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Posted By: GUEST,Andy Seagroatt
29-Aug-09 - 09:55 AM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Just caught up after coming back from Whitby - some more recollections prompted by this thread:

Like John Howson, I started off going to Jacqui and Bridie's Club when I was 15 although I don't remember him from that club, only the Calton Club later on (I think it was Calton rather than Carlton after the song, the 'Calton Weaver'. At Jacqui and Bridie's they used to put on tea and sandwiches before the club started (not that I ever went that early). There was Stan Mason tape recorded every night, I wonder what happened to those tapes, and Ron, a concertina player, who used to sit in the front row and knit. And either Robin Hall or Alex Campbell drinking a whole bottle of whisky during the performance from a pint tea mug. A good singer called Louise who was a regular and Anthea ? and her brother - didn't she marry Peter Bellamy or am I mistaken?

John's forgotten that I was in the Wakes very briefly when it started but then I went to college in Leeds so that was the end of that.

We used to have a huge house in Broadgreen in an unadopted road and the MFRA bus was parked outside for a couple of years. I've no idea what the neighbours made of it, we never asked.

I remember John Kaneen's Australian songs as 'The Road to Gundagai' and 'Bloody, Bloody, Bloody' and the cartoon of Bob Dylan on Jim Peden's guitar case showing a rear view of him bending over with 'Another Side of Bob Dylan' written underneath.

And I was at the concert in the theatre at the side of St George's Hall, Willie Russell (now my brother in law) was part of the show with The Kirby Town Three singing 'The Mersey Tunnel is 3 miles long and the roof is made of glass' and 'Bottle of Gin' amongst other songs.

The third Leesider was Pete Hayes.

No one mentions the Spinners much these days but, although I was never a fan, they did a huge amount to popularise folk music during the revival. It's a shame they don't get more credit for that.