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Sean Toal

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The club downstairs at Sammy Houston's Jazz
« on: November 11, 2018, 12:35:03 AM »
Hiya all

I went to Sammy's only once (when I was 14 with a pal who looked older) but down into what I think was a celler where a band was playing on a floor of bricks. Lots of long haired college boys and girls, what were called Beatniks I think and all very strange to me. The time would be May/July of 1964 and the band playing were Van the Man's Them. A year or so later, when I was living in Birmingham witb my family, a dormobile pulled up to the kerb as I was walking along Dale End, a fella sticking his head out to ask 'hey, mate, do you know the way to Mother's? (a brill club in the Erdington area of the city) I recognised the guy as the guitarist I'd seen in that Belfast club.

Question: does anybody know what that Belfast celler venue was called? or have I got it all wrong.

Cheers, Sean


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Re: The club downstairs at Sammy Houston's Jazz
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 09:21:13 AM »
I often went to Sammy Houstonís in the 60s but I only ever knew it as the Jazz Club, both downstairs and upstairs.
Maybe someone else would know if there was another name for the downstairs?
I spent many happy nights dancing in the Jazz Club  :)

big t

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Re: The club downstairs at Sammy Houston's Jazz
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2019, 08:45:54 PM »
Went to the  jazz club quite a lot actually played there and our break was covered by Van Morrison and them.  Only knew 2 floors one was for learning and at weekend used by the oldies.  Top floor was for the  young crowd . Can't remember any brick flooring..