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Saturday Lunchtimes, Wednesday Evenings at Bogarts:


Here’s a picture sent in by Chris Bates,  inside Bogarts New Years Eve 1979, and in the centre right is the box were the projector was for showing the occasional cartoon. Happy days sticking to the floor.

Thanks to Ian Hasell for sending this in to us. Ian was Walrus Gumboot’s Sound Engineer. Recorded at Bogarts.

The Barrel Organ




Three Magpies Folk Club




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



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.

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.

New Order + Happy Mondays + The Wonder Stuff at Tower Ballroom





New Order + Happy Mondays + The Wonder Stuff at Tower Ballroom. Thurs 2/10/86.


Big Bear Follies Festival




Big Bear Follies, in Birmingham Guild of students Debating Hall, 1968/69.

Table Scraps


Table Scraps, Scruffy Murphy’s 01/06/13 via Paul Harris

Band Members: Scott Vincent Abbott (guitar/vocals,) Poppy Twist (drums/vocals)

Hare And Hounds


The Nervous Kind, Hare And Hounds 2012 via Paul Harris

Situated in the South Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath, the Hare and Hounds has been around since 1820, but has stood in its present form since 1907.  This, along with the beautiful and unique Art Nouveau tiles that line the entry hall and staircase, is a major contributing factor to its current Grade II listed status.

Although playing host to local Birmingham legends UB4O’s first ever gig in 1979 (recently commemorated by a PRS Music Heritage award and plaque), it is only in the past 7 years that it’s really established itself as one of the most important and influential music venues in the country, playing a vital part in nurturing the city’s vibrant music and creative community.

The pub boasts two downstairs bars which host regular food evenings, a pub quiz and weekend DJs whilst the two upstairs venues feature live music & club nights spanning jazz, indie, funk, reggae, hip hop, soul, house, D’n’B & comedy most nights of the week.

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