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the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, Whitley Bay UK

GUEST,rewster 06 Sep 14 - 11:45 AM
GUEST,rewster 07 Sep 14 - 02:09 PM
Dave Sutherland 07 Sep 14 - 04:48 PM
GUEST,rewster 07 Sep 14 - 09:01 PM
Musket 08 Sep 14 - 03:45 AM
GUEST,rewster 08 Sep 14 - 10:24 AM
JHW 08 Sep 14 - 05:02 PM
GUEST,Dave H 01 May 15 - 05:38 PM
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Subject: the Vic, Whitley Bay UK
From: GUEST,rewster
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 11:45 AM

Anyone remember the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, in the middle of Whitley Bay, late 60s early 70s?
Some great folk - the Callies, Sarah Gray, Jackie & Bridie, Peggy Seeger, Johnny Handle, JSD Band, Finbar & Eddie Furey etc. Good times.


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Subject: RE: the Vic, Whitley Bay UK
From: GUEST,rewster
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 02:09 PM

no-one?


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Subject: RE: the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, Whitley Bay UK
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 04:48 PM

Was that the one run by Jack Routledge and Tony Gilman (I think that was his name)? If so out band, The Colliers, got a gig there around 1968.Or was that the Rex Hotel?


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Subject: RE: the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, Whitley Bay UK
From: GUEST,rewster
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 09:01 PM

you are mixing it up with the Bay Hotel in Cullercoats with Jack and Tony. The Vic was in Whitley Bay. The Rex was run by Lindisfarne. In New York village the band was the Callies, later Jack the Lad.


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Subject: RE: the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, Whitley Bay UK
From: Musket
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 03:45 AM

I once got thrown out of The Rex, although not on a folk night. I was staying there when working in the area and we had too much of a sniff of the barmaid's apron. Mind, I was only 26 ish at the time.

After that, we started staying at The Bay Hotel. Odd to see both mentioned (for different reasons) in the same post!


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Subject: RE: the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, Whitley Bay UK
From: GUEST,rewster
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 10:24 AM

The Bay has gone now, Musket


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Subject: RE: the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, Whitley Bay UK
From: JHW
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 05:02 PM

Some good nights at the Bay upstairs, might have been Sunday nights.
A good more traditional club somewhere at North Shields maybe a bit later?


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Subject: RE: the Victoria Hotel Folk Club, Whitley Bay UK
From: GUEST,Dave H
Date: 01 May 15 - 05:38 PM

Greetings from Northern France.

My first introduction to folk was in 1965 or 66, in a pub on the corner where the road from the town arrived at the seafront. A couple of singers would entertain a small group of eager schoolboys/girls but it was never a 'club' as such. Graduated from there to the Bay in Cullercoats, probably the best folk club in history, especially in those days when the quality of the floor singers was such that guests just got the same as everybody else - max three songs either side of the interval.

I remember going to an all-day ceilidh there (the bar closed between 3 and 6 and the music just spilled out into the streets) then at closing time heading off to the town to do a 26-mile sponsored walk starting at midnight from St James' Park.

We also used to go to a Sunday night modern jazz club in a posh hotel in Whitley Bay, which might very well have been the Rex. If three of us went along, we would normally have made up at least half the audience.


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