Dave Tuxford is from North Lincolnshire (not far from where Percy Grainger collected ‘Creeping Jane’ from Joseph Taylor in 1905) and first encountered folk music through ‘Singing Together’, the BBC Home Service series for schools.
Sadly, he failed to appreciate the traditional gems offered by the late William Appleby, preferring the nocturnal delights of Radio Luxembourg.
In his late teens, however, he heard Martin Carthy sing ‘High Germany’ on the radio and was hooked; he first met Martin Simpson and John Conolly in local folk clubs.
Dave acquired a guitar and joined a part-time band supporting a charismatic lay preacher (please do not ask him to sing ‘Kumbaya’ again, ever). At college he came across a youthful Steve Tilston preparing to make his first LP. Then family and career intervened and for twenty years he maintained contact with folk music mainly through Jim Lloyd’s ‘Folk on 2’.
Eventually Dave discovered the folk club scene around Manchester through the late Dave Godwin’s column in the Reporter.
He summoned up the courage to perform again after visiting the Cross Keys Folk Club where he heard Jim Schofield sing ‘Spencer the Rover’.
The following week, knowing just a couple of songs all the way through, he threw himself on the mercy of the ever-tolerant Cross Keys audience whose supportive response encouraged him to continue performing frequently as a floor singer and occasionally as a guest at clubs around the area.
Along the way, Dave has written for Folk Buzz! (ceased), Manchester’s City Life (ceased) and
Living Tradition (still surviving, just); he also wrote a brief history of the Cross Keys Folk Club and its organisers on its 30th anniversary.
He once had a proper job but now spends too much time practising guitar in the vain hope of improving his technique and seeking out any songs of gloom, doom and despondency which could be loosely described as ‘folk’.
He lives in hope that, one day, the muse of songwriters may take him in hand but thus far she has proved a fickle jade