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Thread #171757 Message #4155290
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
16-Oct-22 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: Country music in 1970s UK folk clubs
Subject: RE: Folklore: Country music in 1970s UK folk clubs
There were many such clubs in England, the music was pretty secondary as the cowboys showed off their western gear , blank firing guns, gunbeltsetc.It was a regular source of work for English and Irish musicians. An actual American was celebrity status - and usually got you an interview on local radio.
Like I say when Thatcher closed the coalmines in England, that was pretty much the end.
There were great 'traditions in these clubs. One was that they fired their guns in Ghost Riders in the Sky. There was a quick draw competition in the interval. All the cowboys had 'handles' - they called themselves The Denver Kid, Doc Holliday, etc.Some even had a gallows. One place you had to do your music act standing on the gallows!
It was insane....I loved it!