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Bothy Southport moves after 38 years

21 Dec 03 - 06:51 PM (#1077477)
Subject: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

After 38 years in the same pub the Bothy Folk Club is to move.
From Sunday 4th January 2004 the Bothy will be meeting at the Shelbourne Hotel, Lord St West, Southport. The move was necessitated by an unco-oprative managment regime and the gradual deteriation of the pub into grotsville. The final straw,was being asked to pay for the use of the room and not garunteeing regular tenure.
The new venue is easy to find near the center of Southport and offers cask beer and pleasant surroundings. For details of guests for 2004 and how to find The Shelbourne, see our website Bothy Folk Club
Cheers Les


22 Dec 03 - 03:21 AM (#1077661)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Linda Kelly

Good luck -we moved after the same thing and found a great venue although it took us a while to settle. We had been at the King Billy for 19 years and a change of management saw an end to us and the jazz club. The spiritualist meetings are still held at the club, because apparently they are heavy drinkers - spirits mostly I guess!


23 Dec 03 - 01:40 PM (#1078610)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

Thanks Linda, drinkers heavy or otherwise will be well catered for at the Shelbourne. Cask Landlord & Adnams are usually on offer and the managment has said they will try to get a couple of guest beers regularly.
Cheers
Les


23 Dec 03 - 02:23 PM (#1078644)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Tyke

All the best to Southport Folk for the future and wishing you all a happy new venue.


24 Dec 03 - 05:16 AM (#1079056)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Bothyman

Ooh, it's all getting rather exciting now isn't it?! Will a shirt and tie be neccessary dress for a two star hotel, and will Clive's famous jackets be looked on askance? (nothing to do with with baked potatoes either before some wag suggests he's a spud-u-like franchisee!


26 Dec 03 - 07:30 PM (#1080509)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

Refresh


27 Dec 03 - 02:36 PM (#1080528)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Bernard

Good luck, Les!

This sort of thing is becoming an increasing problem... the Falcon, Littleborough, has moved across the road to the Royal Oak, and the Open Door was evicted from the Railway and Linnet halfway through a guest night! We're now at the Star Inn, Failsworth.

The problem with us 'folkies' is that we don't tend to drink the fashionable, profitable drinks - we like real beer!

We are also very antisocial, because we don't like the constant thump of the jukebox...!!

Ho hum!!

I'll make sure we give you the appropriate publicity on 'Sounds of Folk' (Monday 8:00pm - 9:00pm on BBC GMR, 95.1/104.6 FM), though I'm sure Ali has already received the info from Joan Blackburn.

Erm... you have told Joan, haven't you?!

Anyway, here's to another 38 years, or more, in your new home!

TTFN

B


27 Dec 03 - 06:14 PM (#1080649)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Mark Dowding

Les

Am I right in thinking that the Bothy have been temporarily at the Shelbourne Hotel before when the Blundell Arms was being decorated. What sort of prices are they charging for their beer? Is it reasonable or is it hotel prices?
I only ask because since the Broken Token got chucked out of a decent real ale pub at the Eagle and Child at Bispham Green (The manageress got threatened with jail and a large fine for us being there - PEL, etc) and found refuge at Mawdsleys Hotel down the road in Mawdesley (note different spellings), we have to suffer the unholy price of £2-20 (cheap for you Southerners I'm sure) for a pint of nitrofizz Boddingtons or John Smiths shite and having asked them to get some bottled beers in, they got London Pride and Timothy Taylor's Landlord in and charge £2-50 for the honour of drinking it. I'm quite happy to drink tap water for nothing as I have to drive anyway but I do appreciate the odd reasonably priced pint!

Cheers
Mark


27 Dec 03 - 07:20 PM (#1080679)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

Yes, thats the same place, & very welcoming they are too. I think the beer prices are O.K. but i'll do some research on the beer for you Mark (it's a tough job but someones got to do it).

Cheers

Les


28 Dec 03 - 07:00 AM (#1080856)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Bothyman

On my last visit Adnams was £1.80 and I think Taylors Landlord went for £2. There have been many and varied Bothy events at the Shelly over the years. I went to a few of the 35th birthday functions there and there's been everything from Summer break bar sessions to formal dinners and rock and roll nights with a band called the "Lunchtime Legends" which is a sort of Bothy spin-off, tending to raise money for local charities.
The family owns the Italian restaurant over the road too, so pre-Bothy meal deals could be on the the cards I suppose! It's a long way from that 'Songs-Of-The-People' concept - what would the early collectors think? You're right - they'd love it! "More lasagne Mr Sharp or shall we ask that old boy shivering in the cold outside if he knows any 'proper' songs apart from that Music Hall nonsense he's bawling?!"


