The Downliners Sect’s gigs 1963-1968

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

The Downliners Sect, August 1965 in Fabulous 208. Clockwise from left: Don Craine, Keith Grant, Johnny Sutton, Terry Gibson and (centre) Pip Harvey

Formed from the ashes of The Downliners, whose original members included Don Craine (real name: Mick O’Donnell), the line-up below is from August 1963.

Keith Grant – lead vocals/bass

Don Craine – rhythm guitar/autoharp/lead vocals

Terry Gibson – lead guitar

Johnny Sutton – drums

1963:

6 October 1963 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

1964:

3 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

15 January 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

18 January 1964 – Chez Don, Dalston, London (Don Craine’s diary)

20 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 January 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

24 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 January 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

31 January 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 February 1964 – Oxford Town Hall, Oxford (Don Craine’s diary)

2-4 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

8 February 1964 – Olympia, Reading, Berkshire with The Blues Committee (Poster)

9-10 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

12 February 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

14 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 February 1964 – Riverboat Jazz Club, Colwyn Bay, Wales (Don Craine’s diary)

19 February 1964 – Star Hotel, Croydon, Surrey (Don Craine’s diary)

22 February 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (Don Craine’s diary)

23 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 February 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

28 February 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 February 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1-2 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 March 1964 – Hammersmith Town Hall, Hammersmith, London (Don Craine’s diary)

6 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 March 1964 – Kingston Ballroom, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

8 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

8 March 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

9 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

10 March 1964 – Railway Hotel, Harrow Wealdstone, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

11 March 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

13 March 1964 – Café Royal, London (Don Craine’s diary)

14 March 1964 – Nottingham University, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

15 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

15 March 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (Don Craine’s diary)

16 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 March 1964 – Blue Beat Club, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

19 March 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London (see website above)

20 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

21 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

22 March 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

23 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

24 March 1964 – Technical College, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

25 March 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

26 March 1964 – Ealing Town Hall, Ealing, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

27 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 March 1964 – Disc A Go Go, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

29-30 March 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 April 1964 – Dancing Slipper, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

2 April 1964 – Feathers Hotel, Lydney, Gloucester, Gloucestershire (Don Craine’s diary)

3 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 April 1964 – The Loft, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Don Craine’s diary)

5 April 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

8 April 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

10 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

11 April 1964 – Rendezous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

12 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

14 April 1964 – Borough Assembly Rooms, Aylesbury, Bucks (Don Craine’s diary)

17 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 April 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

18 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (All Nighter) (Don Craine’s diary)

19 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 April 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

24 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

25 April 1964 – South Eastern Technical College, Dagenham, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

25 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London with Them (All Nighter) (Melody Maker/Don Craine’s diary)

26 April 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 April 1964 – Britannia Hotel, Barking, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

29 April 1964 – Disc A Go Go, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

2 May 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (Don Craine’s diary)

3 May 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

5 May 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

13 May 1964 – Northampton College, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 May 1964 – Savoy Ballroom, Catford, London (Don Craine’s diary)

19 May 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

22 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

23 May 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London (Don Craine’s diary)

24 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

24 May 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

27 May 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

29 May 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

31 May 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

Around this point, Ray Sone joined on harmonica

2 June 1964 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

3 June 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (see website above)

5 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

6 June 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

7 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

9 June 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

12 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 June 1964 – Nottingham University, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

14 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

16 June 1964 – Greenwich Town Hall, Greenwich, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 June 1964 – Forum Balloom, Oxford (Don Craine’s diary)

19 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

20 June 1964 – Centre Youth Club, Crawley, West Sussex (Don Craine’s diary)

21 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 June 1964 – Masonic Hall, Harrow & Wealdstone, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

24 June 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London (see website above)

25 June 1964 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 June 1964 – Alexandria Palace, London (Don Craine’s diary)

27 June 1964 – Trinity Jazz Club, Wandsworth, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 June 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 June 1964 – King Edward Hall, Windsor, Berkshire (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 July 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

2 July 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

3 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 July 1964 – El Rondo Ballroom, Leicester (Don Craine’s diary)

10 July 1964 – Rock Boat Trip, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

14 July 1964 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

15 July 1964 – Disc A Go Go, Bournemouth, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

16 July 1964 – Kimbells, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

17 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 July 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

