Folk-ish Music

Hi all… Malfunction are John McGowan and Chris Laverty and have been since March 1976!

Lifting our material from 60s. 70s and 80s folk and country music we also feature great original songs from a number of stalwarts of the folk scene who we have performed with over the years – in fact anything that can be played on two guitars with an occasional bit of mandolin thrown in and which features two voices which are now dropping a bit with age is fair game!

Although our setlist features many “story songs” where the lyrics are important, there are plenty of opportunities to sing along to classics if you are around our age!!

We were pretty busy during the heyday of folk music in the 70s and 80s but the closure of our Prince’s Corner folk club in the 1990s and work commitments meant we have only played a handful of gigs over the last 20 odd years! However, with the number of aging pop and rock groups making comebacks nowadays, we thought we would have another go ourselves and, following a successful comeback show in November 2017 we have played short and full sets in some of our old stomping grounds. In doing so we have met many old friends again some of which go back to our very early days over 45 years ago. We hope to be meeting more in the near future.

This web site will bring you news of what we are up to, but more importantly, gives us the chance to reminisce about the fun we had performing as Malfunction for all those years, allowing us to indulge in a little nostalgia as we look back at the glory days of folk music in and around Birmingham in the 70s and 80s, the folk clubs that we either ran or played at and memories of some of the great musicians, comedians and friends that we have met and performed with over the years. Have a look at the Let’s go back in time section.

Please feel free to drop us a line through any of the social media or via the Contact Us link especially if you have any recollections to add or any long lost photos in the bottom drawer.

Cheers and thanks – John and Chris.

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