Early Venues


 Establishments used (and sometimes abused) by Martin & Kingsbury promotions.

  • May 1967

St Lukes Youth Club. Leyton

First and only appearance by "Rainy Daze" featuring Terry, Colin Tucker and Dave Upton.

  • November 1967

Leyton Senior High School for Boys

Launch of School lunch-time Folk Club. Mainly "album" music with the occasional "live" song!

  • November 1967

Leyton Senior High School for Girls

Similar format to the lunch-time Folk Club at the Boys School

  • November 1968

Leyton Senior High School for Boys

First Folk Evening with Hratch, Al Hoyle, Terry and Colin

  • March 1969

Leyton Senior High School for Girls

First Folk Evening with Hratch, Mac & Den and Terry & Colin

  • February 1970

Leyton Senior High School for Boys

Our first "serious" gig featuring Al Stewart

  • February 1970

Fillebrook Youth Club E.11

Main Guest: Gordon Giltrap. Also Cliff, Kev & John appeared as did Jenny Hay (who?)

  • May 1970

Leyton Senior High School for Girls

First "Biggie" here featuring John Martyn. (Thanks to Ray and his pigeons!)

  • July 1970

Treetops Hotel, Epping

An Summer evening with Keith Christmas

  • September 1970

The Pied Bull, Islington

The first and only night here. The main guest was Joanne Kelly

  • March 1971

Loughton Girls School

Our first Folk Venture with Keith Christmas

  • December 1971

Leyton Town Hall. E10

First Big Venue. Featuring an almost Steeleye line up of Tim Hart, Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp

  • April 1972

Shenfield Folk Club, Essex

First of a series of weekly "Singers Nights"

  • April 1972

First "Down River" venue at the "Crooked Billet"E17

Opened with one of music's finest....Pete Atkin..

  • June 1972

"Down River 1" moves to "William IV"  Leyton E10 where it stays for over a year

The first month's impressive guest list included: Gasworks, John Martyn and Barry Dransfield

  • November 1972

Ilford Town Hall

The Ragtime Cowboy.....Steffan Grosman

  • April 1973

"Down River 2"  opens at the "Kings Head" Ongar

This opening night featured John Copper (of the Copper Family) together with Jenny Beeching and Thyme

"Down River 3" opens at the "Essex Arms" Brentwood

Opening night: Pete Atkin and Thyme

  • July 1973

"Down River1" moves to the "Baker's Arms" Waltham Abbey

Noel Murphy is the first act to appear. Supported by Colin Tucker

  • September/October 1973

"Down River1" moves to its final resting place at the "Lord Brooke" Walthamstow E17. and sadly the whole  Down River empire dies...only to be replaced in......

The hugely talented Vin Garbutt and well-loved Frogmorton are guests during these final club nights

  • October 1973

by...concerts at the "Corbett Theatre" Loughton

Opening with a band then managed by Tony & Terry..Bully Wee




To Events at the Corbett Theatre ( E15 Acting School) Loughton. Essex 1973/74

The Second Epping Folk Festival