Portsmouth music scene

The Folk Scene in Portsmouth



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Folk & Jazz Clubs - Pub Locations
Air Balloon Buckland,
Black Dog Arundel Street,
Black Dog Havant,
Cambridge Hotel Southsea,
Cobden Arms Arundel Street,
Crystal Palace Fratton Bridge,
George & Dragon Cosham,
Oyster House Milton,
Portland Hotel Southsea,
Pure Drop Middle Street,
Railway Hotel Fratton,
Salutation New Road,
Star Lake Road,
Sunshine Inn Farlington,
Talbot Hotel Goldsmith Avenue,

Also,....some of the other folk groups
Cumberland Echoes,
Loft Folk Four/Three,
Weaver's Green,

From the NEWS Supplement "Portsmoputh in the 60's June 1993
The folkies clubs at the Star in Lake Road and The Railway, behind Fratton Station, where many will remember the nights spent being entertained by the irrepressible John Isherwood or Pat Nelson and sometimes by both. The Talbot in Goldsmith Avenue, also hosted a club, where it is rumoured that Paul Simon once played.

Paul Simon in Portsmouth He made threee appearances in Portsmouth on his own and once with Art, but aslso in 1965 with The Lost City Ramblers with Mike, another of the Seeger family, came from the USA to play the next Oddfellows concert with fellow countryman Paul Simon and the Country Strings.

1965-00-00 Portsmouth, UK, Star Inn, Polytech Folk Club (with Art Garfunkel)
1965-00-00 Portsmouth, Star Inn / Polytechnic Folk Club
1965-00-00 Portsmouth Talbot Hotel / John Isherwood’s Folk Club, was paid just £15.

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"Reet Petite and Gone," and the final performance at Milton Community Centre, 5th July 2014.

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Colin and Bryan Pearce, the Pearce Brothers

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The Folk Club at the Railway Hotel Fratton
The bearded man with dark jacket near the door is club organiser Sooty Broughton and the dark haired lady sat in front of him is Pam Wilkins


Barry Roberts playing guitar at Fratton’s Railway Folk Club in the early 1960s. Ted Wenham who ran the club is singing, and that night’s guest artist Redd Sullivan is in the background, waiting his turn. Barry really was a very fine all-round guitar player.



Portsmouth Shantymen

Pete Luscombe, Nick Gough, Pete Wilkinson and John Lansley

Squinty McGinty

Chris Lowe, Angela Clancy-Martin and Chris Bousher
They usually play as a four piece band with a caller. Here are names of the excellent players who work with the band,
Stu Reed - Fiddle / Vocals, Max Lanchbury - Accordion, Susan Penny - Vocals, Gill Tolliday - Fiddle / Accordion, Mandy Westwood - Accordion, Nigel Barrel - Caller / Drummer, Pete Atkinson - Caller, Charles Haskell - Caller, Gill Tolliday - Fiddle / Accordion, Janet Beale- Accordion, Chris Mulvey - Caller, Ludwig - Drummer.


Barebones Acoustic Nights

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For more information;-
- http://barebonesacoustic.wordpress.com -


1974/5 Moon Mist at the Centre Hotel Southsea Sunday night folk club (supporting Ralph McTell)
left to tight Pete Bugg guitar/mandolin/vocals, Colin Simpson guitar/ bongos, Pat Collins bass & flute, Ray King woodwind/ sax,
Colin Simpson guitar/ bongos, but Wilbur West guitar is out of the photo.


The Polite Mechanicals

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