Marillion are the band that really put Aylesbury on the map working so
hard to gain a local following, still going strong after 31 years. The
charismatic Fish led the band through the 1980s and their monumental
I was proud to be the recipient recently of a "Friars
Heroes Award" from Mike O'Connor at the Friars Aylesbury Website in
recognition of my many appearances at the club in the '80s with Marillion.
I was quite surprised after all these years but with the resurgence of
"Hobble on the Cobbles" and a vibrant Aylesbury music scene there is
renewed interest in the Friars legacy, which is immense and well worthy of
celebration as one of the most important live music clubs in the UK.
To be recognised as a
major part of that history is a profound honour. Most of you are well
aware of the famous shows we performed there in the early days of the
bands history and our glorious returns to the hallowed hall throughout
the years of our success. They have been well documented in band
biographies. Although I played in Aylesbury Civic a few times as a solo
artist the Friars club itself had closed and the Civic itself now is a
building site with the new Civic being built in another location.
The club has a fascinating
history for Marillion fans as well as followers of the history of the UK
music scene through the '70s and '80s.
Marillion accepting the Friars Heroes Award at their rural studios and
Fish in Scotland
Marillion's history at Friars