Folkal Point formed for a school concert – in the time-honoured way of; if we’re going to play songs, we’d better find a singer … and so it came to pass.
The formula seemed to work and we drew inspiration from performers we’d seen at The Troubadour – a well established venue on the national folk club circuit. The Troubadour was located in Waterloo Street, Clifton Village, it was a kind of coffee bar on street level, but it operated on two floors – the other being its cellar. We did eventually play at The Troubadour before its demise. The building is still there but it is part of a rank of quaint independent boutique shops.
During those school years we played live, on-air, quite regularly on BBC Radio Bristol, a late afternoon drive-time show – indirectly, it was this that lead to the recording of the Folkal Point LP by Midas Recordings. Following our experiences of the random assortment of equipment that the school naively referred to as a public address system, early on in our musical career, we somehow managed to purchase a small but, brand new P.A. system.
We created a regular session for ourselves at the Adam & Eve, a public house on Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells. We played in the function rooms of many a pub, one being the Alma Tavern, in Clifton. Its upstairs function room was bedecked in flock wallpaper and was carpeted with that ubiquitous Axminster weave. The building had a major overhaul and refit in the mid-90’s and that upstairs function room was converted into an intimate theatre space and is still thriving to this day