End of an Era



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End of an Era

Postby TJ » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:40 pm

It was the end of an era last night as High Lane Country Music Club closed it’s doors for the final time, after 33 years. One of the decreasing number of clubs who have been supporting British Bands.
The club almost closed 3 years ago, when Pam decided to call it a day after struggling for a while to make it work, giving the remaining few pounds in the kitty to a local charity. But the Steward of the Conservative Club threw out a lifeline, and offered to keep the club going for a while on a Bi-monthly basis.
Unfortunately it wasn’t working, and there was not enough support to enable them to cover the artists costs. So on the 33rd anniversary, it finally closed.
It was once a major club in the Stockport area, playing host not only to the top British acts, but also to visiting American artists. No dancing and standing room only long before the act came on stage.
I’m sure BA can expand on the Club’s history and achievements. (More info please Brian)

This again highlights the need for support in all our clubs, as the saying goes “Use it or Lose it”.
Chew Valley Country Music

13th Oct GARY PERKINS & THE BREEZE
(Tickets now on Sale - £7, call Trevor on 01457 833421)
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Re: End of an Era

Postby brian ahern » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:32 am

Only just seen your post in reference to The High Lane CMC closure Trevor.

I fully agree that the club was a major player in country music within the Stockport area and deserve all the plaudits and credits awarded to them over the past 33 years. Especially seeing as Stockport was never abundant with country music clubs at any time.

Out of the top of my head there has only been 11 fully fledged country music clubs in the area. Granted pubs and clubs did dip their toe into the water over the years without becoming really established.

Pam Smith & Eddie Daniels along with their friends Bob & Eileen Neild started the club basically as an off shoot to THe Orford CMC @ THe RBL Club a couple of hundred yards up the road. Even though the club room was small, less than 100 seated. They built a fine reputation by sheer hard work and the power of advertising over the years. This success ran to 5 country music festivals, which I was very pleased to be associated with.

Like many of our clubs the atmosphere became like an extended family and the misfortune of death took its toll over the years with the demise of long time compere Charlie Teece. Organiser Eddie Daniels and another compere Jimmy Renshaw to name 3 of the members.

The lovely founder organiser Pamela Kay Smith has found a new partner with similar interests and is now enjoying life and her chosen music with grace after a wonderful term of office and servant of her music. I feel that all should look back with thanks at the pleasure that Pam and her helpers have brought to the area because of their unbeaten love and dedication to country music over the years.

Thank Pam and The Team of High Lane Country Music Club for making it happen.

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Re: End of an Era

Postby markw » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:44 pm

that is truly sad. I loved that venue. pam and eddie were a part of my growing up.I first played High lane with George Farmer in about 1977! played there with west Coast, Buckskin, Red Moon Joe, Gary Hall, Cathryn Craig and finally with Buchanan. The times they are a changin'. agree with everything you said Brian, my favourite show was Steve Young in about 1985.
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Re: End of an Era

Postby brian ahern » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:23 am

Just a couple of small points Mark. You probably played The Orford Ranch House @ High Lane British Legion in 1977. The High Lane CMC @ The Conservative Club did not open until late 1998. I also think that you saw Steve Young '@ The Western CMC The Cons Club Hillgate Stockport.

All 3 clubs was kind of inter related in many ways.

To cross threads. Have you noticed that in the Stockport area the right wing conservative clubs gave space and time to country music way above any other political movement even did. Don't quote Townes @ Reddish Labour Club, that was a one off........oh by the way I am a socialist as are many of my country music friends who also enjoy the music for pleasure and not politics. :wink:

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Re: End of an Era

Postby brian ahern » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:42 am

brian ahern wrote: The Conservative Club did not open until late 1998.
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Wrong Ahern :lol: :lol: It Should read late 1978. It's an age think ya know :lol:

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