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Thread #131945   Message #3277168
Posted By: Paul Reade
20-Dec-11 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: Prestwich Folk Club - Manchesteer
Subject: RE: Prestwich Folk Club - Manchesteer
I have fond memories the old Prestwich Folk Club run by George Purcell in the 60s and 70s. There was a thriving scene based around the Church at that time with excellent singers and musicians like Graham Walker, John Cartain, Pete Connell, Dave Pollard and others in the group Redmayne. There was also John McAtee, a great guitarist & blues singer, and Martin Hall of Jolly Jack was (and still is I believe) a "Church" regular.

There was also a singer / songwriter Barry Oates, one of whose songs "Mild and Bitter Days" about the passing of old traditional pubs was reputed to be about the Church. The song has been recorded on Redmayne's CD. Anyone know where Barry is now?