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Thread #103097 Message #2097577
Posted By: RoyH (Burl)
09-Jul-07 - 06:42 AM
Thread Name: Left-wing folk club, London, mid-70's?
Subject: RE: Left-wing folk club, London, mid-70's?
My name will be somewhere in Jack Firestein's notebooks for I spent many happy evenings at the Unity folk club in the early 1960's. I was working at the Glennifer Laundry on Bromley Road during the day,and eagerly spent my evenings at this new thing of 'Folk Clubs'. I never found it boring there,it was far too eclectic for that. I remember one evening a lady in a 'Mother Courage' costume sang Brechtian songs, followed by a bloke who said 'I don't know any songs but I'll do you a few conjuring tricks'. Which he did, to the great approval of the audience. I also remember a night when a young Scottish girl,shortly to record for Topic,got up to sing. Her name was Rae Fisher - whatever hapened to her? It was at the Unity that I first met John Foreman. And there was a chap named Jack Cooper writing a lot of songs. I believe I saw Tony McCarthy, concertina player, singer, and editor of 'Sanity' magazine there too. It was an inspirational place,and time,for me. The theatre itself was a training ground for many good actors, and it stood out because of it's left-wing policiy. I was saddened to hear of it's demise. Burl.