A Brief History Of The “Clive – Live” CD.
Denis Clixby, a St. Ives hotelier and avid Folk Music enthusiast, was a regular attendee at Pipers Folk Club from its glory days with Brenda Wootton and John the Fish in Penzance through its many and varied locations until its dying days. Denis recorded each and every club session he attended, and in doing so documented all the performances that took place, including visiting Guest Artistes, (the list of ‘names’ is staggering!) itinerant singers, and the Club’s Resident Singers. Thus it was that a comprehensive recordings archive was brought into being. Sadly Denis died in 1999 and I, eventually, took on the stewardship of the Denis Clixby Recordings Archive. I quickly realised that it was a veritable treasure trove! When I discovered the amount of material Denis had collected featuring Incredible String Band founder member Clive Palmer, with whom I’d shared a friendship since 1972, I at once began a salvage on this aspect of the Archive and took the salvaged material to Clive who was delighted to hear it, remarking how ‘strong’ his performances were and that he’d love to have it made into an album release. Sadly Clive passed away before this could become a reality but, with the unstinting and invaluable assistance of Ralph McTell, I’m very pleased to say that Clive’s wishes have been brought to life in the production of this audio CD.
Clive had sent his old pal Ralph a copy of the rough master disc I’d produced and Ralph had me provide a copy for Clive’s old friend Billy Connolly. Billy was also very impressed and so a project was planned for Ralph and I to get the CD into production but, with his professional commitments and incredible work load, it was soon clear the CD would never be ready in time to be launched at the Clive Palmer Memorial Concert I was to stage on November 29th 2015. So I took on the whole project, seeing to all aspects of its publication i.e. re-mastering, financing, art work, & distribution etc. With sleeve notes by admirers such as Billy Connolly, Ralph McTell, Mike Heron, John Bidwell, and Mick Bennett it is a professionally replicated and packaged, numbered, limited release product – 500 copies only!.
Mic McCreadie. December 10th 2015.