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What ever happened to the Spinners ?

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Subject: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 03:42 PM

I just read the thread about the Settlers, who were fantastic I agree, loved Follyfoot, just bought the series on ebay.
What ever happened to the Spinners ?Remember their ad on tv for the blood transfusion service (Hi Auntie)


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Peace
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 03:49 PM

The Spinners


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: guitar
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 03:52 PM

http://uk.geocities.com/davenhel_uk/spinners.html

this is the spinners from liverpool website.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: guitar
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 03:55 PM

there's the detriot spinners from America and the spinners from Liverpool, yet when they went to America they called themselves the Liverpool Spinners.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 03:56 PM

You mean this kind?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: The Vulgar Boatman
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 03:57 PM

Oops - wrong Spinners I suspect. That was the Detroit Spinners, Peace. I think our guest may have been referring to the British 4 piece from Liverpool Hughie Jones, Cliff Hall, Mick Groves, Tony Davis. Hughie is still doing club gigs, Cliff, I believe took to market gardening but has been very ill. Take a look on Wikepedia or Google.
KYBTTS


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 04:19 PM

I believe that Mick moved to the West Country and is still performing locally. They were the group that really got me interested in folk music.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: JohnB
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 04:29 PM

A Spinners concert was the first date I had with my wife, it was April 26th (I think but don't let her know I only think) 1967 at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. We however are still together ;)
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 04:33 PM

Yeh, you can say say what you want about them, but you don't get the Bleacher Lass of Kelvinhaugh on Pebble Mill at One nowadays. If you got it anywhere it would be some arsehole on Jools Holland at midnight trying to prove he was as street cred as Take That.

Well you don't get Pebble Mill at One - as Paul Downes wittily put it - Breakfast television for musicians.

Those days is gone.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 04:36 PM

Just found one site.

The Spinners


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 05:49 PM

I'm with Jacqui -- the music of these guys started me really listening to folk music......I can't thank them enough......


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 06:21 PM

If you wanted to increase your group"s repertoire, in the heady days of the 60s Folk Revival,there wasn"t that much that you could do .You could,of course, buy a new-fangled cassette -recorder & take it to the local club,if there was one.You could write to people you knew of ,or had heard,& ask them for lyrics,etc. ( I wrote, from carrier HMS EAGLE , to Tony Rose AND Rosemary Tawney--who both obliged ! )Somebody probably had a scratched & warped Clancy Brothers (no pun intended) record, BUT ---!! Salvation & instant gratification was always at hand in the form of    THE SPINNERS !! They were good ! They were reliable ! Their material wasn"t too demanding ! You could uderstand all the words ,especially if your folk-group included a Scally( We had TWO !! ) Thus it was that the music of The Spinners came to be heard in Singapore,in Hong-Kong, and in the far-off Antipodes .The resulting Fame and Notoriety of The Spinners means that, wherever folk are gathered together in the world,and one has a mouth-organ,Dirty Old Town will ensue, until the end of time !! Whatever Happened to The Spinners ?? Why,somewhere in the World,at this very moment,they"re Happening NOW !!!   Signor Tottoff


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 06:38 PM

Same for me, in a way. I had a teacher of English (in Germany) who liked teaching us songs occasionally. Having a crush on him, I found his singing acutely embarrassing. On my first stay in Britain I came across a Spinners album with one of those songs on it. I managed to talk the owner into selling it to me and still have it, the first of a collection of 12 Spinners albums and about 200 LPs, 200 CDs and 70 tapes all together. I still like listening to the boys, and the Bleacher Lass is one of my favourites. Does anyone know what Tony is doing?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 06:47 PM

These will give you clue as to where some of the Spinners have gone;Everyman Folk Club:, Everyman Theatre Bistro, Hope St. Liverpool. 8.30 (01517 093336). www.tonystradtime.co.uk

sal


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Blowzabella
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 07:41 PM

Hughie Jones (the bby faced one with the fringe) still performs regularly and has had brought out several cds - see The Chaney Cabin


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 10:15 PM

I well remember that 'Give Blood' informertial that the Spinners did. In it the 3 white members jokily expressed amazement on discovery that the back guy in the band had red blood ! Oh how we laughed ? The new Lenny Bruce's !!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Sailorboy
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:40 AM

Mick Groves is alive and kicking and lives down here near Exeter. He is sighted regularly at local folk clubs and village halls and made a CD of Ewan Mcoll songs a while back. Cliff now lives in Australia but was over for a visit recently.
More at
www.mickgroves.com


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:30 AM

Tony was at the recent Stan Hugill centenary celebrations in Liverpool - although he was in a wheelchair (the hips are gone). I think he's more involved in playing and singing jazz these days.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 04:50 AM

I think Tony Davis started out as a jazz musician before getting involved with folk, via skiffle (like a lot of people in the 1950s).

The group was only called the Liverpool Spinners in the US to distinguish them from the soul group The Spinners (who were called the Detroit Spinners in the UK to distinguish them from the folk group).


