SB & Q: On Tour - A History

Sutherland Brothers & Quiver from the Beat of the Street album cover

 

 

Much of the data that follows came from David McCulloch, Nigel Penberthy and Glyn Harries with additional information from Wayne Bardell who managed the group for some time and Greg from the Tour Archive website. The photocopies of some of the tickets are also courtesy of David McCulloch. Although incomplete, it gives a pretty good picture of events over a period of seven years (and then some). I know, for example that I saw the band in a Glasgow ballroom near the ABC Cinema, Sauchiehall Street, some time around 1975, but, unfortunately, I never retained the ticket and can't pin down the date more precisely. I had ringing in my ears for two days after their rendition of Real Love! If anyone can provide further information, please let me know. All dates are given in UK format (day/month).

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Sutherland Brothers Band in 1971

24/7City Hall, TruroSupporting Mott The Hoople - they said on stage that they were nervous as it was their first ever gig. (Thanks to David Mitchell for that information.)
25/7Guildhall, Plymouth
31/7The Dome, BrightonSupporting Mott The Hoople: Cancelled due to illness
7/8Town Hall, TorquaySupporting Mott The Hoople
29/8Lyceum, LondonSupporting Mott The Hoople

8/9

Free trade Hall, Manchester

Supporting Cat Stevens, who had just released Morning Has Broken and was touring his album Teaser and the Firecat.

9/9

City Hall, Sheffield

10/9

Colston Hall, Bristol

12/9

Concert hall, Amstersdam

23/9

City Hall, Newcastle

24/9

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

29/9

Coliseum, London

9/10

Leicester University

22/10Top Rank, DoncasterSupporting Mott The Hoople

 

Quiver in 1972:

25/2

London City University RSPA Benefit

with Atomic Rooster, Roxy Music, Paul Jones

24/3

Falcon Eltham, London

 
29/3 Queensway Civic Hall, Dunstable With Linda Lewis, supporting America, for Help the Aged

2/5

Camden Festival - Round House, London

Supporting Donovan, Duncan Browne, Fairport Convention

21/6

Oldfield Tavern, Greenford

Supported by Walrus

7/7

Lyceum, London

Supporting Edgar Broughton Band

14/7

Red Lion, Leytonstone, London

 

16/7

Round House, London

with East of Eden, Linda Lewis

26/8

Aylesbury

with Man

1/10

Greyhound, London

 

28/10

Student Union, Luton College

with Hookfoot

17/11

Stoneground, Manchester

with Budgie & Fruupp

19/11

Round House, London

with Medicine Head, Rare Bird, Hobo

 

Sutherland Brothers in 1972:

11/2 High Wycombe Supporting David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust (believed, not confirmed)
12/2 Imperial College Union, London Supporting David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust
18/2 Sheffield University Supporting David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

?/3

ICA, Nash House, London

 
17/3 Birmingham Town Hall Supporting David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

26/3

Torrington, Woodside Park, London

 
21/4 Free Trade Hall, Manchester Supporting David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust (moved from postponed 21/3)
30/4 Montreux: Golden Rose Festival, closing show Alongside Amazing Blondell, Gary Wright and The Doors.

2/5

Camden Festival - Round House, London

Supporting Donovan, Duncan Browne, Fairport Convention

28/5

Great Western Express Festival, Lincoln

Day 3: Beach Boys, Sly & Family Stone, Slade, Monty Python, Focus, Lindisfarne

25/6

Torrington, Woodside Park, London

 

29/6

Marquee, London

Supported by Smith, Perkins & Smith

13/8

11th National Jazz & Blues Festival, Reading

Day 3: Ten Years After, Status Quo, Wizard, Vinegar Joe, etc.

20/8

Lyceum, London

with Vinegar Joe & Hackensack

27/8

Marquee, London

 

28/9

Town Hall, Watford

Supporting The Strawbs

19/11

Hardrock, Manchester

With Capability Brown

25/11

Falkirk Town Hall

 

26/11

Aberdeen University

 

27/11

Glasgow University

 
13/12 St Georges Hall, Bradford Supporting Hawkwind

 

29/12

Marquee, London

Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - first ever gig

 

1973:

20/1

Kingston Polytechnic

with Badger. Advertised as Quiver.

