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Friday 4th Dec.
Orpington Folk Club
8pm @ The Liberal Club Orpington

Tues.8th Dec.
RAFA Assoc. Christmas Lunch,
White Ensign Club .

Saturday 12th Dec.
Countess Wear Village Hall 7.30pm.
Mick with Cornelius Family and Alan Howlett
Bar & Buffet Tkts. £10
Tkts. Poppys Flowers, Topsham Road or
Phone 01392 682550.

After a great winter break its time for getting the guitars out. I will be doing the usual circuit folk/acoustic venues around Exeter.

Plus one or two private gigs. Once again I am teaming up with long time mates from The Spinners, Hughie Jones and bassist Johnny Mac for three gigs and two with Hughie and an American banjo playing mate Bob Wright.

Sunday JUNE 7th.

7.30 Countess Wear Village Hall. Exeter with Hughie and Bob.

Mick GrovesHugh Jones

Tkts £10 from Poppy’s Flowers, Topsham Rd. Exeter

Or by post to Exegroves, 1 Whitlow Copse, Exeter. EX2 5NB.

Cheques to Exegroves incl: SAE.

Limited licensed Bar.

12th/13th JUNE.

Falmouth Int. Sea Shanty Fest. Hughie, Mick & Bob

See website for details.

8th JULY.

Liverpool Everyman Folk Club. Mick, Hughie & John

At the Cross Keys, Earl Street, Liverpool.

Info;- 0151 709 3336

10th JULY.

Tamworth Folk Moot. Hughie, Mick & John

Bole Hall Manor Club.

Tkts & Info:- 01827 873343       John McCormick

13th AUGUST.

Hungry Horse Folk & Acoustic. Whitby, Ellesmere Port.

Mick, Hughie and John.

Tkts. & Info:-0151 678 9902


At Liverpool, Tamworth and Whitby we will be joined by the very talented multi-instrumentalist



Had great time gigging with Hughie and Johnny Mac at both the Wirral and Lymm Festivals .Hugh Jones John McCormick

but am now back on my own. Doing a couple of private dinners in December and 2 public shows at Bovey  Tracey and Countess Wear, the latter 2 with a local family group  The Cornelius Family and melodeon and mandolin picker Alan Howlett.


Tkts. £6 (adv); £8 (door) from The Cornelius Family Tel:- 01392 210983 or e-mail leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk

BYO Drinks tea & coffee with light refreshments available.


Tkts:- £10 inc. buffet from POPPY’S FLOWERS, Topsham Road or by post to Mick Groves Concert, 62 Exe Vale Rd, Exeter EX2 6LF

enclose SAE and chq. to Countess Wear Village Hall.  Bar available.



  • Sat. 7th. June. 7.30pm. Glasson Sailing Club, Lancaster.
  • Sun. 8th. June. Wirral Folk Festival with fellow Spinner Hughie Jones and Johnny Mac on bass. Song session in the afternoon and Q&A session at 6.30pm. @ Whitby Sports and Leisure Club, Ellesmere Port
  • Wed 11th. June 8pm. L/Pool folk club Crosskeys Pub (nr. L/Pool Stadium) Mick with Johnny Mac on Bass.
  • 25th. June. 7.30pm. Lymm Folk Club with fellow Spinner Hughie Jones and Johnny Mac on bass. @ Lymm Rugby Club.

This Easter I am appearing on a variety show at the Palace Theatre Paignton on 15/16th, 22/23rd, 29/30th March 2013.

later in the year I am doing some gigs with Hughie Jones my long time mate from THE SPINNERS.

Manchester UnitedMick will be singing “The Flowers of Manchester” live at Old Trafford on Wed’s 30th Jan, the song will be performed during the half time interval of the SKY televised match between Man Utd and Portsmouth.

Dave Hulmes, a committed Manchester United fan has persuaded Mick to to re-record The Flowers of Manchester, the song based on Eric Winter’s poetic tribute to the victims of the 1958 air crash.

This new rendition has been recorded both to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the disaster and to raise money for the Manchester Kids charity http://www.manchesterkids.com

Dave Hulmes said:
“I have a copy of Mick’s original EP and over the years have worn it out listening the song that evokes that terrible night and holds memories for Manchester United fans of a certain generation. As the 50th anniversary approached, I wanted to remind younger fans of the impact of the event and do something for a local charity. A few phone calls later and Mick kindly agreed to re-record Flowers and Audrey Winter, Eric’s widow, kindly gave it her blessing.”

The CD has been produced by another folk legend, Phil Beer of Show of Hands, and contains a new arrangement and a reworking of the original recording. It is available from http://www.flowersofmanchester.netWednesday 3rd Oct. Mick accompanied by Becki Driscoll (fiddle) @ THE WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club 7.30 pm. info from Chris Davis 07790511054. chris@willowsfolkclub.org


Friday 6th Oct. Mick will be the guest singer at the LOVENY MALE VOICE CHOIR , Annual Gala Concert at Liskeard Town Hall 7.30pm. info from Chris Mees 01503 262448.

