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Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99

The Sandman 19 May 17 - 03:33 PM
MikeL2 19 May 17 - 03:11 PM
Les in Chorlton 15 Sep 15 - 11:49 AM
GUEST,petehulme 14 Sep 15 - 04:04 PM
GUEST,Howard Jones 13 Mar 15 - 07:29 AM
GUEST,Susie 13 Mar 15 - 05:41 AM
Les in Chorlton 13 Mar 15 - 03:36 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 12 Mar 15 - 02:48 PM
GUEST,ian fleming campbell 12 Mar 15 - 12:16 PM
GUEST,Bill S in Adelaide 23 Feb 15 - 11:35 PM
GUEST,Blokfluit 23 Feb 15 - 05:04 AM
GUEST,Bill S in Adelaide 23 Feb 15 - 03:19 AM
GUEST,Ray 22 Feb 15 - 06:20 AM
GUEST 21 Mar 13 - 07:18 PM
GUEST,Ray 21 Mar 13 - 12:00 PM
GUEST,Rob the Roadie 21 Mar 13 - 10:47 AM
GUEST,Ray 21 Mar 13 - 05:04 AM
GUEST 20 Mar 13 - 09:56 PM
Greenm 20 Mar 13 - 07:52 PM
Les in Chorlton 05 Jan 13 - 08:16 AM
GUEST,an old git 04 Jan 13 - 04:06 PM
GUEST,Ian Page 21 Oct 12 - 10:17 PM
Les in Chorlton 29 Aug 12 - 06:24 AM
Les in Chorlton 29 Aug 12 - 06:23 AM
Les in Chorlton 29 Aug 12 - 06:20 AM
GUEST 29 Aug 12 - 05:10 AM
GUEST,paul(guest) in STRETFORD 28 Aug 12 - 09:47 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 10 Jan 12 - 05:49 AM
Les in Chorlton 10 Jan 12 - 05:19 AM
GUEST,Ray 10 Jan 12 - 04:27 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 09 Jan 12 - 05:58 PM
GUEST,Richard in Manchester 09 Jan 12 - 05:18 PM
John J 09 Jan 12 - 04:58 PM
GUEST,Shimrod 09 Jan 12 - 07:03 AM
GUEST,Bill S from Adelaide 09 Jan 12 - 05:29 AM
Bernard 08 Jan 12 - 07:31 PM
GUEST,Susie 08 Jan 12 - 07:04 PM
Noreen 08 Jan 12 - 01:42 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 08 Jan 12 - 11:38 AM
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GUEST,Ray 08 Jan 12 - 06:58 AM
Paul Burke 08 Jan 12 - 06:22 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 08 Jan 12 - 06:04 AM
GUEST,Paul Astles 07 Jan 12 - 08:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 May 17 - 03:33 PM

Steve Turner had/has a shop in nottingham, he has a website why not contact him


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: MikeL2
Date: 19 May 17 - 03:11 PM

Hi

Heard some sad news yesterday that Ken Greenhough who was well know as playing in Union Folk and latterly in Calico Jack passed away recently.

I knew Ken well years ago and am very sad to hear the news.

I know that many here will remember Ken.

My condolences go out to Keen and his lovely family. Also his many friends in the Folk Scene.


Cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 15 Sep 15 - 11:49 AM

Black Stan was , I believe Stan Ellison - who is alive and well, as far as I know - he turned up at the Dulcimer in Chorlton within the last year

And here we are on facebook

Where are you now Pete?


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,petehulme
Date: 14 Sep 15 - 04:04 PM

I remember the Crown and Anchor. Had some fab nights.The beggarmen were splendid.I always remember their excellent rendition of Dicey Riley to a crowded sweaty smokey room. Nobody seems to have mentioned the Whestsheaf on High St in town.Can't remember who ran it but I do remember a blues guy who used to call himself Black Stan ecstasy! Also there was a club on Wednesdays in the late 60s at the Hulme FE Centre. A small room right at the top of the building.I was only 16 and had no idea who the likes of Mike Harding, Rosie Hardman and Tony and Arthur were.I just know I loved their singing.There was a lot of local talent and enthusiasm there too.I had my first ever go at performing there and the guy who was running it gave me a Park Drive for my efforts. And the Seymour hotel in Chorlton had a club run by the excellent Harry Boardman.

