The Early Years

Jonesy the band was, and is, a concept.

Like other British progressive rock bands, Jonesy is about pushing songs beyond the 3 minute confines (a format established 100 years ago as a result of the limitations of early technology – simply, then it wasn’t possible to produce longer recordings).

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John Evan Jones & Trevor 'Gypsy' Jones

Most of all, the history of Jonesy has been about an ongoing battle between two brothers: Trevor (Gypsy) and John Evan-Jones who started playing music together at a very early age. Initially they were taught music by their grandfather who was a Salvation Army bandmaster – Trevor played cornet, John played trombone. Trevor, four years the senior, first taught himself to play banjo and guitar and then taught John. Trevor and a close friend 'Forbes' played as a duo at the height of the skiffle period (in their form at school, 20 of the 30 boys had guitars!). As John got better on banjo, Trevor and Forbes started to include him in the gigs (SEE PICTURE BELOW).

As a pupil at Simon Langton School in Canterbury, Trevor was part of the early Canterbury scene from which several bands emerged, including ‘Soft Machine’ and ‘Caravan’ among others.

In the early 60’s, the family Evan-Jones emigrated to Australia. A local band called The Revelles were looking for a lead singer/rhythm guitarist and offered Trevor the gig. He offered to take it on the condition that they took his brother as well. The three guys in The Revelles did not want to do this so Trevor suggested that he and John would play with them for a month, during which time they could find another lead singer. However, the new lineup worked so well that it stayed together and changed the name to Chaos and Co.


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