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Posted By: GUEST,Derek Schofield
18-Aug-09 - 05:18 AM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Reading these postings about one city's folk music making over a 20 year period makes you wonder about the present day scene. As already pointed out, only one club survives in Liverpool centre, at the Everyman, and there is, of course, the thriving Bothy in Southport - both originating in and/or supported by the same people who were involved in the 70s (and earlier). There are a few other clubs I've no doubt on the Wirral, Maghull...
So where does the current day teenage equivalent to us all those years ago get to hear folk music today? No doubt there's a session or two. And the Phil has occasional concerts, and there is the arts centre circuit (Southport, again, and other towns surrounding Liverpool.) But where is that intermediary - where local singers can get up and perform in front of an audience (bit different to a session) and also hear guest performers close up, generally unamplified.
It was a formula that worked extremely well, for a while. Perhaps folk clubs were just a briefly experienced phenomenon whose time has passed. Though there are examples of flourishing clubs around.
I am not being specific to Liverpool here. I spent 3 years in manchester and could have gone to folk clubs, by bus, 7 days a week - in fact, I sometimes did (to the detriment of my university studies perhaps!) I saw some of the best names on the scene at the time. Now there are no folk clubs in the centre of the city or even much in the suburbs.
the folk scene is witnessing a whole host of young talented singers and musicians - think of all that talent performing in the folk clubs of the 60s and 70s! It might have made some of them better able to relate to an audience, better able to project to an audience, but we would have been wowed by the talent! But ... where are the young audiences to go alongside them? Some of them are at festivals - Towersey springs to mind, but today's young audiences seem not to want to sit in concerts!

sorry if this hijacks the Liverpool folk club reminiscence thread, which I am really enjoying.