And while I'm reminiscing , try there was as guy who used to sing woody Guthrie repertoire. He was bloody great!And whatever happened to Tony Hill who did a very entertaining Manchester Rambler!? Oh shit I'm back in 2015! What a shame


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Howard Jones
Date: 13 Mar 15 - 07:29 AM

The loos in the Harrington Arms were modernised many years ago. However before this, I remember one evening there was a group of young ladies in the pub. One of them went outside, and returned with a slightly shocked expression on her face. Then they all trooped out to see if it could really be true.

I'm not quite sure what facilities the gents offered, as it was usually too dark to see anything.

Not that anyone would dare to complain to the landlady, the formidable (but still fondly remembered) Mrs Bailey.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Susie
Date: 13 Mar 15 - 05:41 AM

Had occasion to see Roy Palmer a bit in the last few years - a lovely man. The Harrington Arms in Gawsworth, near Macc - when I was last there some 40 years ago, it had the original loos. Thunderbox with 3 holes of varying sizes in the ladies. Not a thing one forgets!


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 13 Mar 15 - 03:36 AM

I guess Paul Grainey but he left us a long time since


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 12 Mar 15 - 02:48 PM

Like many others, I was saddened to hear of the death of the writer of many many books on folk song, history and folklore, Roy Palmer (see separate thread). Roy was at university in Manchester, and had recently recalled singing The Foggy Dew at a student gathering in 1950. He was later involved with Harry and Lesley Boardman in the very early folk song gatherings in Manchester. Does anyone remember that far back, or know anyone still around who was involved with clubs with Harry and Roy in the early 1950s?
Derek


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,ian fleming campbell
Date: 12 Mar 15 - 12:16 PM

I remember the waggon and horses in bridge street and playing at the Manchester sports guild in 1964 run by frank duffy


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Bill S in Adelaide
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 11:35 PM

Or Bonfire Night at the Jolly Angler when he had a lot of cardboard boxes on the bonfire and a sudden wind came up blowing the blazing boxes through the middle of the set, of course GMM kept going. We usually went to the Moulders as well though I gather this went many years ago.
If Macclesfield is allowed, I'll throw in the Harrington Arms to get back to the thread.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Blokfluit
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 05:04 AM

I believe the music in the Jolly Angler is still going strong. This is a great little pub and a rare survivor, but apparently best avoided when City are playing at home!
I'd forgotten about the night you mention (strange how patchy some of my memories of Gorton Morris are), but the memories are now flooding back. Excuse me a minute ....


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Bill S in Adelaide
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 03:19 AM

Is there still folk in the Jolly Anglers? I might be passing in a few weeks. It was a regular end of tour for Gorton Morris before it was altered, with a bit of a session. We were there one night in a real pea souper and couldn't dance on the road till a couple of coppers asked what we were doing, got on the radio and ordered a ring of cop cars with full lights on so we could dance in the middle. The odd car coming along Ducie St definitely got a shock!


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 22 Feb 15 - 06:20 AM

Bump!

In view of the recent crash/loss of posts, would Tony & Derek Hardman's niece please re-post her contact details so I can get in touch.

Ray


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 13 - 07:18 PM

No Ray, I'm the Ali from Saddleworth - but you're right, there was an Ali in Tickawinda (brilliant group), and they were also residents at the Rose and Crown. Ali x


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 21 Mar 13 - 12:00 PM

I thought "Grannys" was a mile or so further South at the Crown and not the Blossoms.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Rob the Roadie
Date: 21 Mar 13 - 10:47 AM

No one seems to have mentioned The vBlossoms Folk Club sessions Properly known as Grannys Folk Club. Had many a great night there even if it was only four of us crowded around the fire singing playing and of course drinking.
heady days.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 21 Mar 13 - 05:04 AM

That wouldn't be the "Ali" of Ticcawinda fame would it?

I well remember the great nights we used to have at Dot's buffet with the long marble bar top and steaming helpings of black peas.

We all know what happened to regulars the likes of Clive Gregson and Les Barker but are people such as Annie Chester and Cheryl Gibbons nowadays?


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Mar 13 - 09:56 PM

I started off going to the Tameside clubs - the Rose and Crown in Stalybridge with the regular guest nights was my favourite every friday night - Clive Gregson was a resident then. Also the singers nights at the Butchers Arms in Mossley, and the Buffet Bar in Stalybridge (still going!). And of course the Cross Keys in Uppermill - my local! Very fond memories! Ali x


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Greenm
Date: 20 Mar 13 - 07:52 PM

There must be someone out there remembers the Eccles folk clubs 1967 to early 70's - I used to run the Cross Keys and when Jim Green the owner decided that he wanted to use the room for more productive purposes we moved to the Duke of York.

