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Posted By: Fred McCormick
11-Aug-09 - 10:16 AM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
The session was called the Mersey Traditional Gathering. Unfortunately, the name of the pub has gone out of my head. If it comes back I'll repost it. The pub in fact deserves some sort of memorial because it was just opposite the Royal Court Theatre, and the bar was adorned with photographs of old time music hall turns. Rumour has it that Spike Milligan came into the session one night and sang a song. I also recall a mirror down the far end of the bar, which bore the legend "Smoke Butterfly Cigarettes".

In any event, the session operated there from the mid to late 60s, when the pub closed for redevelopment. From there we moved to the Trawler on the Dock Road and from there to the Hare and Hounds on Commutation Row, after which the session petered out.

You were right about the bamboo room and the awful toilets. In fact the whole pub was in a state of massive decrepitude. But the session functioned as a singaround, with occasional booked guests, and operated a policy of (largely unaccompanied) traditional songs only. It was that more than anything which first whetted my appetite for the raw bar.