9/2 Aberystwyth University  
11/2 Queen's University, Belfast  
17/2 Sunderland Polytechnic  

24/2

Crewe College

 

28/2

Chelsea Bowl, Bournemouth

 

1/3

Town Hall, Cheltenham

 

2/3

Carnatic Halls, Liverpool University

 

3/3

Alsager College, Stoke

 

9/3

South Parade, Portsmouth

 

10/3

Mid Herts College, Welwyn Garden City

Supported by Emma

13/3

Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge

 

15/3

Grimsby Technical College

 

16/3

Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry

 

17/3

Cromer

 

21/3

Cardiff Old Union

 

22/3

Dixieland Ballroom, Colwyn Bay

 

25/3

Shaw Theatre, Euston Road, London

Supported by Mark Allain

30/3

BBC Speakeasy

 

3/4

BBC Radio 1 In Concert recording

 

5/4

Marquee, London

Advertised as "Quiverland Brothers"

23/4

Caley Cinema, Edinburgh

Ticket

24/4

Marquee, London

 

28/4

Winter Gardens, Malvern

Supported by Albert. Advertised as "Quiverland Brothers"

10/5

Warwick University

 

11/5

South Pier Pavilion, Lowestoft

 

12/5

Corn Exchange, Cambridge

 

18/5

King's College, London

 

19/5

Bede College, Durham

 

20/5

Caley Cinema, Edinburgh

 

21/5

Civic Centre, Motherwell

 

24/5

Dacorum College, Hemel Hempstead

Supported by Curly

27/5

Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Supporting Hawkwind; also on bill Magic Michael

31/5

Malcolm's Club, Hull

 

2/6

Clitheroe Festival

along with Stackridge, Greenslade, Longdancer & Fumble

16/6

Civic Hall, Dunstable

supporting Pink Fairies (see photos page for poster)

17/6

Round House, Chalk Farm, London

Supporting Axis (formerly Steamhammer), Camel, etc.

2/7

Marquee, London

Supported by Ace & Jerry Floyd

7/7

Town Hall, St Pancras, London

 

28/7

Cheltenham Festival

Headline act

Melody Maker, on 4/8 reported that during a gig in Manchester by Rod Stewart & the Faces, Kenny Jones had taken ill and was hospitalised. The article goes on: "Gavin Sutherland, a guitarist by trade, took over the drums for Twisting The Night Away." [See clippings for more details.]

15/8

Mobile Municipal Auditorium, AL

Elton gig poster Balboa

Nine week tour of the USA, supporting Elton John.

Steeley Dan were on the bill in San Diego and also for the Dallas Cotton Bowl. Dates added to and confirmed by Karl  Speck, concert archivist, and thanks also to Alex Roel for the advert above.
17/8Convention Centre Arena, San Antonia, TX
18/8Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
19/8 Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
24/8 Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL
28/8 University of Utah SE Centre, Salt lake City, UT
30/8 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
31/8 Seattle Centre Coliseum, Seattle, WA
1/9 Balboa Stadium, San Diego, CA
3/9 University Arena, Albuquerque, NM
7/9 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
8/9 Long Beach Arens, Long Beach, CA
9/9Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
23/9 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
24/9Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
25/9Boston Garden, Boston MA
30/9 Civic Centre, Baltimore, MD
3/10 UD Arena, Dayton, OH
6/10 St John Arena, Columbus, OH
7/10 Indiana University Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
9/10 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
11/10 Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
13/10 University of Tennessee Stokely Athletic Centre, Knoxville, TN
18/10Auburn University Memorial Coliseum, AL
19/10University of Georgia Coliseum, Athens, GA
20/10 Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, Broward County, FL
21/10 University of Florida Gym, Gainesville, FL

9/11

Sussex University

 

10/11

Oxford Polytechnic

 

15/11

Portsmouth Polytechnic

 

17/11

Doncaster College of Education

 

21/11

Sheffield University

 

23/11

Uxbridge Brunel University

 

30/11

Luton Technical College

 
1/12 London School of Economics  
7/12 Birmingham Aston University  
8/12 Bradford University  
10/12 Marquee, London  
14/12 Leeds Polytechnic  

 

1974 tour:

11/1

Edinburgh University

 

12/1

Glasgow Uniiversity

 

18/1

South Bank Poly, London

 

19/1

Cardiff University

 

24/1

Warwick University

 

25/1

Greenwich Town Hall, London

Supported by Wild Turkey

26/1

University of East Anglia, Norwich

 
27/1 Lancaster University  

1/2

London Marquee

 

2/2

Manchester University

 

6/2

Leicester Poly

 

8/2

London Imperial College

 

9/2

Hull Lawns Centre

 

10/2

Hatfield Poly

 

12/2

Llanelli Glen Ballroom

 

14-18/2

Tour of Holland

 

19/2

Birmingham Locarno

 

22/2

Penzance Winter Gardens

 

24/2

London Roundhouse

 
8/3Bristol University Rag BallSupporting Wizzard

9/3-24/3

Tour of Germany (known dates below):

Supporting Traffic

9/3Nordmarkhalle, Rendsburg
10/3Congresshalle, Hamburg
11/3Halle Munsterland, Munster
12/3Philipshalle, Dusseldorf
13/3Deutsches Museum, Munich
14/3Eberthalle, Ludvigshafen
17/3ATSV Halle, Saarbrucken
18/3Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
19/3Stadthalle, Karlsruhe
23/3Stadsschouwburg,Eindhoven, Holland
24/3Marni Cinema, Brussels, Belgium

26/3

Pandora's, Swansea

 Rainbow poster

27/3

Memorial Hall, Barry

 

28/3

Top of the World, Stafford

Supported by Chopper - Ian Bannister (bass), Les Critchlow (drums), Les Hunt (guitar) later of Demon & now the Climax Blues Band.

