History of The Mucky Duck Folk Club
Padraig & Sean originally founded the Mucky Duck Folk Club in 1971. For the first couple of months it was held in the cellar room of the Liberal Club, Nicholas St, Chester. As it grew it made a move to The Oakland’s Hotel, Hoole Rd. Chester. Here it stayed and developed into the most successful folk club in Chester with an audience of over 100 plus each week. At that time Ian Chesterman joined Padraig and Sean to form the group ‘The Wild Geese’ to become the clubs resident band. The Group made T.V and radio appearances after they won the song for Wales competition. They appeared along side several top artistes including ‘The Dubliners’, Mike Harding, Planxty, and The McCallmans. It was here at The Mucky Duck that a firm friendship with Pete Massey was forged. Pete and Sandra Massey were the last remaining members of The Marrowbones Folk Group and performed at the Mucky Duck almost every week as floor singers.
Padraig DeNogla in later years played in ‘Drops of Brandy’ and ran monthly concerts at Theatre Clwyd in Mold. Padraig went on to play with Eddie Morris in the duo ‘Tullamore Dew-o. He and Eddie enjoyed a successful time for over 20 years until Eddie was forced to retire gigging on advice from his Doctor. Padraig plays: tenor banjo, mandolin, mandochelo, and bodhran.
Sean Gilligan first stated singing in 1966 and was part of the group, along with his Brother Paul and a lady named Louise, called ‘The Mersey Three’. The group split up after Paul immigrated to Australia. Sean continued to sing solo around folk clubs in Liverpool and eventually ventured across the water to visit clubs in Chester. It was here at the Jones Ale folk club held in The Watergate Inn, he met Padraig and Pete. It’s hard to believe but when Sean and his wife Marilyn move to Conway to run Castle Bank Hotel, he stopped singing and disappeared from the folk scene for over 18 years. Sean plays the bodhran and spoons.
Pete Massey started his musical journey back in 1959 playing Rock ‘n’ Roll in a beat group called The Legends with life long friend Gordon Morris. When the Legends finally disbanded, in the ensuing years he went on to play in The Gun Runners and a few more miss-fit bands. It was after Gordon visited The Troubadour folk club in London, he convinced Pete to come along with him to see The Black Diamonds and The Yardarm perform. He admits to being ‘blown away’ with the music and so the seed was sown for folk music. In 2 weeks The Marrowbones Folk Group was formed. Originally it was Pete Massey, Gordon Morris, Graham Morris, & Sandra Rumsey (later to become Pete’s wife). After The Marrowbones dwindled down to just Pete and Sandra, they went on to perform in folk clubs in the North West England and Wales. Performing on the radio several times. Pete plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, and 5-string banjo. He is also an accomplished sound engineer; with a digital studio recording over 20 artistes