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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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
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
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
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