29/3

Hereford College of Education

 

31/3

Queens Hotel, Southend

 
7/4 Rainbow Theatre, London Supported by Brinsley Schwartz

16/4

Barbarella's, Birmingham

 

18/4

Colman's Ballroom, Nottingham

 

20/4

City Hall, St Albans

 
26/4 Patti Pavilion, Swansea  

28/4

Ewell Tech, Surrey

 
May U.S. tour  

19/7

City Hall, St Albans

Tim Renwick ill, replaced by Dave Gilmour

26/7

Marquee, London

Iain Sutherland ill, replaced by Dave Gilmour

?/8

Reading Festival (Saturday)

 
21/9 Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury Support: Decameron (see photos page for poster)
29/9 Hammersmith Odeon, London Supporting Dave Mason
2/10 Bristol Polytechnic With Curved Air
3/10 Bath University  
4/10 Maria Gray College, Twickenham  
9/10 Enfield Polytechnic, London  
11/10 Pier Pavilion, Hastings  
14/10 North Polytechnic, Holloway, London  
17/10 Maidstone Technical College  
31/10 Locarno, Sunderland  
1/11-9/11 Tour of France  
14/11 Aberystwyth University  
21/11 Cardiff University  
23/11 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkstone  
28/12 Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury Support: Kursaal Flyers See photos page for poster.

 

1975:

6/2Clouds - Edinburgh area collegesSee photos page for poster.

14/2

Nottingham University

 

15/2

Dagenham Roundhouse

 

21/2

Ripon College

 

22/2

Manchester University

 

25/2

Birmingham Barbarella's

 
6/6 Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle  
7/6 University of East Anglia, Norwich  
8/6 Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London Support: Hustler & Upp
13/6 Hockerill, Bishop's Stortford  
14/6 Leascliffe Pavilion, Folkstone  
20/6 Lancaster University  
21/6 Sheffield Polytechnic  
24/6 Marquee, London  
26/6 Chancellor Hall, Chelmsford FE College  
27/6 Brunel University, Uxbridge  
28/6 St George's College, Darlington  
12/7 Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury Support: Good Habit (see photos page for poster)

25/10

Guild Hall, Portsmouth

Autumn tour, supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd

26/10

Odeon, Birmingham

27/10

Odeon, Hammersmith

28/10

Dome, Brighton

30/10

Empire, Liverpool

31/10

City Hall, Sheffield

1/11

Apollo, Glasgow

3/11

New Theatre, Oxford

4/11

Capital, Cardiff

12/12Glasgow College of TechnologyChristmas Ball (half ticket from Stuart Gordon)
Xmas Ball half ticket

 

1976:

11/1

Victoria Palace, London

Supported by Starry-Eyed & Laughing

Cardiff Festival programme

The programme shown here is advertising the Cardiff Festival West Coast Rock Show, with Bob Marley, Country Joe, Eric Burdon & The Pretty Things. The original is on sale for $845 (yes, that's no misprint) from Wolfgang's Vault.
18/1 Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead Supported by Human Orchestra
23/1Aberdeen University SUSupported by Pallas
22/2 Watersmeet, Rickmansworth Support not known
26/2 Town Hall, Torquay (SDTC SU) Support: Lamplight

Spring eight week tour of USA, including California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania & New York, supporting Styx, Rush & Boz Scaggs.

14/5 Lyceum, London  

?/6

Wild West Show, Cardiff

 

19/6

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Festival

Aug

3 week tour of Belgium & Holland

 
28/8 Reading Festival Along with AC/DC & Camel

1976 Autumn tour, supported by Moon:

24/9

Bridlington Spa

Set list for Glasgow Apollo:

On stage to the "Bluebell Polka"

Love on the Moon

You Got Me Anyway

The Pie

Secrets

Wild Love

Saturday Night

Love on the Side

High Nights

Arms of Mary

Real Love

Sailing

Dark Powers

Dr Dancer

Slipstream

The Prisoner

Dream Kid

Encores:

I Was In Chains

Bluesy World

How do I know? Because I have

an audio recording of the gig!

