Jim McPhee started Scrimshaw Folk Club in the late 60's at St Dunstans Centre, Kingsfield Road, Kings , adverts have been found showing that Scrimshaw was running on Thursday nights,as early as 1969 up to September 1976 in the Broadside magazine, Around this time the club moved premises to the Hare and Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath until late 1982 or early 1983, when it moved to the Red Lion, Vicarage Road. Jim McPhee also ran Acorn Agency, representing folk club artists, including a number of top folk artists. Jim retired from the club in May 2001, when Della & Chris Hook took over the reins, with the club still running on a Saturday night. In 2006 the club won BBC Radio 2's "Folk Club of the Year Award and in September 2010, the club changed the night they ran to a Wednesday. The club is still running successfully at the Red Lion.
Early residents at Scrimshaws were :- Ruth Davies, Nick Weston, Tim Evans , Nick Fenwick and group called Scrimshaw.
Early residents at the Hare & Hounds were:- Chris Rust, Nigel Fenwick and a group called Flagon.