Where it all started…
Arny Sage : Guitar
Stu Pevitt : Vocals
Pete Willsher : Bass
Les Hunter : Drums
We were a four piece hard rock band playing mostly Grand Funk Railroad & Black Sabbath covers. With Arny’s addition of electric piano to the band & his songwriting talents starting to emerge it was obvious even at this point that it had to lead to greater things...
From the remnants of Burial the first incarnation of Savory Duck was born.
Arny Sage : Guitar / Keyboards
Den Brennan : Drums
Pete Willsher : Bass
Kev Wood : Vocals.
The newly formed lineup set out to develop a totally new concept based around Arny’s formidable self penned material and influences ranging from Gentle Giant, Caravan to Greenslade….Duck’s music started to evolve.
David Darbyshire took over the vocal duties. Organist Andy Povall was drafted in and bought with him rhythm guitarist Simon Andrew.
Den Brennan then left to pursue other interests and was replaced by Martin Soar.
Duck MK 3. Arny was replaced by guitarist Barry Barnes for a short period pending his return from Andy Macpherson’s band Romany Rye. With the addition of Andy’s keyboards, it enabled Arny to develop his strong and unique guitar style and also led to a fruitful songwriting partnership with Andy Povall. Progressive Rock with finely orchestrated guitar and keyboard passages incorporating complex time signatures.
Lots of gigs, Stockport’s Mersey Tavern being a regular on the date sheet with some great dates supporting Caravan at Stoneground and Daryl Way’s Wolf at Bradford University.
A memorable early gig at The Rex in Wilmslow featuring Simon Andrew playing rhythm guitar with a broken wrist! This ended his short musical association with the band, and after a short spell in Duck management he did a ‘Jeremy Spencer’ and disappeared without trace.
Spring of ’74 brought along further lineup changes. Andy Rayner took over on bass, and David Darbyshire was replaced by Bob Harrison (ex – Mixtures) and later by Les Reed from Lowestoft.
This era of Duck has been well documented with recording sessions at Strawberry Studios and a final gig supporting Gordon Giltrap at Stockport Town Hall.
A new Chapter begins...