Public Hall, Barrow in Furness

I remember this gig - most odd place.

The first time we did the gig, we turned up, set up and hung around to watch the local support band. The place was empty.

A huge town hall, huge stage and about 20 people. We were pretty disappointed as we thought it would be a lousy night. We went on to do the first of two 45 min spots to about 50 people.

The support band did another spot and we just hung around as a few more trooped in. Then we went backstage to change.

As the curtains opened for our second spot we were amazed to see a jam packed audience - the pubs had closed! God, it was rough - we had bouncers sat on the front of the stage, facing the crowd, looking for any aggro!

A bit of an eye opener - even for a Moss Side lad.

Phoenix City Smash on the steps of Barrow Public Hall - webmaster Paul on far right, looking cool

Another memory - Barrow was the first and last time I ever shook a tomato sauce bottle in a cafe without checking the top. I covered a guy on the next table with sauce - in his hair, all over his shirt and in his cup of tea.

Paul Mlynarz
1/1/09

Even the Who had the same problem in Barrow,   Pete Townshend got involved in a fight when they played in 1965.

Barrow drinkers used to go out & walk around the town centre pubs, get full of Ale the end up at the Public Hall to see whatever band were playing & try to pull a bird.


Dave Whatley
19/3/11

The night club was exactly how  you described it to be. The Who were pelted with 'pennies' from the pissed up lot turfed out of the pub across the road. The Who were not liked at all because of Daltreys foul mouth over the mic. Crazy to think this nowadays, but they had only just released their first single at the time and cockneys swearing was a show of aggression I suppose.

Above: The Who onstage at Barrow Public Hall - note the bouncer on stage.

 

 

 

 



I am writing the story of the Public Halls biggest rival in the town - this club was called The 99 Club and has an amazing history. 

So during my searches of newspaper archive I have recorded the history of what is about  95 % of the total bands that ever played there from 1966 until its closure in the 1980's. The Public Hall did have its good days as you will see. 

I have attached this list below as you may spot the name of bands you may remember from back in the day, there must be a few Manc bands listed. It would be quite easy for me to retrieve the concert listings that are documented, the papers round here never wrote any reviews of concerts which is a shame really. If there is any band listed that you would like me to find the newspaper advert for the gig, feel free to let me know and I will get a copy to post on the site. 

I forgot to say earlier , my Uncle John was the lead singer in a couple of bands during the late 60's. His first band was called Chapter 5 who nearly made it, signed to CBS and sadly ripped off. They have become a legendary band in Northern Soul circles, they played a few gigs in Manc and many at the Nelson Imp. They were bloody good . Also he fronted John St John for a few years after that who were not as well known in the North West.
 
The Public Hall list is attached below. In later years the name of the club was changed to Maxims, Rafters, then finally Scorpio.

THE PUBLIC HALL
(LOCAL BANDS NOT INCLUDED IN THESE LISTINGS)

1941

HERMAN DAMASKI & HIS  BROADCASTING BAND (18/4/41)

1956

NAT LOFTHOUSE & TOM FINNEY (19/12/56)

1964

WAYNE FONTANA & MINDBENDERS (24/4/64)
CHRIS BONNINGTON ( 26/2/64)  - 2/-        

1965

THE ROCKIN BERRIES (24/1/65)                         
THE HOLLIES (-/4/65)  
THE PRETTY THINGS (-5/64)(CANC)
THE WHO ( 13/5/65)

