Grimsby Folk Club

Folk at the Bistro

Folk at the Bistro started life on the 6th Sept 1981 run by Ken & Jean Fox, Mary White, Christopher (Chris ) & Pat Horn, in the Bistro Bar of the Darley Hotel Grimsby Road Cleethorpes.
The First Guest was Brian Dawson on the 8th Nov 81.
Whilst having a monthly guests the Bistro became renowned for holding large scale events in other venues ( small club - big ideas)
These included
Fairport Convention Winter Gardens
Fairport Convention Winter Gardens
Ralph McTell Ice House Grimsby 21st May 1883 support Rational Anthem
Earl Oakin Music Room Darley 1st May 1983
Christy Moore Winter Gardens
Richard Thompson Music Room Darleys 10th April 1984 support Adrian Legge

In 1984 a merger with the then named Grimsby Folk Song Club, took place using the larger Music room at Darley, so the last night at the Bistro was held ?? and included Mary Ken & Chris performing together.
Tragically Ken died on the evening of the Richard Thompson concert, and he had been due to run the singaround at the Cleethorpes Folk Festival, Mary & Chris took the job on for a couple of years but moved to organising the Dance teams.
Chris became Chairman of the Festival and Mary Treasurer of the re-named Grimsby Folk Club.

Guests 1981 / 82


8th Nov Brian Dawson
17th Jan John Conolly
21st Feb Cyril Tawney
14th Mar John Foreman
11th April Roy Harris
9th May Dave Burland
6th June The Matthews Brothers
4th July Yorkshire Relish
25th July Martyn Wyndham –Read
5th Sept Gary & Vera Aspey
3rd Oct Dave Cartwright
24th Oct Rosie Hardman
31st Oct Fancy Dress Night
28th Nov Steve Turner
12th Dec Miss Julia Burke- Adams & the Tea Time Three
19th Dec Bernie Parry

23rd Jan Rev. Ken Lovelace
20th Feb Tim Laycock
20th Mar Keith & Janet Hancock
17th April Dave Burland
1st May Earl Oakin
15th May Peter Bellamy
21st May Ralph McTell
12th June Derek Brimstone
3rd Jul New Wychelm
17th Jul Miles Wootton
21st July Jake Thacray
11th Sep Allan Taylor
2nd Oct Brian Dawson
16th Oct Jeff & Gwen Wood
30th Oct Scolds Bridle
13th Nov Fancy Dress Night
27th Nov Cockersdale
18th Dec John Foreman

8th Jan Roy Harris
22nd Jan Rational Anthem
12th Feb Katie Abbott & Jim King
4th Mar Bob Davenport & the Rakes
25th Mar Jolly Jack
10th April Richard Thompson