Cleveland Hotel, Crumpsall Lane Off Middleton Rd, Crumpsall
Manchester M8 5SR
After a successful relaunch the Club's
forthcoming dates are listed below
Friday 7th Dec - Singer's, musician's and poet's night**
February 8th - Pete Rider
February 22nd - Singer's, musician's and poet's night**
March 8th - Garron Frith
March 22nd - Singer's, musician's and poet's night**
April 5th - Closed
April 12th - Michelle Holding & Bonz
April 26th - Singer's, musician's and poet's night**
May 10th - Steven Ireland
May 24th - Singer's, musician's and poet's night**
June 7th - Alun Parry
June 21st - Singer's, musician's and poet's night**
July 5th - TBC
July 19th - Singer's, musician's and poet's night**
Club starts 8.30pm door charge £3 unless otherwise stated
** Aspiring new talent always welcome
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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