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 05:56 AM

I'm not sure if fashionable is the right word, but it was certainly common to knock the Spinners from about 1964 onwards.

Like thousands of others they brought me to folk music. I had seen Robin and Jimmy, Pete Seeger and various others on TV. But an article in the Liverpool took a gang of us to Liverpool Phil and so to the folk clubs of Liverpool.

Jaqui and Bridie, Pete McGovern, The Bothy, The Kings Shilling, the amazing Tony Wilson(?) who ran a singers club on a Saturday night naer the tunnel entrance, Willy Russel, Andy Seagroat, Bernie Davies, Tom Brown and John Howson and so many more. I guess we would have disvovered them with out the Spinners but they did create a public face of folk music that led to all the other things that were going on.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 07:31 AM

The Spinners did get criticised by many folkies because of their very popularity - often a problem for folk stars who cross over into the mainstream, even today. They did do a lot to popularise folk music in the 1960s and 1970s, even if they weren't to everyone's taste.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 08:16 AM

They sang a bit of everything so that always vexed some. The played guitars and not squeeze boxes and sometimes sang silly songs. They even did African songs as I remember - a bit of "World"?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 08:31 AM

Like i said www.tonystradtime.co.uk

sal


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Billbunter
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 09:03 AM

Hughie just recorded a another collection of songs I believe with amongst them a monologue on the Hillsborough disaster called 'Red and Blue' by Bernie Shaw local banjo layer. I met him once in Liverpool playing - really decent guy with an infectious smile. Still sounding good


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Skipper Jack
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 10:32 AM

Hughie does quite a bit on the maritime scene these days. He has written some fine songs on the aforesaid theme.
A great performer - well worth seeing if you get the chance.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Tootler
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 11:26 AM

My wife (girlfriend in those days) and I used to go to Spinners Concerts regularly in the 1960's.

We saw them at Middlesbrough Town Hall on their farewell tour in the early 80's. They were still as good then.

I saw Hughie Jones last Summer at the Festival on the Moor - a good evening. Pity there weren't more there, though the FotM is admittedly quite a small festival.

I first got interested in Folk Music via Peter Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. The Spinners were my introduction to the folk music of my own country. Their style was always very accessible, but I don't see them as ever having "sold out" as some seem to think. They set out to entertain their audiences and unlike some, were not too purist or precious about the music. Their repertoire was pretty much the same in they type of songs they did the first time I saw them and the last time.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Sailorboy
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 12:22 PM

I have a copy of Mick Groves album (Journeyman) of Ewan Mcoll songs as I mentioned earlier. Its a good album. He's still in very good voice and does gigs locally.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 12:26 PM

Is it time they were recognised in the same way the Dubliners and the Clancy Bros. and Tommy Makem? They also went in and out of "fashion"


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Schantieman
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 12:37 PM

Hughie is indeed still active on the folk scene in Liverpool. He's the leading resident at the Everyman FC in the bar of that theatre in Hope Street (Tuesday nights, 8ish) that Sally mentioned above. He is also still writing and performing new songs and doing clubs and festivals.

(Christine, Hughie's wife, was a founder member of the Bothy FC in Southport in 1965 and, with Stan Ambrose and the late lamented Tony Wilson/Molyneux and Stan Boardman, formed "The Bothy Folk", the original resident band. Hughie and Chris still turn up occasionally).

Tony Davis was indeed at Stan's 100th, in which Hughie also played a part. Sad to see him in a wheelchair, but he was still singing well.


Hard to overestimate the importance of The Spinners in the folk revival. I wasn't really aware of it at the time, being nobbut a lad, but they were the secondary source for a lot of singers' repertoires, including mine later on, in the 70s and, no doubt, earlier. This as well as publicising it all on TV and radio.   We all owe them an enormous debt: without them many of us wouldn't have come into folk and many of the songs would have been ...well, if not lost then certainly not widely known and sung. Thanks, guys.


Steve


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 11:32 AM

Did they get any gongs?

Or any BBC Awards?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Scrump
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 11:45 AM

No, just their own TV series, which is more than most of today's top folk acts can expect :-(


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Schantieman
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 12:26 PM

I should add to yesterday's post that it was Stan Hugill's 100th birthday party I was referring to, not Stan Ambrose's!   That happy event is still a few years off.

;-)

Steve


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 01:37 PM

Hmmmm!

all the traddies were really nasty to them at the time.


I remember, there was a poll in the Melody for your favourite female folk singer, and one wag nominated 'the tall one in The Spinners'.

I'm not sure what the animosity was about. there was an interview in Froots a few years back with Ian Campbell and apparently they were Ian's professional rivals at one time. I was never aware of the rivalry. can't remember Ian's exact words, but they weren't exactly a ringing endorsement.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Bernard
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 01:57 PM

I've never denied that the Spinners kick-started me into performing. Well, I have to blame somebody!! ;o)

Hughie Jones is still gigging - we had him as a guest at the Open Door (Oldham) last year, and he hasn't lost any of the fire or enthusiasm.