Sunday 7th. Oct. Mick accompanied by Becki Driscoll (fiddle) return to the RATEPAYERS ARMS Filton, Bristol. info from www.filton-town-council.co.uk

December Mick will be doing his Christmas Show at Countess Wear Village Hall on Sat 15th.

Find Mick on stage at 12:30 at the Filton Festival on Sunday the 15th of July.
Find the festival by taking junction 16 off the M5.

Further Ahead..

Watch out for Mick in the Autumn with shows planned for Arundel and Bristol.

Gig: Saturday 24 March at 8.30 pm
The Malthouse, Globe Hotel, Topsham

The advertisment runs…

FolkAid Presents…
Mick Groves (formerly of the Spinners)
and Friends
 with special guest
Becki Driscoll
 (on fiddle)

An evening of acoustic music in aid of “Mercy Ships” Doors open 8 pm.
Entry £6 – to reserve tickets contact Jerry 01626 772270

Thanks to the many friends who turned out at the Chichester, Fareham and Bristol gigs. I will be returning to Sussex in Oct to the Willows Club in Arundel and to RatePayers Arms, Filton Bristol roundabout the same month.

New Year Message.
The Christmas gigs went well. I am having a break now but have Dates in Feb and March.
Hope to see you at one of these.

Tues.Feb 20th.
Chichester Folk Club @ The Four Chestnuts, Oving Rd. Chichester.West Sussex

Contact: marilyn.campbell2@btinternet.com

Sat. March 3rd.
Village Folk Club @ The Limes, Catisfield Lane, Catisfield, Fareham, Hants.
Contact: frank-hall@supanet.com

Sun 4th March. Ratepayers Arms @ Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, Bristol.
Contact: rmhutchinson@blueyonder.co.uk

November 2006 A musical evening in celebration of my 70th birthday at Exeter City FC St James Centre in November with my family, friends from ECFC 100 club and local folk clubs. Hughie and Tony can’t make it as they have an annual committment to the Stan Hugill weekend. However a little Emu told me I might be needed for some Caribbean tunes that night.

Later in the year it’s down to more hard work sorting out an appearance at the Barnfield Music Club Christmas Night on Friday 15th December ( tkts from Theatre).
This will be followed by my own Annual Christmas night with the Old Porch Band at Countess Wear Village Hall on the following night Sat. 16th December @ 7.30pm.( Tkts. £7.50 inc buffet. Chqs. to Gill Tipping, 62 Exe Vale Rd. Exeter. EX2 6LF.

12 April 2006
Sorry I have not been as busy as I thought but 2005 was a bad year personally though I did my usual rounds of local charity gigs. 2005 was only lightened by a trip to MAN U with EXETER CITY FC in January where I had the pleasure of presenting the MAN U museum with a mint copy of ‘THE FLOWERS OF MANCHESTER’ EP. and a trip to LIVERPOOL in September to celebrate CLIFF HALL’s 80th Birthday and do a final,final fling with CLIFF,TONY,HUGHIE and JOHNNY MAC at Hughies Everyman Club night.

Last Month I returned to Hughies club where I had a packed house and a great night. So I am back and enjoying singing again and looking forward to a special night with two special musicians.

An EVENING with MICK GROVES at the PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE GtTorrington, Devon on Friday 28th April 8pm. Box Office 01805 624624. Tkts £9,£8, £7.

Mick is delighted to be accompanied on this special night by Becki Driscoll (fiddle) who is fast making a name for herself and Chris Billings (guitars/banjo) a long time string master on the local folk scene. So why not start your Bank Holiday off with a trip to North Devon where Mick will be delighted to see old friends and new. Updates Soon.

21st May 2005
You can catch Mick live at the Countess Wear Village Hall Exeter from 7:30pm on Saturday the 21st of May with the Old Porch Band.

4th of April 2005 Official CD Launch
Fellow Journeyman hits the shops nationwide today.

22nd March, listen out for Mick on Radio Oxford
Listen out for Mick popping up on Oxford Radio’s Sunday “Where are they now” slot.

21st March, Fiddle player Becki Driscoll
Mick has just begun a very successful collaboration with fine young fiddle player Becki Driscoll and recommends catching up with them whenever they are down your way!

5th of February 2005
Mick hopes to join fans singing “Flowers of Manchester” at the Birmingham home game on the 5th of February.

Coming Soon (Spring 2005), Official CD retail launch

Already available through mail order, soon the new “Fellow Journeyman” CD will be available in the shops. The specific launch date will be announced here.

20 Year promise fulfilled 
As reported in the Manchester Evening News and Exeter’s Express and Echo, Mick used the Manchester united vs Exeter City FA cup tie as the perfect background for generously keeping a 20 year promise to donate his recording of “The Flowers of Manchester” to the Manchester United museum. The song forever associated with the 1958 Manchester United Munich Air disaster. See www.munich58.co.uk for more information on this sad period in Manchester United’s History. (See attached picture)