AXIS (Stockport)

info and pix provided by Chris Statham

Axis were a Stockport based four-piece band, whose set included blues, old Fleetwood Mac, Hendrix, John Mayall, Chicken Shack and later heavier material from Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Free, plus original material.



L to R:
Tony Cresswell, Chris Daniel, Chris Statham, John Bohen


Line-up included

  • Chris Statham - rhythm guitar and lead vocals (replacing Nick Fairbrother in 1968), went on to do a lot of songwriting and recording 1978 - 1987. - Currently doing gigs as a duo with Louise
  • Chris Daniel - bass - went on to join a band called 'The Out' 1978 - 1981. The rhythm player was George Borowski, who became famous as Guitar George when they supported Dire Straits on a gig. Chris Daniel still lives in Bredbury.
  • Glen Cartledge - lead guitar

  • Paul Burgess - drums - left July 1971 went on to join '10cc' in 1973, mainly for touring until Godley & Creme left, then he was on all their recordings too. He's currently touring in Germany & Holland with Graham Gouldman as 10cc. They tour the UK from the end of April (Manchester Opera House 5th May). Paul still lives in Stockport, and does the pub circuit when he's home.

  • John Bohen - lead guitar - replaced Glen Cartledge in September '69

  • Tony Cresswell - drums - joined July 1971 (joined Sad Cafe about 1976)

Gigs included:

Nov. / Dec.1968:

  • Hollins College Manchester
  • Didsbury Rugby Club
  • Poynton Social Centre.


  • Magic Village Manchester
  • Bredbury Hall Country Club (residency for 6 months)
  • Time & Place Manchester
  • Top Rank Bowling Stretford
  • The Spa Bar Buxton
  • Club Monaco Farnworth
  • Manchester City Social Club
  • Wysdale Football Club
  • The Oaks Hotel Didsbury
  • Nantwich Civic Hall
  • Richmond Club Heywood
  • Quaintways Club Chester
  • Risley P.O. social club
  • Irlam B.L. club.


  • Higher Irlam Social Club
  • Deanwater Hotel Woodford
  • Granada TV studios for a prog called Lift Off
  • Winter Gardens Ballroom Llandudno
  • Bungalow Club Edgeley
  • Northwich Memorial Hall
  • Alma Lodge Hotel Stockport (regular gig)
  • Oaks Hotel Didsbury (regular gig)
  • Bank Hall Miners Club Burnley
  • Reece's Ballroom Liverpool (regular gig)
  • Delph Y.C.
  • Didsbury College of F.E.
  • Kiosk Club, Castleford
  • Pavilion Gardens Buxton
  • De La Salle College Middleton
  • Alsager College near Crewe
  • Bamboo Club Stockport (regular gig)
  • Reaseheath College Nantwich
  • Bulls Head Hanford
  • Wrexham Memorial Hall
  • Wrexham T.T. College (That would be Cartrefle College, where yer actual webmaster went in 72-75)
  • Tyldesley Rugby Club
  • Casino Club Wigan (regular gig)
  • Babalou Club Liverpool
  • Beachcomber Club Wigan
  • Mardi Gras Club Liverpool
  • Rivington Barn Chorley (regular gig)
  • Monaco Ballroom Hindley (regular gig)
  • Cavern Liverpool (regular gig)
  • Bier Keller Wigan (regular gig)
  • Calder College Liverpool
  • Padgate T.T.College
  • Dino's Club Liverpool
  • Wayfarers Club Nantwich
  • Fielden Park College Didsbury (booked by yer actual webmaster, who was a student there at the time)


  • Manchester Uni (U.M.I.S.T.)
  • Pyramid Club Liverpool (regular gig)
  • Swinley Students Club Wigan
  • Riversdale Tec. College Liverpool
  • Rathbone Hall of Res Liverpool Uni
  • Orrell Rugby Club
  • Spectrum Stockport (regular gig)
  • Stockport Tec. College
  • Jazz North West Woodford
  • Liverpool Uni
  • Cavern Liverpool (regular gig)
  • Bier Keller Wigan (regular gig)
  • Calder College Liverpool
  • Mr. Smiths Club Winsford
  • Dolphin Club Colne (regular gig)
  • Dino's Club Liverpool
  • Keele University
  • Padgate T.T.College
  • Frodsham Centre


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