The original club was formed in the mid-60s as the Barley Mow Folk Club at The Barley Mow in Stapenhill, by Dave Bull, followed by Roy Mason. During Roy's time, the Club moved several times, including two spells at The Punch Bowl (across the road from the Barley), the Meadowside Leisure centre, the Bridge Brewery and The Star and Garter, changing its name to The Burton Folk Club after leaving the Barley.
In December 1995, Roy announced his retirement and Burton Folk Club subsequently closed. After a few weeks, a number of club regulars met and decided to try to keep the club running. Soon afterwards, the Brewtown Folk Club was born, initially helped by interest free loans from several regulars and sponsorship by the local council, continuing at The Star and Garter, Grange Street, Burton upon Trent on Friday nights. The only significant change was the introduction of singarounds and booked guest nights alternating each week.
The Club has since had spells at the Beacon and Albion hotels, before returning to The Star and Garter, at the request of the landlady, Karen Fox, whose support for the Club was second to none. Unfortunately, Karen moved on (and sadly passed away in 2007). The Club continued at The Star & Garter until Christmas 2007, re-opening in January 2008 a short distance away at the newly refurbished Old Cottage Tavern (which the oldsters amongst us may remember as the British Lion) in Byrkley Street.
The "Cottage" boasts a fine selection of real ales and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Accommodation is available if required (booking is advisable). Details are available on our "Contacts" page. The clubroom is available for hire along with a skittle alley if required.
The Club has settled in very well into its new home, with valued support from the owners, management and staff, and looks forward to many more successful years there.
Any further information, photos or memories would be most welcome.