The Old Castle Band re-united
Recorded March 6th 2020, at Tamworth Folk Club by Malcolm Robinson.
Part 1 Old Castle Band re-united 'It's good to see you' and 'Home Boys Home'
Part 2. 'Botany Bay' and 'Nancy's Whisky'
Part 3. 'Monologue', 'Dirty Old Town', 'McPherson's Lament'
Part 4. 'Jock O' Hazledean'
Part 5. 'Santa Anna' and 'The Diamond'
Part 6. 'Sam Hall', 'Monologue' 'You Ain't Goin' Nowhere'
Part 7. 'Balina’ & 'Rare Old Times'
Part 8 'I see the Moon' and 'Crooked jack'
Part 9 'Mal '& 'Wild Colonial Boy'
Part 10 Coming towards the end of a tiring session for these elderly gentlemen and the strain starts to tell!
Commentary by John Davies
Tamworth Folk Club -A Brief History
Formed by the founders, Bobby Bull & Bill Aldrych, it's first venue was the White Hart in Hurley. For some time, Bob and friends had met bi-annually on a 'Boys camp' where much enjoyable singing was done in various venues (pubs). It was a desire to re-create this enjoyment on our home turf, that formed the basis for the getting together of like minded people.
Other venues followed, including the Jolly Sailor, but the most notable was the Gamecock at Birchmoor, just outside Tamworth, where the club enjoyed many years of good music, fun, entertainment and friendship.
Watch this video that captures the glory days of the club, narrated by those veteran 'groupies' John Donaldson & Ray 'keyboard' Clare. They say that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there. If you can remember the gamecock, then you know how lucky you were to be there.
Compiled and produced by Malcolm Robinson with material recorded from 2005 - 2006 at the Gamecock Inn, Birchmoor, Staffs. We would like to place on record our thanks for the work he's put in to help save these unique and precious moments in the clubs' history.