A freelance writer, broadcaster and Festival MC for over 25 years, Clive was member no.776 when he first paid a visit to the Bothy Club, Southport in late 1966. Given a background singing with beat groups and in blues and soul music, Folk may seem an unlikely side-trip but as he says “everyone in town knew about the place and I felt I had to check it out, but it was another six years before the tradition finally won out over Wilson Pickett!”
He became a resident singer in 1974 and took over as Organiser the following year when Tony Wilson, one of the original pioneers of the Bothy which had established itself in April 1965, went off on a 6 month teaching secondment. On his return, Tony never wanted his old compere’s job back and whilst Clive still says he’s ‘standing in’ he’s eternally grateful to have inherited a going concern that the founders had made second to none.
The club is still going strong and has recently released a CD with a track each from the current residents.
See more about the Bothy and Clive on their website at Bothy Folk Club, Southport