Phil's Sandbach Folk Club Scrapbook (1981/2)

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Winston & Phil (Providence Jug Band)

Phil Barklett, Winston Baldwin & Phil Brightman Winston and I first got together in the early 70s at the Crewe "Singout" Folk Club. Winston would grab the first guitarist who walked in the tuning up room and say "Can you play this in E" and we soon started playing together regularly. We were joined amongst others by Steve Green on mandolin and Nigel Stonier on piano to become the "Providence Jug Band"


The first night of the Sandbach club in its present format started on 27th January 1981 at 8.30 with our rendition of "San Francisco Bay Blues"

The picture on the left includes Phil Barklett who added a welcome bass line for a period but found his choice of an Austin Mini for a car to transport his double bass around was not ideal and unfortunately stopped coming after a while.

Winston Baldwin

Sue Wyatt  Sue Wyatt

Sue was one of the first singers that I played guitar for after I moved to the area in 1970. I can hardly believe that it is now nearly 35 years that I have enjoyed Sue’s great voice and, on and off, had the pleasure of accompanying her on guitar. Sue has also supported the club since the early days and continues to sing and play regularly.

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

Dave sang on the opening night in 1981 and although he has had a few breaks from playing at the club, is still a regular performer and keen supporter of the club despite having to travel from Warrington. Dave's repertoire includes some great ragtime guitar picking instrumentals and a large selection of Ralph McTell and other contemporary songs which always go down well with the Sandbach audience.


John Stoker

John Stoker was another opening night performer. His rich voice lends itself well to the Ralph McTell songs which form a large part of his repertoire. Often accompanied by Dave Hughes, John has not performed regularly at the club in recent times but at the time of writing has made some welcome reappearances at the club with the promise of more...