1966

THE MUTINEERS ( 28/1/66)
SOMEBODY ELSE (19/2/66)
SOUNDS INCORPORATED (15/3/66)
THE HELLIONS (19/3/66)
SOUNDS INCORPORATED (7/4/66) (2)
THE LATIN FORMATION DANCE GROUP (12/4/66)
DAVE BERRY & THE CRUISERS (2/5/66)  
THE IVY LEAGUE (16/6/66)
TIFFANY & HER THOUGHTS (16/6/66)
THE TROGGS (29/6/66)
THE HELLIONS ( 3/7/66)
CLIFF BENNETT & HIS REBEL ROUSERS (7/7/66)
THE (ORIGINAL) CHECKMATES ( 7/7/66)  
THE FACTOTUMS (7/7/66)
THE CYMERONS (14/7/66)
THE KINKS (1/8/66)
TIFFANY & HER THOUGHTS (27/8/66) (2)
THE FACTOTUMS (8/9/66)  
THE MANCHESTER PLAYBOYS (15/9/66)
THE WARRIORS (15/9/66)
THE RAGIN STORM (22/9/66)
HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS (29/9/66)
THE KOOBAS (6/10/66)
CHRIS BONNINGTON ( 12/10/66)       
SOME OTHER GUYS (15/10/66)
THE CYMERONS (21/10/66)
PAUL RICHIE AND THE CRYING SHAMES (10/11/66)
THE CHUCKLES (12/11/66)                             
JUST FRIENDS (17/11/66)
THE WARRIORS (24/11/66)                       
THE POWERHOUSE (1/12/66)
TONY RIVERS & THE CASTAWAYS (13/11/66)
JOHNNY BREEZE AND THE ATLANTICS (1/12/66)
SIGNS WITH THEIR TIMES (9/12/66) 
THE MAGIC LANTERNS (14/12/66) 
TIFFANY & HER BIG SOUND (22/12/66)       
THE MEASLES (26/12/66)
THE LEMON LINE WITH RSU DANCERS (30/12/66)

1967

THE FACTOTUMS (15/1/67)
THE CYMERONS (21/1/67) (3)
THE CHANTS (26/1/67)                         
SONS & DAUGHTERS (18/2/66)
REVEREND  BLACK & THE ROCKIN VICARS (14/2/67)
THE LEMON LINE (25/2/67)                 
THE UNDERTAKERS (9/3/67)(2)
THE MEASLES (16/3/67)
THE DO DO’S (18/3/67)
THE TIFFANY SHOW (23/3/67) (4)   
MOMMIES DARLINGS (30/3/67)
THE ROGUES (1/4/67)                        
THE MAGIC LANTERNS(8/4/67)
THE LEMON LINE (13/4/67) (3)              
THE WATER BOARD (22/4/67)
THE RICHARD KENT STYLE (27/4/67) (2) 
THE HIDEAWAYS (29/4/67)
THE GODS (4/5/67)                                 
WIMPLE WINCH (13/5/67)
CHANTS (18/5/67)
THE WHEELS (20/5/67)
THE CHUCKLES (26/5/67) (2)                    
THE NIGHT TRAIN (3/6/67)
THE ST LOUIS UNION (15/6/67)               
THE FLY-B-NIGHTS (17/6/67)
THE TAMLA EXPLOSION (1/7/67)                        
LIFE N SOUL ( 8/7/67)
THE ROGUES (15/7/67)
THE CONNISSEURS (22/7/67)
THE PURITANS (28/7/67)                             
THE CHESIRE SET (29/7/67)
TIFFANY (18/8/67)  (4)
THE UNDERTAKERS (26/8/67)
THE FUSS (26/8/67)
THE IMPACT (2/9/67)
THE RICHARD KENT STYLE (6/9/67)

THE TAMLA EXPLOSION (9/9/67) (2)      
THE BYSTANDERS (14/9/67)     
THE REG JAMES EXPERIENCE (16/9/67)                
STUDIO 1 (23/9/67)
NATIONAL GRID (30/9/67)                             
WIMPLE WINCH (5/10/67)
THE WATER BOARD (7/10/67)
T.D.BACKUP & THE POWERHOUSE (11/10/67)   
LIFE N SOUL (14/10/67) (2)
THE FACTOTUMS (19/10/67)
SILVERSTONE SET (21/10/67
LEMON LINE (26/10/67)
FLORIBUNDA ROSE (28/10/67
RAGING STORM (4/11/67)
CANDY CHOIR (9/11/67)
THE CONNISSEURS (11/11/67) (2)
MANDYS MOVEMENT (18/11/67)                  
THE SEFTONS (25/11/67)