31 Dec 03 - 03:09 PM (#1083358)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

Happy New Year to all Bothyits past and present. See you in the new year?

Cheers

Les


01 Jan 04 - 03:11 PM (#1084060)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: GUEST,M'Grath of Altcar

Is the saturday lunchtime session still going? Is it on THIS saturday? I know it was at the falstaff but where is that ? Good luck in the new venue. The Bothy is very very special club and I hope the new venue sees it going from strength to strength.


01 Jan 04 - 07:05 PM (#1084212)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

Hi, Yes the Falstaff session is on this Sat,lunchtime until teatime. The Falstaff is in King St, just by it's junction with Portland St (that's beside the Prince of Wales Hotel, Lord St).
The Sat sessions at the Falstaff are usually on the 1st Sat in the month & the Monday night sessions at the Guest House, Union St, are usually on the 3rd Mon in the month. Check the diary page on the Bothy website for any changes.
Cheers
Les


04 Jan 04 - 05:16 AM (#1085692)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Bothyman

I think I'll give my fullest support to the club at its new home. The plus points that have been mentioned sound very enticing. Are there any plans yet for a 40th Birthday celebration?


04 Jan 04 - 08:14 AM (#1085744)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: GUEST,The Falcon "Crowd"

Good luck in the new venue - and if you fancy a club trip - why not pop over to the The Falcon
on February 11th for our 10 year party??? we're just near that little village (Blackpool) one bump north of you.....

:-)

7pm til ??????? session/singaround, open mic, buffet, Guests: His Worship & the Pig.


FREE


04 Jan 04 - 06:51 PM (#1086034)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

Hi, Just got back from the first night at the new venue. It was a good night, good turn out, plenty of good floor singers from far and wide, the acoustics in the new room weren't bad at all, and there was cask beer at a reasonable price. Next week guests Karen & Colin Thompson, in three weeks Steve Tilston.

Les


05 Jan 04 - 01:22 PM (#1086525)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: the lemonade lady

I agree with you LesB, it was a really good evening and I thought the accoustics were good. Actually probably better from the back of the room where some people were talking while singers were on. Their voices carried very well! I really enjoyed singing my favourite songs with my favourite man!

Excellent venue. Excellent club. Happy New Year Bothy.


Sal


07 Jan 04 - 03:22 AM (#1087678)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Bothyman

Just like the songs themselves, you've got to adapt and modify when and indeed, if you have/need to. This must apply to bricks and mortar too, so good luck to you all. "Stone walls do not a folk club make etc."


07 Jan 04 - 08:27 AM (#1087863)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Schantieman

Aye. 'Twere a grand night. Tru's birthday cake was especially appreciated. No bench along the back wall though - where I am I going to sit to heckle?

Steve


08 Jan 04 - 12:22 PM (#1088752)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Schantieman

Some brill guests coming up this 'term'. I'm especially looking forward to John Kirkpatrick & Roy Harris in March.

S


08 Jan 04 - 01:11 PM (#1088785)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

I'm looking forward ro Mick Ryan & Pete Harris as well.
Les


10 Jan 04 - 07:16 AM (#1089898)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: the lemonade lady

Do you think JK would give me a lift? 'e dunarf get about!

Sal


12 Jan 04 - 01:05 PM (#1091247)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Schantieman

He'll probably give us all a lift!


14 Jan 04 - 03:23 AM (#1092477)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: Bothyman

What's going to happen to that famous stage? Has it moved too? Will it get a refurb? Who built it anyway and how long have they had it? Didn't the original one used to be a fixed, high thing at the back of the room - sort of like a "Band On The Wall" affair?


16 Jan 04 - 02:28 PM (#1094347)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: LesB

How did it go last Sunday with mudcatters Karen & Colin Thompson?

I was too bushed having just got back from Whittlesea Straw Bear.
Les


26 Jan 04 - 09:54 AM (#1101683)
Subject: RE: Bothy Southport moves after 38 years
From: the lemonade lady

Just like to say how much I enjoyed Steve Tilston's performance last night. I'm so glad he did 'Salty Dog', and 'Slip Jigs and Reels'. Good songs those. Thanks Bothy, another jolly evening.

Sal