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Out and About: The Woody Guthrie Folk Club (Click Header for Full Entry)

Posted on March 1, 2010 with 0 comments

I’ve run into Alun Parry in a couple of different contexts, so I took notice when he announced that he was starting up a new folk club in Liverpool. The opening night of the Woody Guthrie Folk Club was exuberant, pleasantly intergenerational, unabashedly Socialist, and so packed that latecomers were turned away due to fire regulations.

I enjoyed a pair of bouncy young men with a modern take on Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall in Love” culled from the pages of the tabloids, and two women of different generations singing “The Maintenance Engineer” (a song about housework.) Alun had assembled a super-group of Liverpool musicians to keep the energy high.

The downside? By the time I got there, the sign-up list was full, so I didn’t actually get to play. But better to listen at a cracking evening than to play at a lame one.

The show ended at 10:30 and the last train from Lime Street Station left at 11:38, populated by drunk young people and a pair of Spanish-speaking guys with guitars practicing syncopated hand-clapping. I was glad I’d tucked my knitting into my guitar-case. One baby-hat almost completed.