Ferris Wheel’s gigs 1967-1969

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.

FERRIS WHEEL:

Diane Ferraz – lead vocals

Michael Liston (aka Snow) – keyboards/guitar/lead vocals

Keith Field – guitar

Dave Sweetnam-Ford – saxophone/lead vocals

George Sweetnam-Ford – keyboards

Barry Reeves – drums

1967:

According to Michael Snow’s website and blog, the band’s debut took place at the Bag O’Nails club in August 1967 so ones before billed as The Checkmates

20 May 1967 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1, London (Melody Maker) billed as formerly Diane Ferraz and The Checkmates

 

3 June 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Symbols and The All Night Workers (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/) Billed as Diane Ferraz with The Checkmates

18 June 1967– Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, The Nite People and Neil Diamond (North Norfolk News)

 

2 July 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with The Original Checkmates and The Raynes (Crewe Chronicle) Billed as featuring Diane Ferraz

 

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

5 August 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with The Electric Circus and Chunks Jump Band (Melody Maker) Billed as with Diane Ferraz

22 August 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

26 August 1967 – Clouds, Derby (Derby Evening Telegraph)

3 September 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

8 September 1967 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

9 September 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with James and Bobby Purify and Big Maybelle and The Senate (Lincolnshire Standard)

16 September 1967 – Tiles, Oxford Street, London with Mike Stuart Span and The Workshop (Melody Maker)

 

13 October 1967 – Oak Leaf Hotel, South Bank, Middlesbrough with Mike Stevens & The Shevelles (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

25 October 1967 – Adam & Eve, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Echo) Billed as with Diane Ferraz

27 October 1967 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press) Billed as with Diane Ferraz

28 October 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with The Original Drifters, The Soul Survivors and The Purple Barrier (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

2 November 1967 – Clouds, Derby, Derbyshire (Derby Evening Telegraph)

7 November 1967 – Blaises, London (Melody Maker)

11 November 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The Dyaks (East Kent Times & Mail)

17 November 1967 – Il Rondo, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

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

25 November 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Traffic and Six Across (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

8 December 1967 – Burton Constable Hall, Hull, Humberside with The Amboy Dukes, Joe E Young & The Toniks, Roger Bloom’s Hammer, Gospel Garden and The Mandrakes (Scarborough Evening News)

9 December 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker)

19 December 1967 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

23 December 1967 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Six Across and The Rubber Band (Lincolnshire Standard)

1968:

9 January 1968 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

11 January 1968 – Hatchetts, Piccadilly, London (Poster at Jonathan Marks’ website: https://imgur.com/a/sWtBd#0)

12 January 1968 – Beaconsfield Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

19 January 1968 – Big C Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hamphshire (Aldershot News) Billed as Diane Ferraz and The Ferris Wheel

 

2 February 1968 – Clockwork Orange, Chester, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Crewe Chronicle) Billed as featuring Diane Ferraz

8 February 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

3 March 1968 – Pantiles, Bagshot, Surrey (Melody Maker)

4 March 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday) Billed as with Diane Ferraz

10 March 1968 – Cat-Balou Club, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Melody Maker/Grantham Journal)

11 March 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Bakersville Blues Band (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

14 March 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

18 April 1968 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News & Bagshot Observer)

25 April 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

25 May 1968 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Barrier (website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

30 May 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

1 June 1968 – Brave New World, Eastney, Hampshire (website: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/birdcage.htm) Billed as Diane Ferraz and The Ferrez Wheel

According to Michael Snow’s book Mersey Me! A Liverpool Lad on the Loose in the Swingin’ ‘60s, Diane Ferraz left on the eve of a month’s residency at the Voom Voom club in St-Tropez that summer (most likely June-July). She was exhausted from European tours. They undertook the French dates without a female singer and briefly added singer Marsha Hunt on their return to London

25 July 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

 

3 October 1968 – Bag O’Nails, Kingley Street, Soho, London (Fabulous 208)

5 October 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with Technicolour Dream (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

Singer Linda Lewis joins from White Rabbit around mid-October 1968. Around the same time Barry Reeves was replaced by Dennis Elliott on drums

10 October 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

14 October 1968 – Sibyllas, Swallow Street, London (Fabulous 208)

 

16 November 1968 – College Hall, Farnborough Technical College Students’ Union, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Gods (Aldershot News)

23 November 1968 – Starlight Room, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Sons and Lovers (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

5 December 1968 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

1969:

2 January 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

In early 1969, Keith Field left and was succeeded by Terry Edmunds

8 February 1969 – The Barn Ballroom, Little Bardfield Hall, Little Bardfield, Essex (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

20 February 1969 – Klooks Kleek, West Hampstead, London (Geoff Williams’ research: Decca Studios and Klooks Kleek book)

21 February 1969 – Bay Hotel, Sunderland (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

10 May 1969 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with Kiss (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

 

15 June 1969 – Blaises, London (gig poster on website: http://www.donpowellofficial.com/)

According to Michael Snow’s blog (https://michaelsnowpresents.wordpress.com), they went to Geneva to play at the Black Bird club in December 1969 and, judging by newspaper clippings, were still playing there in the first week of January 1970, due to popular demand.

One thought on “Ferris Wheel’s gigs 1967-1969”

  1. Melody Maker 13/05/67 has an ad for The Ram Jam Club which lists –
    “Saturday May 13th – Zoot Money plus Ferris Wheel (formerley Diane Feraz & The Checkmates)” so they were obviously gigging long before August with the new name.
    Feraz is spelt with only on ‘r’ in the ad.

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