Following an unexpected call from a local licensee, former resident performer at the Parkgate Folk Club - John Owen - was invited to start a music session at the Hungry Horse Pub/Restaurant in Rake Lane, Little Stanney, Ellesmere Port.
Bar sessions developed quickly, so much so that the gathering was moved upstairs to the function room where many national and local folk and acoustic acts appeared over a number of years. Some of the best names included - Julie Felix, Steve Knightley, Alan Taylor, Harvey Andrews, Anthony John Clarke. The need for larger premises soon became apparent however.
John and his wife Angela were also the volunteer organisers of the Wirral Folk on the Coast Festival, (later the Wirral Folk Festival) which came about initially by a collaboration with the Wirral Borough Council.
After the early days of its location at New Brighton and local Wirral pubs, the festival moved to Brombough for larger premises. Again popularity decreed that a larger venue was needed to develop the festival further. It was then moved to its present location - then known as - The Whitby Sports & Social Club in Ellesmere Port. The facilities were so good that John and Angela were invited to move their folk club to 'The Whitby' as well, which they did. For continuity the club name was retained and modified to - Hungry Horse Acoustic Folk Club. The HHFC is now recognised as one of the primary folk and acoustic music venues in the region. The club meets every Thursday evening mainly in the comfortable surroundings of the President's Lounge which can accommodate 50/60 people. Concerts featuring the very best folk artistes on the scene can be seen usually once a month, in the Oak Room Suite. This self contained room is fully accessible and has its own bar. High quality acts continue to appear such as - The Spinners Legends, Elbow Jane, The Houghton Weavers, Merry Hell, Anthony John Clarke, Other Roads, Reg Meuross, Steve Knightley Simply Dyland and the like.