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The Barrel Organ




Three Magpies Folk Club




The Three Magpies Folk Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. Later to become ‘The Maggies’.



Hamstead Social Club



Hamstead Social Club, Old Walsall Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B42 1HY.



Under The Greenwood


“Under The Greenwood was a fantastic club but welcomed folk/rock as well, the club was run by Tom Cordrey.” – Elizabeth Jones



Part of the Fewtrell empire of clubs and venues, Rebecca’s was located on Severn Street in the city centre, off John Bright St. It later became Boogies.

Spread over three floors, the rooms were called The Cabasa which was more of a cabaret room, then there was the Blue Soul room and the Sin Bin, down in the basement.

Hall Green Tech College



Big Bear Records

“Big Bear Records is probably the longest established independent record company in the UK and has been at the forefront of Jazz, Swing and Blues since 1968.

The Big Bear Music Group are the coordinators behind the annual Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival within the UK.”


A contract with Big Bear Records for ‘Bright Eyes’ to appear on the Peter Powell Radio One Show January 1981.

Bright Eyes



Newspaper cutting, likely to be from the Birmingham Evening Mail.






Dansette Damage and Bright Eyes all for £1.50 1980 Christmas gig at The Barrel Organ in Digbeth.



A contract with Big Bear Records for ‘Bright Eyes’ to appear on the Peter Powell Radio One Show.





Col from UXB sent this in:

UXB were from Walsall but played lots of venues around Brum circa 1980-82
This is our website- Managed by ‘Little Winston’ Winston who was a mobile DJ in the 70’s and 80’s. He also had his own record label ‘ Crazy Plane Records’ he put out singles by my band UXB and also ‘Bleeding Hearts’
I have some good quality colour photos of UXB onstage at the Cedar Club if you are interested.
Col (UXB Bassplayer)


It’s a Nugget if you Dig It! A music magazine from Birmingham, which started in April 1976. Co-founded by Mike Davies, Dave Seal, Dave Johnson and Duncan McWilliam. In total 12 issues published until 1978.

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