The Bure Club

The Bure Club, Bure Lane, Mudeford, Christchurch
Bure Homage House, built at the turn of the nineteenth century, demolished for housing in 1957
The old barn and surrounding buildings before its conversion into the Bure Homage Country Club

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay built Bure Homage House on the Bure Homage Estate, an area that covered the surrounding village of Mudeford and much of Friars Cliff. In 1837, it was bought by a smuggler’s daughter from the Isle of Wight, Sophie Dawes, who married a French aristocrat and became a Baroness. She refurbished the house and added Corinthian style columns, but unfortunately Sophie died in 1840. The property was then bought by the Ricardo family from Spain, however, over the years the house fell into disrepair and the fittings and furnishings were auctioned off. Up until the outbreak of the Second World War it was owned by William MacKeen, but as the conflict escalated the mansion was commandeered by the Ministry of Supply and handed over to the American 405th Fighter Group as an officers mess. The surrounding estate became an airfield with grass runaways up until 1943 when tarmac was laid. At the war’s cessation, it was used as a barracks by members of the Royal Corps of Signals attached to S.R.D.E. (Signals Research and Development Establishment). The manor house was eventually demolished by the MoD in 1957 and the land given over for house building.         

The Bure Club, Bure Lane, Mudeford, Christchurch, note how small it appears from the outside
The main hall of the Bure Club as it looked in 1962 (Photograph kindly supplied by Howard Cutler)
The intimate Glue Pot Bar was situated at the far end away from the stage area
The Keith Dickenson Jazz Band pose in the Courtyard Bar of the Bure Club

The Bure Club in Mudeford was originally a brick barn belonging to Bure Homage Farm and was all that was left standing, apart from the Bure Homage Lodge in Bure Lane, after the the buildings and the manor house had been demolished. the gradual conversion into a music venue began in 1958 when a certain Mrs Macklin, mother of John Macklin owner of Friars Cliff Motors, encouraged a group of local youths to use her coffee bar as a meeting place, instead of Avon Beach where they annoyed the residents with their portable record player. The kids instigated a record club but were aware their music disturbed the coffee shops patrons. Knowing that the Bure Homage Country Club had been underutilised since its inception in 1952, they approached the owners, Stan and Doris Clark, and asked if they could use their premises. The couple were enthusiastic for some business, even if it was from a gang of kids with little money.

In 1960 the youngsters suggested if they pushed the snooker table and table tennis table against the wall to make room for a dance floor, the Clark’s could hire a live group on Friday nights and hopefully bring in more custom and with it, more revenue. On Friday 3rd June, The Omega Jazz Band were hired to play the inaugural gig at the club followed by The Tradlanders who trialed the first Saturday on 11th June. On Friday 17th June, the first rock group, Johnny King and the Raiders, charged two bob a head at the door which the group pocketed, while the club made their money from bar takings. In the early days before a stage was built, the groups would play on the floor, which can be clearly seen in the photographs below. Over time, the crowds came in reasonable numbers to dance, flirt and drink Watneys Red Barrel and John Barleycorn barleywine in the Courtyard Bar behind the band area, or if they wanted a quiet chat, the smaller Glue Pot at the opposite end of the room.

Johnny King and the Raiders at the Bure Club, circa 1960 (Photograph courtesy of Al Kirtley)
Dave Anthony and the Rebels perform at the Bure Club circa 1961, the sign for the Courtyard Bar can be seen behind the band (Photograph courtesy of Al Kirtley)
The band take a well earned break (Photograph courtesy of Al Kirtley)
It appears Doris and Stan relinquished management of the club at some point, but the couple were back in business by May 1961 as the above announcement in the Evening Echo confirms

