Artist: Stoneferry

by on 30th November 2017


Years Active:

1974 – early 80s


Steve Burnby (keyboards)
John Radcliffe (guitar / vocals)
Don Hanson (bass)
Les Naylor (drums)

Dave Newstone (percussion)
Tony Underwood (guitar)
Rod Yeomans (rhythm guitar)


Steve Burnby tells HMA all about Stoneferry…

Stoneferry was formed around 1974, and consisted initially of myself (keyboards), John Radcliffe (guitar/vocals), Don Hanson (bass) and Les Naylor (drums). John and I both worked at Reckitt & Colman Pharmaceutical Division (as it then was), where we discovered we had a lot of musical interests in common. We persuaded the others to join us, and went on to perform at several pubs and clubs around Hull, performing a mix of covers and our own original compositions.

Dave Newstone also worked at Reckitts, and was a drummer and singer with a trio who were resident band at Antler Club. Stoneferry and Dave’s trio (latterly called Granny’s Rocking Chair) frequently helped each other out with gigs where extra players were needed, or to cover for absences etc. Rod Yeomans was the guitarist with Dave’s trio.

When John left the area around 1979, the three of us remaining in Stoneferry dropped the name, and took the position of resident band initially at the Hospital Club, and later at Blackburns Club Brough, and finally at Southcoates Club. We adopted the name of LSD Trio – named after our 3 initials I must point out (Les/Steve/Don).

When Dave and I started collaboration on the Humber Bridge project (by which time we had added guitarist Tony Underwood into our fold) and the concept had emerged of the two sides (North and South, represented by the Orchestral and Rock Group versions), we needed a name for the band, and decided to resurrect the old Stoneferry name, as the name was still remembered in the area, and we felt it was appropriate as this was to be in a style in keeping with the sound and style that Stoneferry had developed for previous live performances of original compositions.

Among the line up on the record, Dave passed away earlier this year [2017]. Of the remaining musicians, Don now lives in Spain, I live in West Yorkshire, Les moved away to Southern England, and as far as I know Tony and Rod are still in East Yorkshire.

The original Stoneferry line up (John, Don, Les and myself) did produce an album of original (vocal) numbers (which we had often featured in our live gigs), and which was never released, as John moved from the area shortly after we had worked on this.


Both Sides Of The Bridge (LP) – Writers Reign, 1980