He is still in touch with former members of Grisby Dyke, and still plays drums occasionally with Pete Maclaine and the Clan.


Grisby Dyke History
Courtesy John Titley

  • The Admirals (Stockport group 1963-66) four members, can only name Graham Moores (1945-2002) the lead guitarist who became a member of The Impact.

  • The Spots (Stockport group 1964-66) Tony Meadows,Bill McGeehan, and Roy Pickford (drums) & John Titley (bass) who became members of The Impact.

  • The other member of The Impact was Ron Williams (rhythm guitarist). Can't remember his previous group's name.

  • Ron Williams left The Impact 1967 and was replaced by Howard Torson.

  • Howard Torson left The Impact 1968 and was replaced by Derek Foley.

  • Roy Pickford left The Impact 1968 and was replaced by Dave Buckle.

  • The Impact (Buckle, Foley, Moores and Titley) changed their name to Grisby Dyke Nov 1968.

  • Grisby Dyke released 'The Adventures of Miss Rosemary La Page' on Deram label in 1969.

  • G. Moores and J.Titley left Grisby Dyke Aug 69 and reformed The Impact with Mick Gilbourne on drums.

  • Grisby Dyke added 2/3 new members.


"Grisby Dyke" were without doubt one of the finest live acts to come out of Manchester in the late 1960s.

They were young but highly polished and professsional, their clean cut image belied the dynamism and power that the band meted out.

Singer/guitarist Derek Foley oozed talent and exuded a presence that permiated the whole band, they were amazing!.......

I auditioned as drummer for Grisby Dyke around 1969 at a pub near Macclesfield.

The bass player was Marshall Archer who I worked with in the late 1970s with progressive original music band Eclipse. I can remember they had a van with Aircraft Seats which was the trademark of any real band back then.

I did not get the gig as I had already decided to travel to France with pop group Big Wheel.

Rick Henshaw

grisby dyke

The Admirals only recorded one single that I know of, in 1965 on Philips Fontana TF 597 in mono The Promised Land penned by Phillip Smith with a cover of Freddy Cannon's Palisades Park on the flip side. Two great tracks.

John Hesford

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Topic: Grisby Dyke
Dave Hamer says...
I knew John Titley and Graham Moore well. I had a garage called Motorvation in Stockport and used to do their cars, as well as 10cc's cars. It was Graham that designed our logo and came up with the name Motorvation. Graham was a graphic ... Read More
6th March 2015 6:43am
alan titley says...
hi dave, remember you also bringing my car into your garage as well as the group van at the top of new Zealand road and when you came to see the band at the two places you named graham had cancer john and myself took it in turns taking him to ... Read More
21st July 2015 6:02am
Dave Hamer says...
Hi Alan Thanks for the reply. I also remember your dad's car, which he used to spray the underneath of with engine oil to keep the rust away. I bought a guitar from Graham but was never good enough to get much of a tune out of it. I live near ... Read More
21st July 2015 7:05am
alan titley says...
Hi Dave, don't live in Cheadle Hulme now I live in Welwyn Herts not far from you been here a year ourkid moved from Handforth down to Dartmouth couple of years ago he"s still got a few guitars etc and plays them to keep his hand in he is ... Read More
3rd December 2015 6:57am
Dave Hamer says...
Hi Alan Yes you are not that far away from me. My Young lady is now 74 and a bit rickity. I am 65 and retired from Formula One motor racing. I saw Mick Gilbourne has a music therapy website, which I did send him a message on, but he didn't ... Read More
3rd December 2015 8:33am
Sandra hamand (Biddulph) says...
Hi Alan Dave Buck is trying to get hold of John just seen your message ,can you let me know or Dave know on Face Book,he has given me the task to find him,anyone would think I was his personal secretary,many thanks in advance Sandy, I used to go out ... Read More
19th September 2017 8:13pm
Lesley nee Jay says...
Hi Alan, don't know if you'll remember me, but I knew u better in the Spots and your John too. I was seeing Roy Pickford at the time. Good times at Belle Vue(Cumberland Suite, I think) your mum and dad's at Cheadle and a weird time at a ... Read More
23rd July 2015 3:12am
Sandra hamand (Biddulph) says...
Hi does anyone know where John Titley is a friend of mine (Dave Buck) is trying to find him,Dave was the drummer out of Grisby ***** ,as the years roll on you lose touch with people.Can you e mail me if you know where he is, many thanks Sandy x
19th September 2017 8:08pm
alan titley says...
I went to New York in May 1980 I stayed with four girls three from England and one from Los Angeles Cindy from LA took me out for a drink to one piano bar, while talking who should walk in but Derek Foley, he sat next to me at the next table with ... Read More
3rd December 2015 7:39am
Sandra hamand (Biddulph) says...
Very upset when I heard of Derek's passing used to go out with him in the 60's used to spend many a weekend at his flat in Middleton Manchester with Ron Henshall and Barbara Hill.
10th August 2017 11:59am
Bob Etel says...
I remember Grisby Dyke, we, The Exits and them played in Crewe, I think and got snowed in. Both bands had yellow transits and we got on really well. Very fond memories. went to a social club in Macclesfield about 30 yrs later, spoke to a guy at the ... Read More
18th February 2016 8:13pm
Sandra hamand (Biddulph) says...
Can you remember who the guy was you were talking to Derek Foley/Dave Buck.perhaps
10th August 2017 11:54am


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