After a couple of years, the Clark’s tired of the venture and sold the now shorter named Bure Club to David Charles Stickley. Stickley had gained experience booking groups while running the Salisbury Palais located over the Fisherton Working Men’s Club and he was far more ambitious. Stickley revamped the club by building a wooden stage and attracting a host of top acts from London including Cilla Black, The Spencer Davis Group, The Nashville Teens, The Pretty Things, The Graham Bond Organisation, Them, The Yardbirds and John Mayal’s Bluesbreakers. When The Animals played the Bure in February 1964, they were supported by The Pack, a band featuring Tony Arnold on guitar who went on to open Arny’s Shack recording studios in Penn Hill, Poole in the mid-seventies. His band used to perform a set of songs gleaned from Tony’s collection of blues records, one being a traditional number of unknown origins he owned on an old 78 by Josh White called “The House of the Rising Sun”. After their set, The Animals approached Tony and asked him if he had written the song, to which he answered “no”, they then asked him if he would show them the chords and write down the lyrics. The band quickly learned the song and Tony recorded it on an old tape recorder he had to hand and gave them the tape. In the summer, The Animals released their version of “The House of the Rising Sun” with a distinctive arpeggio guitar intro by Hilton Valentine and a memorable Vox Continental organ solo by Alan Price. It shot straight to number one in the UK and America, making the band one of the leading lights of the ‘British Invasion’ groups along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Over the years there have been varying versions of how The Animals came to record the song. Drummer John Steel and guitarist Hilton Valentine’s recollection was that they first heard Bob Dylan’s interpretation on his debut album in 1962, which American singer / songwriter Dave Van Ronk insists Dylan stole from him. While singer Eric Burdon, remembers seeing the British folk singer Johnny Handle performing the song in a Newcastle night club. The memories of how the band came by the song are certainly muddled. The ‘Arny’ version of events came straight from the horse’s mouth when he contacted local author Nick Churchill with the story after an article Nick wrote about the Bure Club in the Christchurch Times. I would like to think this is the definitive account, but who knows? What I do know, is that the rest of The Animals never forgave Alan Price for pocketing all the royalties after his name appeared on the record label credited with the arrangement.

The place is buzzing, a typical busy night at the Bure Club circa 1963
Johnny Cymbal who took the song “Mr Bass Man” to twenty four in the charts in March 1963 performs for his admiring fans at the Bure Club

As the club became more established, Stickley was able to attract a number of American high profile rock ‘n’ rollers and authentic bluesmen such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Champion Jack Dupree, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and John Lee Hooker. Supporting ‘The Hook’ one night in June 1964 were The Roadrunners, whose guitarist Keith Collins remembers Stickley asking him to stand discretely at the back of the stage with his guitar plugged in just in case Hooker messed up, apparently he was slightly the worse for wear with drink. Thankfully Keith wasn’t needed, as Hooker had a unique sense of timing and would make chord changes whenever he felt like it making the task of following him almost impossible.

A later line-up of The Tornados pictured at the Bure Club in February 1964
Cilla Black seated left, waiting to take the stage at the Bure Club April 1964

Amazingly The Beatles were due to play the club in 1963 but Brian Epstein, their manager, pulled them out of all their club contracts in preference to the group joining lucrative package tours. As did The Rolling Stones, who were also booked to make an appearance in October of the same year. They ended up thirty miles away at the Salisbury Gaumont on a package with the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Bo Diddley.

Simon Scott and the All Night Workers perform on the stage at the Bure Club, July 1965

In November 1965 the club became the victim of its own success, when a number of grievances were lodged by the inhabitants of nearby Bure Close and Bure Lane about the amplified noise that was causing windows to rattle and televisions to be drowned out. According to one of the complainants, it was like “having a transistor radio in my shoes which I can’t switch off” and that “the sound follows me around like a phantom from room to room”. Another stated that “the noise went on until 1, 2 and 3 a.m. and it was useless to go to bed until it stopped”, he also added that he did not dislike “Beatle music”. Acting for the residents, the Christchurch Corporation brought a court case against Mr. David Stickley stating that he had failed to comply with a noise abatement notice issued in June. After deliberating for five hours, the bench announced that the alleged nuisance still existed and that there was a likelihood that it would recur. They proposed to make an order, but not before hearing from any parties concerned that any proposals would be mutually aggregable to prevent recurrence. It was also noted that it was not an application to close the Bure Club, despite stories circulating amongst young people who use the club. The case elicited so much publicity that Stickley had to take out an advert in the Bournemouth Echo reassuring the patrons that the club had not closed, contrary to rumours. The apologetic owner rode out the crisis by improving the soundproofing and imposing a curfew which bought him another year.

