Live review: Woody Guthrie Folk Club @ The Ship & Mitre
Thursday 29th December 2011
Visiting the Woody Guthrie Folk Club for the first time was like going back to my musical roots. It was many years ago in the upstairs room at the Ship & Mitre on Dale Street that I first discovered folk music when I stumbled across the Liverpool Singaround Folk Club. After just one visit I was hooked, and I ended up attending every week to play my songs, and enjoy the singing, the company and the real ale. It was here that Folk North West magazine introduced me to other folk clubs across the region which, in turn, lead to me getting bookings on the folk club circuit, joining the Shellback Chorus, and playing festivals across the UK. Happy days!
The Liverpool Singaround Folk Club closed in 2002, so I was delighted when I heard that Alun Parry had decided to hold his new Woody Guthrie Folk Club upstairs at the Ship & Mitre. Despite the event’s reputation and popularity (the ticket-only nights are regularly sold out), the nostalgic venue (for me, at least), and the fact it’s been running for nearly two years, I’d never been able to get along to one of the nights before, so I was really glad when the opportunity to attend was unexpectedly presented to me at the end of December 2011.
|Linus, Alun, Gabi & Peter (photo © Sharon Latham)|
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Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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