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Mike Harding (1944- )

Mike Harding Folk singer, comedian and self-proclaimed “Cowboy of Rochdale”, Mike Harding was born in Crumpsall in Manchester. He lived in Middleton throughout the 60's and 70's running the folk club at the Ring O' Bells pub. It was in the late 60's my mum (Etta Catherhall) went on a blind date with him (he wasn't her type though). Many of his live recordings were made in Middleton's pubs and although he now lives in the Yorkshire Dales, he still returns to perform.


Submitted by Steve Webster, June 2012


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