Savoury Duck

From the remnants of Burial, the first incarnation of Savory Duck was born. See their great website
  for full info

Line-up #1 1971
Arny Sage Guitar / Keyboards
Kev Wood Vocals
Pete Willsher Bass
Denis Brennan Drums*
Line-up #2 1972
Arny Sage Guitar / Keyboards
Dave Darbyshire Vocals
Andy Povall Organ
Pete Willsher Bass
Simon Andrew Rhythm Guitar
Martin Soar Drums
Line-up #3 1973

Arny Sage was replaced by Barry Barnes* pending his return from Andy Macpherson’s*  ‘Romany Rye’

Line-up #4 1974-76
Arny Sage Guitar / Keyboards
Dave Darbyshire Vocals*
Andy Povall Organ
Andy Rayner Bass
Martin Soar Drums
Bob Harrison Vocals

Line-up #4 - in rehearsal at Jacksons Lane Youth club, probably sometime between '74 & '76. Bob Harrison on the left.

Andy Povall

Dave Darbyshire left in 1974 and was replaced firstly by Bob Harrison (ex-Mixtures) & subsequently by Les Reed from Lowestoft.

Barry Barnes is now the guitarist /  vocalist with Sinnerboy (Rory Gallagher tribute band)

Andy Macpherson went on to run Revolution Studios, in Bramhall, which moved  to Cheadle.

Andy Povall moved to Leicester in 1979/1980, and co formed Feelabeelia. They were signed firstly to Interdisc, then susequently to Qwest, Quincy Jones's label.

Their second single, Feel It, featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica, and Wonderlove, (Stevie's backing singers). It was produced by Glen Ballard (Alaniss Morrisette and a whole host of other massive artists), and Brock Walsh.

Here is a web link to a Leicester Music web site that got hold of a dodgy promo pic !!!!

This finished in 1986, and Andy then had a recording studio until 1990, when he was enticed on the road again doing both FOH for various people, and playing keyboard for a mad unsigned Ska band called Skaboom.

1998 saw Andy in a largish venue as the house engineer, and in 2000 joined a great traditional Ska band , El Pussycat, playing tunes from the 60s and 70s. Their web site is

Andy moved to Scotland August 2006, where he is writing his own tunes and doing the odd bit of production work.

Savory Duck was based around Arny Sage’s formidable self penned material, and influences ranging from Gentle Giant, Caravan to Greenslade.

With the addition of a second keyboard, this enabled
Arny to develop his strong and unique guitar style and also led to a songwriting partnership with Andy Povall, which cemented a firm musical direction.

Delivering progressive tunes mixed with finely orchestrated hard rock guitar and keyboard passages. and it’s fair share of complex time changes.

During its lifetime ‘Duck’ supported the likes of Caravan at (Stoneground), Daryl Way’s Wolf (Bradford University) & Gordon Giltrap (Stockport Town Hall).



Pete Willsher joined The Andy Stark Band aka (The Outlaws) after leaving Savory Duck in ’74. The band consisted of:

Andy Stark: Vocals / Guitar / Piano.
Dave Lowarch: Lead Guitar.*
Pete Willsher: Bass.
John Pevitt: Drums.

Dave Lowarch worked in the following bands (to name a few):

Dave Lowarch (far left) and (leaning on WF) Kev Wood

* Ankh’s debut album was produced by Tommy Vance.

* Spider Jive consisted of : Paul Burgess – Drums (10cc and Axis), Dave Barrow – Bass (The Measles & Alvin Stardust), Kev Bowden – Keyboards (Alvin Stardust, etc)

Dave Lowarch toured with:

  • Johnny & Hurricanes
  • Heinz
  • Ricky Valance

Denis Brennan was in a band with Kev Bowden called ‘Sleep’ who toured in Germany.

Pete Willsher now plays Bass with Cambridge based band ‘The Nigel Graham Blues Reaction’ who supported Wishbone Ash back in April 2005.

The Wishbone Ash track ‘Throw Down The Sword’ was covered by ‘The Grumpy Old Men’ on their cd ‘Time To Reflect’ recorded at Cavalier Studio’s in Stockport.
This track  has made it onto the Wishbone Ash 35th anniversary tribute cd ‘Wishbone Ish’ – for more info:

Players on ‘Throw Down The Sword’ were:

Dave Lowarch: Guitars.
Stu Pevitt: Vocals
Pete Willsher: Bass
Denis Brennan: Drums.

Engineered by: Arny Sage.

Past and Present

Some great pics of the band put together for the 'Time To Reflect' website:  for the cd recorded between 2001 - 2003 under the name 'The Grumpy Old Men'.


Andy Stark

Arny Sage

Dave Darbyshire

Dave Lowarch

Denis Brennan

John Pevitt

Pete Willsher

Stu Pevitt
now lead singer with The Purple Gang

Andy Povell, 2002



How well I remember the duck.  In my time as lead vocalist, it was possibly the best band I have been a part of.  It was very much a band of its time and I feel priviliged to have been a part of it. I hope that all the lads are well and still rockin.

PS I am the one on the left in the main picture,got my maracas in my hand - ha ha.

Bob Harrison

Big Bramhall connection with this band.

I lived next door to drummer Denis Brennan. He was the drummer in Sad Soul, a good drummer,  influenced by Keith Moon.

The Pevitt boys were also from Bramhall (at one time anyway) and played in a number of other local bands.

Pete Wilsher was a mate I lost touch with. I used to hang out with him and go drinking in the Jolly Sailor near Bramhall.  He was the first person I knew who bought a Hendrix bootleg album, and owned the double live album by Grand Funk Railroad.  A trip to Pete's house to listen to the Hendrix boot and GFR was a must.

Tony Burke

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Topic: Savoury Duck
Tony Burke says...
Bassman Pete Willsher sent me a copy of the Savoury Duck re-incarnation (The Grumpy Old Men) CD 'Time To Reflect' recorded at the Cavalier Studio's in Stockport between 2001 and 2003. This a good prog-rock based set - the booklet notes ... Read More
2nd August 2015 12:56pm
Paul Truswell (Macclesfield) says...
Met up with Andy Rayner this evening - I've known about Andy's involvement with Savoury Duck for years but never realised it was a full on prog rock band! Have purchased 'Man Chest Hair' via Amazon and had my first taste Hoping to ... Read More
24th November 2017 1:09pm

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