19 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 July 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

24 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

25 July 1964 – BEA, London Airport (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

25 July 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London (All Nighter) (Don Craine’s diary)

26 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

26 July 1964 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

27 July 1964 – Bromley Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley (Don Craine’s diary)

28 July 1964 – Corn Exchange, Bristol (Don Craine’s diary)

30 July 1964 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Don Craine’s diary)

31 July 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

2 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

8 August 1964 – Runcorn Town Hall, Runcorn, Cheshire (Don Craine’s diary)

9 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

11 August 1964 – Melroye Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire (Don Craine’s diary)

14 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

15 August 1964 – Bure Country Club, Bure, Dorset (Don Craine’s diary)

16 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

21 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

22 August 1964 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

23 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

23 August 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, Kent (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

24 August 1964 – EMI Friday Spectacular radio show, London (Don Craine’s diary)

26 August 1964 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Don Craine’s diary)

28 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 August 1964 – Denis Drew Dance Studios, Hackney, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

29 August 1964 – Club Noreik, Tottenham, London with Laurie Jay Combo (All Nighter) (Melody Maker)

30 August 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

31 August 1964 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Herts (Don Craine’s diary)

1 September 1964 – Dancing Party radio show, EMI, London (Don Craine’s diary)

3 September 1964 – Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London (Don Craine’s diary)

5 September 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

6 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

10 September 1964 – Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

11 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

12 September 1964 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

18 September 1964 – Glenlyn Ballroom, Forest Hill, London (Don Craine’s diary)

19 September 1964 – Private Function, Oakham, Rutland (Don Craine’s diary)

20 September 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

21 September 1964 – EMI Friday Spectacular radio show, London (Don Craine’s diary)

23 September 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

24 September 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Don Craine’s diary)

25 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

27 September 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

30 September 1964 – St Albans Market Hall, St Albans, Herts (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 October 1964 – Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (Don Craine’s diary)

2 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

3 October 1964 – Nottingham University, Nottingham (Don Craine’s diary)

4 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

6 October 1964 – The Church Elms, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

7 October 1964 – The Jazz Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk (Don Craine’s diary)

9 October 1964 – Co-op Hall, Peckham, London (Don Craine’s diary)

10 October 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshrie (Don Craine’s diary)

11 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

13 October 1964 – Red Lion, Leytonstone (Don Craine’s diary)

16 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 October 1964 – Lainsbury Hall, Stanford, Norfolk (Don Craine’s diary)

18 October 1964 – St Michaels Hall, Camden Town, London (Don Craine’s diary)

19 October 1964 – Hermitage Hall, Hitchin, Herts (Don Craine’s diary)

20 October 1964 – New Civic Hall, Grays, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

21 October 1964 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Don Craine’s diary)

22 October 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

23 October 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

24 October 1964 – Queen Mary’s College, Mile End Road, London (Don Craine’s diary)

29 October 1964 – Robin Hood, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

30 October 1964 – Southampton University, Southampton, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

31 October 1964 – Attic Club, Hounslow, London (Don Craine’s diary)

 

1 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

4 November 1964 – South West Essex Technical College, Walthamstow, London (Don Craine’s diary)

5 November 1964 – Kidderminster Town Hall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

6 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

7 November 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

8 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

9 November 1964 – Pavilion, Bath (Don Craine’s diary)

10 November 1964 – Wallington Public Hall, Wallington, Surrey (Don Craine’s diary)

11 November 1964 – Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (Don Craine’s diary)

12 November 1964 – STV appearance, Glasgow, Scotland (Don Craine’s diary)

13 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

15 November 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

16 November 1964 – Glenlyn Ballroom, Forest Hill, London (Don Craine’s diary)

17 November 1964 – Guildford Odeon, Guildford, Surrey (Don Craine’s diary)

18 November 1964 – Unknown venue in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (Don Craine’s diary)

19 November 1964 – Granada, Aylesbury, Bucks (Don Craine’s diary)

20 November 1964 – ABC Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (Don Craine’s diary)

21 November 1964 – ABC Ipswich, Ipswich, Suffolk (Don Craine’s diary)

22 November 1964 – Regal Boston, Boston, Lincolnshire (Don Craine’s diary)

23 November 1964 – Colston Hall, Bristol (Don Craine’s diary)

24 November 1964 – Church Elms, The Heathway, Dagenham, Essex (Don Craine’s diary)

25 November 1964 – Forum Ballroom, Oxford (Don Craine’s diary)

30 November 1964 – Bridgewater Town Hall, Bridgewater, Somerset (Don Craine’s diary)

 