Hughie explained that Cliff Hall lives in Australia these days, Tony and Mick have been mentioned above, so I won't repeat it, and Jacqui McDonald occasionally gigs with Hughie. Jacqui (of Jacqui and Bridie) was in the Spinners prior to Cliff.

The reason why we have the Detroit Spinners over here, and the Liverpool Spinners over in the US is because of a contractual agreement to avoid confusion between two bands both called 'The Spinners', despite being completely different genres. At least, that's Hughie's story, and it sounds right enough.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,banjoman
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 03:29 PM

Great to see so many still remember the sixties in liverpool and the contribution made by the likes of the Spinners to the Folk Revival.
It was fashionable to knock them mainly because of their popularity, but they were one of the all time greats to me and my wife Maggie who were part of the scene in liverpool in the sixties & seventies.
Somewhere I still have my membership card (N0 2 I think) for the Spinners club at the Gregsons Well. I recall one occasion when fan adulation went over the top there, when the Spinners were on a tour of Sweden (I think) but a local group of youngsters (Swindlefolk) were on at the Gregson. At 10.pm, they were bustled off stage and a television wheeled on so that the fans could watch "The Spinners Live " from somewhere or other. Thats what you call adulation. No one there complained although I would have prefereed to listen to more from Diane Swindlehurst and her group of youngsters


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: danensis
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 03:48 PM

I've been trying to recall all the folk clubs I went to in Liverpool. There was one round the back of the hotel opposite St George's Hall, and one above the fire station in Canning Place. Yet another was in something like a student union bar across a bit of waste ground behinf Tithebarn Street.

Then of course there was Atlantic House - what was that amazing guy called who ran it?

John


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: VIN
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 08:46 AM

Nice one Banjoman. They were a great influence, turned me on to folk music probably more than anyone - great atmosphere at their Free Trade Hall gigs - usually a sell-out. Great thing about them was theire warmth and how they liked to direct their music at a whole family audience 'the family of man' to quote one of their album titles. Saw Hughie last year and he's as good as ever - great yarn 'spiinner' too


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Scrump
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 09:01 AM

IMO The Spinners were not (by and large) great musicians or singers, but as others have said, they conveyed their enthusiasm for the songs they sang, and encouraged audience participation, which had become a bit of a rarity back then, except in folk clubs, so they caught on with the mainstream public.

They had a knack of finding good songs too (although I didn't like all their output, by any means) - maybe if they 'pinched' other peoples' songs, it could explain some of the animosity towards them from certain quarters of the folk world. This is just speculation on my part, I hasten to add, and I don't know of any examples where this happened.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: VIN
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 09:12 AM

Get your point Scrump, but i don't reckon you can 'pinch' a folk song as i believe passing songs on or even allowing your songs to be 'passed on' is what makes folk music, errrrrr well... 'folk'. Tho i understand there could be copyright and maebbe royalty probs and all that stuff especially with contempory songs .


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 10:08 AM

Perhaps we should bother Mike Harding and Smooth Opps to give them a life time Award?

OK steady now ..................


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: VIN
Date: 19 Jan 07 - 08:46 AM

Be a fab idea that Les - honest


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Bernard
Date: 19 Jan 07 - 03:57 PM

Yup - good idea. Whilst they are still alive, which would be even better!


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Fliss
Date: 19 Jan 07 - 05:27 PM

I saw them a couple of times at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon in the early 70s. They were always great fun. Still have the one album I bought.

I still sing Ellen Vannen at folk evenings.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 04:35 AM

Oh, Ellen Vannen
Of the Isle of Man Company
Oh! Ellen Vannen, lost in the Irish Sea.

Philomonic Hall 1964?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Flash Company
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 11:15 AM

I think the possible cause of the 'anti Spinners' feeling was that Jaffa Cakes commercial!
That said, they still sounded like four ordinary blokes singing folk songs, and along with Pete Seeger, The Clancy's and the Dubloners made a lot of us think 'Hey, I could do that!'
Sorry to hear that Tony is in a wheelchair, but a few of us with hip problems are heading that way, I guess. Hughie was always the one who was likely to keep going on his own. Good luck to all of them.

FC


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Alan Bradley
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 02:14 PM

reading through these posts brings back some very nice memories of the folk in the 60's Diane Swindlehurst was indeed a great influence and her group the Swindlefolk one of the best of their type, met them when they were formed at in Kirkby had their records but alas now lost and have been unable to obtain new copies. Great grout though i wonder what they are doing now and if any continued singing when they left school


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 21 Jan 07 - 06:11 AM

"It was fashionable to knock them mainly because of their popularity.."

No it wasn't! It was because some people considered them to be a bit bland and uninteresting. There is no doubt that 'The Spinners' were very professional, and very popular in some quarters, but that didn't, necessarily, make them very interesting. As some people keep telling me, "it's all a question of taste".


