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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

30th May 1942 Born today: Lenny Davidson, London, rock guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

30th May 1921 Lord Dunsany's If, premieres in London

30th May 1913 1st Balkan War ends, Treaty of London

30th May 1536 King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour are married at the Palace of Whitehall.

The Original Mean Fiddler



The Original Mean Fiddler

Harlesden's seminal music club The Mean Fiddler was here.

Location: 16-24 High Street, Harlesden

Description: This is the site of the first Mean Fiddler - seminal music venue which morphed into part of the Mean Fiddler Group (Jazz Caf, the Forum, Reading Festival, the Grand and many more). Founder Vince Power opened his first venue here in 1982 and sold the group in 2005 for 60 million.

Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, John Martyn, Dr John, Sun Ra, The Pogues, Lloyd Cole, Dwight Yoakam, Christy Moore and many more all played here. One story goes that John Martyn was sick over some of those in the front row one night.

It used to be a dodgy drinking club owned by boxer, Terry Downes, before Vince bought it. It was hard for them to get an alcohol license, so it was illegal. There were a lot of heavy gangsters who used to come here then. A couple of bodies were found in this alleyway at one point. I bought it in 1981 because I wanted to turn it into a honky tonk bar. I used to go to Nashville so that inspired me. I loved country music.


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The Original Mean Fiddler

Harlesden's seminal music club The Mean Fiddler was here.


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