Before the folk-club made the happy discovery of its new home at the Chateau of Labastide Marnhac, the following article appeared in La Depêche:
« Friday 27 April, the Carré d'Art, in rue Pélegry, Cahors, will welcome the Cahors Folk Club within its walls for the last time. Topping the bill will be world-class harmonica-player Michel Herblin. This local musician has won two gold medals at international harmonica competitions in the USA. His most recent album 'Golden Harmonica Melodies' has been a huge success, with some critics hailing it as a masterpiece.
For three years now, the Cahors Folk-Club has been providing a platform for local performers, well-known, less well-known, totally unknown and complete beginners alike. Founded by two British musicians, Michel Griffin and Mark Newman, the club began immediately to promote cultural exchanges between francophones and anglophones. Today, Didier Gaillien, another local musician, has taken the place of Mark Newman. He will join Michel Griffin in singing and playing on the 27 April.
The Folk-Club is a bit like an open-mic session, with a series of performers giving two songs each, culminating with a concert from the main guest. And half way through each evening, there's an interval during which Cahors wine and snacks are served - providing a fine opportunity for the performers and public to mingle.
The club is alive and well on the Internet, via its YouTube channel which has already attracted over 68000 views, and enjoys an international reputation, attracting the attention of groups like Gigspanner, the trio assembled by Peter Knight, Steeleye Span's violinist, who will be giving a concert in September, if the club finds a new home.
Cahors Folk-Club has been looking for a new venue for three months now.» - La Depêche
Most importantly, the concert raised more than 10,000 € [$14,000] for the orphans of Haiti.
A much fuller review appeared in the 18th February edition of La Vie Quercynoise, where Jean-Louis Crassac had this to say about us:
« Marc [sic] Newman et Michel Griffin, qu'on a eu le plaisir de découvrir au Carré d'Art, avaient pour redoutable mission d'ouvrir le bal. Deux chanteurs guitaristes rappelant sans servilité le duo Simon and Garfunkel, avec en plus la touche d'humour toujours maniée avec délicatesse par ces deux Britanniques terriblement quercynois.»