2 December 1964 – Clarence Pier Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

3 December 1964 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Leyton and Leytonstone Guardian)

4 December 1964 – Fishmongers Arms, Wood Green, London (Don Craine’s diary)

5 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (afternoon) (Don Craine’s diary)

5 December 1964 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (evening) (Don Craine’s diary)

9 December 1964 – Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London (website: http://eelpieislandmusic.com/eel-pie-island-roll-call)

11 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

12 December 1964 – Rendezvous Club, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Don Craine’s diary)

13 December 1964 – Civic Hall, Crawley, West Sussex (Don Craine’s diary)

18 December 1964 – Bromley Technicl College, Bromley (Don Craine’s diary)

19 December 1964 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

20 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

21 December 1964 – Eltham Baths, Eltham, Kent (Don Craine’s diary)

27 December 1964 – Studio 51, Leicester Square, London (Don Craine’s diary)

28 December 1964 – Mojo Club, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Don Craine’s diary)

30 December 1964 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley (Don Craine’s diary)

31 December 1964 – George Ballroom, Hinckley, Leicestershire (Don Craine’s diary)

1965:

31 January 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

7 February 1965 – Long John Club, Maxwell Park Youth Centre, Boreham Wood, Herts (Simon Gee research)

10 February 1965 – Forum Ballroom, Oxford (Oxford Mail)

23 February 1965 – Bluesville, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

 

8 March 1965 – Bluesville, Manor House Ballroom, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

 

1 April 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

5 April 1965 – Bluesville, Manor House Ballroom, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

6 April 1965 – Bluesville, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

Around this time Ray Stone left and Pip Harvey joined on harmonica

3 May 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Dorothy Bullock list) This is the most likely year

4 May 1965 – Bluesville, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

6 May 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

15 May 1965 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

22 May 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks with Crow (Bucks Free Press)

30 May 1965 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

18 June 1965 – The Avenue R&B Club, Green Pond Road, London, E17 (Leyton, Leytonstone and Waltham Forest Guardian)

25 June 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

 

16 July 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

 

5 August 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

7 August 1965 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Exiles (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

 

9 September 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

 

13 October 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker)

21 October 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

 

14 November 1965 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

9 December 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

16 December 1965 – Gig in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex with The Birds (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

1966:

11 February 1966 – Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst, London (South East London Mercury) Opened the venue

 

1 March 1966 – Ready Steady Go Club, Aylesbury, Bucks (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

4 March 1966 – Cricketer’s Inn, Southend, Essex with support (Southend Standard)

11 March 1966 – Parkside Hall, Ampthill, Bedfordshire with The Mantis Set (Luton News)

 

23 April 1966 – Civic Hall, Guildford, Surrey with The Just Five (Surrey Advertiser)

Around this time Pip Harvey left

28 May 1966 – Harpenden Public Hall, Harpenden, Hertfordshire with Hudson’s Night Train (Luton News)

 

5 June 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

18 June 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with The Cat (website: http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

 

9 July 1966 – Penthouse, Birmingham with Deep Feeling and Andy Ferris (Birmingham Evening Mail)

13 July 1966 – Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (Fabulous 208)

 

14 August 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (Melody Maker)

 

16 September 1966 – Dancing Slipper, Nottingham with Our Young (Nottingham Evening Post)

31 September 1966 – Stoke Hole, Stoke Hotel, Guildford, Surrey with The Primevals (Surrey Advertiser)

 

5 October 1966 – Flamingo, Soho, London with Timebox (Melody Maker)

26 October 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire with Saracens (see website above)

29 October 1966 – The Dolphin, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

20 November 1966 – Witchdoctor, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

20 November 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, London (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

Around this time Johnny Sutton and Terry Gibson left

9 December 1966 – Police Ballroom, Coventry, West Midlands with The Matadors (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

17 December 1966 – Willesden College of Technology, Willesden, London with The Bo Street Runners and The Torque (Poster)

30 December 1966 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, London (South East London Mercury)

31 December 1966 – St George’s Ballroom, Hinkley, Leicestershire (Leicester Mercury)

1967:

