The System / Easy Street

The System in 1964

The System were formed in 1962 by Peter Harper and his two cousins Malcolm Harper and John Smith, together with two friends Peter Watson and Roy Baty. Roy got them their first gig at Bond's Dance Hall in Carlisle as the support band. The band went down so well they were asked to stay on as the resident support band. They stayed on for four months, gaining valuable experience from the bands they were supporting and went on to play all round Cumbria. A year later they returned to Bond's, but this time they were top of the bill.

 
Easy Street - Malcolm Harper, Ken Collinson and Peter Harper

A few years later Peter and Malcolm started a new band they called Easy Street. The drummer was Kenny Collinson from Penrith who had previously been in a well-known local band called Showcase. Easy Street soon made a name for themselves and were booked by the Border Entertainments Agency. They played as support band when Emile Ford and the Checkmates played at Appleby Public Hall. They also supported The Casuals.

Easy Street - Kenny Collinson, Mike Kyle and Peter Harper

In the early seventies Malcolm left the band and Mike Kyle joined on bass, the band continuing until 1979. In 1980 Peter played for a while with a band called Splinter with Gerry Broad and Tommy Donaldson but then he and Kenny Collinson decided to reform Easy Street with a new bass player, Brian Sissons, and they carried on playing for many more years.

This is an update photo of Easy Street guitar player Peter Harper,
still playing his ice blue Fender Strat aged 65 in 2010.


The original line up of Easy Street. Malcolm Harper, Kenny Collinson and Peter Harper back together again for a reunion in 2013 after 37 years.