Jerry Lee Lewis and Dave Stickley in 1964 (Photograph Bournemouth Times)

It all came to an end on the weekend of Saturday 7th January 1967 with a final ‘Ballroom Party Night’ starring Dave Stickley’s own band, The Dave Charles Trio. Not only was Dave a skilled promoter, he was also a talented pianist and singer who ran his own band; in the seventies they became the Dave Charles Sound. On Sunday 8th, the eight piece Decca recording group The Motivations, plus local groups The Tension and Lavinia and the Lavelles brought down the final curtain. It was the end of an era. David Stickley moved onto the Linden Sports Club where he promoted bands every Sunday night into the seventies. He sadly died in 2010. The Bure club and surrounding area was bought by Brickwoods brewery who cleared the site and built the Sandpiper pub. It is still standing today.

If you have any memories you would like to share of the Bure Club, please use the contact box at the bottom of this page.

The Sandpiper pub was built on the site of the old Bure Club in the 1970’s (Photograph John Cherry)
Below is a selective list of Bure Club gigs from January 1961 to January 1967. Were you there? Have I missed out any name groups? Please let me know. For an extensive list refer to the individual gig pages.

1961

Saturday 7th January: The Southern City Jazzmen

Tuesday 14th February: Kapota All Stars

Saturday 11th March: The Peter Gilmore All Stars

Saturday 6th May: Johnny King and The Raiders

Saturday 7th October: The Ravens

Friday 13th October: Dave Anthony and The Rebels

Saturday 28th October: Johnny Phillips + Mike Wise + The Big Bo ppers

Friday 17th November: The Dowland Brothers and The Soundtracks

Saturday 9th December: The G Men

1962

Friday 26th January: The Dowlands and the Soundtracks

Wednesday 4th April: The Bourbon Street Six + Bobby Sox

Friday 3rd August: Clive Shane and the Avengers

Sunday 5th August: Pete Cordez and the G Men

Monday 20th August: Cherry and the Offbeats

Friday 21st September: Pedro Harris and the Southern City Jazz Band

Sunday 30th September: Shane Fenton and the Fentones + Johnny Rush and the Raiders

Sunday 7th October: Nick Troy and the Trojans with Bonny Noel and the Twistettes

Friday 9th November: Nero and the Gladiators

Sunday 11th November: Brian Fisher and the Raiders

Sunday 18th NovemberGene Anthony + Johnny Keepng + Lon Leyones

Wednesday 21st November: Bunny Noel and the Rivals

Sunday 25th November: Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs

Friday 7th December: Mike, Johnny and the Shades

Saturday 8th December: Tommy Bruce and the Tomcats

Sunday 16th December: Linda Laine and the Sinners

Friday 21st December: Terry Young Six

Wednesday 26th December: Johnny Keeping and the Lonely Ones + Tony Anthony

1963

Friday 4th January: The Dowlands and the Soundtracks

Sunday 6th January: Duke D’Mond and the Baron Knights

Sunday 10th February: The Tartans

Friday 15th February: Dave Dee and the Bostons

Saturday 16th February: Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs 

Saturday 2nd March: Erkey Grant and the Tonettes 

 Sunday 3rd March: Daniel Boone and the Renegades

Friday 8th March: Geoff Hunter and the Saxons

Saturday 9th March: Bert Weedon and the Saints

Sunday 17th March: Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages + Johnny Fortune and the Nightflyers 

