Red Lion Folk Club

Wednesday November 14th

Malfunction

Malfunction are John McGowan and Chris Laverty who first came together as a duo in 1972 playing with other fellow students from Newman College of Education in Birmingham, forming the group Malfunction in 1976 with another fellow student, Dave Ashton but Dave left to pursue a different musical direction in 1979. The name of the band arose on a drunken walk home from the Bell and Pump a long time ago where they had been promised a floor spot (it embodied their initials MAL). Becoming  teachers and IT practitioners they were only able to return to accepting bookings in November 2017, especially when their local club in Harborne, the Princes Corner Folkish Club which they ran for about six years in the mid 1980s, closed in the 1990s.

Since then they have allowed themselves to indulge in a little nostalgia by lifting material from ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s folk and country music—great original songs from stalwarts of  the folk scene who they have performed with over the years—anything that can be  played on two guitars with an occasional bit of mandolin thrown in and that features two voices. Many of the songs are ‘stories’ but there will be plenty of opportunities to sing along to classics!

You may have heard them last December at the Mad Jocks and Englishmen Christmas party gig or more recently at the Bromsgrove Folk Club after which numerous people suggested that we should offer them a booking at the Red Lion!

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