Artist: The Probe

by on 17th April 2020

Years Active

1977 – 1979


Norm Kirby (vocals)
Paul Day (lead guitar)
Dave Blowman (rhythm guitar – later bass)
Gregg Quibell (bass – later vocals)
Paul Broderick (drums)

About The Probe

The Probe was formed by five East Hull lads in 1977, all inspired by the punk rock explosion to go out and do it themselves.
Norm Kirby (lead vocal), Paul Day (lead guitar), Dave Blowman (rhythm guitar) Paul Broderick (drums) and the late Gregg Quibell RIP (bass guitar) were all ex David Lister pupils and the early gigs took place at the schools youth club and disco, covering the punk rock hits of the time along with a smattering of Bowie, Hawkwind and Faces.

As the band progressed they quickly had a a full set of original material and in 1978 began to venture further afield, playing regularly at Bestoble House (a now demolished student union bar in the grounds of Hull Queens Gardens College).

The Probe were also heavily involved in the very first Rock Against Racism gigs in the city, and were due to support London reggae band Misty at a major Hull RAR event until the police cancelled the gig, fearing violent clashes should the National Front make an appearance.

Norm left shortly after this but the band continued with Gregg switching to lead vocal and Dave to bass guitar, gigging regularly and recording a seven track demo tape at Revolvo Studios in Mayfield Street, Hull which featured the tracks “London Weekend”, “Not Coming Back”, “Famous People”, “Vertical Hold”, “Sixteen And Sweet”, “London London” and “More Than Ever”.

The original Probe line up played a one off reunion gig in October 1998 at drummer Paul Broderick’s 40th birthday party.