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 2015

Hi gang all good things much come to an end, this Friday night 17th July 2015 numerous artists are coming to play including Roydan Styles, David South, Dave Jones, Darren Poyzer, Kevin Siesay, plus regulars Jack Mc Cully and Johnny Rep. Any funds raised on the night will be added to whatever is in club funds and donated to Salford Breast Cancer Care Unit, so please try to make it even if it's just to help us raise money for a good cause, hope see you there, door opens 7.30pm

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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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