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Posted By: GUEST,Windmill folk John Mackenzie
08-Nov-09 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Just happened on this thread and saw a question about Windmill Folk playing in a Liverpool folk club. We, the Windmill folk used to play in the sportsman bar that was on the lower level of St Johns precinct by the pet stores. The windmill folk started as a group of Scouts who used to play in the Windmill pub in Parbold. I asked them if I could join them and we played some small gigs around Merseyside. One night I went to the sportsman who had various bands on through the week and asked the manager, ( Jim Shinner) if he would like to have a folk group on. He said yes, Give it a try. We played there every week also with guest artists appearing. The original line up was John Fenner, John Phipps, AN other, name I forget and me, John MacKenzie, A few months after our time there one of the group left and David Jones joined us. Dave was already well known on the folk scene. He used to be on the door at Gregsons Well where the Spinners played and seemed to know everyone . The group went on from strength to strength in the 70's guesting all around Merseyside, Cheshire north Wales and Staffordshire. We finally left the Sportsman and moved to "The Ship" in Haskayne .
We also ran another folk club in Formby at the football club. New valued members of the group at that time were Dave Bresnan and Dave Gould. They were great days I could write a book !. Dave Jones and I still sing together from time to time. Dave is involved in Folk and is chairman of the Folk North West Magazine as well as being a compere at many of the country's Folk festivals.