Ronnie Jones & The Q-Set’s gigs

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: 

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.

Ronnie Jones & The Q-Set


Ronnie Jones – lead vocals

Arthur Pereira – guitar

Tony O’Malley – Hammond organ

Chester Simon – bass

George Lee – tenor sax

Lloyd Smith – tenor sax

Herschell Holder – trumpet

Byron Ly-fook – drums


The group started working with Ronnie Jones after they’d supported Maxine Brown on a UK tour

Left to right: Lloyd, Herschell and George

17 March 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker) Most likely the debut show

19 March 1967 – Beau Brummel Club, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire with Phil Ryan & The Scorpions (Crewe Chronicle)


2 April 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

14 April 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

23 April 1967 – Union Rowing Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

13 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band

28 May 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

29 May 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Billed as The Q-Set Band


22 June 1967 – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield with The Drifters, Alan Bown, The Amboy Dukes and The Pitiful (The Star)

24 June 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

25 June 1967 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

1-16 July 1967 – Canasta Club, Biarritz, France (Photo)

There appears to have been a temporary split as The Q-Set backed Maxine Brown on a second UK tour in September-October 1967

13 October 1967 – Beaconsfield’s Youth Club, Beaconsfield, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

14 October 1967 – Polytechnic, Great Titchfield Street, London, W1 with The Soul Foundation (Melody Maker)

15 October 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Poster)

20 October 1967 – Hairy Bob’s Cavern, Scarborough (Scarborough Evening News)


10 November 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside with Jackie & The Atlantics (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

11 November 1967 – Burton’s, Uxbridge, London (Melody Maker)

26 November 1967 – Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, West Sussex (Crawley Advertiser)


16 December 1967 – Brave New World, Eastney with Errol Bruce Soul Show (Dave Allen research/Website:

25 December 1967 – Cue Club, Paddington, London (Melody Maker) Ronnie Jones guests with The Tonicks, Herbie Goins, Owen Grey and The Youth

30 December 1967 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)

31 December 1967 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London with Alan Elsdon’s Band (Poster)

Tony O’Malley


14 January 1968 – Black Prince Hotel, Bexley, London (Poster)

19 January 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Canal St Philharmonic (website:

27 January 1968 – New All-Star Club, 9a Artillery Passage, E1 (Melody Maker)

Thanks to Tony O’Malley for band photos

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Chester Simon
George Lee and Lloyd Smith

3 thoughts on “Ronnie Jones & The Q-Set’s gigs”

  1. a couple of dates for the Q Set without Ronnie Jones –
    04/03/67 – Rub-A-Dub Club, London St., Reading
    08/08/67 – Town Hall, Torquay supporting The Kinks

  2. Played at Leofric Coventry in 1967/68 with Ronnie Jones Q set, we supported them Soul Party, brilliant band, remember the little lead guitarist think he was Mexican, good timesJeff

  3. Ronnie Jones & The Q Set
    Tuesday 28 March 1967 – Klooks Kleek, Railway Hotel, West Hampstead (Disc & Music Echo)

    Note that entries saying ‘Grimsby, Humberside’ should say ‘Grimsby, Lincolnshire’ as it was in the ’60s and is again (though now administratively divided into Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, with Grimsby in the latter). Humberside was a temporary blip in the history of the people north and south of the Humber.

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