It was late 1969 and, licking my wounds after losing two rounds with major record labels, I’d made a tactical retreat back to Bristol from whence I’d exported myself in 1968. I was inhabiting the notorious flat above the Bristol Troubadour with the club’s then manager, bassist John Turner, and – briefly – fellow songwriter/guitarist Al Jones. The 5 nights a week coffeehouse in what we’d christened Clifton Village was in its heyday as one of the country’s leading ‘contemporary folk’ venues, sharing an axis with London’s Les Cousins. Artists from all over Britain were being attracted to live in the city by the local scene’s reputation. Over small-hours brainstorms and late breakfasts in early 1970, we came up with the idea to launch a record label and agency, taking control of our own destinies from the music business. The Village Thing was born.
They also have complete CDs by Derroll Adams, Al Jones and Ian A Anderson at Ghosts From The Basement. You can find Village Thing re-issues from Dave Evans on Earth Records; Wizz Jones, Chris Thompson on Sunbeam Records; Fred Wedlock, Sun Also Rises, Steve Tilston, Hunt & Turner on Saydisc and the expanded Matchbox Days compilation on Ace.
To submit CDs for consideration for Podwireless, send to:
PO Box 3072
Bristol BS8 9GF