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GARY SWINARD was born in Ashford Kent England in 1951. His music career spans more than 4 decades playing guitar, bass and keyboards.

At the age of 7 his dad gave him his first acoustic guitar but it wasn't until he met Dave Trott and Trevor Hills at the age of 11 that he started to learn to play. At this time in 1962 the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were just hitting the scene. He remembers vividly traveling to Maidstone and Dover Odeon Theatres to see the touring acts of the day that included the Stones, the Yardbirds, Gene Pitney, Sounds Incorporated, The Ronnettes & Dave Berry to name but a few.

 
 

His first band was formed in his dads garage next to Musgrove Stores in Ashford Kent in early 1963 that attracted all the local kids from streets close by. The band was named after the film that Cliff Richard starred in called "The Young Ones" and very soon they were playing regularly running their own dances at Kingsford Hall in South Ashford. As there were no real dances for young people then, the kids aged between 11 and 16 could go and meet. Over the next couple of years the group played some local venues learning their craft as and when they could mainly in support rolls.
At the age of 15, Gary joined his brothers band as rhythm guitar player. They were called the Couriers and were getting more wide spread gigs that included all the local village halls. These included: Pluckley, Smarden, Biddenden, Great Chart, Bethersden, Aldington &Brabourne to name a few.
A year after joining, the group was accepted as one of the main opening acts playing at the well known Kent dance venue "The Leas Cliff Hall" in Folkestone Kent, from 1966 to 1970 the group opened for:
Brian Auger, Brian Poole, The Tremolo's, Billy J Kramer, Love Sculpture, The Troggs, Chicken Shack, The Searchers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Freddy and The Dreamers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes, The Barron Knights, The Move, The Mersey Beats, The Foremost, The Four Pennys, The Kinks, Dave Dee Dozy Mick and Tich, Deep Purple, Uriah heap, Jethro Tull, Cliff Bennett, Long John Baldry and the Steam Packet (Rod Stewart was a member as was Reg Dwight alias Elton John), Status Quo, Genesis, PP Arnold, The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band, The Nice, Geno Washington, Jimmy James The Easy Beats, Caravan, Soft Machine &Love Affair, the Pretty Things to name but a few.

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