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Posted By: GUEST,Sam Bracken
18-Nov-16 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
Subject: RE: Liverpool Folk Club 1970
I don't know how I managed to miss this thread from all those years ago. I noticed that John Howson mentions the group I was in with my husband, Mick (Johnson), Shay Black, Mick Coyne and Davy Brennan. He says that Tony Gibbons was in our group (Seoda Ceoil). This was not the case. Shay and Tony were later in a group together called Garva. When Mick Coyne went to live in Ireland, he was replaced by Martin Dunn (flute). As mentioned by Barbara Snape (nee Bennion) Martin did live in Bacup, but Andy Seagroatt informed me recently when he visited us that he now lives in Amble, Northumberland. I remember the very start of The Liverpool Traditional Folk Club at The Gregson Wells. We wanted to run it with as many residents as possible, so that we would always have a good residents evening when we didn't have a guest on. I remember John Howson and Barbara Bennion performing together, Tony Rosney, Gron, Frank McCall. I remember Trevor Owen and I'm afraid other names have faded into the mists of time. When it was Mick's (Johnson) turn to book the guests, we had Tom Anderson and Peerie Willie Johnson, Alison McMorland, Ray Fisher, Kevin Mitchell and lots of other brilliant artistes around at the time. Mick and I left Seoda Ceoil when we had children (3) and subsequently moved to Cumbria. We kept in touch with Shay and Martin for many years. Lost touch with Mick Coyne, albeit his mum came to watch Sam and I when we were on at The Bothy Folk Club a few years back. Mick was killed in a cycling accident 15 years ago. I have met up with Davy Brennan a couple of times recently. He now lives in Edinburgh. I live in Settle, North Yorkshire with my husband Sam Bracken, who used to be in a band called Five Hand Reel and Therapy. We now have a band with an old friend of mine and Micks from the Liverpool days, Steve Keene (fiddle), then there is Andrew, Service, Gaye Woolard, Mike Harding, Sam and myself. We go under the dubious name of 'Giggleswick Temperance Band'. What would we do without music in our lives? Best wishes to all. Elaine Bracken (Johnson that was)