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,sailorboy
Date: 21 Jan 07 - 07:35 AM

As I've said earlier in this thread. I have Micks recent solo album of Ewan Mcoll songs. The accompianment is plain simple Spinners style guitar playing with some string bass an a few bits of fiddle and other instruments. Very uncluttered and to the point. The songs and the vocal performance are just fine and any more sophisticated musical approach would in my opinion be wholly unnecessairy and even detrimental. I enjoy the musical sophistication of many younger folk musicians but feel there is often a case for direct simplicity. No one expected these guys to be virtuoso musicians but they got it across to a lot of folks over the years.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Schantieman
Date: 26 Feb 07 - 01:20 PM

Only if it's pink.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Feb 07 - 01:20 PM

Ok the Spam has gone and we are all(?) bothering Mike Harding to get the Spinners a Life-time Achievement Award. The feeling is he is positive about it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,DocJ
Date: 26 Feb 07 - 04:51 PM

Tony Davies did indeed start as as a jazz musician altho'I think he was a teacher during the day. He played at the Cavern in Liverpool,then a jazz club and long before that other group - what was it, the Bugs or something - appeared there. He and Mick Groves started the Lonnie Donegan skiffle club at the Cavern and encourged interest in Lead Belly etc. When this club soon faded away, they formed the Spinners and performed at Samson and Barlow's, a Liverpool restaurant. They called themselves the Spinners after the Weavers and because they were from Lancashire and that was the cotton spinning county. I particular remember Tony Davis saying that when the group first formed.
DocJ


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,ib48
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 06:04 AM

yes,whatever happened to the spinners.The aussies were never troubled by the ball turning,where is our Shane Warne when you need him?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Alec
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 07:03 AM

He played at the Cavern in Liverpool...long before that other group...
Use of the word "long" is maybe a little relative here.
The Cavern opened its doors for the first time on 16th January 1957 with the wonderfully named Merseysippi Jazz Band topping the bill.
The Quarrymen (as were) made their debut on the 7th August.
This was the first Cavern Skiffle Evening.Lennon was the only Beatle-to-be in the group at that time.McCartney would not make his debut for several weeks & Harrison wouldn't do so for several months.
Also on the bill that night were Ron McKay's Skiffle Group,Dark Town Skiffle Group & The Deltones Skiffle Group.
I have always loved The Beatles and The Spinners.
The fact that both could emerge from such a small area more or less simultaneously says something about the importance of Skiffle to postwar British Music as well.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 07:15 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6v2jRqjHzg


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Alec
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 11:18 AM

Have just been listening to "Folk at the Phil!" (on vinyl) and noticed the following in the sleevenotes:
HERE'S TO CHESHIRE. By Leslie Haworth-fruit farmer,
    folk singer,Morris dancer and now song-writer.
    Also cricketer. This is a remake of a traditional tale,
   "Mr Froggie," with a special plug for Cheshire and fruit farming.
    Dedicated to his friend Jean Richie,the great Kentucky singer.


Really is a small world isn't it?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 11:30 AM

his son Colin used to do a great version of the Chinee Bumboatman[Wing Chan Loo] - sometimes with piano accompaniment.

See here:http://www.eddisbury.net/acatalog/Contact_Us.html


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Alec
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 11:42 AM

Mouthwatering link Mr Happy,though what I was alluding to is the fact that Jean Richie & Mudcat Member Kytrad are one and the same person.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Cliff Hall
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 02:07 AM

Just found the site and thought I would let you know that I am alive and well and living in Adelaide South Australia but visit U.K. as often as I can. My wife and I went over for Mick's 70th birthday last November and we will be returning in another month. It's lovely to think that we are still remembered. Thankyou all, God Bless Cliff Hall


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Bernard
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 09:43 AM

Lovely to hear from you, lad!


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 09:57 AM

Saw the Spinners a couple fo times as a child in St albans with my Mum and sister. I still sing to myself, 'The Board is Black, the chalk is white, together we'll learn to read and write...' (or something like that.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Colin Randall
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 11:58 AM

I share the goodwill of most posters towards the Spinners. They were not especially my cup of tea but did what they did with honesty and a certain amount of style, and helped enormously in directing some people towards a deeper exploration of folk music. The point is that many of us would not have started that journey of discovery had it not been for the likes of the Spinners and Clancys.

It must have been Hughie Jones, I think, who rang me just before the group disbanded to ask if the Daily Telegraph, for which I worked, would run a piece about it. I cannot at present trace the resulting cutting since I am surrounded by cartons after successive moves, but I will never forget his opening gambit: "Are you a Spinners hater?"

(apologies if a similar posting to the thread has already appeared from me...I hit the Submit button and it just disappeared)


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,FAN
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 02:44 PM

DOES SOME ONE KNOW BILLY"O", WHO USED TO SING WITH THE SPINNERS BETWEEN 1965 AND 1967?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 03:33 PM

IIRC I embarrassed the boy who treated me to a Spinners' concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London when I was 17, when they invited members of the audience to contribute a verse to Cosher Bailey, and I did..... it might have been the verse about Uncle Reggie, I think (sorry Phil). I last saw Hughie when he performed at Herga, some years ago (great night!), and Tony Davis at a National Festival in Sutton Bonington.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 03:36 PM

Blimey, I wasn't intending to keep such a low profile that I lost my cookie! Kitty (testing for reset)


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Becky (who's a long way from the Albert dock
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 05:50 AM

I remember the Spinners from when I was a child - and they were instrumental in getting me into folk music. Well...... them and the Houghton Weavers.

