Crystal Folk & Roots Club

Change of Name and Management

As from the 31st July 2015 Anne Adams ceased to be the organizer of the Crystal Folk and Roots Club after 16 years at the helm. The club has now gone to new organizers at the same venue and is called the "New Crystal Folk Club" For club inquiries phone Pete James on 0121-559-4987  The website remains as an archive to the Crystal Folk and Roots Club.    

Welcome to the website of the Crystal Music Club.

The club organiser is Anne Adams.
 
Every Friday evening is a singers night but we do treat ourselves four or five times a year to a very special guest which is funded by the weekly raffle. On these evenings there are invited floor spots only. These are usually chosen from our ever growing contigency of regulars and we hope in the future to give all a chance to do these spots.  We start our weekly Singers Nights at 8.30 till late where all types of acoustic music, spoken word and listeners are welcome. The latter being just a important as the former. 
Perfomers, we do like to start on time so please come early to make sure you get a spot. We have never yet been in the position where we have had to leave anyone out but the club has become very popular so to start on time is very important so as give all who come along the chance to perform.  

We now have a full P.A installed of which performers are free to use if they wish. We have found that most do, but the choice of course will be yours.

 

We moved to Blackheath Liberal Club in May 2008 from the Bird in Hand in Wordsley and since moving to the new venue we have increased attendances which is very encouraging, we have seen friends old and new and would like to thank you all for your support. The Liberal club have been very welcoming and supportive.  We would appreciate any comments or suggestions from our regulars. Speaking of regulars it is only these and a larger pool of occasional attendees that will make this club a long term success, so we hope to see all of you as often as possible and be sure that every performer and listener will be welcomed and appreciated.

THE VENUE AT BLACKHEATH LIBERAL CLUB

The Gladstone Room at Blackheath Liberal Club.

We are in an upstairs room at the Blackheath Liberal Club, 51 John Street Blackheath Rowley Regis B65 0EP.

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The room is newly decorated and will hold around 50 people in comfort, transport links are good only a mile or so from junction 2 of the M5 (oldbury) 

The format is that of a performers club, minimum of  two songs each at once, from the front . Club nights start at 8.30 and all are welcome. The number of songs you get depends on the attendance and the time available. 

New talent is very welcome.

History

Crystal Folk began its first incarnation as an informal session at "The Starving Rascal", Amblecote in about 1995. Anne took over in 1997 and when the club was forced to move from the "Starving Rascal" was renamed The Crystal Folk club after the glass making industry of the area. It moved through various venue's due to the whims of Landlords who thought they could put their rooms to better use, before settling at the "Bird in Hand" a few years ago.  In 2008 after much soul searching and fairly miserable attendances,  it was decided to move both the venue and the night, the venue was too small and frankly unapealing to many, and we felt Wednesday was not the best night of the week for a folk club. We would however like to give a big thanks to Alan, the landlord of the Bird in Hand for all his kindness and help to us whilst we were there. On the 9th May 2008 we moved to the Liberal Club in Blackheath and the upstairs Gladstone Room, with a new night (Fridays at 8.30). We have a new format starting with 2 songs each in the first instance performed "out front" with further opportunities should time allow. We have recently dropped the word Folk from our website to encourage all types of music. There is a friendly informal atmosphere and all standards are welcome. If you want to just come along and listen well that's OK too!

Audio/Visual

Go to our Video Gallery to see Anne perfoming her versions of "The Blacksmith" and  "Now Westlin' Winds"

Venue

The  Folk club venue is a pleasant, private upstairs room at the Blackheath Liberal Club  holding  more than 50 people in comfort, club nights are hosted by Anne who goes "around the room" songs or stories are performed from the front , two songs at a time are usual and if time allows another round is offered. Performance starts at 8.30, there is an interval at around 9.50 and we finish around 11.15 although the Club is open till 12. Drinks are available at the Bar downstairs and are very reasonably priced. Please note the bar shuts promptly at 11 pm. We aim to give time for socialising and a bit of banter is welcome after all its all about enjoying the company and the entertainment ! We woud like to emphasise that All types of music , performance, and stories are welcome at the Crystal.

Admission is free. We run a raffle each week to fund our special events.

The song you are listening to on our home page is Anne Adams singing Let No Man Steal Your Tyme from the album "To Face it All"