For a while we had Porter Cunningham as residents whilst the original residency at the Keys was the Free Folk. The Keys was always regarded as probably the most comfortable Folk Club in Manchester as we had plush armchairs and "real" carpet on the floor. Guests during that time were Mike Harding, Rosie Hardman (with Bob Axford), Pete Ryder etc. On one occasion whilst at MSG on Monday Night Singers club a couple of Americans (Mike & Debbie) from the deep south were playing (apparently busking around Europe) and I booked them for the Keys that was probably one of the most surreal folk evenings I have ever hosted.

I understand that the Duke of York carried on in the70's after I left and the Pub changed hands; but perhaps the most memorable nighht there was when Miss England was visiting and I remember playing the piano, "the most beautiful girl in the world" not really folk but who cared...... I think our most memorable guest at the Duke was Ralph McTell but thats another story......


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 08:16 AM

The Beech Band will not be playing in
The Beech until the decorators have finished.
In the meantime we will be singing songs and playing tunes at The Dulcimer in Chorlton
Further details as and when


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,an old git
Date: 04 Jan 13 - 04:06 PM

When i used to go to the one in Stevenson square in late 60s
the beggarmen agreat irisg combo used to run it.i cant remembernthe oubs name.
The one that gave me my lifelong love of folk
was run at the Hulme Evening Centre near Royce Rd.It could have been a tame affair with the only refreshment a cuppa in the interval but we had some rip roaring times with all comera having a go
and lots of encouragement frpm the guy who ran
it. amzingly Mike Harding and Rosie Hardman turned up to entertain.I rememberlovely renditions of the silkie and Calico printers clerk by a regular with his banjo.and a very happy memory of Tony Hill singing the Manchester Rambler in about 69.I still chuckle when Iremember him extending the chorus to but Iam a free man on Sunday...and Monday and Tuesday etc good old hippies.And while Im at it there was a guy who used to sing Woody Guthrie songs beautifully!Thanks


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Ian Page
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 10:17 PM

Nobody seems to have mentioned the folk club upstairs at the Old Clock Face Hotel at the bottom of Toad Lane in Rochdale. I was an irregular attender in the 1960's and remember Mike Harding and Harry Boardman dropping in there.

The stairs were steep and the room long and very narrow. The club could be so packed that it reminded you of those 'how many people can you get in a mini car' competitions.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 06:24 AM

Sorry I seem to have lost my ability to go blue & clicky

Les


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 06:23 AM

Songs & Tunes at The Beech


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 06:20 AM

Hi Guest,

I went to the Song Carriers around 1973/4 amazing club. Then again when it had moved to The Volunteer on Washway Road, Sale around 2005?

I think Terry had died a few years earlier but Dave Bishop sang that night - and still does on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at The Beech, Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EG.

Songs & Tunes at The Beech

Come and join us?

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 05:10 AM

I also remember David Hilary a family friend in the 1960's and Terry Wheelan. i last met them in the 1990's at a social occassion


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,paul(guest) in STRETFORD
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 09:47 PM

THE MILLSTONE HOTEL Wilson ST M/C "SONGCARRIERS" Folk club run by
residents Terry Whelan,Steve Mayne,Dave Bishop,Pam and Alan
Bishop (no relation to Dave),and Rowdy Yates.Some brilliant guests,
including A.L.LLOYD,FRANKIE ARMSTRONG,TONY ROSE,ALISON POTTS nee Mc Morland.....and last but by no means least an ageing Scottish shepherd
WILLY SCOTT.Great nights indeed.Political indoctrination provided by
Ewan MacColl,and Peggy Seeger
I don`t know what year the MSG folk club closed (Manchester Sports Guild) ,but to remind you all of a pain,I`ll just mention JENKS.
If you could stay out of his way,some good guests here too.NIC JONES,MARTIN CARTHY, DICK GAUGHAN,THE TAVERNERS ,and many others.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 10 Jan 12 - 05:49 AM

Don't really know where Steve's music shop was based, but I thought it wasn't in Manchester.
Steve's website has this biography, and a list of gigs through 2012 and into 2013.... nearest to manchester is Uppermill.

""Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's.

Steve began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. Joining the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years.

In 1979, he won the Melody Maker "Stars of the 80s" national competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally.

A period of thirteen years away from the folk scene followed with Steve building a violin retailing business and diversifying musically into a more classical mode.

But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood so 2004 saw Steve make a welcome return to the folk scene.