Both great bands and so very 'north-west'!

I saw Hughie at my local club, down here in the south, over a decade ago. Very polished performance, an enjoyable evening... but the spark wasn't there (more reputation than content) - the magic ingredient that, to paraphrase another song, '...lift's me up where I belong...'.

That said, I have a number of Spinners albums running on shuffle play and they always cheer me up!


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 10:32 AM

I have seen Hughie Jones perform at least six times in the last five years.
His performances were excellent,His presentation was good,his material had more depth,and on each occassion his performances were very well received.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 04:52 PM

One of these years I'm going to learn "Stockholm Tar".


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Chris J Brady
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 05:59 PM

I saw them in Concert in Auckland New Zealand in the 1970s. I have a tape of this somewhere. Wonder if they'd mind if I digitised it and uploaded it to my archive website? Chris B.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: vectis
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 07:54 PM

Thank you to the GUEST that started this thread. It was nice to find that they are all alive and three of them are kicking however gingerly.
Hughie is at Seaford Folk Club in the new year and is still a quality performer.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 09:48 AM

Spinners deserve a Life-time achievement Award I say


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Martin in Adelaide
Date: 14 Dec 07 - 01:43 AM

I stumbled into this site while looking for the lyrics to a Spinners Christmas cake recipe and Ican proudly boast that two of the nicest people I have ever met are in my circle of friends. Cliff and Dorothy have lived here to the south of Adelaide for some years and have carved an indelible niche in the local South coast folk club. Cliff is no longer as healthy as we would like, but then who is?. We run a yearly folk festival here (The Fleurieu) and Cliff has stolen the show on both times he has appeared. Some years back when I traded in my ex for ayounger cheaper to run model (I thought) I found out that she was not only agood housekeeper but also a good record keeper, she kept both, so now I depend on Dorothys copying skills to replenish my Spinners collection. Mick performed at our local club a couple of months back and proved that aging is not only good for cheese but for quality performers too.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Rumncoke
Date: 14 Dec 07 - 04:02 PM

When I was living in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, in about 1970, I met up with someone who claimed that he had been performing with the Spinners before they were famous, along with all sorts of other things. All total nonsense but I do sometimes wonder if he is still out there somewhere....

But not very often.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Dec 07 - 08:00 PM

It MAY well be true Rumncoke - I was in a band with Ian A Anderson (The Froots man) when he was an articled clerk in an acountants office and learning Blues Guitar ! But I dont think he brags about knowing ME !


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Rumncoke
Date: 15 Dec 07 - 05:24 PM

Oh this guy told us was a lifeboatman and had been a member of the band in the Royal greenjackets, had played in an orchestra in London, he went out with the moutain rescue teams in the Pennines.

He wasn't even a good liar.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,whiston nurses
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 07:54 AM

What ever happened to Les ? is he from Chorlton now or Overpool.?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Phil Beer
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 08:41 AM

Ken Hunts Obit for Cliff from the Scotsman.

Folk musician and singer
Born: 11 September, 1925, Oriente Province, Cuba.
Died: 26 June, 2008, in Adelaide, Australia, aged 82.

IT IS still relatively rare to see a non-white face on the British folk scene – whether as a performer or as a member of a folk club audience. Cliff Hall's was not the first black face to appear "on the scene" – that honour probably falls to Fitzroy Coleman, who worked with Ewan MacColl and Alan Lomax in the 1950s and early 1960s. While notable singers such as the British Honduras-born Nadia Cattouse and US-born Dorris Henderson made important inroads into Britain's colour-bar era mentality during the 1960s and afterwards, Cliff Hall of the Spinners was indisputably the first non-white face on the British folk scene to obtain any measure of national presence.

Clifford Samuel Hall was born in Cuba to Jamaican parents and grew up bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. In 1939, the family returned to Jamaica, where Hall did labouring and farm work.

There was no music per se in the family and his later musical career wrong-footed his family. In David Stuckley's book The Spinners – Fried Bread and Brandy-O! (1983), Hall recalls his first trip back to Jamaica in 1968: "My parents knew I was in the entertainment business, and they knew I was singing, though I don't think they really believed it – until one day the Spinners were played on the radio and there I was. … I found myself in demand for interviews on JBC, and everybody wanted to know how come I was making a living out of singing when I hadn't shown any inclination for it in my youth. And I used to tell them, 'It's as much a puzzle to me as it is to you'."

