IN THE BEGINNING
The origins of Folkal Point stem from a 'needs must' school concert - the combination seemed to work, inspired by attending the musical melting pot of the Troubadour Club.
The Troubadour was pre-eminent amongst venues on the national folk and acoustic music circuit. The Troubadour was located at No.5 Waterloo Street, in Clifton Village, Bristol.
It was not a large premises, having two performance spaces - one at street level, the other in the cellar. There was no alcohol although coffee was served - the nearest pub was the Somerset House, a short dash away, in Princess Victoria Street. Folkal Point did get to perform at the Troubadour before its demise. The building stands in a rank of quaint independent boutique shops and businesses - the club is commemorated by a wall plaque.
During those early years Folkal Point were regular performers for BBC Radio Bristol, playing live 'on-air' for a drive time show. These performances were fundamental to the connection of Folkal Point with Midas Recordings. Dubious experiences with random pieces of audio equipment provided at school and also at the BBC persuaded the band to invest in a small but brand new sound system.
Folkal Point inaugurated a regular session at the Adam & Eve, a licensed premises at Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells. The upstairs function room at the Alma Tavern, in Clifton, was another occasional venue, complete with flock wallpaper and heavily patterned Axminster carpet. That very room is now an intimate and thriving theatre space.
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