Steve Took on tour!

Three night mini-tour of the southwest, sponsored by Community Music, 21st-23rd December 1971, headlining at the Van Dyke Club Plymouth (21st, benefit for the local Community Workshop) and Queens Hall, Barnstaple (22nd, benefit for North Devon Snail, Joly in attendance) and supporting Stealer's Wheel at the Garden, Penzance (23rd, benefit for OHM Cambourne). An account by Steve of his railway journey between the Barnstaple and Penzance gigs can be read in the 'Down In Ladbroke Grove' article from January 8th 1972


North Devon Shapes Up
From Frendz, issue 20, dated 3rd February 1972

We held our first benefit dance for the local community mag on the Wednesday before Christmas, and over 400 assorted heads and young people came.

The whole thing only raised about £10 for the mag, however, as it was only 30p to get into the hall and group expenses were high. We figured it’s more worthwhile to have a cheap entrance price and just rely on enough people coming – if the monthly promotions can subsidise the mag (£60 per month) that would be really nice, but if that’s not to be … Our next ‘Super Dance’ is on Friday 21st January with Hawkwind at 40p and hopefully we’ll get another two or three hundred people.

Steve Peregrin Took did the gig for us, for example – together with Magic Muscle (The Bristol Acid Band) and the Natural Theatre Co. of the Arts workshop, Bath. As well as this, we had two local bands, Carrion and Ramsbottom, and a local DJ and lightshow. Yeah, it did get hectic on stage, especially towards 11:15, when the Natural Theatre were really into a loony bit of theatre and there was still Steve Took and Magic Muscle to get on before midnight. But it all came right (a lot of thanks to Greg for keeping it together on stage) and everyone reckoned it was a nice scene.


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