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Thread #122842   Message #3178441
Posted By: GUEST
29-Jun-11 - 02:13 PM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Wow!!! I came across this site by accident and couldn't stop reading it, albeit not all of it. So many familiar names. I often wonder what has happened to the folkies I knew and was saddened to hear of Frank McCall's death, who was a thoroughly lovely guy. Also Mary Price who I loved to have a chat with.

Someone mentioned Gill Burns. We are recent friends on Facebook and I think I'm right in saying that she is back in the family home.

I remember Barry Halpin SO well, having gone away on numerous camping expeditions with him and my husband Mick Johnson. The trips usually involved the whole Coyne family, so as you can imagine, wherever we went the music was great. The Travellers Rest Folk Club in St Helens was one of our regular haunts. We then ran (along with a COMMITTEE the Gregson Wells and have lots of happy memories of all the people there. I am led to believe that Martin Dunn is now a Coconut Dancer and his lovely smile is still recognisable, even through the blacked-up face.

Our group (Seoda Ceoil) consisted of Mick Johnson, myself, Mick Coyne, Shay Black, Martin Dunne and before he went to live in Ireland Davy Brennan. I saw Davy last year at Girvan Folk Festival and it was an absolute treat to see him again. Such a lovely man. I believe he is now a granddad.

Someone mentioned the folk group 'Therapy' with Dave Shannon and Fiona Simpson. When they originally formed, Sam Bracken (now my husband) was also a member. We met up again with Dave in 2006 when there was a Belfast Reunion Concert at the Waterfront Hall. We did a couple of spots together and decided to form a group called .... wait for it...... 'Alternative Therapy'. Dave is now recovering from throat cancer and doing very well. He retired as a BBC radio producer a few years ago now and we are still in touch with him and Linda, his wife.

What is Curly Pete up to these days? When I last saw Andy Seagroatt he said he'd seen him at Broadgreen Hospital.

Mick sadly died 10 years ago next month.

Well I think I've rattled on enough now. Look forward to many more happy memories.

Elaine Bracken (Johnson)