The 2019/2020 Season is our 26th at Chaucer's Pub at 122 Carling Street in downtown London. We thank Jerry Pribil and his wonderful staff for continuing to support us and to make us feel welcome.
Seasons Past .... Who has played at the Cuckoo's Nest?
The Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club was originally formed in 1973, along the lines of British folk clubs. Its aim was always to bring top level folk music performers to London, as well as to provide a focus and inspiration for folk music enthusiasts. The club ran for ten years (1973-83), meeting weekly at Luther House near the University of Western Ontario's east gates. Other commitments on the part of the original organizers led the club gently into a long hiatus.
In the summer of 1994, Alistair Brown (one of the original founders) and a stellar group of enthusiasts (John Simmons, Mark Hartwell, Syd Monteith, Bruce Curtis, and Ian Davies) brought the club back to life for a series of three "trial" concerts in the fall of 1994.
After the first tentative steps the club began to function quite smoothly. The 1994/95 Revival Season left the club members very encouraged. This success inspired the directors to promote an additional summer concert featuring the Irish band Afterhours in August of 1995. This marked the beginning of a new season of concerts in 1995/96 and we have carried on (in more ways than one) ever since.
RIP to Vin Garbutt (Nov. 20, 1947 – June 6, 2017) who played the Cuckoo’s Nest many times and was a club favourite. He will be truly missed. “All the very best, Vin!”