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Thread #169936   Message #4109074
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
06-Jun-21 - 03:35 PM
Thread Name: Working men's clubs, UK
Subject: RE: Working men's clubs, UK
Well there were definitely folkbands who had that sort of vibe - I'm thinking Fivepenny Piece.

Hamish Imlach worked the Scottish holiday Camps - until someone from head office said he was too Scottish.

In more recent years Bob Stokes, the Dublin Busker played the holiday camps. His brother was John Stokes who played bass for years in The Bachelors - who were regulars at The Talk of the Midlands Club in Derby.

Bob Williamson the folk comedian did Lancashire WMC's. I remember him telling me that Brownsville Banned were too way out for the WMC's - though they were very popular in the more showbiz folkclubs.

There was definitely great confluences.

The English Country scene received a massive shot in the arm of talent when the disco craze drove out the Irish Showbands in the late 1970's. The Irish guys were brilliant musicians.