1968

THE REG JAMES EXPLOSION (6/1/68)
THE SILVERSTONE SET (13/1/68)             
HUMAN INSTINCT(27/1/68)
FLORIBUNDA ROSE (3/2/68)                        
THE DO DO’S (10/2/860 (2)
THE SPONGE (18/2/68)                                   
CANDY CHOIR (3/3/68) (2)
T D BACKUUS & THE POWERHOUSE (9/3/68) (2)
THE ALPHABET (18/3/68)                       
THE REG JAMES EXPLOSION (23/3/68)                
THE EXITS (30/3/68)
THE SPINNERS (5/4/68)                                           
THE ROGUES 6/4/68)
THE STEAM BAND (13/4/68)               
THE CONNISSEURS (20/4/68)(3)
T D BACKUS  THE POWERHOUSE (4/5/68)
OWEN BRANNIGAN & ERNEST LUSH (5/5/68)
THE CHUCKLES (12/5/68) (3)          
THE MAGIC LANTERNS (19/5/68)
TECHNIQUE (25/5/68)                                     
THE PERISHERS (15/5/68)
THE ROGUES (23/5/68) (4)     
THE RICHARD KENT STYLE (29/5/68) (2)
THE SYSTEM (7/6/68)                
REG JAMES EXPLOSION (13/6/68) (2) 
THE RECEPTION (20/6/68)                                 
ART NOUVEAU (3/7/68)
FIRE (10/7/68)AFFECTION (25/7/68)
THE IMPACT (31/7/68)                                                  
SUNSHINE(7/8/68)
MAGIC LANTERNS (21/8/68)                                  
CHAPTER 6 (28/8/68)
LIFE N SOUL (5/9/68)                                      
THE SYSTEM (14/9/68) (2)
THE EXITS (19/10/68) (2)                                
TECHNIQUE (26/10/68) (2)
INSPIRATION (3/11/68)                                         
THE ELASTIC (8/11/68)
TD BACKUS & POWERHOUSE (18/11/68) 3
LOVE AND CONFUSION (23/11/68)                         
HARLEM (30/11/68)
HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS (7/12/68)
KENSINGTON MEWS (14/12/68)              
PEPPER TREE (21/12/68)
THE FACTOTUMS (24/12/68) (3) 
THE CHUCKLES (28/12/68) (4)

1969

SWEET MARRIGE (4/1/69)                                  
THE EXITS (11/1/69) (2)
FLORIDA BEACH (18/1/69) (3)                
RUMBLE FAT BAND (25/1/69)
SPRINGFIELD PARK (1 /2/69)                       
THE EXECUTIVES (8/2/69)
SOUL STAX (15/2/69)                                                   
FACTORY (15/2/69)
MIXED BAG (22/2/69)                                         
TECHNIQUE (1/3/69) (3)
MAGIC LANTERNS (5/3/69)  (3)                 
FLORIDA BEACH (12/3/69) (4)
PHOENIX CITY SMASH BAND (10/3/69)     
FAMILY CIRCLE (26/3/69)
THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOWBAND (26/3/69)
PETRUS BOON CAMP (3 /4/69)            
BALTIMORE SWITCH (10/4/69)
THE SYSTEM (17/4/69) (3)                               
WHISKEY MAC (31/4/69)
MAGIC LANTERNS (7/5/69) (4)                         
GRISBY DYKE (14/5/69)
THE FACTOTUMS (21/5/69) (4)                
THE GOVERNMENT(28/5/69)
THE STROLL BAND (5/6/69)                               
CONCLUSION(12/6/69)
THE CHUCKLES (19/6/69) (3)                 
FLORIDA BEACH (26/6/69) (3)
PEPPER TREE (2/7/69) (2)             
THE ALL AMERICAN BAND (8/7/69)
JASMINE T (16/7/69)                                          
DUKE OF SOUL (30/7/69)
THE EXPECTATIONS (6/8/69) (2)             
SPRINGFIELD PARK(13/8/69)
JASON CHORD & THE FIRST CHAPTER (20/8/69)
WINDMILL (27/9/69)                                                    
FIRE (4/10/69) (2)
TANGERINE (11/10/69)
GARY BUCHANAN AND HIS CARRIBBEAN STEEL STARS (18/10/69)
THE CHUCKLES (25/10/69)                           
SACRED CHILD (25/10/69)
MONEY (1/11/69)                                   
MAGIC LANTERNS (8/11/69) (4)
STAIRCASE (22/11/69)                           
FLORIDA BEACH (29/11/69) (5)
THE REBEL ROUSERS (6/12/69)                    
GOVERNMENT (14/12/69)
SPRINGFIELD PARK (20/12/690 (3)                            
THE SIN (20/12/69)
PEPPER TREE (24/12/69) (3)                       
FREEDOM TRAIN (27/12/69)