Friday 22nd March: Mike Sagar and the Crestas 

Saturday 30th March: The Dynamos + Tony and the Tycoons with Ricky Torne

Friday 5th April: Nick Troy and the Trojans with Esme Duval

Saturday 6th April: Linda Laine and the Sinners + Terry Topping 

Sunday 14th April: Steve Francis and the Barons + Dave Triss and the Fellows

Friday 3rd May: Mike, Johnny and the Shadesmen

Wednesday 8th May: Johnny Quantrose 5

Sunday 19th May: Brian Poole and the Tremeloes  

Friday 24th May: Chris Ryder and the Southerners 

Tuesday 11th June: Johnny Cymbal + Clive Shane, Ricky Lewis and the Avengers

Friday 5th July: Pete Mystery and the Redcoats

Saturday 6th July: Kenny Jackson and the Strangers

Friday 26th July: Mark Twain and the Saxons

Saturday 27th July: Johnny Tartan and the Descents

Sunday 28th July: Dave Dee and the Bostons

Friday 2nd August: Rod Stanton and the Cortinas

Monday 5th August: The Tonnettes + Tony Roberts and the Castaways

Sunday 18th August: Steve Francis and the Strollers Dave La Kaz and the G Men 

Friday 30th August: The Classics

Saturday 31st August: Mike Allard and the Tremors

Sunday 1st September: The Tonettes + Johnny Rocks + Vicky Page + Jeff Hunter and the Midnighters

Friday 13th September: Clive Shane and the Avengers

Saturday 14th September: The Detonators

Sunday 15th September: The Big Three + The Concordes

Thursday 26th September: The Wisemen

Saturday 28th September: The Trendetts

Sunday 6th October: Faron’s Flamingo’s

Friday 25th October: Duke D’Mond and the Baron Knights

Sunday 27th October: Dave Curtis and the Tremors

Friday 8th November: Tony, Howard and the Dictators

Sunday 10th November: Mike Devon and the Diplomats + The Concordes 

Saturday 30th November: Steve Francis and the Strollers 

Sunday 8th December: The Tonettes + The Saturns 

Saturday 14th December: The G Men 

Sunday 15th December: The Fortunes + The Clifftones + The Sceptres 

Thursday 26th December: Tony, Howard and the Dictators + Johnny Quantrose 5 + The Concordes + The Fellowmen + The Sceptres 

1964

Saturday 4th January: Linda Laine and the Sinners

Friday 10th January: The Detonators

Saturday 11th January: The Concordes 

Sunday 12th January: Steve Francis and the Hi-Grades

Sunday 19th January: Johnny Quantrose 5 + The Tycoons

Sunday 26th January: The Sunspots

Friday 31st January: The Echoes

Friday 7th February: Mike Devon and the Diplomats

Friday 14th February: The Pathfinders 

Saturday 15th February: Grant Tracy and the Sunsets

Sunday 23rd February: Dave Curtis and the Tremors

Friday 28th February: The Tornados 

Saturday 29th February: The Master Sounds 

Sunday 1st March: The Tonnettes

Friday 6th March: The Solitaires

Saturday 7th March: The Nashville Teens + The Mundanes

Saturday 14th March: Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions

Sunday 15th March: Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers + 007’s

Saturday 28th March: The Animals + The Pack

Sunday 29th March: Mike Berry and the Innocents + The Dominators 

Monday 30th March: Jerry Lee Lewis + The Nashville Teens 

Friday 3rd April: Brian Fisher and the Raiders 

Saturday 4th April: Mickey Finn and the Bluemen 

Tuesday 7th April: Cilla Black with Sounds Incorporated + Johnny Quantrose 5 + The Avengers + The Fellowmen

Friday 17th April: Mark Twain and the Saxons 

Saturday 18th April: The Nashville Teens

Sunday 19th April: Gene Vincent and the Outlaws

Friday 24th April: Trendsetters Ltd.

Saturday 25th April: The Cheynes 

Friday 1st May: The Kinsmen

Sunday 3rd May: Johnny Devlin and the Detours 

Sunday 17th May: Frankie Roy and the Soundcasters

Monday 18th May: Bob Elliott and the Fenmen

Friday 22nd May: Madeleine and the Chaperons

Saturday 23rd May: The Pretty Things

Sunday 24th May: The Outlaws + Unit Four

Friday 29th May: The Del Rio Four

Saturday 30th May: Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band

Sunday 31st May: Erkey Grant + Plus 4 

Saturday 6th June: John Lee Hooker + The Roadrunners

Sunday 7th June: George Bean and the Runners Up + The Berries

Sunday 14th June: Brian Diamond and the Cutters + The Deputies

Friday 19th June: The G Men 

Saturday 20th June: John Lee’s Groundhogs

Monday 22nd June: The Classics

Saturday 27th June: Brian Knight’s Blues by Six 

Sunday 28th June: Lee Perris and the LP’s

Saturday 4th July: Blues Sound 

Sunday 5th July: The Berries + The Indigoes 

Saturday 11th July: The Wes Minster 5 

Sunday 12th July: Johnny, Mike and the Shades 

Saturday 18th July: Mike Cotton R&B Band

Sunday 19th July: The Soul Agents

Friday 24th July: The Nashville Teens + The Federals + 007’s 

Saturday 25th July: Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions 

Sunday 26th July: Duke D’Mond and the Baron Knights + The Del Rio Four 

Saturday 1st August: John Lee’s Groundhogs + The Bunch 

Sunday 2nd August: Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers + The Sceptres

