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Stanford Arms Folk Club

GUEST,CJB 19 May 14 - 08:33 AM
Dave Earl 20 May 14 - 04:07 AM
GUEST,ChrisB 11 Jun 14 - 03:16 AM
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Subject: Stanford Arms Folk Club
Date: 19 May 14 - 08:33 AM

I wonder if anyone here remembers those magical Sunday nights of the folk song and music at the Stanford Arms in Brighton in the 1960s/70s?

Do add your reminiscences to the Comments at:

And I wonder what happened to all the regulars: Miles Wootten, Tim Broadbent, Allan Taylor, Mike Stanley and Brian Golby (hope I've got the names right), etc.

It was run by Jim Marshall whom I hear is still active promoting the best of English Folk - Sussex Folk!!

BTW I wonder if any of those radio folk programmes mentioned below are archived or even better are accessible anywhere online?


A new technological development occurred when Jim Marshall began to produce home-made tapes in his front room for transmission on local radio. As it was with the press, the radio station had no in-house folk specialist, so invited Marshall to submit suitable material. The ensuring combinations of interviews and musical snippets made on his portable tape recorder were broadcast monthly on BBC Radio Brighton from late-1968, the fifteen minutes format reflected in the title 'Folk 15'. By 1971 these radio slots had become a half hour programme re-titled 'Minstrels Gallery'. Subsequently lengthened to one hour and recorded at the studio, they continued until 1996 – British radio's longest-running folk music programme.


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Subject: RE: Stanford Arms Folk Club
From: Dave Earl
Date: 20 May 14 - 04:07 AM

You could probably get your answer from Vic Smith of Lewes who was involved in the Local Radio Programmes that you are interested in.

Vicis on Mudcat and Facebook so you should get hold of him easily enough


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Subject: RE: Stanford Arms Folk Club
From: GUEST,ChrisB
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 03:16 AM

I think I can answer a couple of CJB's questions:
As Jim Marshall said in his note in 2008 Tim Broadbent is living in France but does get over to the UK to perform sometimes: I saw him at The White Harte in Cuckfield a couple of years back and is still as entertaining as ever. He's appearing there again at the end of August and is also appearing at The Prince Albert in Brighton on 1st September and one or two other venues in Sussex - see the "dates" section of his website: for details.

Secondly Allan Taylor is still very much going strong. He lives in Leeds and has recently released another album, his 22nd I think, which has won some awards in continental Europe where he spends much of his time touring. He does have some gigs in the UK from time to time (see his website for details) but the nearest to Brighton tends to be at The Willows club in Arundel.
I think Allan has been underestimated in the UK and It's a great shame that he doesn't have more recognition "down south" especially in his home town, so I'm on a mission to put this right!
I'm planning to organise a gig for Allan in 2015 somewhere in Brighton: I initially thought of hiring the upstairs room at Circus Circus for nostalgia's sake, but the function room at the King & Queen is also a possibility. Also, if memory serves me correctly (which it doesn't always do these days!) there used to be an occasional folk club somewhere on Marine Parade, not far from Palace Pier, overlooking Brighton Beach, which, coincidentally is a title of one of Allan's songs, so could be appropriate if the place is still there; does anybody know?
If you'd be interested to see Allan perform in Brighton, please post a comment on this page.

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