Over the generations, the Manchester area has nurtured thousands of musical acts, ranging in styles as diverse as music hall and Madchester.

But it was the sixties that was the first to bring the music to the people.  There were groups in almost every street, kids playing their music without thought of fame - just fun.

Although many were adopted on a national scale, others were content to stir only local interest before their eventual demise.

Despite their lack of national commercial success, they were part of the tremendous Manchester area music scene that continues to play such a major part in our lives.

Proudly based in the sixties, these pages salute the groups, agents, disc jockeys, shops and clubs in the Manchester area that gave us all such a great time! Memories that have lasted a lifetime!

Enjoy the site ... Add to it ...  Revisit! 


Big Thanks  to regular contributor Tony Burke for sharing this link of Big Joe Turner performing a storming version of  ‘Hide & Seek’ at  Granada TV studios on September 30th, 1966. 

The night before the 1966 American Folk Blues Festival with Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Junior Wells and others had played the Free Trade Hall. The ine up here is: MC Roosevelt Sykes; Little Brother Montgomery piano; Otis Rush on guitar, Jack Myers on bass and Fred Below drums.
Help please
A great picture sent in by Nigel. Image found in a paper bag and marked as "The Barry Skifill Group  - 7th October 1962 at the County Hotel, Stockport" 
Astute readers will notice its a very electrified group and not what we would term skiffle.   
So, all you gear experts.  1962 looks right, the County Hotel is also right - so any idea who the group are???

New website

If any of you may be interested, I have just created a new site for our southern friends https://www.kentbeat.uk 
No major links to Manchester groups but may be of interest.  There should be - there's pictures of me on there!


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