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Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society

MGM·Lion 30 Mar 13 - 04:07 AM
RoyH (Burl) 30 Mar 13 - 07:12 AM
MGM·Lion 30 Mar 13 - 07:31 PM
MGM·Lion 10 Apr 13 - 03:48 AM
GUEST 10 Apr 13 - 03:59 AM
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treewind 10 Apr 13 - 10:23 AM
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Subject: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 04:07 AM

In a recent thread on the Oxford Heritage Society I mentioned its Cambridge equivalent, the St Lawrence Society, one of whose founders in early 1950s was Stan Bootle [aka Stan Kelly], who was a year or two before me at the University, and of which the late Rory McEwen, the same year as mine, matric 1952, was a fellow-member. Any other former members on Mudcat? And can anyone cast any light on why it was called St Lawrence? -- which for some reason [unlike me, as generally, like Dickens' Arthur Clennam, "I want to know, you know"] I never got round to ascertaining at the time.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 07:12 AM

I was a guest at the St. Lawrence Society in the late sixties (or early seventies). I remember a committee man named Sid Cassidy. Does that help Mike?


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 07:31 PM

After my time, I fear, Roy. That was about when you were visiting me & Valerie in Cambridge & singing at my Sawston Club, wasn't it? But always a pleasure to hear from you; and many thanks for your interest.

All Best

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 10 Apr 13 - 03:48 AM

Refresh, just in case anyone might recall the society and know the source of its name.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Apr 13 - 03:59 AM

I remember going to the St Lawrence Folk Club as an undergraduate in 1971 - 1974, but I have no idea how it got its name.

The Portland Arms is still going strong and there's a new Sunday night club there, in the newly rebuilt function room (which I haven't seen yet).

I also don't know if the University or any colleges have folk clubs now.


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 10 Apr 13 - 05:26 AM

Ah, indeed Guest [who, btw? I gather you too live around Cambridge]. But I suspect The Crofters are no more, are they? I used, 40 years ago, to run the Sawston Club myself. Your undergraduate days were 20 years after mine, 1952-5; tho I lived in Cambridge in your time, having returned when my then wife won a mature state scholarship & came up to Newnham in her 30s in 1963, and I have lived here ever since. I am 81 now, so don't venture out to clubs much these days!

~M~


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: treewind
Date: 10 Apr 13 - 10:23 AM

Sorry, didn't notice I'd lost my cookie.
(Anahata)

The Crofters are still going. It's quite possible theirs was the first folk club I ever went to, in a pub by the river on Chesterton Road, when a friend dragged me along there.

They still play as a dance band, and run a singaround session on first Tuesdays at the Boot in Histon. Dave Benford must be as old as you are...


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 10 Apr 13 - 05:06 PM

I think Dave may actually be a year or two older than me! Interested the band still keeps going, & Dave still there. Any of the other old members {Andrew, Dick] still involved? The Old Spring [or was it The New Spring?] in Chesterton Rd was a lateish venue of theirs. I remember them in the Union Cellars before that, and some other pub earlier whose name I forget. Might have been one of those which vanished when they rebuilt Lion Yard & Petty Cury.

Which was your college, btw? I was at Christ's.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Cambridge folk St Lawrence Society
From: GUEST,Jon Garvey
Date: 16 Sep 13 - 11:19 AM

Stumbled across this on Google. I was Vice Pres of St Lawrence 1972-3. I knew Syd Cassidy well. I've begun to pull some information together on a website: http://www.stlawrence.jongarvey.co.uk/ and would be grateful for any information or recollections people may have.

Stan Kelly told me they named the club after the patron saint of troubadours - but I think they may have been misinformed!

Jon


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