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GUEST,Graham Bradshaw manchester sports guild folk club (154* d) RE: manchester sports guild 22 Sep 08

Forgot to say in previous post, I played at MSG several times in the late 60s - with Derek Sarjeant Trio. We drove all the way up from Surbiton - which in those days was nearly a whole days jaunt (pre M6), although thinking about it, it's not much different post M6!! But you couldn't be late. If the contract said start at 8.00, if you were late, Jenks used to dock your fee, even if you weren't due on till 9.00. Disley, who also used to do it regularly, never got his full fee!!

Also, on the subject of Alex Campbell, we always used to say that he had opened and closed more clubs than anybody else. He was a favourite for the opening night as he was a guaranteed 'full house' to get things off to a good start. And usually a few months later, there he was again closing things down. (Yes, even in those great days, clubs used to close frequently - usually because of landlords/breweries etc - but often through lack of support. If you didn't get the formula right even then, things failed. Nothing changes really. The difference was there were always new ones starting up).

Alex was a lovely man, but after a few whiskies did get a bit morose, and I can remember us sending him home after the interval at Surbiton as he was no longer capable of finishing off the night. But we still booked him back time aand time again. There was no one to match him for engaging an audience when he was on form.


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