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The Roadhouse


THE ROADHOUSE showcases a range of signed and unsigned bands including tribute acts covering metal, rock, pop, acoustic, jazz, folk, reggae, ska, hardcore, blues, funk and r’n’b.

“The RoadHouse Club was first set up on an informal basis for local friends and music lovers after the closure and eventual demoltion of the nearby “Breedon Bar” – for many years the area`s leading music venue.

What had been just a bar in a sports centre was transformed into today’s GREAT venue. From very humble beginnings with decidedly sparse facilities and equipment, we have progressed steadily since 1999 to the stage now where The RoadHouse is widely regarded amongst both artistes and audiences as one of the best live venues in the Midlands.”


L- R Paul Harris (guitar), Matthew Edwards (vocals), Tina Adams (synth), Martin Recci (bass). Nigel Collis (drums) not visible in this shot.


Dance at the Fighting Cocks March 1980:

Dance at Fighting Cocks 1980

Table Scraps


Table Scraps, Scruffy Murphy’s 01/06/13 via Paul Harris

Band Members: Scott Vincent Abbott (guitar/vocals,) Poppy Twist (drums/vocals)

Aston University

Aston Uni has a long history of gigs organised by the Student Union and their Events Officer. One of their most prolific officers was Pat Myhill in the early 70s. Pat put on numerous gigs and also developed light shows while there. You can read about this fascinating development here.

Pat and his wife also designed the posters for the gigs and Pat has sent some of these to the BMA. As well as being incredibly important historical documents of music activity at Aston and the city, they are also brilliant examples of design and the extraordinary craft that went into live music posters during this time.

Our aim is to build a complete list of gigs at Aston University. Here’s a start but we need your help!

Yardbirds, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound 08/03/68
Hawkwind 19/03/71
Colosseum, Mick Abrahams 07/11/71
Lindisfarne, Head Hands & Feet 15/11/71
Amazing Blondel 18/11/71
Sandy Denny 21/11/71
Slade 30/11/71
Flash, Tony Hazzard 01/03/72
Genesis 17/03/72
Stone The Crows 21/04/72
Argent 06/10/72
Stray 13/10/72
Curved Air 21/10/72
Head Hands & Feet 27/10/72
Status Quo 10/11/72
Little Free Rock 17/11/72
Blackfoot Sue 15/12/72
Caravan 12/01/73
Kevin Ayers 19/01/73

Pat Myhill also sent this list of bands he saw/worked with at Aston Uni into the archive:

Pat also sent this list into the archive of bands he has seen:

Here’s a list of bands I can remember, still have posters for

Sabbath (as you know)
Blonde on Blond
Liverpool Scene + Stone the Crows
Heavy Jelly
Marsha Hunt (doing a Janet Jackson)

Pink Floyd Jan 68 (first Dave Gilmour gig?)

Simon Dupree & the Big Sound
Mandey’s Movement
Sight & Sound
Lemon Line
Hari Kari

Marsha Hunt

27.11.69 (Heavier Jelly)
Blonde on Blonde

20.2.70 (Heavier Jelly)
Liverpool Scene
Stone the Crows

2.3.70 ( Key ‘Shopwindow’ concert at which Sabbath were picked up by London agents)
Black Sabbath
Tea & Symphony

1.5.70 (Charter Ball)
Chris Barber
St Christopher Steel Band
John Foreman

Colonel Bagshott’s Incredible Bucket Band
Pete Quin

Love Sculpture
Zoot Money & the Big Roll Band
Dantelion’s Chariot
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Chicago Climax Blues Band
Graham Bond Organisation
Alexis Korner
Champion Jack Dupree
Humphrey Lyttleton
Temperance Seven
Liverpool Scene
Stone the Crows
Moody Blues
Rockin’ Berries
Spencer Davies
New York Public Library
Jimmy Powell and the Dimensions
Lucas + Mike Cotton Sound
Alan Price & Georgie Fame
Shakin’ Stevens & the Sunsets
Junior Walker
Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band
Jimmy James & the Vagabonds
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy
Van Der Graaf Generator
For Evermore
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Status Quo
Ten Years After
Orange Bicycle
Roy Harper

Folk Club
Ralph McTell
Fred Jordan
John Foreman
Dominic Behan

Tom Paxton
Fairport Convention
Principle Edwards Magic Theatre
Pete Quin
Bert Jansch
John Renbourne
Cliff Aungier

Deep Purple
Soft Machine
Keef Hartley
Fleetwood Mac (Elvis period)
Chicken Shack
Kevin Ayres
Spooky Tooth
Joe Cocker
Atomic Rooster
Manfred Mann
Edgar Broughton Blues Band
Procul Harum
Brian Auger Trinity
Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Alvin Stardust
Derek & the Dominoes (Town Hall gig, autumn 70)

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