The New Cleveland Folk Club

Cleveland Hotel, Crumpsall Lane Off Middleton Rd, Crumpsall Manchester M8 5SR

Contact Tel. No 0161 795 1682

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Guests 2013/14

29th November Guest: Roydan Styles
6th December Singers-musician-poets night
13th December Christmas Party
10th January J P Slidewell
24th January 2014 Guest: Steve Woolley & Stuart Thompson
7th February Singers-musician-poets night
21st February Guest: Des Basterfield
7th March Singers-musician-poets night
21st March Guest: Bo Weavil
4th April Singers-musician-poets night
18th April Guest: Pete Ryder
2nd May Singers-musician-poets night
16th May Guest: Michelle Holding & Bonz
30th Singers-musician-poets night
13th June Guest: Jo Zeph
27th June Singers-musician-poets night
11th July Guest: Mike Bowden
25th July Singers-musician-poets night

Club starts 8.30pm door charge 3 unless otherwise stated

** Aspiring new talent always welcome

Each Folk night is now recorded so you can catch a night you've missed or get a sample of what you're missing,
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It's been 25 years since The Cleveland Folk Club first opened its doors, initially it was formed out of the need to expand the sing-around which had grown in the Egerton in Crumpsall, as they had no function room. It was decided by, Ian Sproson and the late Tony Hill that The Cleveland Hotel was the next choice. The major contributors at that time were Ian Sproson, Tony Hill, Steve Wooley, Mark O'Neill, Paul Baker, Peter Adamus and Mike Bowden. So, in late October in 1985, The Cleveland Folk Club opened its doors, the club ran for approximately four weeks and, in November, Lorna Egan took over as the mistress of ceremonies.

The Intention of the club was to provide a forum to highlight live music for any performer, with an emphasis on acoustic music, to perform in a warm environment to a non-judgemental audience. The club slowly grew from local singers, Ian and Tony, to up and coming local talents, many of whom went on to further a career in music in their own right. The club was not just an outlet for music and singers, monologues and poetry were popular from Manchester's own Lemm Sessay to the unique humour of award winning Henry Normal, who appeared as a guest early in his career.

The club was also well known for organising charity events and, despite having to move venues from time to time, The Cleveland's community spirit would always continue to support local music. The Cleveland Folk Club ended in 1990, although live music was continued by Peter Worthington's 'Folk on the Hill' with the late Kevin Harvey at a number of Crumpsall venues, even returning to the Cleveland Hotel renamed 'Full Circle Folk Club' until 1997. In July of 2010 both Jan Woodwood-lee and Lorna Egan came up with the idea of a 25 year Reunion and four months later in November it was held once again at the Cleveland Hotel, which was a great success.

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