the virtual folk club - gtr. manchester
Welcome to the Virtual Folk Club
Here is compiled a wide range of sound and video recordings from as long ago as the mid 1970s.
Of course, given the age of some of the earlier recordings, the quality is, to say the least, 'variable' but regardless of the quality the content is a valuable record of performers and venues which provided the opportunity for thousands of people to perform, listen socialise and share their interest in live Folk Music.
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Included are audio and video recordings
of former clubs and concerts, photographs
and other memorabilia such as posters,
flyers and tickets, and links to current
clubs and performers.
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THE STAR INN FOLK CLUB, SALFORD GO TO
MARTIN CARTHY LISTEN
BRAM TAYLOR LISTEN
GENTLEMAN SOLDIER LISTEN
STANLEY ACCRINGTON LISTEN
PAUL DOWNES LISTEN
HARRY OGDEN LISTEN
THE DUKE OF YORK, ECCLES GO TO
BARRY OATES - JANUARY 1982 LISTEN
THE UNICORN F.C. MANCHESTER GO TO
SARA GREY LISTEN
SINGERS' NIGHT - 28.01.1984 LISTEN
SINGERS' NIGHT - 04.02.1984 LISTEN
SINGERS' NIGHT - 11.02.1984 LISTEN
SINGERS' NIGHT - 18.02.1984 LISTEN
MARK HEYWOOD & MALCOLM RAMSKILL LISTEN
THE UNICORN VILLAGE BAND - 03.03.1984 LISTEN
PETER COE - 10.03.1984 LISTEN
SINGERS' NIGHT - 16.06.1984 LISTEN
LOL & JANET LUNCH - 02.06.1984 LISTEN
THE UNICORN VILLAGE BAND - 22.12.1984 LISTEN
FOLK ON THE HILL, MANCHESTER GO TO
SINGERS' NIGHT - 17.08.1990 LISTEN
SINGERS' NIGHT - 08.03.1991 LISTEN
LYNN & BARRY HARDMAN - 03.05.1991 LISTEN
HANK & THE WOLF - 09.08.1991 LISTEN
MARTIN GITTINS - 11.10.1991 LISTEN
PETE COWAP - 12.06.1992 LISTEN
FLIXTON FOLK CLUB - BIRD I'TH HAND GO TO
RESIDENTS AND REGULARS 1992 C.D. LISTEN
January 21st 1976 - January 21st 1997
In November 1975 'Pint 'n' Half' (Martin Gittins and Rick Rybicki) stood in for Mike Canavan to play a gig at a small back street pub in Salford. They were immediately re-booked for a return gig in December and, they were so taken by the venue, they agreed with the landlord 'One-Armed Wally' Marshall that they agreed to try a regular weekly Folk Club starting in January of the following year. and so The Legend was born.
In the 23 years that followed the Star Inn Folk Club hosted a guest performer EVERY WEEK - a total of 1149 nights of live music, a record unlikely ever to be surpassed.
Residents in the beginning were Pint 'n' Half and 'Johnny Crescendo' (Alan Houldsworth) although Alan left after the first year or so. Later, when Rick moved to Todmorden and 'Pint 'n' Half was dissolved, Martin continued alone for several years before teaming up with long-time mate Bob Ashworth for the remaining years.
Below is a small selection of nights from the club including the last 40 minutes of the final night (which featured John Cartain, who had been the guest on the very first night, among a crowd of other performers.)