In 1942, he joined the RAF and was sent to Scotland ("We landed in Glasgow on a crisp November evening, beautiful but cold") before being transferred to Filey in Yorkshire. His service involved delivering aircraft parts. On an electrical training course in Leeds, he met his first wife, Janet, a Scotswoman from a village between Glasgow and Hamilton. They married days before he was due to return to Jamaica on demob in 1947. He returned to Britain in 1948. They had three children – Lynne, Clifford and Robert.

In 1953, Tony Davis, later of the Spinners, met Hall for the first time during the building of a section of the Capenhurst Atomic Energy site. Davis was labouring and Hall came in as an electrician. "I didn't know any black people until I met Cliff at Capenhurst," recalled Davis. "So I sought him out after our first meeting. I thought, 'He's black. He's bound to know about music.' It seemed inconceivable that he wouldn't at least know calypsos'."

Actually, Davis's attention fazed Hall more than a little – he had forgotten his Jamaican folk songs and he was getting into US country music. Their paths crossed on Davis's trajectory from jazz and skiffle though – including Davis roping Hall in as a bongo-player for one New Year's gig in Wallasey that called contractually for a 12-piece band. Still without a name, the proto-Spinners first played together in May 1958 at a Conservative Party fκte in Aigburth cricket ground in Liverpool. The line-up eventually settled on Tony Davis, Mick Groves, Hughie Jones – the only native-born Scouser in the pack – and Hall. By autumn 1958 they were hosting one of Britain's first folk clubs of any national reputation. Its nearest "rival" would be the Watersons' club in Hull.

After making the EP Songs Spun in Liverpool (1962) as the Liverpool Spinners and shortening their name, they made folk music history – trivial by today's standards – in the early summer of 1963, when the Fontana label signed them for an unprecedented three-year contract, a portent of changing fortunes for folk music. Although they already had the unrepresentative LP Quayside Songs Old And New (1962) – made while Jacqui McDonald was still in their number – to their name, it ushered in a new era of British-born folk music in a popular vein. With a Caribbean overlay as Hall rediscovered his Jamaican roots.

They would record extensively for Fontana and then EMI before their retirement in 1988. Indeed they became the popular face of folk music, appearing in television variety programmes alongside Harry Secombe and Deryck Guyler (who penned the introduction to Stuckley's history of the band) and on It's a Celebrity Knock-out. As a consequence they were also regularly derided for letting the side down and – folk circles can be sartorially cruel – reviled as "singing jumpers". What is unassailable is that the four-piece flew the folk flag as no act before or since. Furthermore, their multiracial line-up set them apart in ways that would only begin to be exploited in popular music marketing terms with the arrival of the Equals, the mixed-race rock group of the late 1960s that included Eddy Grant.

Cliff Hall is survived by two sons and his third wife, Dorothy.

KEN HUNT


Mick Groves is currently in the studio recording a new album with me and a bunch of the young local musos including Jackie Oates, Jim Causley, and Becky Driscoll. Cliffs lovely old Martin guitar features heavily in the recording.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 08:46 AM

Sorry to hear this, Cliff posted toone of the "where are they" threads here some time back. It was the Spinners who got me interested in folk and West Indian music.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 10:12 AM

Sorry to hear about Cliff's passing. "Singing Jumpers" or not, The Spinners did a heck of a lot to raise the profile of the folk scene in the UK.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Vin2
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 08:38 AM

Singing jumpers, deary me. Could never understand the attitude of some so-called traditionalists towards the Spinners. Maybe jealousy cos they got on the telly a bit? They were trying to earn a living for god's sake! You might as well say those other legends the 'Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem' were singing jumpers, or the McPeakes. They were (still are) part of the folk tradition and as you rightly say Squeezer 'reised the profile' and spread it to the masses i.e. the 'folk'.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 09:53 AM

Hello Whiston Nurses,

"What ever happened to Les ? is he from Chorlton now or Overpool.?"

True enough Les is in Chorlton, Manchester but it's true I am from Overpool, down by the baths!


Which Whiston Nurse are you then?

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Dy Swindlehurst
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 08:58 AM

Hi there Alan and thanks for your comments!
The Spinner, long ago disbanded tho' I think Hughie still plays somewhere on the Wirral. Tony is into jazz I believe but I don't know about the others.
I am still singing and am now with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. A few of the Swindlefolk are still making music. I am in touch with most of them and we have becoame very good friends. I was, of course, their music teacher but as it was my first teaching post I was not much older then they were!
Dy Swindlehurst


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Swindlefolk
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 09:03 AM

Hi there
How nice of you to say that! In fact I am Dyanna not Diane and I was a music teacher at Ruffwood School where all the singers and guitarists in my group were pupils. I did all the arrangements myself though as they got more into the music, the guitarists also contributed hugely. I am still in touch with most of the group, amany of who are still performing music in one way or another. I myself still sing and am with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. We had a reunion of the Swindlefolk a few years ago in the year they all hit........50! Doesn't seem that long ago we were all young, in mini-skirts and singing at the Spinners Folk Club! Happy day.
Dy Swindlehurst


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: pavane
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 09:44 AM

From an earlier post:
"IMO The Spinners were not (by and large) great musicians or singers"

I would disagree. The only time I saw them live was in Dubai, 1980, when they sang a few songs, unaccompanied, at a lunchtime session in "Wilkie's Wine bar" in the Dubai Marine Hotel, where they were staying while performing at the Country Club.

