was at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley,  Southampton  SO14 6SF

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 F C for yonks.  Sings mostly contemporary folk, in most of those languages, accompanying himself on Classical guitar or banjo and, since his last trip to India, a Kolkata-made mandolin:  also proficient on the penny whistle.

As Jon overwinters abroad, these contact-details apply only in the UK from around March 20th to October 20th each year (hence “B.S.T.” above),
though, of course, e-mail is location-independent
077 7598 2908

Brian Hooper — previous Organizer and MC

long-long-long-term MC, regular guest, even more frequent floor-singer, irrepressible humorist and all-round good egg [the wry pedant in him would insist that ALL eggs are round…   it hurts the chicken, elsewise].  Involved in the folk world since the '60s, and with this club since 1975;  in fact, the nearest thing there is to a “Mr Fo’c’sle”!

Musical interests:  singer / guitarist (with mandolin, ukulele, mandola and bouzouki up his sleeve) 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.  With the rare mix of humour and seriousness, 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, 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.

Herewith thanks to:  Kevin Barlow, (the late) 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.  Also Paul Clarke “co-Organized” the concern, under the badge FOCSLE Music, August 2017 to March 2020, and then saw it through its virtual period during the COVID19 lockdown, aided by Debra Chesman.

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