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Britain's richest folk club?

Vic Smith 12 Nov 14 - 09:35 AM
Vic Smith 12 Nov 14 - 09:38 AM
Brian Peters 12 Nov 14 - 09:55 AM
Musket 12 Nov 14 - 11:29 AM
GUEST,Rahere 12 Nov 14 - 12:13 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 12 Nov 14 - 03:10 PM
Steve Gardham 12 Nov 14 - 03:50 PM
Manitas_at_home 12 Nov 14 - 04:39 PM
Big Al Whittle 12 Nov 14 - 05:41 PM
Mr Red 12 Nov 14 - 06:12 PM
Leadfingers 12 Nov 14 - 07:21 PM
GUEST,Lin 12 Nov 14 - 09:11 PM
GUEST,Rahere 13 Nov 14 - 03:39 AM
Herga Kitty 13 Nov 14 - 04:15 AM
Rob Naylor 13 Nov 14 - 04:28 AM
Musket 13 Nov 14 - 04:40 AM
Mr Red 13 Nov 14 - 04:59 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 13 Nov 14 - 05:00 AM
Brian Peters 13 Nov 14 - 05:14 AM
Vic Smith 13 Nov 14 - 05:34 AM
Herga Kitty 13 Nov 14 - 06:15 AM
doc.tom 13 Nov 14 - 06:28 AM
Manitas_at_home 13 Nov 14 - 07:21 AM
TheSnail 13 Nov 14 - 07:52 AM
GUEST 13 Nov 14 - 08:39 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 13 Nov 14 - 10:13 AM
Roger the Skiffler 13 Nov 14 - 10:28 AM
Manitas_at_home 13 Nov 14 - 10:48 AM
Herga Kitty 13 Nov 14 - 01:28 PM
Vic Smith 13 Nov 14 - 01:31 PM
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Subject: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Vic Smith
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 09:35 AM

Surely Britain's richest folk club must be the one that meets every Thursday at -

The Horseshoe
24 Clerkenwell Close
London
EC1R 0AG

It is the only one that can afford to advertise in PRIVATE EYE


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Vic Smith
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 09:38 AM

I'm really looking forward to their Sustainable Woodland Guthrie evening - can't wait!


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 09:55 AM

And it also has the best slogan: "From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

One of my favourite clubs.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Musket
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 11:29 AM

Richest you say? Mmm.. Must try to asset strip it.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 12:13 PM

It's possibly closest to where it all got started, a place named the Coal Hole back in the 18th Century - Handel's favourite hangout, and one where what we now call folk was roughly current music!


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 03:10 PM

Islington Folk Club meets in Clerkenwell not Islington. If the Coal Hole that you refer to is the one in the Strand that is nowhere near either Islington or Clerkenwell.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 03:50 PM

Britain's richest folk club is the one with the biggest audience and a strong line-up of popular residents.

Though I've never been, Vic, I always imagined your club to be somewhere near the top of that tree.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 04:39 PM

Hootenanny, it depends on what you call near. Its less than an hours walk from Clerkenwell, which is in Islington, to the Strand and it's even quicker from nearby Farringdon Station to Temple or Embankment on the Circle line.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 05:41 PM

rich ....and folk club. not really two things you put together, is it?


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Mr Red
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 06:12 PM

the richness of folk clubs in the UK is the variegation one finds around the country.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 07:21 PM

I know how to have £1000.000 in the bank after five years as a Folk Singer - Start with £2000.000


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 09:11 PM

I don't live in UK but used to visit a lot in the 1970's & 1980's. I am originally from UK but live in USA now. Just curious - does this richest folk club have an expensive entry fee? Do people come there really dressed up? I have never been to a folk club considered to be the "richest folk club." Have been to folk clubs everywhere but entry fee is usually free or no more then a few dollars or pounds to get in. Everyone dresses very casual - usually jeans, a sweater or t-shirt or casual clothing.
Are the people that go to this "richest folk club" on the snobby side?
Will people talk to you there (or only talk to people they know already?)


