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Posted By: GUEST,John Bisson
16-Nov-09 - 11:51 AM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
I used to frequent the Green Moose in Brook's Alley circa 1967/68 sometimes with my school pal Arthur Reeve. The Kirkby Town Three fronted by Willie Russell were the resident group. If you Google the name, there is an entry for them. I recall such songs as ' The Derby Ram','Greenland Whale Fisheries', a song which began with 'Oh don't we live all in curious times...', 'I Played in My Back Yard Yesterday', a cheerful little ditty (not!) called 'Bottle of Gin'-- a real song to make you want to slit your wrists, if there was ever one.
In fact as I type, I am only 30 yards from the old Central Cafe were the Moose club was held. (I work in an office on Church St which fronts Brooks Alley. The building still has Central Cafe on it, but it is derelict & boarded over--it adjoins the Old Post Office pub which was the start of the evening, usually.)

I also used to go to the 'Black Horse Folk Music Hall' in the B.H pub in West Kirby fronted by The Hooters, comprising Tom Topping & his mate whose name I forget. I saw Mike Harding, Jake Thackray & sundry other people there in the early 1970s (Fourpenny Bridge from Yorkshire? Stan? (Ambrose?--made an LP called 'A Lady's Man' I think) (Not Hugill-saw him with the Spinners at the Phil), Brownsville Jug Band -an absolute riot! Therapy with a stunning girl singer, again I think there's a Google entry.

Tom Topping became the Tom Topping Band--they did a gig at my children's primary school in the mid 80's appx. & his son's band appears locally, I think. They have been on the Pacific Road theatre in Birkenhead recently, I think.

Went to the Clubship Landfall, saw the Crofters, I think, als0 the Mitre on Dale St-can't remember who we saw there.

Happy days!