This was in the era of the 1990’s…we had the downstairs room…it was well attended and we had many fine guests who gave the club that extra something. Altogether a happy and successful folk club.
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!
Many photos of friends and fellow musicians that I have taken since arriving here in Sussex in 1984.
Many of these people have passed on and this is a lovely way to remember them.