The Renegades

The Renegades were formed in February 1964, the original lineup being Geoff Howard on vocals and bass, Donald Pattinson on lead guitar (formerly with Marshall Scott & The Deputies), Alan Thompson on rhythm guitar and Harry Gilmore on drums. Joe Semple was added shortly afterwards on vocals.

In June 1964 the Renegades won the "Golden Gate" competition in Curwen Park, Workington, beating ten other bands from Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness. The competition was judged by television producer Brian Izzard, compere and interviewer David Reynolds and a representative of EMI records. The stage consisted of two lorries parked back to back. The prize was a fifty guinea voucher and a trophy which was presented to Joe Semple by "Miss Personality" Judith Dean. The runners up were Formula One and in third place were Rue & The Rockets.

In March 1965 the Renegades won the "Group of The Year" competition at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington beating twelve other bands.

The prize was fifty pounds a television audition and the possibility of a recording contract. The panel of judges were Alick Cleaver and Derek Batey (of Mr & Mrs fame!) from Border Television, EMI executive Mr.Rigg, Mrs Irene Lawson from Northern Sounds and Rodney Warr.

The Renegades played the Kinks' songs "Tired of Waiting" and "You're so Mystifying" and Don Pattinson performed the instrumental "Guitar Boogie".

Second place went to the Electrons who played Manfred Mann's "Come Tomorrow", the Beatles "Mister Moonlight" and the Rolling Stones' "if You Need Me".

In third place were the Dukes who played "The Nitty Gritty", "It Must Be Love", the Hollies' "Yes I Will" and Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business".

Other bands appearing were The Konchords from Wigton who played "I'll Cry Instead","Getting Over To You" and "A Little Too Much", the Invaders from Whitehaven who played "Rock & Roll Music", "Cops & Robbers" and "Tell Me", the Meteors from Maryport, Ray & The Teen Beats from Westmorland , The Phlok from Workington, Cherry & The Cherry Stones from Westmorland and Maureen and Her Thunderbeats from Scotland who performed the contrasting "My Boy Lollipop" and "24 Hours From Tulsa", Just Us from Workington and the J's from Appleby.

Joe Costin replaced Harry Gilmour on drums in about 1966.

In 1968 Joe joined The Four Of Clubs with Billy Steele (formerly with Billy Steele and The Strollers)

Joe went on to become a popular DJ on Radio Cumbria.



The Renegades disbanded in 1967 but reformed in the mid 1980s to play charity gigs finally finishing in the late 1990s.

The final Renegades lineup was Peter White on guitar, Joe Semple on vocals, Geoff Howard on bass and Jimmy Graham on drums.

The photo on the left shows Peter White and Joe Semple in 1990