Venues:
AddressYearDay
Crown, Corporation Street, Birmingham1963Tuesday
Newton Club, Newton Street, Birmingham1969Tuesday
Date Formed:
1963
Date Folded:
Unknown at this time
Organisers:
Pam Bishop
Alan Bishop
Early Residents:
Pam Bishop
Alan Bishop
Mick Tracey
Tony Seymour
Mick Hipkiss
John Swift
Jacquie Swift
Tommy Dempsey
Dave Phillips
John Boler
John Moreton
Derek Watts

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The Peanuts Folk & Blues Club was  formed by Pam & Alan Bishop in 1963, with the opening night being on 10th October 1963 in a basement coffee bar . After only tow weeks, due to the large numbers of people attending, it had to move to larger premises and the club moved to the Crown Corporation Street, with capacity crowds attending every week. In the early days a lot of "American Negro Blues" were sung and played, but in the 12 months following the tables were turned and greater emphasis was  given to British folk songs.

The club used to book weekly guests, and early examples were, Jack & Margaret King, Tommy Dempsey, Tony McCarthy, Rosemary & Hugh Gentleman, Mike Robinson, Dave Phillips, the Stewart Family, Quentin Hood and Dave Brady. Apart from regular nights, week end activities were also planned, and included a folk weekend at 1 14th century mansion in Shropshire, a visit to the London Cellar Club at Cecil Sharpe House, and an exchange with a  French club at Easter 1965.

The Club was non profit making and had no rules as it was considered that "all members should know how to behave" . 

The club was run by Pam and Alan  until 1965, when they gave up running it to join the group of people forming the Birmingham & Midland Folk Centre. It is not yet known who took over the reins in running the Peanuts sfter this. During the two years that they ran the club Pam and Alan arranged a number of "concert" style evenings with multiple guests, the programmes of which can be seen in the scans below. One was definitely at the Crown, around September 1964 featuring Nadia Cattouse and Ewan McColl/Peggy Seeger. The other may have been at the Crown, but the date and venue are not yet confirmed. This concert, besides featuring  a whole list of Birmingham folk artists, also included Spencer Davies and Steve Winwood, who went on to become world famous. 

 

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