Edward John Concern
George Monks: Lead Vocal. Dave Lawson: Drums. Geoff Shepard: Guitar.
Malc’ Mather: Guitar. Garry Hughes: Bass
In 1973 Kevin Gough left Edward John Concern to start a family and the group disbanded. This was a sad moment but the group moved on.
Re-forming later with a new guitar player, Malc Mather, who had worked with Bolton band Pendulum for many years. Malc' had a raunchy, more heavy sound that changed the way that the group would work. EJC had gone into the lighter side of rock. Soul and Tamla was moved to one side for a spell. The group was changing. Dave Lawson did a ten minute drum solo using his big double bassdrum kit and Malc would end the show with a Jimi Hendrix version of Star Spangled Banner, played through a cool Marshall 200 watt stack. It was loud.
Bits on show?
Playing at The Bier Keller in King Street, Wigan one night and I remember a guy swinging from the light standards like Tarzan, drunk as a skunk with all his bits on show.. what a place!
A voyage to everywhere UK..
Humbug were contracted to Leyland Enterprises - L. E. Agency - and began on a voyage to everywhere UK. Playing everything from Workingmens Clubs to Private Girl's School's and Holiday Parks. Working 6˝ days a week - every other Wednesday off. Crikey it was horrendous. We worked The Riverside Club - Wigan Rugby League Club every Tuesday and Thursday nights after Copper Kettle threw in the towel.. never quite sure if they did us a favour or not!