Ashington Folk Club has a long and distinguished history. Ever since the days of the Cellar Club from the early 1960s onwards, Ashington has been regarded as an important musical venue.
We believe that this music and cultural heritage should not exist just in fading memories, but that it should be made available to one and all. So we are trying to piece together key dates, people involved, major events, guest lists, photos, recordings, etc.
Click on highlighted years below to find out more. Information is either not available or not yet published for the others.
If you have any memorabilia, photos, programmes, posters, tickets, etc that you would allow us to copy - please email us. Or maybe you have memories that you'd like to share - we'd love to hear from you.
Special thanks must go to Ken and Christine Self who ran the club from 1986 to 1999, not only for doing such a magnificent job of it, but also for providing detailed listings for over 600 weeks of club events (1986 to 1997). Also to Doug Cadwell for listings from the late 90s to 2003.
While running the club, jiva produced a magnificent archive of club night reviews, photos and soundbites - all of which are available at the click of the mouse from the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 pages.
Old Memorabilia - photos of old pictures which adorned the walls of the club from early days - click on the picture for larger view
I remember going to the Lampglass in June or July 1968 and I am sure ( in my mind at least) that it was to see Gordon Lightfoot.
Peter J Cheseldine (email 2017)
Bill Conroy- he made my first whistle out of a bamboo table leg! I have a painting of “ Bluebell wood” done by him( I received this for my 17th. birthday- as you can imagine, I was not impressed!) & my mother & sisters & I all had hand- painted dressing table sets made by him.
My brother John O’Brien was quite involved with the Cellar and also a Jazz club in Newcastle-can’t remember but think it was A-go-go. He had a demo of the Animals, though I don’t know what happened to it.
Mick Darwin was great friend in teen years, along with Barbara Slaughter & Georges Dussart.
I am 70 now & have lived in Liverpool since I was 18 but though my last brother died in Oct., I still get home sometimes- I have lots of nephews & nieces still there. In fact, stayed at what used to be Cellar few years back, when it was a pub/ inn. Think it was called the black Diamond?
Good to reminisce!
Terry Jones (nee O’Brien) (email 2018)
See the current Ashington Folk Club website and Facebook group for information from 2008 onwards.
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