Ticket

Gig review on clippings page.Ticket

Newcastle ticketTicket

Tour poster

 

26/9

City Hall, Newcastle

28/9

Guildhall, Preston

29/9

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

30/9

Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen

1/10

Apollo, Glasgow

2/10

ABC, Chester

3/10

Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

5/10

Plaza Cinema, Bangor

6/10

Aberystwth University

7/10

Capitol, Cardiff

8/10

Victoria Hall, Hanley

10/10

Fairfield Hall, Croydon

11/10

Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead

12/10

City Hall, Sheffield

13/10

Palace Theatre, Manchester

14/10

University of East Anglia, Norwich

16/10

Leicester Polytechnic

17/10

New Theatre, Oxford

18/10

Colston Hall, Bristol

19/10

Civic Hall, Guilford

20/10

Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

21/10

Odeon, Birmingham

22/10

Spa Hall, Bridlington

23/10

Leeds University

24/10

Empire, Liverpool

25/10

Dome, Brighton

26/10

Odeon, Hammersmith, London

And later in 1976:

10/12

Edinburgh University

11/12

Strathclyde University

12/12

Market Hall, Carlisle

 

1977, supported by City Boy and later by an unnamed solo singer/guitarist, possibly Alan Ross:

9/9

Belfast Ulster Hall

 

Ticket

 

Ticket

10/9

Dublin Stadium

18/9

Birmingham Odeon Cinema

19/9

Sheffield City Hall

22/9

Dunstable Civic Hall

24/9

London Rainbow

25/9

Bristol Colston Hall

27/9

Guildford Civic Hall

29/9

Glasgow Apollo

1/10

Edinburgh Usher Hall

2/10

Dundee Caird Hall

3/10

Aberdeen Capitol

6/10

Hanley Victoria Hall

7/10

Lancaster University

8/10

Leeds University

9/10

York Theatre Royal

12/10

Hull City Hall

14/10

Cardiff University

15/10

Southampton Guildhall

16/10

Plymouth Guildhall

17/10

Exeter University

18/10

Oxford New Theatre

19/10

Nottingham Albert Hall

20/10

Liverpool Empire

21/10

Croydon Fairfield Hall

22/10

Eastbourne Congress Theatre

25/10 Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent) Victoria Hall

26/10

Manchester Apollo

27/10

Swansea Brangwyn Hall

 

1978:

1/10 Civic Theatre, Leamington Spa The tour, as initially planned, was disrupted, due to the illness of Willie Wilson. Originally thought to have had hepatitis, Willie, in the end, was diagnosed with tonsillitis.

The dates shown are the ones that took place once the tour resumed, following Willie's bout of ill health.

2/10 Sheffield Polytechnic
3/10 Top of the World, Stafford
4/10 Birmingham University
5/10 Plymouth Polytechnic
11/10 Patti Pavilion, Swansea
12/10 Winning Post, Twickenham
15/10 Marquee, London
18/10 Community Centre, Slough
19/10 Loughborough University
23/10 Corn Exchange, Bedford
24/10 Manchester Polytechnic
25/10 Bath University
26/10 Bristol University

 

1979 as the Sutherland Brothers Band, with Steve Simpson ( lead guitar), Mick Weaver (keyboards), Chrissie Stewart (bass) & Billy Rankin (drums). Support was the Bliss Band for the first three gigs, then, fresh off supporting Nils Lofgren on tour, Live Wire:

27/9

Wales Polytechnic, Treforest

28/9

Bath University

29/9

Bradford University

30/9

Blackburn King George's Hall

1/10

Aberystwyth University

2/10

Bournemouth Town Hall

4/10

Durham University

5/10

Newcastle Poly

6/10

Aberdeen University

7/10

Dundee University

8/10

Ayr Pavilion

9/10

Strathclyde University, Glasgow

11/10

Middlesborough Town Hall

12/10

Birmingham Aston University

13/10

Manchester University

14/10

Ipswich Gaumont

17/10

Sheffield Polytechnic

19/10

Croydon Fairfield Halls

20/10

Reading University

21/10

Peterborough ABC

In 1983 (3 December), Gavin & Iain performed at a wedding reception in Stoke for a friend, Chris Ellis, who played bass in Demon. Gavin had been involved in occasional work, including recordings, with Demon around that time, so the reception entertainment consisted of several people getting on stage from time to time and jamming. As well as the two Suths, there were members of Demon and the great contemporary folk singer, Michael Chapman.

And then in 1986, the last ever Sutherland Brothers professional gig (unless you know differently):

9/8/86 Cropredy Festival (the annual Fairport Convention festival). Iain & Gavin appeared on the Saturday of this festival, performing a few numbers as a duo, before being joined by Jerry Donahue (guitar), Dave Pegg (bass) and Dave Mattacks (drums).

 
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