Tuesday 4th August: The Nashville Teens + The Bunch 

Sunday 9th August: Duke D’Mond and the Baron Knights + Mal Ryder and the Spirits

Saturday 15th August: The Downliners Sect

Sunday 23rd August: Johnny Devlin and the Detours

Wednesday 26th August: Memphis Slim + Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions 

Sunday 30th August: The Untamed Four 

Saturday 5th September: The Artwoods

Sunday 6th September: The Meddy Evils

Friday 11th September: The Mob 

Saturday 12th September: Jerry James and the Bandits 

Sunday 13th September: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders + The Mundanes

Saturday 19th September: Blues by Six 

Sunday 20th September: The Beat Merchants + The Tallmen

Tuesday 22nd September: Little Walter + Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions

Friday 25th September: The Indigoes

Saturday 26th September: The Artwoods

Sunday 27th September: Lee Paris and the Soundsmen

Saturday 3rd October: Steve Marriott’s Moments

Sunday 4th October: The Washington D. C.’s

Friday 9th October: The Dominators

Sunday 11th October: The Spirits 

Friday 16th October: The Nashville Teens + Erkey Grant and the Tonettes + Mudane’s Mob 

Sunday 18th October: Anita and the Kaymen + The Runaways 

Saturday 24th October: John Best and the Challengers

Sunday 25th October: The Wranglers

Wednesday 28th October: John Lee Hooker + John Lee’s Groundhogs

Saturday 31st October: The Artwoods

Sunday 1st November: Jimmy Reed + John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers 

Saturday 21st November: Jimmy Nichols and the Rustiks 

Sunday 22nd November: The Mojos 

Friday 27th November: The Federals

Sunday 29th November: The Hi-Fi’s + The Ray Cleveland Combo

Saturday 5th December: The Daisies

Sunday 6th December: Clive Shane and the Avengers + Dave Dee and the Bostons 

Saturday 12th December: The Ivy League

Sunday 13th December: Dave Curtis and the Tremors

Friday 18th December: The Senators

Sunday 20th December: The Falling Leaves 

Saturday 26th December: Jimmy Nichols and the Shub Hubs 

1965

Friday 1st January: The Jokers

Saturday 2nd January: Bumbles 

Sunday 3rd January: The Senators + The Impacts

Friday 8th January: The Turkish Delights

Saturday 9th January: The Companions

Sunday 10th January: Dave Dee and the Bostons + The Copy Cats

Wednesday 13th January: The Chessmen 

Friday 15th January: The Freebooters

Saturday 16th January: Steve Marriott’s Moments

Sunday 17th January: The Sapphires + The Rabble

Saturday 23rd January: The Birds

Sunday 24th January: The Sugar Beats

Friday 29th January: The Gatecrashers 

Sunday 31st January: The Strollers + The Rebels

Wednesday 3rd February: John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers + The Falling Leaves + The Five Dimensions 

Sunday 7th February: Rae Vince and the Vincents + The Senators 

Friday 12th February: Screaming Jay Hawkins + The Birds

Saturday 13th February: The Jensons 

Sunday 14th February: Cliff Adams and the Twilights

Sunday 21st February: Ray Cleveland Combo + The Topliners

Friday 26th February: The Bones

Sunday 28th February: Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich + The Senators 

Friday 5th March: The Mob

Sunday 7th March: Roger’s Lodgers

Sunday 14th March: The Dowlands and the Soundtracks + The Del Rio Four + The Kentucky Travellers 

