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Rank Yorkshire folk clubs 60's and 70's (176* d) RE: Yorkshire folk clubs 60's and 70's 11 Jan 10

Polyfolk at the Grapes, Trippett Lane, on Tuesdays. All the best artists (subjective)were be booked at affordable prices in those days. We convinced John Bartley to do monologues then as he couldn't sing anywhere near in tune.
Broomhill Tavern on Wednesdays. Singers club run by Lynne & Graham Barber I think. They went of to sing on cruise ships. I'd love to know what happened to them.
The Three Cranes on Queen Street on Friday. Run by Tony Furniss, sadly no longer with us. May have been run by Malcolm Fox before I went, also sadly no longer with us. Saw some really good people there for the first time.
Saturday, can't remember. Was it Win White's Club on Greystones Road then? Went a few times, but it was a bit expensive. Had people like Steeleye Span & Mr Fox though.
Sunday Jill & Gerry Bates nursery club at the Grapes. Excellent teaching/practicing club for traditional singers. Gerry still dances with City Morris.

Other occasional things happened at the Nelson in town. Tony Irvine might have had something to do with that, also sadly no longer with us.
The University Club on West Street, although they had mainly contemporary artists.
The Lescar near Hunter's bar ran for a bit I think.

The Lord Conyers at Kiveton on Tuesdays. Now at the colliery cricket club. Celebrates it's 40th year this year. Used to seem like an adventure going on the bus in those days.
The Old Horn at Bradfield. Might have been Friday. Another adventure. Climb up the hill from Low Bradfield and run down at the end for the bus if you couldn't get a lift.
Black Bull at Ecclesfield. John and Sarah Ledbury ran that club. Bit of a trek and the opposite end of Sheffield. John still dances with the Lord Conyer's Morris.
Derek and Dorothy's club at Barnsley. Saw Martin Carthy for the first time there.
The club at Wortley. That has moved somewhere else now I think.

Better sign off else I'll be stuck here trying to remember. But we had some rare old times, didn't we? In those day's floor singers were let in for nothing and maybe were even bought a pint. That sounds like a good idea.

John Rankin

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