In January 1967, Don Craine and Keith Grant relaunched the band with guitarist Bob Taylor, keyboard player Matthew Fisher and drummer Kevin Flanagan

19 February 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Melody Maker) Billed as Don Craine’s New Downliners Sect

Matthew Fisher left (later to join Procol Harum) and Barry Cooper took over

27 March 1967 – White Buck Inn, Burley, Dorset (Bournemouth Evening Echo) Billed as The New Downliners Sect

 

9 June 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Nashville Teens (Melody Maker)

24 June 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede and The Ebonys (Melody Maker)

 

8 July 1967 – Hoffman Ballroom, Chelmsford, Essex with Lee Scott & The Roulettes (Essex Chronicle)

22 July 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Survivors and The Klubs (Melody Maker)

Tiles gig from July 1967

2 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Billed as Downliners Sect Show) (Melody Maker)

9 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Billed as Downliners Sect Show) (Melody Maker)

16 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London (Billed as Downliners Sect Show) (Melody Maker)

 

2 September 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Magic Lanterns, Change Place and The Big Roll Band (Melody Maker)

30 September 1967 – “Big C”, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)

Sometime around this period Don Craine left

2 October 1967 – Wycombe CLP Club, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

 

4 November 1967 – Clockwork Orange, King’s Chester, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Melody Maker/Northwich Chronicle)

6-8 November 1967 – Scotch of St James, Mayfair, London (Melody Maker)

9 November 1967 – Grotto, Ilford, Essex (Melody Maker)

10 November 1967 – Scotch of St James, Mayfair, London (Melody Maker)

11 November 1967 – Cricketers Inn, Westcliff, Essex (Melody Maker)

13 November 1967 – WMC Kettering, Kettering, Northamptonshire (Melody Maker)

14 November 1967 – Blaises, London (Melody Maker)

25 November 1967 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City (Welwyn Times)

 

3 December 1967 – Sunday Club, Luton Boys Club, Luton, Bedfordshire (Evening Post: Hemel Hempstead)

26 December 1967 – Broadway Club, Dudley Zoo, West Midlands with Breakthru (Express & Star)

31 December 1967 – Maidstone Corn Exchange, Maidstone, Kent with The Stak (Maidstone Gazette)

1968:

13 January 1968 – Cofton Country Club, Rednal, West Midlands with Rare Breed (Birmingham Evening Mail)

 

19 February 1968 – George Hotel, Walsall, West Midlands with The Uglys (Express & Star)

Shortly after this gig, the band split for a few months. Later in the year, Keith Grant reformed the band bringing back Johnny Sutton on drums and retaining guitarist Bob Taylor. The final member was bass player Nathaniel Duraine

The Hounslow Post, 13 September 1968, page 14 has a story on the new line up and mentions a single in the pipeline

5 October 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Sams Brothers Band (West Briton & Royal Cornwall Gazette)

 

15 November 1968 – Fishmonger’s Arms, Wood Green, London with The Pretty Things (Melody Maker)

13 December 1968 – Ealing Tech College, Ealing, London with Simon Dupree & The Big Sound and Free (Melody Maker)

Thanks to Don Craine for sharing his 1964 diary

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2 thoughts on “The Downliners Sect’s gigs 1963-1968”

  1. Bob Taylor was with Richard Shirman’s band The Soul System which changed name to The Attack when David O’list joined in late 66

  2. Few more:

    The first two from 1964 are missing from Don Craine’s gigs list so may not have happened

    23 June 1964 – The Downs, Hassocks, West Sussex (Evening Argus)

    26 September 1964 – Attic Club, 1a High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex with The Clique (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

    20 October 1965 – 100 Club, Oxford Street, London with The Arthur Brown Union (Melody Maker)

    10 July 1966 – Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, London (South East London Mercury)
    30 July 1966 – Town Hall, Torquay, Devon (Fabulous 208)

    5 August 1966 – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)
    28 August 1966 – Casino Ballroom, Leicester (Fabulous 208)

    31 January 1968 – Stonehouse Church Hall, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire with The Sunset Union (Gloucestershire County Gazette)

    1 December 1968 – Kingston Hotel, Kingston upon Thames, London (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

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