Friday 19th March: Long John Baldry and the Hoochie Coochie Men

Sunday 21st March: Kenny and the Wranglers

Saturday 27th March: The Bunch + The Freewheelers

Sunday 28th March: The Plus Four + The Freebooters 

Friday 2nd April: The Bossmen

Saturday 3rd April: The Rick ‘n’ Beckers 

Sunday 4th April: The Washington D. C’s + The Bunch

Friday 9th April: The Rabble

Sunday 11th April: The Swinging Blues Jeans

Thursday 15th April: Unit 4 + 2 

Friday 16th April: The Downliners Sect + The Bunch

Saturday 17th April: Sounds Incorporated

Sunday 18th April: The Nashville Teens 

Tuesday 27th April: Ray Cleveland Combo

Saturday 1st May: Systems Go 

Sunday 2nd May: Eden Kane and the Downbeats + The Abdo-Men 

Sunday 9th May: The Primitives

Saturday 15th May: Them

Sunday 16th May: The Milestones

Saturday 22nd May: The Four Runners

Sunday 23rd May: The Rick ‘n’ Beckers + Wayne Wright’s Gentlemen 

Saturday 29th May: Palmer James Group

Saturday 5th June: The Ivy League

Sunday 6th June: Sounds Incorporated

Monday 7th June: The Yardbirds 

Saturday 12th June: The Graham Bond Organisation 

Saturday 13th June: The Symbols

Saturday 26th June: The Living Set

Thursday 8th July: The Spencer Davis Group + The Bunch 

Saturday 10th July: Simon Scott and the All Night Workers 

Sunday 11th July: The Sunspots 

Saturday 17th July: Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band + The Bunch

Friday 23rd July: The Gobbly Koots 

Saturday 31st July: The Corvettes

Sunday 1st August: The Tonnetts 

Saturday 14th August: The Alex Harvey Soul Band

Wednesday 18th August: The Smokestacks

Friday 20th August: The Bodysnatchers 

Sunday 22nd August: The Warren J. Show

Monday 30th August: The Honeycombs 

Saturday 11th September: The Pretty Things + Clive Shane and the Avengers 

Saturday 18th September: Unit 4 Plus 2 + Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich

Sunday 19th September: The Critics 

Saturday 25th September: Screaming Lord Sutch + Les Fleur De Lys 

Sunday 26th September: The Emotions 

Saturday 2nd October: The Classics

Sunday 3rd October: The Moonrakers 

Monday 11th October: The In-Crowd 

Saturday 16th October: Guy Darrell and the Winds of Change

Sunday 17th October: Bobby Euston and the Click 

Saturday 23rd October: The Chessmen + John Brown’s Bodies

Sunday 24th October: The Penny Blacks + Lavina and the Lavelles

Saturday 6th November: Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band 

Saturday 13th November: The Gonks + The Cossacks + Countless People 

Monday 15th November: Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers

Saturday 20th November: Wanted + Lisa and the Brethren 

Sunday 21st November: Sounds Incorporated + Lisa and the Brethren

Saturday 4th December: Bobby Euston + The Dave Parish Sound

1966

Sunday 30th January: The Tallmen

Friday 18th February: The Time Checks

Saturday 19th February: Tony Jackson Vibrations

Friday 8th April: The Tonettes + The Circles

Saturday 9th April: Les Continentals 

Monday 11th April: The Sorrows

Saturday 16th April: The Harvey Wells Soul Band

Sunday 1st May: That Group + The Infra-Reds + The Five Degrees + The U. D. Set The Bure Club Beat Contest Final

Sunday 8th May: The Outcasts

Friday 20th May: Crispian St Peters + The Puppets + That Group

Saturday 21st May: Champion Jack Dupree + Five Proud Walkers

Sunday 22nd May: Felder’s Orioles 

Friday 27th May: Dave Anthony’s Moods + That Group

Saturday 28th May: Plain and Fancy + Take Five

Sunday 29th May: The Worrying Kind

Monday 30th May: Mike Stuart Span 

Tuesday 31st May: Herbies People

Thursday 9th June: The Cyan Three

Friday 17th June: Lisa and the Brethren

Sunday 19th June: Plus Four

Sunday 26th June: Johnny Kidd and the Pirates 

Sunday 3rd July: The Theory

Sunday 10th July: The X-ITS

Sunday 24th July: The Infra-Reds

Sunday 31st July: Trendsetters Ltd.

