My Folk Clubs

A weekly folk club I ran at Noble’s Bar in New Road, Brighton. This was a cider bar owned by Iris Noble and we had the upstairs room which could just about hold 30 people…anybody in the know would get in the door by 10.55pm…we had lots of fun here and collected enough club funds to pay for two guide dogs for the blind and one video recorder for the deaf.

NOBLEFOLK then moved to NASH’S HOTEL in a cellar bar on upper Brighton seafront (1989 – 1990) …here I was helped co-host with AH and RH.

FOLK AT THE ELEPHANT (1990 – 1992)
A fortnightly folk club I ran at The Elephant and Castle pub in Lewes. Very popular club with at least 60-80 audience most clubnights and 120 on Guest Nights. Many famous folk celebs performed here
Including Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Paul Metzers, Andy Irvine, Pete Morton,
Eric Bogle, and many more.

HANBURY FOLK (1992 – 1993)
Another weekly folk club at The Hanbury Arms Pub in Kemp Town, Brighton. This was an interesting venue with strange acoustics. This venue was originally a mausoleum for the Sassoon Family!

THE WIZARD FOLK CLUB (1994 – 1996)
A monthly folk club at The Prince Albert Pub, underneath the arches at Brighton Station. We had the upstairs room here with a stage and comfy settees too. Many guests came here too the last being Les Barker.

This monthly club (which I co-ran with JC) was at The Schooner Inn, Southwick. We had a lovely 4 years worth of famous guests including: Diz Disley, Derek Brimstone, Jeremy Taylor, Lee Collinson, Wizz Jones, Steve Tilston, Mary Flower, Anna Ryder, Steve Knightly, John Renbourne…and the list goes on.

I then went off the scene for a few years until at the end of 2017 when I was asked to run another music session at The Schooner Inn at Southwick….so at the start of 2018 I re-started THE HARBOUR SESSIONS which currently takes place once a month on the second Sunday starting at 7.30pm.

We are using The Schooner’s lovely downstairs room as before so the club is completely private. The music and songs we play acoustically and are wide ranging, Fellow musicians are invited to partake without using music stands (one of our club rules) and we are currently inducing funds (after free admission) through a series of amusing ‘fines’ and a supa-raffle for another Guide Dog for The Blind…so far this year we have generated over £800.

When we get to £1000 we will change next year’s club fund to collect for a local Hospice in Hove (in memory of our friend Stuart Reed). Many old faces from the past have re-appeared at The Harbour Sessions and it is indeed a great pleasure to see them. You are all welcome to come and join in our eccentricity on the second Sunday of the month.

I do have many pictures of so many lovely people involved with the above folk clubs and if you were on the Sussex Folk Scene from the mid 1980s then you will probably see yourself in this array of photos…enjoy! (LINK TO MY FOLK ARCHIVE PICS