Cyril Davies... British Blues Harp Pioneer

The Princess Louise, 208-209 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BW .

Where did musicians play and develop.
The background to the development of the London blues scene.
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The Princes Louise in High Holborn, had hosted folk and skiffle evenings since about 1953. The Ballads and Blues club started Saturday night sessions from about 1957/8, organised by Malcolm Nixon and by Pete Turner. Frank Weston also helped with the club and said that Cyril Davies would drop in if he had no other Saturday night gigs. Regular singers at the included Isla Cameron, Sandy and Caroline Paton, Guy Carawan and Dean Gitter from the USA, Winston and Mary Jane Young from Canada, Rory and Alex McEwen, Dominic Behan, Stan Kelly... Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger were residents for the first few years before leaving and setting up their own Singers Club.

The dispute between Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger and the club about British people singing American songs is a story in itself.


Where did musicians play and develop.
The background to the development of the London blues scene.
Back To Home Page

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