Cornelscourt Parish Hall

Cornelscourt Parish Hall
The Location of Foxrock Folk Club


As Luke Kelly remarked when he played the club in December 1972, a folk club in the suburb of Foxrock was a somewhat unlikely combination. Probably even more unlikely was the fact it was organised and run by teenagers and managed to attract to Foxrock some of the biggest names on the Irish music scene (see Folk Club History & "Local and Visiting Artists").

The aim of the Foxrock Folk Club Project is to (1) research the history of the club (2) develop a club archive and (3) create a space in which people who played at the club or attended some of the sessions can share their memories of what was an unique musical and cultural experience.


Monday, 4 January 2016


The first reviewer of the CD on Lance Liddle's blog Bebop Spoken Here very kindly said it was their 'CD of the year (2015)'. Now the blog has generously posted a second review by another of their stalwart reviewers, Russell, who is a very big blues, as well as jazz, aficienado and says it is an 'essential purchase'. The review can be seen here:

This review focuses a bit more on the blues and jazz tracks on the CD and I am pleased it picks out the highly enthusiastic audience response to the recordings by the great 1970s Irish jazz group, the Butler Fox Jazz Band. Most of the teenage audience had never heard a jazz band live before and I know that the band was quite concerned before they performed about how they would go down with such a crowd. As can be heard on the tracks, they needn't have worried.
The drummer on these tracks, John Wadham, was originally from England but became quite a legend of the jazz scene in Ireland for his subtle but often ferocious drumming. He was quite a character, with a luxuriant handlebar moustache and sideburns and often smoked his pipe while drumming. He is immortalised in a metal bust in the well-known Dublin jazz venue, J.J. Smyths.
The clarinet player with the group, Phil Butler (a.k.a. Jack Cudworth), had played regularly with the well-known guitarist, Diz Disley, before he moved to Ireland. Diz was a fixture in the jazz, blues and folk clubs in Soho and beyond in the 1960s playing varieties of jazz guitar and was famous at the time for the unlikely fact that he drove a Rolls Royce. Jack Cudworth's son tells stories of Diz spending much time at their house and taking the whole family out for drives in the Roller.
Diz Disley later went on to play very successfully with Stephane Grappelli.

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