Folk Music for all

A brief  histoty of the Cross Keys Folk Club

Cross Keys Folk founded in 1972 by Landlord Harold Nield and Trish Courtman.

As landlord Harold won an award for "The Pub With The Warmest Welcome", a competition covering the whole of the North of England. The club organiser and resident singer then was Trish Courtman, she started the evening off and booked the weekly guests. The evening's entertainment took place then in "Buckley's Kitchen", a small intimate room with a stone flagged floor and a big, ancient cooking range.

In 1978 Phill Kay became licensee and Pat continued to host the club for another 10 years, followed by Ali Dean (later O'Brien) and Phil Chadwick. It was during this period that some of the folk nights began to be held in the adjoining building known as "The Barn".



In 1994 Jim Schofield  took over the running of the Cross Keys Folk Club. The following year the Cross Keys Inn celebrated its 250th anniversary and a marathon singers' day was held, the object being to sing 250 different songs in twelve hours. This was a great success and was repeated in subsequent years adding one more song for each additional year. Sadly this is no longer done but maybe just maybe we may resurect this very popular event which brought Artists from far and wide to take part.

In June 2002 the Cross Keys Folk Club in Uppermill near Oldham had run continuously for 30 years. This makes it one of the longest running folk clubs in the UK! To celebrate, a special event was held at Dobcross Band Club on 7th June 2002. View the poster here! 

1998 saw Doug Bramwell take over the Cross Keys. He had the barn refurbished, installed a stove so that the barn could be used at any time of the year, and relocated the bar. The folk club moved permanently into "The Barn" in March 1999. Doug's term of office finished in June 2006.

40th Anniversary update.


Wow! what a night it turned out to be. The Barn was bustin at the seams, Bucklys kitchen was also rockin with musicians as they migrated from the Barn. We managed to get our 40 artists and our 40 songs. This is fantastic. To get this many artists together on one evening speaks volumes of the popularity of this folk club. A great big thank you to all the artists and spectators who turned out to take part.

It was especially nice to recieve a card from Lorraine at 'Different Strings' to Jim and the team at the Cross Keys Folk Club congratulating us all on a fantastic achievement. Thanks Lorraine x