Saturday 6th August: The Primitives 

Sunday 14th August: The Quiet Five + The U. D. Set 

Friday 19th August: The Dictators 

Sunday 21st August: Him and the Others

Saturday 27th August: The Knack 

Sunday 25th September: The Cymbals

Sunday 23rd October: Johnny Cordell

Sunday 11th December: The Tension

1967

Saturday 7th January: The Dave Charles Trio

Sunday 8th January: The Motivations + Lavina and the Lavelles + The Tension ‘The final gig at Bure Club’

27 thoughts on “The Bure Club

  1. Gene Vincent did play the Bure Club. I was there but I can’t remember the date. I think the Nashville Teens backed him.

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    1. Hi Paul ,thanks for getting in touch. Although I have seen it mentioned a couple of times that Gene Vincent played the Bure Club, I couldn’t find any evidence while I was trawling through old copies of the Bournemouth Echo and Gene Vincent websites. Thanks for confirming the fact and if you can recall an approximate date that would be very helpful. Kind regards, John

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    2. Hi Paul, I can confirm that Gene Vincent did play the Bure Club on 19th April 1964 with The Outlaws as his backing band.
      Thanks again for getting in touch, John

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  2. The club closed on January 8th 1967 my 17th birthday. We went there every Sunday night for years it was the most fantastic place loved it .Unit four plus two also played there is.

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    1. Thanks for your memories Lindsay, unfortunately I was too young to go, it closed before I left school. Jealous, John

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  3. No mention of Earkey Grant and the Tonnets ? I have their single (somewhere ! ) in my collection.
    I took a Grundig reel to reel down there to record JLL, with a mic. hung over a beam. He had a big coloured guy beside him who glared at the audience. It was just after he recorded “Live at the Star club” in Germany. Sadly I don’t have the tapes, anymore. Another memory was when they swopped over the toilets, for some strange reason. Caused a lot of confusion !

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    1. Hi John, Thank you for the comment and your memories of the Bure Club, unfortunately I was too young to go there. I didn’t include Erkey Grant in the list as I didn’t think he was that well known, although he obviously made on impression on you. If you look on the gig pages you will see he’s mentioned a few times, along with a number of other less well known bands that played the Bure which I didn’t list. John

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      1. Great to hear from you Ray, you don’t happen to have a photograph of the G Men pre Dave La Kaz by any chance ? John

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    2. If you remember Erky Grant ( now deceased ), do you remember his left handed guitarist ? That was Eddy Wheeler. who became singer and guitarist ( leader ) of Vanity Fair ( Hitchin a ride, Early in the morning etc ) and is STILL performing with them last time I checked > I discussed a revival of the club a few years ago, and he was up for playing there, but the club I had in mind ( East Christchurch Sports and Social ) didn’t have a license that covered music and selling tickets . I am too old now !!
      K

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      1. Thanks for the comment Keith. I believe the club you mention, ECSS, has now been sold off by its owner, Bae, to a private investor. Give it a couple of years and it will probably be demolished and replaced by a block of flats. John

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  4. Great memories, I saw many of the above bands, one not mentioned was Johnny Kidd who was not officially booked. He came in to the club with a Bournemouth Agent called “Tiny” as I recall. The Johnny King band was playing and Johnny Kidd went up on stage and performed “Shakin all Over “ with them. It was an amazing impromptu performance by a singer who Just called in to watch the music. He sadly was killed in a car accident a few years later.
    Jim Murphy

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    1. Thanks for the memory Jim. Johnny Kidd and the Pirates were indeed one of the great early sixties bands pre beat boom that also included for a time, Mick Green, an exceptional guitar player who influenced many who came after him, especially Wilko Johnson of Dr Feelgood. John

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    1. Hi James, Andy ‘Somers’ Summers joined Zoot Money in the autumn of 1963, along with drummer Colin Allen (John Mayall, Stone the Crows and Focus) and Nick Newell saxophone. For more detail read the Zoot Money and Andy Summers pages, John

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  5. Hi, Dave was my dad and I grew up there. Mums still alive and has many memories and stories to tell, some re the stories you’ve mentioned. Msg me anytime and I’ll put you in touch. Paul Stickley

