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Andy M Birmingham Folk Clubs 1950's to 1970's (17) RE: Birmingham Folk Clubs 1950's to 1970's 06 Dec 19

I'm unsure quite what Diamond Geezer is asking for here, and he seems to be getting a load of lists. In the early/mid sixties there were several city centre folk clubs, but only a few who regularly booked guests from the nascent pro performers. There were also excellent suburban clubs run by performer/enthusiasts, and the occasional venue putting on a folk act.
The Campbell's Jug O' Punch was by a long way the biggest, with major UK/Irish & American guests. It was however a club that attracted an audience who generally did not go to other clubs, and was rarely (in my experience) patronised by other club organisers. It was here that Harvey Andrews honed his skills, and I'd be interested to know which other future pros (Coe/Caddick etc?) started their careers after my time.
The other major influence in Birmingham began at The Peanuts, run by Pam & Alan Bishop, and the firs club I went to in around '64. They relinquished running it to join with Charles Parker and start the very focussed Grey Cock and B'ham & Midland Folk Centre. Guests were often true traditional performers.
So many gaps that list can't fill.

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