On Thursday November 8th, a special event, at the Buckinghamshire County Museum took place.
The evening was based around Phase One of The Friars Club Aylesbury, which ran from 2 June 1969 to 6th July 1970 when it was closed down at its first venue, The New Friarage Hall in Walton Street, in the market town of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
David Erskine, from the County Museum invited the Friars team to create an exhibition and David Stopps (The Friars Club Promoter) to give a talk on those groundbreaking early gigs.
Friars Aylesbury has been running as a music club between 1969 and 2011 through four phases, each phase taking place at different venues.
Over these forty two years, there were various trials and tribulations which saw Friars teeter on the edge more than once but it pulled through and showcased the best artists of its day and is credited as being heavily responsible for the subsequent success of such artists as David Bowie, Genesis, Wishbone Ash, Mott The Hoople, Cockney Rebel, Sailor, Stiff Little Fingers and local legends John Otway & Marillion.
Fans and artists loved the club, not least because of the atmosphere but the fact they were treated well by the organisers, who were genuine music enthusiasts.
In 2010 with the opening of The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Phase four was launched & now the future for the Aylesbury Friars Club, looks bright.
Click on the gig poster below, to be taken to the official Aylesbury Friars website: