The Lyricals gallery 1920 - 1926
this page first published by John Wright, 10 December 2004
last update 21 November email@example.com
1. Photos of the early Lyricals band
1.1 earliest Lyricals photo shows the influence of the Original Dixieland Dance Band who Harry and Syd had seen performing at the Hammersmith Palais in 1920. Mark Lyons has dated this photo 1920. Personnel appear to be:
left-to-right: Syd Roy, N.Tronny, Harry Roy, Harold Lyons, Eddie Collis.
1.2 this photo is also from 1920
L-to-R: Syd Roy, N.Tronny, Harry Roy, Harold Lyons, Eddie Collis.
1.3 now the band was resident at Rector's. Mark has dated this photo 1922, and we see the arrival of Tommy Venn.
L-to-R: Syd Roy, Tommy Venn, Harry Roy, N.Tronny, Harold Lyons, Eddie Collis:
1.4 this photo is also from 1922
L-to-R: N.Tronny, Syd Roy, Tommy Venn, Harry Roy, Harold Lyons, Eddie Collis:
1.5 this photo is dated 1926, and from it we identified N. Tronny. From other photos he appears to have played violin and trombone.
1.6 this photo is also from 1926, and we see the band was now resident at the Cafe de Paris, London
L-to-R: N. Tronny, Syd Roy, Harry Roy, Eddie Collis, Harold Lyons, Tommy Venn.
1.7 this photo was taken in the Cafe de Paris, London. Mark has dated it 1924 but the added trumpets suggest it may be later. Thanks to Mike Thomas for identities of trumpeters
L-to-R: Harold Lyons, Eddie Collis, Harry Roy, Syd Roy (standing), Tommy Venn, 1st trumpet Bert Wilton, A.C. Heather?, and 2nd trumpet is possibly Sid Parsons.
1.8 this photo was also taken in the Cafe de Paris, London. Mark has dated it 1926.
Back row L-to-R: Harry Roy, ?, ?, ?,
Front row L-to-R: Harold Lyons, Eddie Collis, Tommy Venn, Syd Roy.
1.9 In 1930 The Lyricals toured Germany. This postcard dated 27 January states:
"My address for this week only is Hotel Leopold, Munich. This is the place we are working at in Berlin. We start January 31st" (at the Haus Gurmenia)
1.10 This is the Haus Gurmenia, Berlin 1930
1.11 Here are the Syd Roy Lyricals at the Haus Gurmenia, Berlin 1930
L-to-R: trumpet (Ernest Broadhurst), trombone, trumpet (Stan Gosling), Syd Roy, Eddie Collis, Harry Roy, Tommy Venn, sax, Harold Lyons
(thank you to Barbara Saunders for identification of Ernest Broadhurst, and to Paul Sarjeant for identification of Stan Gosling)
1.12 another photo from the Haus Gurmenia, Berlin 1930