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 03:39 AM

Please - the Savoy, which the Strand Coal Hole was part of, was built 150 years later.
I'm talking of Thomas Britten. He built a chamber concert hall over his coal business, accessible by ladder: yet frequented by the musical greats of his day. Look him up, as it casts an entirely different light on the period.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 04:15 AM

I think Vic was joking, as it's a cartoon strip not an ad, and I doubt the club paid for it! I've not been to the Islington club for a while, but I enjoyed it when I went, and the charges shown on their website
are comparable to those at my local Herga club...

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 04:28 AM

And with the lads shown about to play a banjo/bodhran duet, the cartoonist obviously has at least a passing acquaintance with the "folk scene"! :-)


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Musket
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 04:40 AM

The banjo / bodhran irony wasn't wasted...


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 04:59 AM

Banjo/Bodhran music is never wasted.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 05:00 AM

Mantas,

Clerkenwell is in Islington? May I suggest that instead of staying at home you should get out more.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 05:14 AM

Ashamed to admit I hadn't followed the clicky, and took Vic's post at face value. They do at least get a better crowd than that at the Clerkenwell version.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Vic Smith
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 05:34 AM

Face Value? Surely the reference to Sustainable Woodland Guthrie and PRIVATE EYE must have been a clue to what was going on?
Actually I can't wait for the night that Islington puts on Sustainable Woodland Guthrie. I'll be the first in the queue. Don't you just love that great song of his -
This land is your land…
(Provided that you use it in an ecological manner)
This land is my land….
(and I intend to use only for organic vegetable purposes)


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 06:15 AM

Hoot - fyi, Clerkenwell is now an area of central London in the London borough of Islington - the council's website says:

"Prior to 1900, local government responsibilities for the area were administered by Islington, Clerkenwell and St Luke's parish vestries. In 1900, these were replaced by the two, newly formed metropolitan boroughs of Finsbury (Clerkenwell and St Luke) and Islington. These merged to form the present borough in 1965, as part of a London-wide reorganisation of local authorities."

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: doc.tom
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 06:28 AM

Nice one, Vic!


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 07:21 AM

Hotenanny,

I often go to Clerkenwell. It is very much in Islington and the remains of the original Clerks Well are in the basement of one of the Islington council's libraries. I think you are picking at too many nits.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: TheSnail
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 07:52 AM

does this richest folk club have an expensive entry fee? Do people come there really dressed up?

At the richest folk club, people get their aran sweaters from Edinburgh Woollen Mills not the Oxfam shop.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 08:39 AM

Clerkenwell is administered by a local government unit called "Islington" but that doesn't make it part of the original village called Islington any more than Pinner is part of the town called Harrow.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 10:13 AM

Kitty fyi I am London born and bred and still live here and spend much of my time in and around Islington and Clerkenwell. I do have a pretty good idea of the location of many of the older parts that make up London. Despite the name of the administrating organisation Clerkenwell is NOT Islington, Islington is NOT Finsbury.

Manitas, nitpicking? probably but I hope I never have to ask you for directions when walking the streets of London. Your idea of near obviously differs to mine.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 10:28 AM

An audience of about 5 (in the cartoon) looks about right!
Love Blind Aubergine Jefferson!
RtS
(aka Tone-Deaf Lime Clinton)


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 10:48 AM

I've obviously got stronger legs than you Hootenanny.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 01:28 PM

At the rate at which folk clubs are losing venues (the latest victim being Sheila Miller's Cellar Upstairs), there's a lot to be said for not limiting the area covered by a geographically named folk club. I think the Wessex Accoustic club probably has the right idea!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: Vic Smith
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 01:31 PM

Clerkenwell is NOT Islington, Islington is NOT Finsbury

Mornington Crescent!!!


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 01:55 PM

Anyway, have ye never heard of The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington? The lass was under training to follow her father's trade, it seems.


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Subject: RE: Britain's richest folk club?
From: TheSnail
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 03:22 PM

Perhaps Clerkenwell should have a referendum to dissolve its union with Islington.


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