The Myaks

Initial info courtesy Alan Fothergill

Line-up included  
Jeff Shelmadine vocals
Brian Baxter guitar
Dave Leech guitar
Mick Chuwen drums
Dave Grimshawe bass
Fred Dean vocals (replaced JS)

Formed about 1963/64 - a great R and B band.

Sadly Dave Grimshawe died a long time ago of a drug overdose. They continued, Brian Baxter went on bass and played as a 4 piece.

A Guy called Fred Leach joined the Myaks as singer around 1964 ... just prior to the passing away of Dave Grimshawe.

Fred later joined the Odd Ones as a vocalist and in a turn around, the drummer from Odd Ones joined the Myaks....they lasted until around 1967...then all went their seperate ways.

I recall seeing a couple sat together on a bus from Manchester to Wythenshawe probably 1964/65, the male had longer hair than the girl. the girl had a small case on her lap with the words; THE MYAKS.

Shortly afterwards I saw the band at St Bernadettes in Withington, they wowed the place, a superb memory.


I'm Brian Baxter from the Myaks and I'm still playing bass. Dave Leach is living in Australia, Fred Dean, the singer who took over from Jeff Shelmerdine, is living in Derby, lost contact with Mick Chuwen years ago.

We got the name of Myaks from the sound of Mick's initials, Michael Isaac Anthony Chuwen. Our manager at the time, also our van driver, didn't like the look of MIACS, so we became the 'MYAKS'.

Brian Baxter

I'm Mervyn Horrocks of Merv's Bardots.  I remember seeing the Myaks at Droylsden Top Twenty Club, twice at least.  I was impressed by their music but wouldn't say so at the time due to the rivalry between most groups.  I preferred their music to the stuff we were playing!

Mervyn Horrocks

Just a few memories about the Myaks.

I lived next door to Micky Chuwen and across the road lived Dave Leach.  I didn't play in the band but used to help setup the instruments. 

I saw Mick a couple of years ago at his sisters funeral, Dave lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Most of us worked at Hilsons wire works in Sharston, and then worked on the bins.

We had gigs on most fridays and saturdays and played quite a lot of venues out of Manchester.  Sheffield (fretsville not sure of spelling) was one that comes to mind.  We were driving over the Pennines and a tyre blew. On one side of the road was a massive drop and we started going towards it even though seven sets of brakes were applied.

We used to have a great time when we played at the Elizabethan ballroom Belle Vue where Jimmy Saville was the dj.


30 Jan 1965

Tommy, Brian and Susan Rosie

Pictured at St Anthony's Wythenshawe - member of the church, Susan Keogh, Fred Dean, Dave Leach, Tony Arney (manager), Brian Baxter, Micky Chuwen, girl on drums Susan Rosie


Two members of the church, Susan Keogh, Fred Dean, Dave Leach, Tony Arney (manager), Brian Baxter, Micky Chuwen, girl on drums Susan Rosie

Susan Rosie, Fred Dean, Susan Keogh and two fans.  The two susans were regulars at the gigs


As many others I saw the Myaks at St Bernadettes all those years ago. One of the best bands I've ever seen, comparable with the (Pretty Things) First band I ever saw live to break the rules, how they missed the boat and didn't make the big time still astounds me.

Of all the Friday night bands...(sorry GROUPS) they were the most outrageous and when the curtain opened there were gasps of disbelief and even bigger gasps when they hit the first cords. What a great memory for this 64 year old!!


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Topic: The Myaks
Bob Turner says...
I have very fond memories of watching the Myaks at Droylsden's Top 20 club in the sixties. Probably a little ahead of their time, this band were outstanding. One song in particular stands out from their playlist, a number called ... Read More
14th March 2014 9:47pm
David Gibson says...
I remember the Myaks. They played at "The Scene" club after The Bodega stopped. Must have been early 60's. I thought they were great, real rockin R n' B. I can't imagine Manchester as it must be now, as the last time I was ... Read More
16th March 2014 5:29am
John Sills says...
I was great fan of the Myacks and when they asked me to join them in 1966 I was thrilled, I insisted that the previous band I was in (The Backdoor Men)Phil was to join me, he was a keyboard player. For Phil it did not work out. I did a few gigs and ... Read More
19th January 2017 9:28pm


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