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'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde

Will Fly 09 Aug 08 - 05:49 PM
The Borchester Echo 09 Aug 08 - 06:29 PM
Will Fly 10 Aug 08 - 03:27 AM
theleveller 10 Aug 08 - 06:23 AM
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theleveller 10 Aug 08 - 07:03 AM
The Borchester Echo 10 Aug 08 - 07:16 AM
theleveller 10 Aug 08 - 08:29 AM
GUEST,Nick Harrison 07 Jan 11 - 05:03 PM
Will Fly 07 Jan 11 - 07:01 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 08 Jan 11 - 04:30 AM
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Subject: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: Will Fly
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 05:49 PM

Just curious if anyone remembers or attended any of the "Clanfolk" sessions at the Marquis of Clanricarde in Bayswater in the late 60s? "Clanfolk" was the name of the BBC Folk Club. Pete Charlton ran it for many years - I ran it for 6 months around 1970 - and I've no idea what happened to it after about 1972 or so. We booked some great acts of the time - Leon Rosselson, Martin Carthy, Tim Hart & Maddy Prior, the Yetties, Ian Anderson (not the flute-player), John James, Johnny Silvo and many, many others. My guess is that the "Marquis" (a genuine Irish pub) doesn't exist any more - anyone know any different?

(And then off to the "Pillars of Hercules" for a pint of Youngers Scotch bitter on the following Saturday before queuing up for the allnighter at the Cousins...)


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 06:29 PM

The Marquis of Clanricarde still exists but is now a restaurant. I remember someone called Della who was involved in Clanfolk organisation. Sometime around the mid 70s, some of the residents at the time (George MacColl and Gordon McCulloch as I recall) moved on to that pub on Holland Park Avenue by Shepherd's Bush roundabout whose name I don't remember (might have been the Duke of Cumberland). This closed some years ago.


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: Will Fly
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 03:27 AM

Thanks Diane - good to know the old Marquis still exists and hasn't been knocked down - even if it isn't a pub any more. I believe that pub you mention was indeed called the Duke of Cumberland, though I never went there myself.


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: theleveller
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 06:23 AM

I went once or twice. For three years from '67 to '70 I lived practically next door in Clanricarde Gardens. Can't remember much about it, though - what is it they say about the sixties.......?


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 06:56 AM

The pub at Shepherd's Bush roundabout was The Duke of Clarence.

I wonder if The Leveller is thinking of the right Marquis?
Clanricarde Gardens is by Notting Hill Gate tube. It's a two-stop tube ride to Lancaster Gate then a hike up Sussex Gardens to Southwick Street on the eastern side of Paddington to reach where Clanfolk used to be. And didn't it also move to Camden Town for a bit to a pub at the top of Parkway that's also now demolished?


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: theleveller
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 07:03 AM

Ah, you could be right, Diane. I used to work in Eastbourne Terrace opposite Paddington Station and frequented quite a few pubs in the area (far too frequently). The one I definitely remember going to a folk club at was The Oak in Westbourne Terrace (or was it Bishop's Bridge Road by then?). Used to drink in The Sussex as well and a superb Victorian pub nearby whose name I forget.


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 07:16 AM

Ah, I wondered if you actually meant The Oak. That too was run by George MacColl and other residents were Rod Shearman, an Irish bloke called Tom from Offaly and somebody called Mick . . . serious memory fade . . .


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: theleveller
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 08:29 AM

Yes, that's it. The Pub I though was the Marquis of Clanricarde is, in fact, The Champion and the Marquis I remember is the Marquis of Granby, between Bayswater Road and Ken. Church Street, where I had my wedding reception. God, so many years ago.....


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: GUEST,Nick Harrison
Date: 07 Jan 11 - 05:03 PM

The BBC Folk Club was started by myself and Peter Charlton as we both worked for the BBC. For the first few years we met at various BBC studios, but later met at the Marquis of Clanricard. Clan Folk was the name of a concert party that we used to take around prisons and other venues. It comprised of Nick Harrison, Vicky Riddle, Jill Smith and her husband on bass, and Pete Charlton and George Harrison. Pete called round to see me in the summer of 2010 and hasn't changed much. He still sings occasionally, but I gave it up in 1984. Jill Smith (now Jill Griggs) is alive and well, and I spoke to George on the phone about a year ago. The Folk scene was great fun, and must be due for another revival soon. Good luck. Nick Harrison.


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: Will Fly
Date: 07 Jan 11 - 07:01 PM

Hi Nick. I took over Clanfolk briefly from Pete for a year or so. Pete and I played in the same jug band - the "Egbert Sousé All Stars" for several years until 1976, when I moved from London to Sussex.

Pete, as you probably know, is doing puppetry all over the country at the moment - I saw him for an afternoon in Haywards Heath last summer and had a great chat with him. He's a good man, and an old friend.


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 04:30 AM

Packie and I played there occasionally - great club, lovely people. Anne Lennox-Martin was a resident (or at least steady regular) when I first went there, and I later got to be good friends with her (and later still, we all shared a house in north kilburn... but that's another story...)


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 04:30 AM

PS: Hi Diane! Happy new year -


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 08:26 AM

I think I gigged there in the late seventies, I think Celia ONeill was running it


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 01:49 PM

I think Capital folk club met at the Marquis for a while? I'm sure I remember Rod Shearman singing there in the 1990s..

Kitty


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Subject: RE: 'Clanfolk' at the Marquis of Clanricarde
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 09 Jan 11 - 01:43 AM

I saw Rod there but I don't think Capital was ever there unless it was before it was in Covent Garden. We were a couple of hundred yards away on the other side of the Edgware Road in the George in York Street for a couple of years.


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