BREWOOD ACOUSTIC MUSIC CLUB
EVERY THURSDAY at 8.30 p.m. at BREWOOD CRICKET CLUB, FOUR ASHES ROAD, BREWOOD, ST19 9HX.
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A warm welcome in pleasant surroundings with a selection of real ale and some good music for all tastes.
Brewood Acoustic Music Club Annual Membership £2-00.
“Singers’ Nights” £2-00, members and singers £1-00.
“Regular Guest Nights ” £5.00/£6.00 On regular guest nights members will only pay £3.00/£4.00 (what a bargain).
On “Special Guest Nights” entry will be by ticket only and members will enjoy a concession on ticket price
Our audience enjoys a performance.
Forty Years of Folk Music in Brewood
There has been a folk club in and around the village of Brewood for over forty years, admittedly there have been a few breaks in that time but the interest in acoustic music has prevailed. The original club was started by Pete Pumford in the late sixties and met at the Three Stirrups. The running of the club was taken on by Paul and Diane Maher in about 1976, joined by Will Morgan in 1982 when Margie and Barrie Warner-Smith were the licensee’s. Those years at the Stirrups were great times and we were sad to leave, having built up to a major guest almost every week. How about this for a programme; in the final months at the Stirrups we played host to Cosmotheka, Geoff Bodenham, Harvey Andrews, Maxi and Mitch, Allan Taylor, Vin Garbutt, Tom The Frop, Johnny Silvo, Fiona Simpson, Bill Caddick and finally closing with Dandy at our Christmas party.
The club moved to the Lion for a short spell in 1990, then out to the Bradford Arms and, following a break, on to Sunny Bank, finally closing in December 2003. By this time the new Brewood folk venue had opened at the Swan Hotel under the leadership of Kevin Arnold and using a base of three resident MCs, namely Kevin with Dave Rolf, known collectively as “Take Two”, Tony Barrett and Will Morgan. The club met every other Thursday evening with singers’ nights, the occasional guest and charity nights, the charities were always suggested by members of the regular audience, or by the musicians, and all proceeds from the door and raffle that evening were donated to the nominated charity.
After Kevin moved to Wales the club continued in the same vein under the leadership of Tony, who is also a local guitar teacher. However, time marches on, Anno Domini catches us all in the end. Those speakers get heavier to lug up and down stairs and we have a number of members with increasing mobility problems. The stairs are OK coming in and going home but what about the call of nature! So, sadly, yet again we needed to move on. We also felt that the time had come to share the donkeywork involved in the running of a folk club, it’s not fair to leave it all to one person and so at the end of 2007 a small committee was formed from the regular members. An early decision was taken to change the name to Brewood Acoustic Music Club, as we all felt it might attract audience members and performers alike who were perhaps a bit wary of the word “Folk”. The other big change is that the club now meets every week, not fortnightly as before. Tony and Will now share the residencies with Chris Edwards, Phil Parton and Paul Richards and the administration is ably dealt with by Margie Warner-Smith; all are long time supporters of the club.
Our present home at Brewood Cricket Club is ideally suited to our needs, all on one level and with proper wheelchair access. The place is very comfortable with a warm friendly atmosphere and a well stocked bar looked after by our genial hostess Vicky Bull, in fact all the right ingredients for a good night out. The basic format is much the same as before with singers’ nights and guest nights every month. The charity nights were reintroduced in 2009. Anyone with a song to sing can come along to the singers’ nights; we will always find them a spot. It’s a good place to start if you are an absolute beginner and a good way to build your confidence, so why not come along and give it a try. Singers’ nights also attract regular artists from the circuit looking for work and showcasing their repertoire and residents from other clubs will come to sing for us to promote their own venues. If you haven’t yet visited us, come along to the Cricket Club on any Thursday evening, you will find a very warm welcome – mine’s a pint of real ale!
December 2008, updated November 2014.