St Pauls Tavern, Ludgate Hill, Hockley, Birmingham Oct 1974 Sunday
Prince of Wales, Cambridge Street, Birmingham Nov 1974 Sunday
White Swan, Grosvenor St West, Birmingham 1977 Sunday

Bulls Head, Bishopsgate Street, Birmingham



Summerhill Pub, Powell St/Summerhill, Birmingham 1983 Sunday
Black Horse, Jennens Row/Woodcock St., Birmingham 1985 Sunday
Moby Dick, Gospel Street, Birmingham Apr 1990 Sunday
Cauliflower Ear, Curzon Street, Birmingham Mar 1991 Sunday
Adam & Eve, Bradford Street, Birmingham Jan 1992 Sunday
Hazelwell, Pineapple Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham Aug 1992 Sunday
Union Club, Pershore Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham 1994 Sunday
Globe, Blews Street, Birmingham Jan 1995 Sunday
Waggon & Horses, Adderley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham Sept 2000 Sunday
Date Formed:
October 27th 1974
Date Folded:
Unknown at this time
Bob Lapworth
Chris Lapworth
Dave James
Early Residents:
Bob Lapworth
Chris Lapworth
Dave James
Les Noden

The BTMC came about because a local folk group called Brummagem used the  upstairs room at the  Prince of Wales in Cambridge Street for practicing. Following on from the practice they used to hold an informal "session" in the downstairs bar, which eventually morphed into the BTMC. Before the club officially opened, various friends and local folk club singers were approached, to get the club off the ground.

The BTMC's opening night was  on October 27th 1974 with Bob & Chris Lapworth, Dave James and Les Noden, at St Pauls Tavern, Ludgate Hill Hockley and it moved fairly quickly (Nov 10th 1974) to the Prince of Wales Cambridge Street, which became a venue that was used by many different clubs over the years. Dave and Bob's idea was to create a club that had a more relaxed atmosphere, where people could sing from where they were sitting, rather than getting up on stage  - which was  the way many others  were run at the time. They also arranged for people to come along and give talks on various folk related topics, some of which can be seen on the leaflets  in this article. The BTMC, as it became to be known, together with the Grey Cock, also ran a series of very successful ceilidhs at various venues  round Birmingham. The club also tried to attract members and singers, by going and singing at Womens Institutes etc., which managed to bring a number of new people into the club that may not have known anything about folk  music before.

George Frampton Recordings From The Prince of Wales In 1976.
Many thanks to George Frampton for supplying the recordings.


Traditional Singing from Birmingham

Rufford Park

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