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Thread #122842   Message #2999369
Posted By: GUEST,John Cornett
04-Oct-10 - 11:05 AM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
No Problem Fred Thanks to Clive for mentioning it last night.
After I had replied I decide to see what else was in the 'thread' and after reading them all for the last three hours they have brought back some wonderful memories.
Just for the Mudcat and memories record, Frank and I started work in the same shipping company in May 1960. At the time he was interested in and singing (dare I mention it) Country & Western, with the usual 3 chords. Frank wanted to learn more so together with fellow worker Dave Donnelley and girlfriend Eve Jones (between us we knew at least 4 chords) we started singing together and after regular trips to the Spinners Club, I am happy to say Frank got converted to the Folk Tradition and we eventually formed a group 'The Farriers' and ran a Folk Club in The Cattlemarket pub (as somebody previously mentioned, it's claim to fame as being Next to the Abbatoir).
Frank and I also frequented the Liverpool Trad Club on Saturday nights in the Bamboo room of the 'Vic' as did a young lad called John Davies who was in a group called the 'Jonhowans' with Howard Parker and wife Ann (hence the name) after providing some Bass harmonies to our songs it was decided the three of us should 're-group' and consequently 'The King's Shilling'(Mark I) was formed, and named, on 3rd March 1968. After enjoying considerable success in the North West clubs Frank eventually decided he wanted to delve further into 'the Tradition' and went off on his travels. This led to the forming of 'The King's Shilling' (Mark II) with the addition of Tony Rosney and similar bookings around North West and also a one week 'World Tour' of the South of England from Swindon to Croydon (and a return booking in Croydon the following week for 12).
Have to leave it there for now, got to cut the grass, or, in the title of an Irish tune 'Trim the Velvet'.