1970

ARRIVAL (3/1/70)
WINDMILL (7/2/70)  6/-                                           
THE KYNDE (14/2/70)
THE PHOENIX CITY SMASH BAND (28/2/70)         
THE GIFT (28/2/70)
WHOLLY TRINITY (7/3/70)                               
THE SYMBOLS (14/3/70)
MIGHTY JO YOUNG (26/3/70)                     
NORTHERN DRIFT (4/4/70)
ROCK MACHINE (4/4/70)                            
FLORIDA BEACH   (16/4/70)
CONFUSCIOUS , FORMERLY - THE HIDEAWAYS ( 11/4/70)
PEPPER TREE (25/4/70)                                 
DANDY WALK (2/5/70)
TECHNIQUE (9/5/70)                                          
MEMORY LANE (9/5/70)
MONEY (5/6/70)
WHITE MIST (13/6/70
SWEET BLINDNESS (20/6/70)
CATS PAW (27/6/70)                                                   
SUNSHINE (11/7/70) 
AARONS ROD (FORMERLY THE SYSTEM)  (4/7/70)
LADY JANE & THE ROYALTEE ( 16/7/70)  CONFUSCIOUS (26/7/70) 2
FLUFF (1/8/70)                                                                       
JUDAS (1/8/70)
PENNY ARCADE (8/8/70)                              
PEPPER TREE (15/8/70) (2)
SONS & LOVERS (23/8/30)                               
TECHNIQUE (29/8/70) (2)
WHITE MIST (5/9/70)        
PHOENIX CITY SMASH BAND (12/9/70)
THE SWEET (19/9/70)                                   
AARONS ROD  (3/10/70)  (2)
JIMMY CRICKET  ( 10/10/70)                        
SUNSHINE (17/10/70) (2)
FRIDAY WILD (24/10/70)   
THE SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA ( 25/10/70)
THE CHUCKLES (31/10/70)                             
WHISKY RUN (31/10/70)
ABLE FLETCHER (7/11/70)                             
THE MAGOOS (14/11/70)
BROTHER LOVES TRAVELLING BAND (21/11/70)
PHOENIX CITY SMASH (5/12/70) (3)
SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS(11/12/70)
PEPPER TREE (23/12/70) (3)                                
REFUGEE (24/12/70)
THE SWEET (26/12/70) (3)

1971

ABLE FLETCHER (2/1/71) (2)      
LADY JANE +ROYALTEE (9/1/71) (2)
THE DELROY WILLIAMS SHOW (16/1/71)
FOREVER(23/1/71)
ZOE (30/1/11)                                                         
SUNSHINE (20/2/71) (3)
THE SWEET (28/2/71) (3)
PEPPER TREE (6/3/71)  (4)
MUD (13/3/71)                                                  
JIMMY CRICKET (20/3/71)
FLYING MACHINE (FORMERLY PINKERTONS COLOURS)   (27/3/71)
PYAWAKET ( 10/4/71)       
PHOENIX CITY SMASH (17/4/71) (4) 
THE MAGOOS (23/4/71) (2)
MERLIN (1/5/71)
BODICEA (8/5/71)                                                
THE SPINNERS (11/5/71)  
LADY JANE & HER ROYALTEE (15/5/71)                 
ORANGE (23/5/71) 
BAY CITY ROLLERS (30/5/71)                           
TECHNIQUE (5/6/71) (3)
KENNY BALL & HIS JAZZ MEN (8/6/71)                       
HOUSE (12/6/71)
WAITE (19/6/71)                                                        
GOLLIWOG (26/6/71)  
SHELLY (3/7/71)                                                           
FOREVER (24/7/71)  
PARADISE (31/7/71)                                                  
MISTY SOUL (7/8/71)
DELROY WILLIAMS SHOW ( 14/8/71)              
SUNSHINE ( 21/8/71)(3)
THE RADIO 1 SHOW (2 HR BROADCAST) (27/8/71)
BODICEA ( 28/8/71)  (2)     
BROTHER LOVES TRAVELLING ROADSHOW (4/9/71) (2)
FRIDAY WILD (11/9/71)                                            
MERLIN (18/9/71)(2)
MUSTARD (25/9/71)
BARNABY RUDGE -(FORMERLY MIGHTY JO YOUNG) ( 2/10/71)
THE MAGOOS (16/10/71) (3)                             
FREE SPEECH (30/10/71)
HORNBLOWER (6/11/71)                        
IRON MAIDEN (13/11/72)(1971)
FULL MOON( 20/11/71)                      
BAY CITY ROLLERS (27/11/71)(2)
SMILEY (3/12/71)                                                                 
HERO (3/12/71)
BROTHER LOVES TRAVELLING BAND (11/12/71) (3)
BYRDE AVENUE (18/12/71)                                  
PENDULUM( 20/12/71)
TECHNIQUE (23/12/71) (4)                                       
BODICEIA(30/12/71)