Steve's 5th album, his first for 22 years "The Whirligig of Time" featuring guests Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and Miranda Sykes was released in March 2008. See News & Reviews page for further details. He was the featured artist and on the cover of the January/February 2008 (Issue 77) Edition of "The Living Tradition" magazine. Read some of the interview with Steve online. Steve also featured on the front page of "Stirrings" magazine with an interview in May 2009 and was also interviewed in the "International Concertina Association" magazine Volume 5 in 2008.""

www.steve-turner.co.uk he lives in Beeston, Notts.

Derek


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 10 Jan 12 - 05:19 AM

Starnge how these threads spring to life again. Very early on I listed all the folk clubs and sessions I could find currently. One that I listed was:


Salford Folk Music Workshop: Friday Room 200, Maxwell Building, Salford University, Manchester M5 4WT 1st Fri 8:00

This a monthly tunes session and still goes on.

I don't know if a club ever existed in the Print works - which was Maxwell-Land in its previuos life as Shimdrod/Dave suggest above.

L in C#
Songs and tunes at The Beech every Wednesday:
Here


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 10 Jan 12 - 04:27 AM

"Turner and Hall" - sounds more like a hardware shop!

As I said in a previous post - I thought the shop was in Nottingham. (The now defunct Hobgoblin branch)


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 09 Jan 12 - 05:58 PM

Bill, I wandered into Manchester this afternoon and noticed that the old Maxwell Building is NOT called "The Works", it's called "The Printworks" - doh!

Not that it matters - like most developments in Manchester, these days, it's a silly, grandiose waste of space. I anticipate that it will close in a year or two.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Richard in Manchester
Date: 09 Jan 12 - 05:18 PM

Derek, was Steve Turner's shop called 'Turner and Hall'? On Deansgate for a while, then down somewhere between Levenshulme and Burnage I think. Probably 20 years ago or more.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: John J
Date: 09 Jan 12 - 04:58 PM

Anyone remember Friday nights at the Ring o' Bells Folk Club in Middleton back in the 1970s? An excellent club run by Eric Peacock and Ken & Mags Whiting.

There was some sort of tie-up with Bury Folk Club (Saturday night) at The Old Blue Bell - if you were a member of one you automatically had membership of the other.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 09 Jan 12 - 07:03 AM

"Just looked at the thread again. I note from Les that there is still a club in the Maxwell building, ... though it wasn't yet called the Maxwell in my day.

Actually, Bill the name "Maxwell Building" is now also obsolete - it's now called "The Works" and contains a cinema and various bars and restaurants (i.e. the more expensive fast food chains).


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Bill S from Adelaide
Date: 09 Jan 12 - 05:29 AM

Just looked at the thread again. I note from Les that there is still a club in the Maxwell building, which is where we ran it in the late 60's. Is this a continual venue? Would be one of the longest running clubs in the same venue, if so, though it wasn't yet called the Maxwell in my day.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Bernard
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 07:31 PM

Yes, Helen's funeral and wake were a truly fitting send off for her - and I was delighted when the family asked me to play her little green accordion as a final tribute - I chose 'Blarney Pilgrim', 'Kesh Jig' and 'Foxhunters', as they were some of her favourite tunes that we'd played together on numerous occasions.

Helen and I had an odd sort of arrangement with accordions - she bought a blue Delicia a few years ago, and sold the little green Hohner to me... then she fell out with the blue one, so we did a swap... then she fell out with the green one again, and we swapped back... I've lost track of how many times we swapped altogether, but she finished up with the green one! Anyway, now I have both of them...

It was good that Ted could be there - I'd been to Derek Bradburne's funeral at Walton Crem that morning... so I barely had time to pick Ted up in Eccles and get over to Altrincham Crem, but we made it.

Ted did an emotional version of 'Lili Marlene' at the wake...


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Susie
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 07:04 PM

Geoff Woodhead, Sydney, Australia - THAT explains why no-one's heard of you! Would love to hear from you - get in touch via Village Quire website!
Just went down this old thread and found such a lot of info, which brought back such a lot of memories. I was privileged to be at the funeral and session send-off-wake for the wonderful Helen Jocys last Thursday. Many musicians and singers there - a packed house to show how much this remarkable lady was loved and appreciated. Bollin Morris exists as it is now because of her.
Ted Edwards attended the funeral and the wake... very pleased to see him after all those years.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Noreen
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 01:42 PM

Yes, Paul Connor died about 8 years ago; I knew him from the Jolly Angler on Monday evenings where he would come and sometimes read his verses.

I loved his one about meeting -and losing- his love in Lewis's in Manchester, as he was going up one escalator and she was going down the other. Anyone keep a record of it? He didn't like anyone recording him.

