| Alan Yapp
I put a number of people in touch with each other and from this Alan first formed The New Boston Sect around 1966.
Based in Whalley Range and practiced at the Whalley Range Methodist Hall, Withington Road. The line-up (fragmentary) was Alan Yapp- Guitar/Lead Vocals (now Systems Software in London ), Victor Constantinis - Drums ( Catering Business in Australia ) and Ian Tomlinson - Drums ( deceased ). I think that Barry Thornton may have been in the group for a short while on Guitar but as I was mostly in London at the time the rest is hazy.
1967 saw the change to The Henry Allen Blend.
The line-up ( part way through ) was Alan Yapp Lead Vocals/Guitar, Victor Constantinis - Bass, Ian Tomlinson - Drums. The group found a superb lead guitarist but his name eludes me. Paul ( Mash ) Marshall joined as Bass (I think) and he had a mate (Lou Ludlam) who could not play much but started to learn the sax and joined.
New members came and went (as usual).
Both groups were funded by Ian Tomlinson's dad who provided a full set of Marshall PA and a Morris J2 van. Ian acted as Manager as well as playing drums.
From memory The Henry Allen Blend fell apart during 1968.
Alan, at some point, met John Benson and John Senior (Sleep). Alan was developing his skills on the piano and with a bit of song writing and after his dad died Alan went off to Hamburg (Sleep?). After the group imploded Alan ended up in London and scratched a living playing the piano and singing in Bars and Clubs until he focused on a chance career in Computer Software.
Ian initially made all bookings but later tied-up with Paul Ingram Sounds Entertainment for bookings and also Peter Lee Enterprises.
I was amazed and grateful that Kim Vernon had entered this article about the Henry Allen Blend and the New Boston Sect.
As a founding member of the group and having played continuously in the group until it's break up I do remember everything Kim refers to.
Our claim to fame was being the support band to the Small Faces and to Skip Bifferty and on both occasions being congratulated for our performance by the bands and the audience.
I later continued playing in a band until moving to Australia in 1988 and, Kim's right, I ran catering business in Melbourne until selling it recently to a multi national (but I still would have prefered the music business).
Keep up the good work its a wonderul website and reading the article and other articles gave me lot of joy!
I recognised a lot of the band names of the time like Life and Soul, and the Rumble Fat Band. Those were really good days!
Victor Constantinis - vocalist and bass player
I was amazed when I came across this website as I had a boyfriend in the 60s who sang with the Boston Sect. His name was David Tommins and lived on Chapel Street, Salford and I wondered if this was the forerunner of the New Boston Sect. I recall them being kitted out at the Boston Men's shop on High Street, Manchester.
I used to attend most gigs with them in and around Manchester and I do remember one was called Barry. I have a newspaper clipping of the band in action (in Salford Cathedral as I recall) and a family photo of some of them.
I would be really interested to know if there is a connection.