It’s a Syn

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On this day in 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Marquee Club for the first time, supported by the Syn

Four days later, on Saturday night, the Syn (sadly minus Jimi) appeared at the Birdcage Club. They were essentially an early ‘prog’ band, apparently a bit ‘psychedelic’ in ’67, but two members of the Syn, Pete Banks (guitar) and Chris Squire (bass) would fairly soon depart and become founder members of Yes.

Some time later, when Banks left Yes, he was replaced by Steve Howe who appeared regularly at the Birdcage with the In Crowd (Tomorrow).

And to complete the tale, Banks then formed Flash which included singer Colin Carter from Pompey (the Inspiration, Coconut Mushroom). Colin moved to America and still lives there, and visits here from time-to-time.

PS Just picked up this interesting message and photo from Dave Mussell (many thanks):

“Just read your item on Steve Howe and his appearances at The Birdcage back in the day. In 2013, Steve Howe returned to Eastney and appeared just along the road at The Cellars with the Steve Howe Trio – have attached one of the pictures I took on the night. Son Dylan Howe was the drummer.   It was a great evening despite rather poor attendance”.


(His son looks a little more ‘regular’ than Twink! – Almost 50 years after the In Crowd)


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

One thought on “It’s a Syn

  1. Forgot to mention that Dylan Howe also appeared at the Wedgewood Rooms in February 2013 in Wilko Johnson’s band – Dylan very impressive as a jazz drummer and in a rock situation. He’s also been a regular Blockhead.

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