Cahors Folk Club in the Press

The Cahors Folk Club was founded in early 2008 by Michel Griffin and Mark Newman. Since its debut in April 2008, it has received a fair amount of press. This is just a selection, arranged in reverse chronological order.
La Vie Quercynoise (November 2016)
Another place well-known to the locals in Cahors, Labastide Marnhac and its famous folk-club, mc'd by the delightful Michel Griffin ... A singer and guitarist of considerable refinement, he acts as ringmaster, introducing one after another, true musicians who know how to charm their audience ...
New Location (May 2012)

The folk-club moved in May 2012 to the château de Labastide Marnhac, and now takes place on the last Friday of each month. There is a schedule of forthcoming concerts on the Programme page. My thanks to David Gabella for his enthusiasm, his dedication, and all his hard work on behalf of the club over the four years that he hosted us at the Carré d'Art.

Cahors Folk Club in the news (December 2009)

Unbeknownst to me or Mark Newman, there was evidently a journalist covering the November 2009 session of the Cahors Folk Club, because the following Saturday, this article appeared in La Dépêche, underneath a photo [left] of us jamming with Michel 'Coco' Correch (double-bass) and Marcel 'Frenchie' Dègre (harmonica).

I'm the one with the hat !

Le Petit Journal (10 December 2008) [By Geneviève Marty]

Every kind of Art is represented at David Gabella's convivial gallery in rue Pélegry. On the evening of 26th November, the space was dedicated to folk music, with keen English guitarists Mark Newman and Michel Griffin, and their singer and musician friends. There was a sellout crowd - an informed audience, some French, some English.

The evening went like clockwork. In fact, since last March, this group of musicians has got together in the delightful tea room gallery once a month. Presented with flair and humor, some with improvised double-bass or harmonica accompaniment, performers follow one another on stage with a series of songs in French or English - some sufficiently well-known that the audience joins in.

Michel Griffin, jazzy poet, by turns clown or romantic, presents his own songs in a charming mid-Atlantic French accent and with his beautiful deep, soft warm voice. Already known on British (BBC) radio, he arrived in France in 2000 'with the new millenium' and has recorded four CDs.

Le Petit Journal (28 May 2008)

Ambiance surchauffée, soirée inoubliable ! Le 23 avril dernier, dans l'enthousiasme général, avait eu lieu la première session d'un nouveau folk-club à Cahors, dans la Galerie Carré d'Art, 46 rue Pélégry (entre la place de la Libération et le quai de Regourd). La galerie était noire de monde, et le public a apprécié l'humour, la poésie, les styles variés, et la qualité des musiciens intervenants.

Le folk-club a été créé par deux musiciens britanniques vivant dans la vallée du Lot, Michel Griffin et Mark Newman. Désormais, le quatrième mercredi de chaque mois, ils accueilleront chaleureusement chanteurs, guitaristes, et autres instrumentistes et les invitent à partager musique, pizza et vin rouge.

Le folk-club, c'est l'ouverture aux autres. Toutes sortes de musiciens s'y rencontrent avec une immense spontanéité qui donne ce côté si sympathique et si singulier à ces moments musicaux.

Lors de cette première soirée, on aura pu remarquer l'entente cordiale qui régnait avec la participation de Rick Jones (guitare et chant), George Callaghan (guitare, violon et chant), Brian Harpwood (banjo), Michel Lydiet (chant), Babette Mellac (chant a capella) et Mick Gardiner (harmonica). On retiendra également les prestations magistrales et fougueuses de Mark Newman à la guitare, et la poésie des textes de chansons de Michel Griffin.