I also think of Paul whenever I hear the shanty about a big buck 'navvy' with his seaboots on.
Paul's theory was that the only reason for the seaboots being remarkable enough to be mentioned in the song, was that they were all he was wearing...


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 11:38 AM

well, thanks for the sartorial compliment ...
Boot - Ian Ankers - is living near Macclesfield and still singing - in fact, we were at a folk get-together in Crewe 10 days ago. Paul Connor I think is dead. Still see Steve Turner around - he disappeared for a while with his own musical instrument shop. Seen him a few times a few years ago, though not too recently.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: paulthesinger
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 10:32 AM

Hi Ray, yes he's my brother. He's still in the Manchester area but not been playing recently


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 07:07 AM

Spring Inn,Rochdale, on Sundays nights in the early 80's run by the Tim Bobbin folk group.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 06:58 AM

Paul Astles - are you related to "Pete" Astles? - remember him well with his old levin guitar.

Paul Burke - Steve Turner owned the Nottingham branch of Hobgoblin for a while although its there no more.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Paul Burke
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 06:22 AM

And don't ask for Slow Suicide...

I remember Derek at the Welcome, always looked tidy and well dressed compared to us unruly hippies. And a young concertina player with an almighty stammer except when singing- I'm glad Steve Turner managed to overcome that. Boot, what happened to him? Not to mention Paul Connor...


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 08 Jan 12 - 06:04 AM

half a biryani, surely .... :-)
Derek


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Paul Astles
Date: 07 Jan 12 - 08:31 PM

I only just found this thread! Hi I remember Bryn Pugh from the Msg. Remember Pete Astles? He played with the Pennine Folk and did the singers night at the Msg in 1968. I remember your black leather jacket! I still play and my first public performance was at the Railway in Sale in 1971. Pete Ryder and John Wilson and Big John McAtee are all familiar names and faces as well as Mary Asquith, Marie Little, Tony Hardman. Nice to see all this stuff being discussed. Hope people are still posting! I remember the biryani at the Plaza too!


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: dave crowhurst
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 08:22 AM

i'm a bit slow on this electronic stuff but have just registered as a member.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: GUEST,Dave Crowhurst,Blighty,NSW,Australia
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 08:04 AM

I do remember,vaguely, the clubs and the performers, it was a long time ago,
before swimming was ever invented,remember that from mike harding.

If the Liverpool Fishermen were on I would make a point of being there first so as to get the middle seat at the front and watch them perform The Green Eyed Yellow Idol.
Being a regular at the Golden Lion on a Sunday night,having won several raffle ticket draws the previous week,this night my tickets kept coming out of the hat,in the end they wouldn't give me the final prize which was an LP.I told them in no uncertain terms what I
thought of them.

Can I use this thread to try and locate two very good friends of mine
Andy and Kate Walker?I grew up with Andy from about 5 yr old and have lost contact?
Think they called themselves Innesfree,were performing the greater manchester clubs in the early 70's,Andy singing and playing guitar,banjo,harp and bagpipes and Kate playing fiddle.
If anyone could give me a lead it would be very much appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: blinddrunkal
Date: 10 Sep 10 - 08:18 AM

I haven't quite got the hang of this yet - just posted a reply that seems to have been eaten. Mick was at Salford Tech' in 1967/68, and was in a group called "The Moonshiners" who appeared on Granada TV's "First Timers" singing "McAlpine's Fusiliers" - could be the same Salford Irishman!


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 10 Sep 10 - 07:56 AM

'Mick Cosgrave' if I am not mistaken comes to the Beech sings and plays all manner of things - is it the same MC?

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Folk Clubs, Greater Manchester 1960-99
From: blinddrunkal
Date: 10 Sep 10 - 07:38 AM

Can't find any mention of The Pack Horse on Bridge Street - I used to go there in 1967 - if I remember correctly (and I don't always) the resident players were Norman Jones and Dick (Collison?) - saw Mary Asquith, Meic Stevens, Harry Boardman, amongst others (the late Brian Moss). That was the first time I heard "Blues Run The Game" sung by Mary Asquith, in a much later (30 odd years) conversation with Meic, he said he'd learned the song from Jackson C.Frank in the Troubador, and passed it on to Mary, but then everybody used to sing that song back then. A year or so later we had a College folk club in the Cross Keys on Broad Street, Salford, with residents Pat Ford, Mick Cosgrave, Brian Moss, and the enigmatic "Black Stan". Last time I saw Stan was in the Salutation near the Art College, he'd shaved off his beard, and said he was moving to Sussex to record an album - heard nothing since.....has anybody??


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