The Syn gigs 1966-1968

Andrew Jackman Chris Allen Chris Squire England Gunner Jokull Hakanarsson John Painter london Martyn Adelman Peter Banks Ray Steele Steve Nardelli

The Syn evolved out of north London R&B group High Court, which featured guitarist turned lead singer Steve Nardelli and guitarist John Painter.

They changed name to The Syn in late 1965 but soon after brought in three members from rival north London R&B band The Selfs – Chris Squire (bass), Andrew Jackman (keyboards) and Martyn Adelman (drums).

By late 1965, The Syn comprised:

Steve Nardelli (lead vocals)

John Painter (lead guitar)

Chris Squire (bass/vocals)

Andrew Jackman (keyboards)

Martyn Adelman (drums)

29 March 1966 – London Cavern, Holland Park, west London (Melody Maker)

 

3 April 1966 – London Cavern, Holland Park, west London (Melody Maker)

 

11 June 1966 – Haymarket Lounge, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)

11 June 1966 – Thorpedene Community Hall, Thorpe Bay, Essex with The Mustangs (Southend Standard) Is this gig possible with one above?

 

2 July 1966 – Thorpedene Community Hall, Thorpe Bay, Essex (Southend Standard)

Icelandic drummer Gunner Jokull Hakanarsson joined at this point when Martyn Adelman left. The band went to play the Valbonne near Cannes in the south of France for three weeks during the summer.

6 August 1966 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The Shakedown Sound (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

20 August 1966 – Thorpedene Community Hall, Thorpe Bay, Essex (Southend Standard)

26 August 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Gary Farr & The T-Bones (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

27 August 1966 – Cad-Lac Club, Brighton, West Sussex (Evening Argus)

 

12 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The VIPs (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

16 September 1966 – Cricketers Inn, Southend, Essex with The Attitude (Southend Standard)

18 September 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

23 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Action (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

29 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London The Move (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

9 October 1966 – Sunday Club, Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Evening Sentinel)

10 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

4 November 1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle upon Tyne (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)

Around late November Peter Banks replaced John Painter on lead guitar. According to Banks’ website, his debut was at the Marquee on 28 November.

28 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

6 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

10 December 1966 – Lion Hotel, Warrington, Cheshire with The Fix and The Executives (Warrington Guardian)

13 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Eric Burdon & The Animals (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

16 December 1966 – Midnight City, Digbeth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

20 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Spencer Davis Group (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

29 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Pink Floyd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

30 December 1966 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

1967

1 January 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with (Sonny Childe &) The TNT (Melody Maker)

3 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Tony Rivers & The Castaways (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

6 January 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with TNT (Melody Maker)

7 January 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Ultimate (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

17 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

21 January 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire with The Paper (Evening Sentinel)

24 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

28 January 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

31 January 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

7 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Spencer Davis Group (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

14 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Tony Rivers & The Castaways (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

19 February 1967 – Riverside Club, Cricketers Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey (Woking Herald)

21 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with George Bean & The Runners (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

27 February 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire with The Factotums (Evening Sentinel)

28 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

16 March 1967 – Kilburn Polytechnic, Kilburn, north London with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays (Melody Maker)

18 March 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire with Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and The Exception (Evening Sentinel)

31 March 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

31 March 1967 – Hawkwell Village Hall, Hawkwell, Essex with Angus (Southend Standard)

 

1 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Footprints (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

8 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Love Affair (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

14 April 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with The Creation (Melody Maker)

15 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The C Jam Blues (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

22 April 1967 – Thorpedene Community Hall, Thorpe Bay, Essex (Southend Standard)

22 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Stalkers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

28 April 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with PP Arnold (Melody Maker)

29 April 1967 – Weir Hotel, Rayleigh, Essex (Southend Standard)

29 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Skip Bifferty (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

6 May 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with We Three Kings (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

12 May 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with The Shell Shock Show (Melody Maker)

13 May 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Stalkers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

26 May 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with The Shell Shock Show (Melody Maker)

27 May 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with Bluesyard (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

Gunner Jokull Hakanarsson returned to Iceland sometime in the spring/summer and Ray Steele briefly assumed the drum stool.

