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Posted By: GUEST,Andy Seagroatt
19-Aug-09 - 04:40 AM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
I was in Mabel's Own Ceilidh band which used to play regularly in The Post Office pub which was round the corner from the Green Moose as well as at the Victoria on Saturday evenings. Mabel was the very sharp tongued landlady of the Post Office! It was put together and named in order to enter a competition for the first Liverpool Folk Festival which was held in the Bluecoat. Another entrant was The Liverpool Shantymen which was put together by Tony Wilson with the aim of having the maximum number of members allowed for a group (12 if I remember rightly - I also sang with them on that occasion). I can't remember who won, it was either Mabel's Own or the shantymen. It was judged by Bert Lloyd I think. This was probably in 1967 or 1968.

Members of Mabel's own were myself on banjo, Rod Davies (fiddle), Bernie Davies (melodeon), Stan Ambrose (Whistle), Tony Murphy (Triangle), Richie ? (Whistle and bodhran), Pete Rowley (whistle), Jim Byrne (Snare Drum) and maybe others but I'm not sure now. We were never very serious but it was good fun.
All the above are recollections some of which could be wrong of course!