The Troubadour in Waterloo Street, Clifton, has been described as the most famous and influential folk club outside London.
“The Bristol Troubadour on Waterloo Street in Clifton Village, linked at the time more with Les Cousins in Soho than the London Troubadour, was a major part of a circuit that saw legendary game-changers like John Renbourn, Al Stewart, Ralph McTell, the Incredible String Band, Sandy Denny and Michael Chapman play two sets upstairs and downstairs in a venue the size of their later dressing rooms. Fifty years on, this ramshackle but significant movement celebrated its anniversary at St George’s. And, lo and behold, it was magnificently significant and comfortingly ramshackle. ”
Artists like Wizz Jones, Keith Christmas and Michael Chapman have never really courted the mainstream, yet their quality has allowed them to survive into the current era …. Keith Christmas’s set was the most lyrically relevant of the night, heartfelt and passionate
“It was the most famous and influential folk club outside London. If you know the slightest about the music of those days, then imagine how this small venue could have staged artists like Bert Jansch and John Renbourn of Pentangle, Sandy Denny, John Martyn, The Incredible String Band, Tim Hart & Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, Ralph McTell, The Watersons, The Strawbs and many other important names, plus the early folk singing days of people like comedian Jasper Carrott or TV actors Norman Beaton and Chris Langham.”
Ian A. Anderson