Well, I've explained how I came to Old Timey music, but it was still a pretty lonely place. Although, back in the late 60's and '70's a few bluegrass bands started to stick their heads above the parapets. In Manchester there were only a very limited number of Bluegrass bands: I was playing at one club where a band called 'The Dog Hobble Ramblers' turned up - they featured Tom Travis and Tom Bowker later to become a great duo, Tom and Smiley together with Ivan Kelsall, a virtuoso bluegrass banjo picker with whom I worked for a while on a hybrid mix of bluegrass and old timey.
In the 70's I moved down to London and started performing in clubs around the SW and Surrey where I was based, including the Surbiton Assembly Rooms and the Angler's at Teddington. Later I played at the Country Club and the Mean Fiddler when it was at Harlsden, and Les Cousins.
It was still a fairly rarefied scene for Old Timey music, and when, In 1076 I moved up to the Midlands, opportunities to play were so scarce, I stopped playing for a good few years apart from the occasional trip to festivals such as Jackfield.