1972

FRIDAY WILD (15/1/72)  (2)
FOREVER (22/1/72) (3)
THE SETTLERS (27/1/72)                               
THE MAGOOS(29/1/72) (4)

MAXIMS 1975

SPIKE (21/1/75)                                                              
CHANTS  (30/1/75)
JOHNNY WAKELLIN & TRUE EXPRESSION  (26/1/75)
THE DETROIT SOUL MACHINE ( 8/2/75)    
JIMMY HELMES (21/2/75)
THE FOUNDATIONS (23/2/75)              
THE SOUL SPINNERS (14/3/75)    
JOHNNY WAKELLIN & THE KINSHASHA BAND (3/3/75)
NOSMO KING & THE JAVELLS (8/3/75)              
CHICORY TIP (7/4/75)
JOHNNY WINDERS & THE CHICAGO HEATWAVE (21/3/75)
WIGAN OVATION (11/4/75)                                     
TALISMAN (16/4/75)
THE NORTHERN SOUL ROADSHOW ‘ALL NIGHTER’ ( 18/4/75)
P J PROBY (19/4/75)                           
EDDISON LIGHTHOUSE (21/4/75)
RAINY DAY FOLLOWING (24/4/75)                
THE DRIFTERS (25/4/75)
DESMOND DECCA & THE ACES (3/5/75)
APARTHEID DANCE (13/4/75)     
MIKE DOUGLAS (18/5/75) Comedian
THE REAL THING (24/5/75)                                  
WHACKERS (29/5/75) COMEDIANS              
JILL EASTMAN (29/5/75)
MAJOR LANCE (30/5/75)                             
THE CARAVELLES (7/6/75)
FROM SPAIN -JAMIE + 2 GO GO GIRLS ( 12/6/75)  
STOP PRESS  (13/6/75)                                         
THE EQUALS (13/6/75)
THE MADDISONS ( 15/6/75)        
JIMMY KAYE ( 15/6/75) COMEDIAN
THE DISCOLETTES (19/6/75)   
N.SOUL ROADSHOW (27/6/75) ALL N.
ALL NIGHTER (SOUL SPINNERS) (30/8/75)
BLACK FLAMES(7/9/75)
CLEAN SLATE (8/9/75)                                             
CYMANDE (11/9/75)
JOHN JAGGER BRASS BAND (12/9/75)      
THE MERSEYBEATS  (17/9/75)                      
BILLY BUTLER (12/10/75)
KID JENSEN (17/10/75)                        
THE SOUL SPINNERS ( 24/10/75)
THE TYMES (30/10/75)                           
THE FOUNDATIONS (15/11/75)
MAC & KATIE KISOON (27/11/75)       
SMIFFY (26/12/75) COMEDIAN
LIMMIE & THE FAMILY COOKIN  (14/12/75)

