Friday, January 31, 2014

John Golding - Daventry Singer Songwriter

"About September 1973, I was doing a gig for the Birmingham Streetpress in Moseley (Birmingham) at Fighting Cocks and after the gig started to hitch my way back to Coventry. Most of the buses had finished and i walked into the centre of Birmingham around Digbeth and hardly a car went by. This was Birmingham right. Tired and despairing of a lift home to Coventry (or even part of the way), I sat down on the curb strumming Vanity Fair's Hitchin' a Ride. Out of the blue came a car - I never expected it to stop but when I got in, I noticed a guitar in the back! It was John Golding, the Daventry folk singer who had also had a gig in Birmingham that night and was travelling back to Daventry and so passing by Willenhall in Coventry. How neat was that! I didn't know John up til then but we had a good chat and I went to see him perform in Coventry at the Antelope Folk Club in Coventry. John had just made an album and I gave it a plug in Hobo Magazine." Trev Teasdel

About 1994 John Golding was getting nowhere with major record companies. They liked his material and gave him studio time but said his songs were just not commercial enough for general release. So John set up his own production company - Cottage Records and launched his first album Discarded Verse.

Read more in this Coventry Journal cutting from March 15th 1974

And the follow on in the Coventry Evening Telegraph when Decca took an interst.

Rod Felton's advert in Hobo Magazine mentioning John Golding (although spelt incorrectly)

Tracks on Discarded Verse

John Golding in Brinklow 2005

English singer songwriter John Golding. From the album Photographs released in 1974 on Atlantic Records and produced by Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris.

New City Songster - Peggy Seeger Ewan MacColl

This post is not a specifically Coventry one, except in that I sent off for some copies of  New City Songster Peter Seeger has recently passed at the age of  94.
Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl
in the late 70's and lived in Coventry at the time but I thought it would be an interesting post, especially as

I had read about Sing Out in Greenwich village in Scaduto's biography of Bob Dylan in 1973 and saw an ad in Melody Maker for New City Songster. "New City Songster was almost entirely the work of Peggy Seeger (who chose, edited and notated the songs) and David Scott (the artist for all but one of the issues). It featured songs by Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl and songwriters from all over the English-speaking world. It ran for 21 volumes, 1968-1985." as it says in this site about about the New City Songster.

The site tells " NCS began in 1967, when there were nearly 2000 folk clubs in Britain. The reason for its formation was to circulate new songs before they became historical pieces, for communications between clubs in different regions was and still is fairly undeveloped. So truly speaking, NCS is a product of the folk revival, that invigorating resurgence of interest in our native music and song." Read more on the above link.

The American Sing Out

New City Songster

Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl's note that came with the copies of New City Songster - 

Coventry Area Folk Club Ads and Flyers

Here are some assorted folk club ads and flyers from the 70's -


c 1974

c 1974

From Hobo Magazine Coventry - advert 1974

Hobo advert Feb 1974 - designed by Rod Felton

Advert from Foks Magazine c 1978 / 9

C 1974 / 5

Martin Jenkin's One Day Thomas c 1973

c 1974

c 1974

c 1974

c 1979

c 1970 / 71

c 1974

Advert from Hobo Magazine c 1974


Advert hobo Magazine 1975

Advert Hobo Magazine 1975

Paddy ran a folk club at the Lanchchester Poly, Coventry.

This one's not Coventry related, but I met them playing in folk club in Weston Supermare c 1973 and I included a mention in the small ads of Hobo Magazine.