Steve Canavan, from Manchester but now emigrated to the Fylde coast, started St Annes Folk Club in October 2014 when Stanley Accrington became the first guest.
The idea behind the club has not changed since day one - to only book singers who will entertain as well as perform. i.e. they'll talk to the audience between songs and not take themselves too seriously. It seems to have worked with a loyal and regular audience supporting the club each month, with sell-outs a regular occurrence.
Steve's love of folk music comes from his dad, Mike, who was a popular performer in the Manchester area over five decades from the 1960s onwards and a songwriter of some renown. He released the album Some Songs in 1976. Unfortunately Mike died in 2013 and that is why Steve, determined to keep his dad's songs alive, started the club. Steve opens each month and often plays his dad's tunes, as well as some of his own - his personal tribute to the City of Manchester after the 2017 terror attack, should be playing over our speakers now!
The club takes place at the Pavilion Cafe in Ashton Gardens, St Annes, generally on the first Saturday of each month and tickets are available in advance.
Previous guests include former Christians songwriter Henry Priestman, the poet John Hegley, comedians Richard Digance and Phil Cool, and BBC Young Folk Singer of the Year winner Lucy Ward.