MAXIMS 1976

TRUE EXPRESSION (1/1/76)                                           
FABLE (12/3/76)
THE DRUIDS (25/3/76)                                    
BRYAN MASSEY(25/3/76)
SILOHUETTE (01/4/76)                                         
ERIC FIELDS (01/4/76)
GREENGAGE (5/4/76)                             
THE RIOT ROCKERS (13/4/76)
FOWLER (15/4/76)                                       
NORMAN SLATER (15/4/76)
CRACKERNUTS (21/4/76)                       
EDDIE FLANNAGAN (21/4/76)
STEPHENSONS ROCKET (22/4/76)                              
BUSTER (28/4/76)
DON REED (28/4/76)                                               
MIKE COYNE (6/5/76)
SOUNDS OF SILENCE(6/5/76)                            
EDWIN STARR (10/5/76)
GEORGE WHATSISNAME (6/5/76)
GREENGAGE (11/5/76) (2)                  
THE RIOT ROCKERS(17/6/76) (2)
THE REAL THING (23/5/76)           
STEPHENSONS ROCKET(26/5/76)2
SNAPS (1/6/76)                            
THE T N T SHOW STOPPERS (15/6/76)
ABRAHAM ALI (30/7/76)                                              
J  A  L N  (25/9/76)
CUPIDS INSPIRATION (30/9/76)             
BETHNALL GROUP (16/10/76)
LOVE AFFAIR (21/10/76)                        
BLACK EXPLOSION (22/10/76)
THE CASUALS (18/11/76)                    
PINKERTON COLORS (20/11/76)
CUPIDS INSPIRATION (15/12/76) 
STEPHENSONS ROCKET (22/12/76)
LAMPLIGHT (23/12/76)          
THE EMERALD ORCHESTRA (26/12/76)

MAXIMS 1977

LIGHT FANTASTIC (4/1/77)                     
JENNY HANNS LION(13/1/77)
THE NASHVILLE TEENS (14/1/77)      
STRICTLY FOR CASH (22/1/77)
OFANCHI (4/2/77)                                               
JIMMY HELMS (12/2/77)
S.A.L.T (10/2/77)                                         
BRANDY (17/2/77) + (24/2/77)
BUSTER (17/3/77)                                                  
THE MAJORS (19/3/77)
SMILING HARD (11/3/77)                      
FLICK OF THE WRIST(31/3/77)
LOVE POTION (2/4/77)                             
THE STRANGLERS (03/04/77)
SOX (21/4/77)                                                                     
MAGIC (28/4/77)
JENNY HANNS LION (5/5/77)                                           
STRIFE (1/5/77)
DEAD END KIDS (4/5/77)                                              
SISTER 8 (13/5/77)
KICKS (14/5/77)                                                      
KRACKATOA (12/5/77)
AMAZORBLADES ( 19/5/77)
THE STRANGLERS (2) (15/5/77)                
CHERRY VANILLA (22/5/77)
RIKOTTA(23/5/77)                                                          
BUMPER (26/5/77)
SHANGHAI (29/5/77)                                         
THE VIBRATORS (5/6/77)
THE DAMNED (12/6/77)                                     
THE ADVERTS (12/6/77)
WAYNE COUNTY & THE ELECTRIC CHAIR (19/6/77)
SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS (26/6/77)                                    
XTC (3/7/77)
THE HEARTBREAKERS WITH JONHHY THUNDER(10/7/77)
SHABBY TIGER (14/7/77)
THE JAM (17/7/77)                                               
PENETRATION (17/7/77)
TATTOO  (21/7/77)                                          
CURIOSITY SHOP (23/7/77)
AMERICAN TRAIN (30/7/77)                                           
ZHAIN (11/8/77)
THE BUZZCOCKS (14/8/77)                                
CHINA TRAIN (14/8/77)
CRABS (21/8/77)                                     
MOTHER SUPERIOR (25/8/77)
EATER (25/8/77)                                                              
WINDOW (1/9/77)
BODYHEAT (2/9/77)                                            
GENERATION X (5/9/77)
THE EXCELERATORS (18/9/77)              
THE SPITFIRE BOYS(18/9/77)
THE BUZZCOCKS (25/9/77)(2)
MARKHEIM (27/9/77)
MAGIC (29/9/77)                                                                        
999 (9/10/77)
FLUKE (11/10/77)                                          
HARRY ROBERTS (11/10/77)
CAROL GRIMES AND SWEET F A (13/10/77) 
THE SLUGGS (12/11/77)
PENETRATION (17/10/77)  (2)                         
THE LURKERS (23/10/77)
RAPED (6/11/77)                                               
JENNY DARREN (3/11/77)
HARTFEEDER (8/11/77)                                                
S.A.L.T.  (10/11/77)
SKYVAN (17/11/77)                                                 
BETHNALL (19/11/77)
ANNIVERSARY (22/11/77)                                             
CRABS (18/12/77)
THE SPURTS WITH JOHNNY VOMIT(18/12/77)

