The 60s folk revival in Cornwall
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  1. Dianne Frost

    I remember the Count House, as a student of Rolle College, Exmouth, I travelled with my friends, in 1968, to see Brenda and John. The wonderful Johnny Silvo was the guest for the evening.
    We travelled back via the north coast of Kernow and spent the night on the
    how and behind the beach.. They subsequently became regular guests at our Exmouth Folk club.
    In 2007 Johnny became a regular guest at our Folk Club in Hambledon Hampshire, until his death in 2011.
    I still sing many of the songs that Brenda sang, both traditional and those written by Richard Gendall. It takes me back to the happy times when they were still alive and able to entertain us!

    1. Merv Davey

      Thank you for this. Yes an amazing folk community in 1960s Cornwall with a legacy we enjoy today.

  2. Toni Carver

    Although I was much younger than Ian J. Todd, the founder of The Count House, Botallack, he was a friend of mine. Ian had brought the building with his friend John Wood and had space to spare. Ian was a fan of jazz, and originally hoped the Count House would become a Jazz Club or at least a Cabaret Club. But the folkies turned, up and the rest is history. However, the laurals for the first folk club hereabouts probably go to Jonathan Coudrille who started a small club in his father Francis’ Mermaid Studio (now a restaurant) in Fish Street, St Ives. Jonathan’s mum and dad along with the Val Bakers were great supportes of young seasonal itinerant musicians in those far of Beatnik days.