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    1. Thank you so much for getting in touch Paul. I would love to make contact with your mother and hear some of her stories, I will email you later today, John

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  6. I lived around the corner on Island View Avenue (2 blocks from the Bure Club) and my best friend, Patrick Flynn, lived on Friars Road, just one block away. We loved going there and when we formed a duo The Spikes, we just did Shadows, Ventures and Duane Eddy instrumental music. Later, after being inspired by The Beatles, we formed a 4-piece, “The Underdogs.” We often played at the Bure Club and did a regular gig catering to all the French students who lived around the area during the summer. Later, we entered our “cool” phase and renamed ourselves “The U.D. Set”! I remember opening up for John Mayall on the Bournemouth Pier. My cousin, David Burningham had a disco-teen-club somewhere in the New Forest and was the Promoter of that concert. He was good friends with Bill Wyman of the Stones and I remember Dave giving me singles that Bill W brought back from their American tours. Patrick and I lapped those up and Introduced a few of those esoteric R&B tunes at The Bure Club.

    I LOVED the place. It had a special smell which was heavily laced with beer and cigarettes! I clearly remember Dave Stickley showing me his new video-disc machine—a jukebox which played the song and a video by the artist, which in that case was Dionne Warwick singing, I think, “Walk on By”. Dave was always captivated by “things American”…he drove a huge, red American convertible from the early 1960s…it was like a ship and I don’t know how he passed people on the narrow roads through Hampshire. We were, of course, part of Hampshire back then. After leaving for the States in 1967, I thoroughly missed The Bure Club and friends from Christchurch and thereabouts. This was a GREAT area to grow up in during the 1950s and ’60s.

    P.S. I bought my FIRST electric guitar from Michael Flynn who acquired that Hofner from his friend Chris Dreja who played rhythm in the Yardbirds. I probably heard it played at the Bure Club (we couldn’t get in and listened, enraptured, in the small courtyard next to the club as the Yardbirds blew the joint away.) I still have that guitar!

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    1. Thank you Paul, some fantastic memories there. I would love to hear more about your time as a musician with The Underdogs and U.D. Set. I mention your cousin David Burnham on the ‘Other Venues’ page, as he ran the Chords Club in Lymington. Interesting you mentioning the distinctive smell of the Bure, apparently the Cavern in Liverpool stank of stale cigarette smoke, sweat and Dettol disinfectant used to keep the odour of the toilets at bay and everybody could tell where you had been for the night because it clung to your clothing. John

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      1. Thanks John…I’ve just written to the writer of that article on Dave Burningham and his Chords Club (I remember going there during the opening week)…Dave and another Dave formed Power of Two Pruductions (Promotions?) and they had some great acts
        . Glad you heard from Paul Stickley and so glad to hear his Mum’s still alive…

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      2. Hopefully I may receive more information from Paul’s mother that I can add to the article, so watch this space. John

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      3. Hello John,
        Can you help me contact my long-lost, distant cousin Dave Burningham? I wrote to the author of that piece on him but din’t hear back. I can send my eMail to pass on to Dave and he can contact me. His Mum, my Aunty Mabel, was lovely and I have fond memories of Meeting Dave’s pigeons!

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      4. Hi Paul, I’m afraid I have no contact information for Dave Burningham, but hopefully he may read this and in get in touch, fingers crossed John

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  7. This brought back great memories! I remember seeing Jerry Lee Lewis thumping away on his piano while I was dancing away a few feet away from him. We were able to get really close to them while we danced and didn’t think of it as out of the normal. The Animals, Cilla Black and many of the other names mentioned above.It was amazing to see these acts up close and at our local club to boot! I live in California now and came across you site on Google and couldn’t believe it! Thanks for the memories…..

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    1. My pleasure Norm, I find it very gratifying that people are contacting me from all around the world about the time they spent growing up in Bournemouth and the great music they encountered in venues such as the Bure Club and Disque A Go Go. John

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  8. I saw The Bunch there twice in 1965, probably around Easter holiday time. Both occasions were dances put on for teenagers who’s families were hosting foreign exchange students. Great band, played rhythm & blues numbers like the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds etc.

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