Pink Floyd and Great Shelford

An early version of Pink Floyd played two concerts in Great Shelford.

Trinity House at 11 Cambrige Road was the setting for a party which was described in the book " A Pink Floyd fan's Illustrated Guide to Cambridge" as one of "two important Floyd episodes."
 
The party/ concert in October 1965 was billed 'The Tea Set' in October 1965, which featured performances from an early version of Pink Floyd, and Paul Simon. The line up at that time was Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright.
 
Paul Simon's set included played "Where have all the flowers gone." He also joined The Tea Set for some of their gig. He is said to have composed his song Homeward Bound at Widnes station the previous month. "He was clearly very talented," recalled Jokers Wild drummer Clive Welham. The Sound of Silence went to Number One in the United States charts just 3 months later in January 1966.
 
David Gilmour's band Jokers Wild (pictured at the concert left - picture copyright Echoes- the complete history of Pink Floyd by Glenn Povey) also played at the same party. It was for the 21st birthday celebration of twins Rosemary and Libby January. Libby was the-then girlfriend of Pink Floyd album cover designer Storm Thorgerson. They were later to marry. The line up also included David Altham from Little Shelford. He has talked for the first time about the formative days of Pink Floyd.

Christine Terrell recollects: "I remember seeing the band (my friends) in Shelford. I remember Paul Simon scrambling up onto the stage and falling off, and the place being gate crashed – or so it seemed – by a gang of ‘rockers’.
 
The same house was also used as the location for the cover art of Pink Floyd's double album, Ummagumma. According to information on one Pink Floyd forum, "It  was shot in the back garden of Trinity House, 11 Cambridge Road. On the Trumpington side of the railway bridge, just before the cemetery, there is a private road that leads to some very big houses. Trinity House is the big one at the top of the drive." (There's a book called 'A Pink Floyd Fan's Guide to Cambridge' by Mark Worden and Alfred Marziano that has the the Floyd locations in.)

And an early version of Pink Floyd also played at the Memorial Hall in Great Shelford on Saturday February 16 1963.  This was billed as Geoff Mott and the Mottoes featuring Syd Barrett. Members of the band later played with David Gilmour in Jokers Wild.

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