Ian Francis History 1970’s – Barnaby Rudge

Ian Francis was a member of a band called Barnaby Rudge who played around Sydney in the 1970’s. An upbeat band that played in pubs and clubs, Barnaby Rudge was there to entertain and they always had a big audience wherever they played.

Barnaby Rudge mostly played covers of popular songs in local wine bars, pubs and clubs around Sydney. As entertainment was the focus for their audience, who were out to have a good night drinking, socializing and dancing, the audience wanted to hear upbeat songs that they knew and loved.

History of Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge Band Members

Founding Members

Mark Stevens   – lead singer & percussion
Rob Askew
bass guitar and singer
Steve Longhurst – lead guitar and violin
John Stone – keyboards and harmonica

Other Rudge Members

Ian Francis – Guitarist and Singer
John Russell – Guitarist

Tony Townsend – Bass
Shane Tuita – Bass

And On Drums

Oscar – Peter Bennet Myles
Hutch – Baden Hutchins
Tim Kelk

Alternate Names

Big Toy

Places That Barnaby Rudge Played

The Collector
Chatswood Charles
Palm Beach RSL

Drumoyne Rowing club

Avalon RSL
NSW Uni Roundhouse

Songs Barnaby Rudge Played

Ian’s originals

[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/Half%20an%20Hour.mp3|titles=Half an Hour a Week] [audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/Clutching%20at%20Straws.mp3|titles=Clutching at Straws]

Killing time

Halfway House

High Time

Originals by Mark Stevens

[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/Straw%20Dogs.mp3|titles=Straw Dogs]
[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/Straw%20Dogs.mp3|titles=Riding High]
[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/On%20the%20Weekend.mp3|titles=On the Weekend]
[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/Mr%20Movie%20Maker.mp3|titles=Mr Movie Maker]
[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/Keep%20on%20Dancing.mp3|titles=Keep on Dancing]
[audio:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14081293/Barnaby%20Rudge/Go%20Back%20in%20Time.mp3|titles=Go Back in Time]

A Few of Many Covers

Saturday (Elton John)
Great Balls of Fire
Black Magic Woman (Santana)
Smoke on the Water
Ring Around Rosie Rag
Love the One You’re With
Mickey Mouse Club Song

Songs Ian Francis Wrote In This Time period

In the time that Ian Francis was part of  Barnaby Rudge he wrote the following songs. Very few were played with the Barnaby Rudge band at gigs, they were not really written for dancing to!

Half An Hour A Week
Love Me One More Time
Clutching At Straws
Need You Near Me
My Friend
Just Another Fool Playing A Guitar
I Shouldn’t Have To Tell You All The Time
All of the Love Inside of Me is Yours
Hard Lady Who Lives On the Hill
Steal Your Heart Away From Him
Slow Down
All At Sea

Link to watch  Barnaby Rudge Reunion Videos

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