About Us

We are a Southport based Folk/Blues band playing traditional, modern and original folk and blues music in our own relaxed style.

We feature the music of Dylan, Donovan, Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, JJ Cale, Carol King, Gordon Lightfoot, Ralph McTell, and original material by Pete Rimmer.

We perform mainly in the North West, but over the past year we have also played at festivals in Leeds, Penrith and Kettering.

Our Backgrounds

Pete Rimmer

Pete has been a performer since 1967 in those heady days of the folk boom and recently celebrated his fiftieth year as a singer songwriter.

Over these years he has been involved in many of the music events in the North West of England such as concerts at the Southport Atkinson, Southport Theatre and Floral Hall.

Pete is a long time resident singer at the world famous Bothy Folk Club in Southport .

Pete is also regular performer at a number of folk clubs and festivals and concerts and is a regular performer at the Southport Love Folk Festival.

His musicals tastes run from  traditional to modern folk music, from Donovan to Dylan, Martyn to McTell and  Seeger to the Stones.

Pete is a prloific song writer and we feature several of his songs in our live sets as well as on our recent CD.

Pete also plays with Ceilidh band Gallimaufry. 


Bill Hackney

Bill started playing music as a teenager in the mid 1960’s, following a route from Skiffle, Rock ’n Roll, The Beatles, and the blues influences of The Rolling Stones.

The Folk Boom was well under way, and he started attending clubs in Manchester, enjoying any folk/blues guitar players, notably Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, and John Renbourn. This had a huge influence on Bill, and introduced him to other forms of music, including Jazz, and “World Music". Bill was also influenced by the music of Zappa, Hendrix, Steely Dan, John Martyn, Bob Marley, and J.J. Cale.

For the last 20 odd years, Bill has been a Resident of Southport’s Bothy Folk Club. This association has led to him playing in all manner of situations, festivals and venues in the North West.

Bill is a terrific solo guitarist and singer, but these days he is more often seen in the company of fellow co-conspiritors - “ Untrained melody”.

“I’ve spent a long time trying to unravel the mysteries of playing music, and 50 years down the line - I’m still unravelling !”

Mike Huddart

Mike first played bass in a blues band at Manchester University in the sixties.

Business commitments prevented Mike from playing bass again until he and his wife moved to the Isle of Wight after early retirement from the IT industry.

In 2008 he was asked to join the Hillmans Bluesband after they heard him playing at a local guitar club. He played with the band all over the South of England, typically sixty gigs a year.

He also played in the Hooleys, a local Irish folk band on the Isle of Wight.

Mike plays bass in a lyrical, driving style on left-handed custom acoustic and electric basses made by Irish luthier Chris Larkin.

His musical tastes run from traditional folk music to JJ Cale, Clapton and the Stones.

Mike and his wife Val moved to Lancashire in 2015. He met Pete and Bill at the Bothy Folk Club in 2016 and joined the boys in the "Tap and Bottles" in Southport and thus the band was formed. 


Clive Pownceby

Clive Pownceby describes himself as a "Freelance Folk activist!".

He has been the Organiser, Host and Resident Singer at the world famous Bothy Folk Club in Southport since the mid '70s.

He is a freelance writer, reviewer and broadcaster on local radio. He also acts as host and MC at various folk festivals such as LoveFolk in the North West of England.

Clive is a great singer with terrific sense of humour who really knows how to work an audience. One of his famous quotes "It doesn't get much better than this" often closes a really good evening at the Bothy.

Clive is also an excellent drummer/ percussionist and has played with numerous folk and blues bands. His "hobby" band " Lunchtime Legends, includes Nev Grundy - another Bothy resident, play rock and roll at lunchtime in pubs during the Whitby Folk Week.

Clive is a regluar member of our band and plays with us whenever he can depending on his other commitments.


© Mike Huddart 2017