Saturday, April 27, 2013

Folks - Coventry Folk Club Magazine No3 Oct. 1978

Folks - Magazine of the Coventry Folk Club - The Pitts Head No3 October 1978 - Edited by Pete Willow.

It was the late 70's and Coventry's folk club scene had been thriving since the early 1960's. Folks magazine is a good reflection of that scene and its culture, guests and artists, history and humour. Presented here as historic documents.

Use navigation buttons on the pdf below to enlarge or arrow to go to Google Drive to download free.

Folks was originally posted on the Hobo site on Vox blogs c 2007 before it closed. They are now posted on this new hobo blog - the Folk section and here are some of the comments from the original site - although mostly now out of date. eg Pete Willow discovering his magazine Folks was mentioned and promising to send copies of the magazine - well here they are in successive posts.

Comments from Hobo on Vox blogs c 2007 / 8

[this is good] Amazed to come across this! I still have hard copies of every edition of Folks - somewhere in
Pete Willow in the 70's
the attic! I will see if I can dig them out. Arol and I were jointly responsible for the serialised story, The Adventures of Joe Folkie, featuring cartoons by Dennis Clarke - a ruthless expose of the sordid world behind the scenes of the glamorous, razzle-dazzle world of folk music. Incidentally, one of the covers depicted in this blog was a drawing by the late Hazel Lester who introduced me to the Coventry folk scene when I moved back to the city from London in the early 70s - I wonder of any reader of this blog remembers her!

Posted by: Pete Willow | 01/20/2007 

Oh I remember Hazel. She was pally with one of the Gnome Crew, Tony (?),There were negotiations to
expand our folk content and at her behest Tony took me out to a folk gig out in the country somewhere, could it have been Braunstone or Brinklow?
I can date this very well to the time we were thinking of relaunching as a monthly after some of the inner core burnt out (British Gnome store period)
I can visualise her now telling me something and raising my enthusiasm.
I know I filed the review but it never got into print.
Do dig out those issues, Pete and let me see something of them for the first time. If you can get them online somehow I can surprise Arol and this year's Christmas dinner and catch up.

Posted by: BroadgateGnome | 01/20/2007


There's an evening of musical nostalgia on Sunday 22nd April when people who were active in the Cov folk scene in the 1970s play in a free concert at the Maudsley Hotel, Allesley Old Road, Coventry. The idea is for artisst to play the songs they used to perform then (although in some cases that probably hasn't changed that much!)

It's organised by Pete Grassby following a successful event last year. Guests include Rob Armstrong,Sean Cannon, Ninepenny Marl, Malc Gurnham, Ron Shuttleworth and yours truly - I'll be including one song with me old mucker Dennis Clarke.

It starts at 7.30pm. There's a charity raffle for cancer research.

Posted by: Pete Willow | 04/15/2007  


 [this is good]

Unfortunately I'm too far from Cov to come and watch this but a review, some piccys and some audio for the site would be welcome if the spirit is willing Pete! Will be uploading some more soon (grabbing globuals of time at the moment!).
Trev Teasdel

Posted by: HOBO - Coventry Music Magazine | 04/15/2007

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