Wednesday, 24 July 2013


by Dave Roberts
Long long ago, before the days of The Middlewich Paddies, this merry band of minstrels was flying the flag for folk music in Middlewich.
Three of the Kinderton Folk are instantly recognisable; on the right, in descending order are Graham Sivills, Michael 'Trampas' Woodbine, and the unmistakable Richard Devaney.
But who are the others?
I've a vague feeling that the banjo player was called Jeff, and the young lady Jean, but I 've no idea as to the identity of the guitar player.
No doubt someone will be able to supply the missing names.
Kinderton Folk was formed in 1980 and played folk club style gigs in the upstairs room at the Boar's Head among other venues..
The idea for a folk group really started with the Dane Rugby Club when Mike Hough, hearing Richard sing some bawdy rugby songs, suggested that his voice was good enough to sing something a little more - shall we say - respectable? and Kinderton Folk was the result.
Graham, Michael and Richard later got together to form the redoubtable Middlewich Paddies with the addition of Dave Thompson on guitar.
The formation of the Paddies and the idea for the Folk & Boat Festival (inspired by the Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival)  led to Middlewich gaining a good reputation among folk music fans and it was this that led eventually to the town's thriving festival and music scene today.

There's more on the Middlewich Paddies, including some music clips, on Graham Sivill's website (which itself goes back a few years):


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