PICTURES OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED NOBLEFOLK at Nobles Wine Bar, New Road, Brighton

Tons of lovely people who supported my first folk club here in Brighton.
Nobles Cider Bar was run by Iris Noble and her son John. We had the small upstairs room which could hold about 30 bodies max! The men sat round the outside offering the ladies a knee to sit on!
Guitar cases were put on the stairs going up.
I ran the club with free entrance but we collected many fines for swearing, forgetting words, borrowing a guitar, singing long ballads (especially Streets of London and The Wild Rover), loud clothes, breaking strings, turning up late, breaking a glass etc.etc.
We had a lot of fun! Over three years 1984-1987 we collected enough for two £1000 donations to the Guide Dogs for The Blind Association and a new £750 video player for the Deaf Association in Kemptown, Brighton.
We ran the club during official hours…drinking up time was eleven pm…the owner then locked the doors and we were asked to close the blinds and frequently it was her request that we carried on, sometimes quite late into the night…those in the know would always make a point of being there at 10.58pm!
This was a really happy folk club and these pictures will all tell a tale! Enjoy!

ROY NASH
ANTHONY HODGSON
AINE KING with a broken arm
ALAN WHITE with Brian Dowdall in the background
ANDY
BRIAN and ANNA
BERNIE and PAT, NIGEL and VAL
BIG JOHN MITCHELL and IAN
BLUES JIM DANIELS
BLUES JIM on Harp
BRIAN DOWDALL, ANNA and DON
BRIAN, BIG JOHN and JIM GOUDY
HUW, WOODY and JANE
CHRIS and TREVOR LITTLEDALE
aka THE BROTHERS GRIMM
CHRIS LITTLEDALE
CHRIS and JUDY
CHRIS LONG…Lee Nicholson playing
CHRIS mid song…EVA and TIM listening
CHRIS singing The Galway Shawl…Roddy and Ian listening
COLIN and JILL
COLIN, JILL and CHRIS
COLIN BAKER plays Classical Guitar
DANNY and VAL
DAVE …The Viking
DON and DAVE
EVA HEWITT smile
JIM MARSHALL and VIC SMITH
They were the Presenters of BBC Radio Sussex’s weekly Folk Programme “Minstrel’s Gallery”
After their programme ended they would often come up and join us at Noblefolk.
They asked me to join them and be their producer and I was delighted to be taught how to synchronise
their presenter’s chat with all the music on each show…I stayed with them for a few years and thoroughly enjoyed
immersing myself in all Sussex’s Folk People.
LEE NICHOLSON
FRANK McMAHON
FRED BAXTER
GORDON and JOY ALLEN
GORDON mid song
GUIDE DOGS REP JENNY GOUGH
HI from JIM GOUDY
IAN FYVIE with KLUGGERS and JULIE
IAN LOWRIE
IAN MARCHANT…Brighton Morris Man
IVOR GEORGE…he and I got together and formed a successful duo for many years.
IVOR, RAY and WOODY
JAMES
JAN and ROY
JAN ALLAIN…she became a star!
JANE GRAHAM and friend MIKE
JILL and BLUES JIM
JILL, RODDY, CHRIS, JOHN and JOHN
JIM and EVA share a joke
JIM WARD and VAL KENT
JOHN DYER and LAURA
JUDY KROLIK
KLUGGERS and JULIE
KLUGGERS and LEE NICHOLSON
LARRY WISE
Last night at NOBLEFOLK September 1990
LEE, TIM and IVOR
LESLEY, EVA and CHRIS
BOB and IAN…sometimes the men could perch on the ladies’ knees!
JOHN and his home-made Guitar
ME giving out the local news
LOCALS
Locals’ floorspots…my Brother TOBY KENT far right.
LOCALS
LORNA and IVOR xxx
LORNA sitting on TONY KINGSTON
ROB and LOU HORTON singing…TIM and VAL KENT…hosting
MAGGIE DOWDALL on Banjo
ME and CHRIS LITTLEDALE
ME AND VAL
Me with £1000 our cheque for THE Guide Dogs for The Blind Association
TIM KENT mid song
TIM KENT (me) HOSTING NOBLEFOLK
MIKE BAXTER
MIKE GROVES
OUR SECOND £1000 Cheque for The Guide Dogs…Bro in the background
NAOMI and NEIL (smoking)
NEIL the piper and DON
NIGEL’S Floorspot
JENNY GOUGH makes NOBLEFOLK’S GUIDE DOG Presentation 1988
OUR FINES BOTTLE
OUR FIRST GUIDE DOG…NOBLE
PAT AND BERNIE
PAT and VAL
PAUL HOLDEN sings HARRY’S STAG
Poems from JUDY
REGULARS
ROB AND LOU HORTON
RODDY and DAD MAC…and TIGGER
RODDY AND ME mid song
ROSBIF
TERRY MASTERSON
THE KENT BROTHERS…JOHN, TIM and TOBY…a rare pic!
TIGGER WITH CHRIS
IVOR GEORGE…MID SONG…VAL sitting on my knee!
TIM AND IVOR mid song
TIM and VAL hosting NOBLEFOLK and COMPANY
TIM AND VAL KENT
TIM ASH and TIM KENT…aka TNT
TIM O’LEARY and NICK BURBRIDGE
TINA SMITH
TONY and LESLEY…(sorry about gap in pic)
TONY and LESLEY
TONY BURKE and NEIL
TONY, EVA and TIM ASH
TONY, EVA, NAOMI and DON
TONY HOBDEN’S floor spot
UNCLE GEOFFREY and MAUREEN
TIM and VAL with Blind ROY and his Dog
VAL and IAN
VAL, IAN and EVA
WELSHMAN and EVA
WOODY with DAVE
WOODY

Happy times with pictures that tell a story!