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Posted By: GUEST,Dave Hunt
27-Feb-15 - 06:56 AM
Thread Name: 2015 Obit: Olga Nicholls-Giffard club wolverhamptn
Subject: Obit: OLGA NICHOLLS Giffard club wolverhamptn
Very sad news of the death of the wonderful Olga Nicholls at the age of ninety-five!   Olga was the secretary of the Giffard folk club which started in 1963 in Wolverhampton. I was a resident singer there and also a committee member, but it was Olga who booked such amazing guests. the list reads like a who's who of traditional music and song. A few examples ..Jeannie Robertson, The Stewarts of Blairgowrie, Norman Kennedy, the Stewarts of Fetterangus, Jimmy MacBeath and other Scots, Lots of Irish performers eg The MacPeakes, Maggie Barry and Michael Gorman, Packie Byrne (who is still alive and now 98!)Felix Doran, Tommy Dempsey and so on, and English performers like Fred Jordan, Johnny Doughty,Stan Hugill the best of the Revival singers eg Louis Killen, Cyril Tawney, Tony Rose, McColl and Seeger,
Ali Anderson, too many to list..It was a great place to observe and learn form people who were masters of the job. Most weeks some of us would have the privilege of going back to the house of Olga and George for long sessions with the guests singing and telling stories,,,magical Thank you Olga RIP