About us

The Band

 

Andy Blackford

Vocals, guitar

 

Andy was among the first of his generation of musicians to take up the guitar. Until then, musical instruments had mostly been fashioned from mud and hollowed-out vegetables.

 At fifteen he joined his first band, The Swinging Sixteens, forcing them to change their name.

 Spreadeagle was formed at Oxford University and went on to record the recently re-issued cult album, The Piece Of Paper, on the Charisma label. The band achieved a truly incredible lack of success, but regularly supported Genesis and Lindisfarne, which was better than working in a bank.

 In recent years, Andy’s musical efforts had been limited to writing advertising jingles, the best-known of which was for a legendary fruit drink. (Um Bongo, Um Bongo, they drink it in the Congo). But his interest in performing was reawakened in 2010 when he popped out of his office in Leicester Square to buy some antacids and returned with a 1977 Les Paul Custom guitar.

 Andy writes children's books and when he isn't performing with 1967, works as a Buddhist prison chaplain and meditation teacher. 

 

Dave Howman

 

Lead guitar, vocals

 

Dave Howman’s rise to obscurity has been a rapid one.

Teaching himself any instrument that came his way - guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, bugle - allowed him to tour the UK and Europe with the big names of the time: Suzy Quattro, The Sweet, Mud, etc.

At the same time he wrote songs for other people and notched up six No 1’s in Europe with the likes of Kelly Marie, Joe Dolan, Jesse Green Showaddywaddy and The Drifters.

Then along came the Monty Python team for whom Dave wrote the Brian song for The Life of Brian and Every Sperm Is Sacred for The Meaning of Life.

The Python theme continues to this day with Dave writing for Michael Palin’s Himalaya and New Europe.

He formed Boyfriends in 1982 along with old pals Bob Somerville and Pete Mansfield - “the Band of the Year” according to Melody Maker.

Back in writing mode Dave wrote the score to the first series of One Foot In The Grave, plus several kids’ TV shows including Boo! and BB3B for the BBC.

He has also written the music for several films including Mumbo Jumbo,

Chemical Wedding with Bruce Dickenson, and several small pieces for Terry Gilliam’s Tidelands and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassas.

 


Jason Stigler

Drums

 

Born in Vernon, New Jersey, Jason was originally drawn to the drums by hearing his uncle practising. In his early teens he played with garage bands and at 16 performed in the Branchville theatre production of Little Shop Of Horrors.

 After High School, he moved to New York City and began playing full time at private parties and nightclubs as well as being a member of the house band at CBGB’s in Greenwich Village.

 By 1992 he was teaching at Robbie’s Drum Shop and working with Side Car Jones with whom he shot a video for MTV.

 The following year, he was contracted to the Concord Big Band/Show Band - the start of a two year run in which he supported international acts like Kenny Rodgers, Little Richard, James Brown, Tom Jones and many more.

 At this time he also started to take valuable instruction from the renowned teacher Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Trio.

 Since then, he has toured the States with acts as diverse as bebopper Mickey McClain’s trio and The Tim Gilles Country Band, and recorded with Eagle Creek.

 In 1999 he married and moved to England, where he teaches drums and plays with 1967.


Brian Watson

Bass guitar

 

Born and raised in North London, Brian taught himself guitar and bass during his teen years. 

 

Appropriately enough, it was in 1967 that he joined his first band, Witching Hour. The three-piece quickly picked up a good following in his native London and in the Home Counties, with Brian on bass and lead vocals.    

 

He went on to play with Hammersmith, although not concurrently with Andy Blackford – followed by rock and blues bands Out 2 Lunch and Lockdown. 

 

He also played with country band 3 Dollar Ticket, which proved to be valuable experience when he replaced David Rowe as 1967’s bassist in 2014. 

 

Brian has entertained audiences across Europe, and incidentally never fails to entertain Andy, Dave and Jason.

PRICES

  Our fees are always negotiable.

  Pubs: We're sympathetic to landlords in these difficult times but beneath a certain threshold it becomes uneconomical for us to play. (However, our faithful fans can usually be relied upon to boost bar takings!)

  Clubs and private party organisers should expect to pay more and our festival fees depend on the size and nature of the event.

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