Kevin Clarke (ICT Network Data/Voice Manager) took early retirement from Oldham Council in May 2012 after 24 years in the IT department.
After catching up on some home maintenance and DIY jobs, he now happily tinkers about in the garage trying to get his Classic Car (1952 Riley RME) restored and back on the road. In the New Year he hopes his expertise of servicing vintage and modern professional audio equipment will also be put to some good use.
Kevin is an excellent musician with a wide choice of material. He began his career in folk music over 40 years ago in the 60’s with old school pal Mick Collins. ‘The Hometowners’ name was first conceived in the early 1970’s, when Kevin and Mick with a few other mates started their very first folk club at The Railway Hotel in Hollinwood. This was the original venue for “Oldham’s first boy band” who back in the day supported the famous Christy Moore, Oldham Tinkers, Mike Harding, to name but a few.
The Hometowners (Kevin and Mick) also supported several International folk singers – Maddy Prior, Davey Arthur and Isla St. Clair. Together over many, many years they also hosted some very popular “Sunday Singers Nights” in the Saddleworth area - always performing for the audiences delight and delectation. Just like today, wherever you see The Hometowners advertised you can certainly expect a night of good humour, good song and good musicianship.
In 2010 The Hometowners with Tony Downes released their first CD (Over The Hill)
Cover note:- Kevin Clarke: Vocal /Acoustic Guitars /Harmonies. Kevin commented on this experience by saying, “to him the CD was a celebration of the many, happy years of musical experience enjoyed together and it was a BIG thank you to all whom had supported them along the way.