I have rarely heard anything as good as that performance, which was far better than I ever saw them do on TV.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Will Fly
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 12:43 PM

I saw the Spinners on several occasions when they performed at the old Lancaster Folk Stir in the mid-60s. They were very polished and professional. I found them rather dull then, but that was just the age I was, I suppose - early '20s, full of Bob Dylan and the contemporary guitar stuff.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,alan bradley
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 07:46 AM

Hi Dy,
How good to hear from you and that you are still singing, must make the effort to get to the phil in the near fuure. Are any of the group still singing folk songs, bet the renuion was a hoot.
Alan. alanbradley@ntlworld.com


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Myrtle's cook
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 07:15 AM

I grew up listening to the Spinners - a great complement to rural tradition of folk songs around me in Shropshire.

Yes - Hughies Jones is still writing and singing excellent songs - Hughie can be heard at the Everyman Folk Club (where he is a resident), in the Third Room at the Everyman Bar and Bistro, Hope St, Liverpool most Tuesdays. ...in addition to festivals etc. Mick is certainly still singing, based in the West Country. Both well worth a long journey to hear!


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Shine eye girl Babz
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 06:27 PM

I've just discovered this site and it has made my eyes prick with tears at the memory of The Spinners and their music. From seeing and hearing them in my youth I have never stopped singing their songs and still know most off by heart and have the original vinyls. I'm so sorry Cliff has gone from us - kind of funny that just a couple of years ago I 'discovered' hand drums and now sing Cliffs Jamaican songs to a native beat -I hope he is smiling down at my efforts. If any of the others read this I want to say thankyou you shaped a big part of me, Love to all Babz
PS are there any recordings on youtube or can any of the recordings be found on cd


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 01:59 PM

I think it's a great shame that they were never given a Lifetime Award. And as you say Cliff has gone ..................

L in c


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 05:34 PM

Evidently there was an even earlier "Spinners" folk music group formed on the other side of the Mersey in the 1950's. I ran across one of their founding members, Danda Humphreys, in a recent visit to Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches history and authors pictorial histories of the Victoria area.

Does anyone remember this group?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 05:41 PM

Charley - you could try checking the current Spinners website .

Hughie Jones performed at the Herga club last month and gave us a really good night.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 08:00 PM

Kitty-

Hughie back in action is very good news. I enjoyed meeting Hughie at his home in Liverpool a few years ago.

I didn't find any reference on the Spinners website to a precursor group across the Mersey.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 05:19 AM

Charley, Hughie was the guest on board the heritage trawler 'Jacinta' on the run up to the Fylde Festival at the end of august, just as good as ever, he did a storming set. Ron


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: RamblinStu
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 08:30 AM

Just a quick note to say that Hughie will be performing at The Star, St Mary in the Marsh, Kent on Saturday October 24th 2009.


The Star St Mary in the Marsh

Hope to see some of you there

Stuart Pendrill


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 08:45 AM

Which 'other side of Mersey' d'ye mean?

Birkenhead, Wallasey, Cheshire?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 09:23 AM

"Which 'other side of Mersey' d'ye mean?"

Cheshire, I believe. Danda's "Spinner" group may have been an informal group but it sounded like they had a whole lot of fun.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 08:58 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Croydon-Dave
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 06:49 AM

Hughie was at the Friday Folk night at Orpington last night and gave a great performance.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Jim Knowledge
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 11:27 AM

I `ad that GUEST in my cab the other day with a very quizzical look on `is kisser.
`e said, "You been reading MudCat, Jim? What do you reckon then?"
I said, "What do I reckon about what?"
`e said, "Them `Spinners`. What do you reckon `appened to `em?"
I said, " Spinners?. I reckon they`ve all came round to ours this summer. `er indoors was constantly at their cobwebs with `er feather duster. You should `ave `eard `er go into one!!"

Whaddam I Like??


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 25 Oct 10 - 08:16 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=073OtNCUEJo


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: SylviaN
Date: 25 Oct 10 - 09:39 AM

If you couldn't manage to see Hughie at Friday Folk at Orpington because it was too far, then how about coming to the Old Oak Inn, 176 Main St, Horsley Woodhouse, Derbyshire on Wednesday, October 13th at 8pm to hear him.
£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door - £9.00 concessions.
See you there?
Cheers
Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Colin Randall
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 05:33 AM

And still they play.

A press release has been sent to me reporting that the three survivors (Cliff Hall, as has been noted here, having died since this thread - to which he contributed if I remember correctly - began four years ago) will be at the Acoustic Festival of Britain on May 22.

It's at Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffs. I have posted details and more links at
http://www.salutlive.com/2011/04/acoustic-festival.html.

