Troub Audience 1967 SML

ORGANISERS of a major folk reunion concert are calling on people to check sheds and gardens for the old wooden cartwheel, which once stood at the back of The Bristol Troubadour’s stage.

They are hoping to trace it for ‘The Troubadour 50th’, a major anniversary concert being held at St George’s Bristol on October 8.

John Turner + Ian A Anderson 1970

John Turner + Ian A Anderson ’70

The Troubadour on Waterloo Street in Clifton was, for a period of five years, the most influential folk club outside of London. Ian Anderson, folk musician and editor of fRoots magazine, is bringing together some of the genre’s biggest names – artists associated with and influenced by the club.

For some it will be a reunion. Some of those unable to perform will send personal video messages, to be screened on the night. Younger artists will pay homage to the venue and its folk stars.

The Troubadour, which opened its doors in October 1966, became the hub of a booming folk scene hosting Al Stewart, John Martyn, Sandy Denny, the Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Fred Wedlock, Jasper Carrott and many more.


Artists who have already confirmed include Michael Chapman, Wizz Jones, Steve Tilston, Jasper Carrott, Keith Christmas, Andy Leggett and friends, Ian Anderson and Maggie Holland (Hot Vultures), Ian Hunt, Jim Moray, Heg and The Wolf Chorus, Three Cane Whale, Jim Causley and Emily Jones.

Keith Christmas Troub circa 68 SQ SML

Keith Christmas circa ’68

Ian Anderson, who will act as MC and chief raconteur, describes the event as a mini festival. It covers The Troubadour panel discussion and concert, plus an exhibition featuring posters, pictures and prints – including some recovered from a rubbish bin. But he is also hoping to trace the equally famous old wooden cartwheel, which was a key part of the venue’s décor.

Mr Anderson said: “I have been overwhelmed with the response from artists and those who remember spending their evenings at the club. The time just felt right to celebrate The Troubadour with this mini festival and the role the venue played in launching the careers of so many folk artists all those years ago.”

He added: “It would be great to have that old wooden cartwheel back on stage for The Troubadour 50th. It would mean a lot to everyone performing and those in the audience too. If anyone knows of its whereabouts, please get in touch.”

The Troubadour, founded by Ray Willmott, closed it doors in 1971.

  • Please email with subject line ‘Wheel’ if you know the whereabouts of The Troubadour’s cartwheel. Go to to book The Troubadour 50th discussion panel and concert.