10 June 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Stalkers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

16 June 1967 – West End, Rushden, Northamptonshire with the Q-Men (Northamponshire Evening Telegraph)

17 June 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Love Affair (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

24 June 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Third Eye (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

1 July 1967 – Corby Civic Centre, Corby, Northamptonshire with The Ketas (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

According to Disc & Music Echo’s 8 July issue, page 14, Chris Allen from The Attack joined on drums around now.

14 July 1967 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Long John Baldry Show (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

15 July 1967 – Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset with Chris Shakespere’s Movement (Dorset Evening Echo)

17 July 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Darlings (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

22 July 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire with The Rogues Gallery (Evening Sentinel)

23 July 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with The Action (Melody Maker)

There’s a great article and pic in Record Mirror, 29 July 1967, page 10

30 July 1967 – Kettering Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire with Bluesology and The Southside Move (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

 

6 August 1967 – Olympia, Cromer, Norfolk with The Young Generation (North Norfolk News)

6 August 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

9 August 1967 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

12 August 1967 – Tin Hat, Kettering, Northamptonshire with The Friction (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

12 August 1967 – Nite Owl, Leicester (Leicester Mercury)

18 August 1967 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, west London (Melody Maker)

20 August 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

25 August 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser)

26 August 1967 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with Soul Concern (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next/Eastern Evening News)

There’s another great article and pic in Record Mirror, 9 September 1967, page 10

2 September 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with Marmalade (East Kent Times & Mail)

3 September 1967 – Rendevous Club, Margate, Kent (East Kent Times & Mail)

7 September 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Studio Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

8 September 1967 – The Old West End, Rushden, Northamptonshire (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

15 September 1967 – Top Twenty Club, Town Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (Chippenham News)

16 September 1967 – Wellington Club, Dereham, Norfolk with The Survivors (North Norfolk News)

17 September 1967 – Kettering Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire with The Alex Reed Sound (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

29-30 September 1967 – Purple Fez, Plymouth, Devon (Fabulous 208)

 

1 October 1967 – Khyber Club, County Cricket Ground, Taunton, Somerset with Sutra (Somerset County Gazette)

6 October 1967 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire (Fabulous 208)

7 October 1967 – Pearce Hall, Maidenhead, Berkshire (Fabulous 208)

12 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Third Eye (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

13 October 1967 – Hobby’s Club, St Michaels Hall, New Inn Hall, Oxford (Oxford Mail)

14 October 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

20 October 1967 – Shades, Masonic Hall, Wokingham, Berkshire (Bracknell News) Billed as The Sin

20 October 1967 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset (Dorset Evening Echo)

21 October 1967 – Hagger’s Ballroom, Pembroke, Wales (Fabulous 208)

22 October 1967 – Cat-Balou, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Fabulous 208)

28 October 1967 – Sussex University, Brighton, West Sussex (Fabulous 208)

 

2 November 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Quik (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

10 November 1967 – Fiesta Hall, Andover, Hampshire (Andover Advertiser) The Syn were booked to play but One in a Million replaced them

16 November 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, central London with The Love Affair (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

The band played a three residency at the Op Palladium in Toulon, south of France followed by a short stint at the Bilboquet in St Germain, Paris and this seems the most likely time period.

9 December 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Latest Soul (Bournemouth Echo)

15 December 1967 – West End, Rushden, Northamptonshire (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

24 December 1967 – Kettering Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire with Serendipity (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

 

6 January 1968 – Nags Head, Motown Club, Wollaston, Northamptonshire with Mick’s Soul Show (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)

7 January 1968 – Cat-Balou, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Grantham Journal) This was the band’s final gig

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