I have nothing to do with the festival, but its website is http://www.acousticfestival.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 06:04 AM

Hughie Jones will be at the Ellesmere Port Easter Shanty/Sea Song festival .


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 08:19 AM

pity none of the links given on here lead to The Spinners from Liverpool, all are either no longer available or lead to ad sites. Anyone know a current site re The Spinners. I loved the Spinners, though living in Birmingham at the time I followed the Ian Cambell Folk group. There was a very snobbish attitude then, and lasted up to the 80's, against Folk Artists who found fame,was seen as selling out I suppose, and The Spinners were up there with The Seekers, Pete Seeger etc as top names. Their TV series were always eagerly awaited and influenced many, including me to the Folk Scene.Surely if any group is worth a revival or a TV docu it's The Spinners, c'mon BBC


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: tritoneman
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 09:10 AM

Mick Groves has been living in the Exeter area for quite a few years now and appears at local folk clubs and does village hall gigs in the area quite regularly.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 09:16 AM

Not sure if these links qualify as current sites about the Spinners, exactly, but Hughie Jones does have his own website (useful to see the timetable at his Everyman Folk Club, among other things)
http://www.hughiejones.com/

Chantey Cabin also has a Spinners discography here.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Colin Randall
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 03:46 PM

Agree with Desi. I assume they must have had awards of a similar nature in the past. If not, this one would have been overdue by about 40 years. Not so much for the music they made, about which we could argue all night, but for what they represented and the role they played in making people want to listen to folk. We can safely forget the snobs. A lot of the performers they would prefer gained their own audiences precisely because, thanks to bands like the Spinners, people were made aware of them.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,Spleen Cringe
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 05:04 AM

There's a Spinners retrospective in the current issue of fRoots.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 10:48 AM

Hughie Jones is on at the Ellesmere Port sea shanty festival
next weekend 24th -25th April. www.shanty.org.uk


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Subject: RE: Origins: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 10:52 AM

also http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=136939&messages=20


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,ABP
Date: 03 Apr 12 - 09:16 AM

My Dad talks about the Jaffa Cake commercial being filmed in Stockport and him being on TV, a big close up of him. My old headmaster used to refer to him as that man off the Jaffa Cake advert. Anyone know if this commercial is available anywhere? I'd love to see it.


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,FanBoy
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 04:18 PM

Hughie Jones of the Spinners is headlining the Thursday night entertainment (Acoustic Night) at Stoke Beer & Cider Festival this year, Thursday 17th October 2013 is the date for your diary.

Hughie will be supported by many local acoustic acts on the night


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,michael dineen
Date: 20 May 15 - 01:13 PM

I was delighted, to find this. I have listened to The Spinners, for years. I suppose in many ways, they were an English style version, of Irish folk groups such as The Clancy's and The Dubliners. Their music, was very popular here in Ireland. While they recorded a lot of albums, the albums are nearly impossible to get now. We are told that they sold the rights of all their material, when they retired. It was bought by an American company. Because of this, you simply can't get Spinners material on c.d. It has to come from America, and the buyer must be prepared to pay big sums of money for it. Because of this, I feel they are badly remembered. I hope that their c.d's, might yet become available here in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 May 15 - 03:48 PM

yes the 1960's seem to have been opn season on musicians. they all got ripped off. considerin their record sales the spinners should have retired multi millionaires. geezers like Bert Jansch and Brimstone all have stories about being ripped off.

i suppose weall do.

where does all the divisive stuff come from. i suppose in a way we are in competition with each other.

i can't help thinking somehow our attitude to each other aids no one except the crooks who rip us all off.


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: The Sandman
Date: 21 May 15 - 03:18 AM

try locating hughie jones or the everyman folk club in liverpool, he might be able to help you. hughie runs the club and is still a great performer, he has a web presence


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 15 - 05:18 PM

Mick Groves is gigging again around Exeter/Devon. He's even doing a few gigs with Hughie Jones. (http://mickgroves.co.uk/news/ ) He's got a couple of solo cds but no mention of Spinners cds.


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: The Sandman
Date: 22 May 15 - 07:28 AM

Hughie Jones also has cds available.


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: Bernard
Date: 12 Jun 15 - 08:32 PM

June 2014... this wasn't three old blokes going through the motions - they still have the enthusiasm and fire!!


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Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ?
From: GUEST,WendyWoo
Date: 23 Sep 15 - 05:55 PM

Subject: RE: What ever happened to the Spinners ? From: GUEST,ABP Date: 03 Apr 12 - 09:16 AM

My Dad talks about the Jaffa Cake commercial being filmed in Stockport and him being on TV, a big close up of him. My old headmaster used to refer to him as that man off the Jaffa Cake advert. Anyone know if this commercial is available anywhere? I'd love to see it.

Your Dad is right, they filmed the commercial in Stockport Indoor market hall. Jaffa cakes, Jaffa cakes, we all love Jaffa cakes. I was in the group of people skipping behind them singing through the market. Would love to see the advert again. Has anyone got a link to a video? I guess it was about 1974


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