We were a pub rock band in 1977. We were Leo, John, Paddy, Roy and Tony. We did about 20 gigs before disbanding. We were AVALON! (so there!)
Our residency was The Bay, Cullercoats, on a Sunday evening for most of the summer of 1977. The eating house in the film on the whitley bay seafront is now SIAM BAY CUISINE.
Avalon mk 2 had some personnel changes and gigged about 40 times. Our best spot was the Hawthorn, Benwell where we had a residency. Working on a song about mk 2 at mo (I know, too much time on my hands) called 'The Boy From Gateshead', a reference to Steve Daggett of whom it has been said 'he was the man who replaced Paddy' as singer, guitarist and songwriter. Suppose he was, really.
The song list of an Avalon gig is shown towards end of this vid. Prefab fans will recognise some of those songs, but not all!
Half HOUR long film this was edited from is on uploads Myspace roy mc calvey- http://bit.ly/1hnlvXo - if you wanna watch summat to get u to sleep!
AVALON (OUR SONG) Spoken:- In the mid nineteen seventies north east pub rock band Avalon played to audiences of any number you could care to name. (as long as it was a number between five and forty five that is!) We did about 20 gigs before disbanding. Rock on boys. Rock on. 'When I thought we’d make it, and we sung our song, Johnny played drums and his beat goes on. Leo played bass and so did I. Tony sung a storm up and Paddys guitar would cry, cry, cry. (LET ME HEAR IT CRY)
Vampires in the graveyard, a hobo on the road, A club in the toon and a blue eyed girl. We did all these and then some more. Covers like Dylans ‘knock on heavens door’. Johns an educator, Leos days are done, I’m retired but Paddy rocks on. And what about Tony, where’s he gone? Hope he’s alright and he still sings our song, our song, Avalon
Spoken:- Are you sure it’s not ‘Brown Sugar’ next? I was sure it was ‘Brown Sugar’. It damages our rock n roll credentials if we do stuff like’ In the arms of Mary’. It wasn’t me who was out of tune! What is King Arthur to do with rock and roll? I could swear it was ‘Brown Sugar’ next. Couldn’t you?
Rehearsed in a bedroom down Audley Rd, maybe one day we would record. Crank up the volume, gave it our all. Sold our soul to rock n roll! Spoken:- You sure it’s not ‘Brown Sugar’ next?