Wednesday evenings at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley.
Occasional guests at another Southampton venue

Focsle Music has no membership structure right now (and may not revert to that, depending on demand), thus no formal committee.

Paul Clarke — Co-Organizer

Musical interests: very wide (folk, jazz, older pop, some rock, classical, experimental), but almost always unamplified, and is especially taken with interesting lyrics. He’s supported The Fo’c’sle since 1994. With persuasion, sings, plays guitar, and whistles (siffleur-style). Writes songs occasionally.

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023 8046 2723 / TEXT 073 8040 1951 [NB mobile not on 24/7, but will be so, and is best means of contact, about 3 hours before a Focsle event].

Jon Ellis — Co-Organizer

Musical interests: has picked up music, cultures and language from many places he’s lived (UK, Russia, India, etc.) Connected with The Fo’c’sle for yonks. Sings mostly contemporary folk, in most of those languages, accompanying himself on Classical guitar or banjo: also proficient on the penny whistle

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Brian Hooper - Previous Organiser and MC

previous organizer, long-long-long-term MC, regular guest, even more frequent floor-singer, irrepressible humorist and all-round good egg. Involved in the folk world since the '70s, and with this club since 1973; in fact, the nearest thing there is to a 'Mr Fo’c’sle'! Musical interests: another singer/guitarist (with mandolin and ukulele on the back burner) with eclectic tastes; broadly, anything singable, especially music from the '60s, but lots earlier and later, and/or with subtle messages; plus an impressively varied explosion of self-composed material over a purple patch of about 10 years. This covers subjects as diverse as unfaithful lovers, Southampton, campanology, gambling, God, and the after-effects of too much curry [you just have to BE there… ]. Though he stood down in June 2017, to take a back seat in terms of a practical role, his experience is still invaluable to those taking the concern on its next steps, so his bio and pic remain here, as an honorary member of the team

Dave McGlade - Webmaster

Musical interests: chiefly the folk tradition, especially the Child Ballads. Hailing from the North East, his repertoire is also interwoven with both heritage and newer music of that area. Committee member under Brian Hooper’s tenure. Can rarely attend, currently, due to the pattern of weekday meets, but continues to offer support in an admin. capacity.

We record here thanks to: Kevin Barlow, Stroph Rayner and Dusty Withers, all on the previous committee; and to Trevor Gilson and (the late) Jane Allison (and their committee), who ran The Fo’c’sle from 1997 to 2012; also to Debra Chesman, who, with Trish Carn (and, later, others), picked it up at the point of its previous closure in 1993 and ran it until 1997.

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