1978

SON OF A BITCH (8/1/78)                              
JENNY DARREN (13/1/78)
SATANS RATS (13/1/78)                                                 
VARDIS (22/1/78)
YACHTS (26/1/78)                                                       
ENGLAND (19/2/78)
RADIO MERSEYSIDE (2/3/78)                               
SNAKEBITE (19/3/78)
STEVE JOLLYS PLEASURE ZONE (20/4/78)
DREAM WEAVER (27/4/78)                            
SON OF A BITCH (30/4/78)
GIRLS SCHOOL (11/5/78)                                      
AFTERMATH (18/5/78)
JIMMY JAMES AND THE VAGABONDS (19/5/78)
BOY BASTIN (7/6/78)                                                    
CYANIDE (11/6/78)
NATRUAL HIGH (13/7/78)                                
HEART FEEDER (16/7/78)
STRICTLY FOR CASH (18/7/78)                                  
WHITE (27/7/78)
REALITY (17/8/78)                                               
TOMMY HART (18/8/78)
THE BULLETS (19/7/78)           
THE CLEVELAND EXPRESS (24/8/79)  
MARK HEIM (3/9/78)                                  
LUNATIC FRINGE (10/9/78)
FOXY LADY (14/9/78)                                                 
BUDDY  (21/9/78)
TAMASHANTE (8/10/78)                                          
PLANETS (14/10/78)
MIDNIGHT HUSTLE (4/12/78)                                         

SCORPIO 1 (1992)

EDWIN STARR (11/7/92)

Alan Wilkinson
14/4/13  


5 Dec 1970


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Browsing again (thankyou!), I came across this; I don't really know whether it's the same place (but how many dance halls were there in Barrow???)

Our band (Ian Dean & The Brystals) played there sometime in the early sixties. It made quite an impression; on arrival, we were conducted to the dressing room by the caretaker, who had lit a nice coal fire for us . . . . .

The walls were covered with framed photos of other bands, but not what we expected - Ivy Benson featured strongly. Loads of signed stuff from the big band era - fascinating.

The place was fairly dillapidated, and had seen better days (lots of 'em!) and we were told that it had even been a roller skating rink at one time. We realised this was true when people started "bopping" (the two-footed stomp, usually in beetle crushers - told you it was a time warp) and after a few moments, we couldn't see their legs from the knees down, due to the "dry ice" effect. Except this was dust . . . . .

The sixties being what it was, apologies to Ivy, the hall, and the boppers if this was actually somewhere else . . . . . 


Cheers, Weedsy
5/5/13

Hi Weedsy, the venue you appeared at was most certainly 'The Palaise Ballroom' on The Strand, Barrow in Furness. 

Alan Wilkinson
19/2/14

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Geoff Phillips says...
Great to see the list of people who played at the Public Hall. I didn't realise we were up there with some of the future chart toppers like the Sweet. I played with Tangerine (see my memoirs on the Tangerine page) and Barnaby Rudge. One of my ... Read More
11th April 2015 11:35pm
Peter Miller says...
Thank you very much Alan for compiling this list especially for Maxims Disco. I was very happy and surprised to know you could research all the bands booked during the time I was the owner some 40 years ago. From the Evening Mail I expect. I have to ... Read More
2nd April 2015 10:40pm
Alan Wilkinson says...
HI Peter, I know Malcolm Hartley quite well former bassist with 4th Coming / Octave Union, so I will ask about Tony and let you know. The band are remembered in the book the Nelson Imp. I have quite a bit of info on Maxims Club and will send to ... Read More
19th May 2015 12:13pm
John Coulston says...
Hi Peter, Remember most of these bands from 1977,went every Sunday for Punk Nights & Thursdays for Rock Night.Great Times.Don't have any tickets or anything form then,Did we just pay on the Door?I see Colin Lavery's partner most ... Read More
20th May 2015 8:48pm
Michael Ashton says...
Hi Peter Do you remember me. Great to read your message and I would love to know where you have been in all these years (My how they have gone) This web site has brought back a load of memories to a retired 73year old. I also haven't seen Tony ... Read More
11th June 2015 12:38am
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