|Steve Evans||(guitar/keyboard and lead vocals)|
|Eric Hodgson||(drums and backing vocals)|
|Alex Wilkinson||(lead guitar and backing vocals)|
|Kev Farish||(bass guitar and backing vocals)|
All were long-time school friends with, initially, Kevin Dennis on bass, who left the band after about six months. Kev Farish started as the band's roadie, but took over on bass after Kevin Dennis quit. Sometime later, Tony Bell joined as full-time roadie. This line-up remained for the rest of the band's existence. The band played most of the pubs and clubs in West Cumberland (as it was then!). The band members finally went their separate ways in the autumn of 1972, when they all went off to various universities and colleges.
The band's origins can be traced back to an early incarnation called "Birth" who only ever played one gig (thankfully!), although it was notable. The gig was at the Workington Technical College in Autumn 1970 and the headline band was "UFO", who went on to have a successful international recording career. The other support band was "The Elizabethans" who eventually morphed into "Smokie", who also went on to have chart success. Thankfully, "Birth" died, but with "Ocean" rising from the ashes sometime later.
|18-07-1971||St. Mary's CMS||Kells, Whitehaven|
|01-07-1972||British Legion Club||Langholm|
|08-07-1972||Wyndham Caravan Club||Cockermouth|
|13-07-1972||White Heather Club||Kirkbride|
|29-07-1972||Wyndham Caravan Club||Cockermouth|
|18-08-1972||White Heather Club||Kirkbride|
|26-08-1972||Wyndham Caravan Club||Cockermouth|
The photo of Kev was taken on Sunday 1st August 1971 in Vulcans Park, Workington. That summer,the Borough of Workington Parks Department put on a series of Sunday afternoon concerts by local bands. The photo on the right was taken at a fund-raising gig by Kev's then band, "diamondback" for Mayfield school. Tony was Ocean's roadie.
The band started getting back together for a surprise gig at Steve's 60th birthday bash in 2014. Since then, the band has kept meeting up from time to time and have performed a couple of fund-raising gigs in Askham Village Hall.
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