Dave Blakely and the Mike Timoney Three

My next door neighbour in the early sixties was Dave Blakeley who was the singer /compere of the old Warren night club. This was before it was converted into Quaffers Night Club.

The strange thing about Quaffers was that there were no seats in the club. Everyone just stood around in a mass crowd watching, listening and dancing to the records and the Timoney 3. The group was fantastic and provided wonderful evenings for thousands of people.

The other outstanding feature was the Viking ship in the centre of the Club from which all drinks were served.

Dave Blakeley was one of the best singer/compere in the business. Great days and nights

David Gilmartin

I remember Dave Blackely ... I worked with him in & around Manchester in the late 70's.

Great guy, Good- looking, & sang very reminiscent of Jack Jones. Anyone know what became of him.??

Tony Garcia

I met Dave in Dubai when I was gigging there in the late 70's. He ran a couple of club/ restaurants in Dubai up until about three years ago. 

Nigel Miller

I remember Dave Blakely who was backed by the Mike Timoney Three. Mike played the Cordovox (an electronic accordion), and not only did they make a great sound together, Mike was a unique accomplished keyboard player in his own right. The atmosphere when they performed was something that could only be experienced and not described. I will never forget the fabulous  evenings at the Warren.

David W Hughes

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Topic: Dave Blakely
Pat Cottrill says...
I remember Dave Blakely at the Warren on Friday nights, great times, even saw George Best & Tony Coleman there night before a football game . Is Dave the elder brother of Bob Blakley who starred on the Voice recently. Good luck to him.
11th March 2014 7:59pm
Dave Blakeley says...
Dave Blakeley is the brother of Bob Blakeley....I think he's great.....but then again I'm biased!!
17th February 2015 3:00am
Joanne Blakeley says...
Hi David As you can see we share the same name, I'm just searching out family members. I'm Ron's daughter and my granddad was Jack Blakeley. I think you are my dad's cousin is that right? It's funny I remember as a little girl my ... Read More
5th April 2015 4:43pm
Dave Blakeley says...
Hi Joanne, are you my cousin June's daughter? my dad was Frank, Jack's brother. I remember them very well as we used to go down to Salford cross lane to see them....it took all day as the bus service was very slow...2 buses to get there! ... Read More
17th May 2016 6:40pm
Dennis Dolan Crook says...
Is this the same Dave Blakeley who was in Dubai in the late 70's to 80's? And are you in a play in Marbella? the Rat Pack?
17th April 2015 11:28pm
Sheila Coles says...
Hi Dennis, - yes, that's the same Dave. Dave is living in Spain and has been in the Rat Pack tribute show for some time. He was our boss in Dubai at the Astoria Hotel first, then at Pancho Villas, which he owned. He performed with us on stage a ... Read More
23rd May 2015 12:16am
David Gilmartin says...
Dear David,
Can you supply an email address for me to contact you after all these years.


David Gilmartin
9th June 2015 12:06am
Dave Blakeley says...
Hi Dave,
My email is:
I would love to hear from you anytime mate.

18th May 2016 4:27pm
Des Tong says...
I worked at the Warren in the late 60s with The Chants from Liverpool. At the time it's main feature was a golf driving range. Later it was converted to a lot bigger club with the Viking ship bar. Dave Blakeley and the Mike Timoney Trio were ... Read More
11th March 2014 8:11pm
Roy Lewendon Lewendon says...
Dave is still singing and is one of the Rat

Pack performing in and around Marbella.Dave goes under the name of Dave Lee and does a tribute to Dean Martin. He is still a truly great entertainer.
15th May 2014 8:43pm
Sheila Darcy says...
Dave Blakely was the manager in the Dubai Ramada Hotel bar, called "Dirty Nellies", in Early 80's. Later, he became manager/owner of "Pancho Villas" in Dubai Astoria Hotel. It was a tremendously popular Tex-Mex restaurant and ... Read More
23rd November 2014 7:26am
Valerie Nicholson nee Ogden says...
For years my two friends and I frequented the Warren every Saturday in the early 70's. We adored Dave and loved his singing. We thought the world would end when he left! The Warren was never the same after that. Glad to hear he is still going ... Read More
11th February 2015 1:49am
Valerie Nicholson nee Ogden says...
For years my two friends and I frequented the Warren every Saturday in the early 70's. We adored Dave and loved his singing. We thought the world would end when he left! The Warren was never the same after that. Glad to hear he is still going ... Read More
11th February 2015 1:53am
Peter Walkden says...
Anyone know the whereabouts of Paul Atherton, guitarist with the Mike Timoney Three in the late sixties early seventies. we lived next door to Paul for a number of years.
16th February 2015 8:56pm
Dave Blakeley says...
Hi Guys, this is Dave Blakeley! It was so nice to read all your lovely comments regarding myself and the Mike Timoney Trio.Thank you all. As Shiela Said, I have been working and living in Spain and performing...still...with The RAT PACK LIVE Show ... Read More
17th February 2015 2:58am
David Gilmartin says...
Dear David,
Hope this finds you well and wonder if you remember me. Think of the good times in the warren with great fondness.

Keep well,

David Gilmartin
18th February 2015 7:57am
Dave Blakeley says...
Hi Dave,
I remember you very well...my next door neighbour in Kestrel Close.
How are you pal...still in the Police or are you now retired?
Ihave many great memories of Hawk green and I think of it with great fondness. Drop me a line when you can mate.
19th March 2015 2:29am
David Gilmartin says...
Dear Dave, Fancy after all these years hearing from you. I sincerely hope that you are keeping well and have had a good life. I retired from the Police after 32 years some 23years ago. Life has been interesting but am in good place now. Would be ... Read More
14th May 2015 1:01am
David Gilmartin says...
Dear Dave, I do not know if you will receive this email or not. If you do then it would be nice to hear from you at my e mail address Dave Gilmartin
9th July 2015 6:37am
Rosalie says...
Hi Dave, Happy Birthday! Where have the years gone - hearing some songs take me back to the Warren and the cabaret scene what great memories. Hope you and yours are all well. Rosalie
22nd August 2015 7:52pm
David Gilmartin says...
Dear Dave, Do not know if this e mail reaches you but it would be nice to hear from you after all these years.

Regards David
6th September 2015 5:27am
David Gilmartin says...
Dear Dave, Do not know how to contact you ?
5th October 2015 5:48am
David Gilmartin says...
Dear Dave, Do not know how to contact you. hope you are well

8th January 2016 3:18am
Dave Simpson says...
Dave, did you manage to contact Dave. I spent many years with him in Dubai. Am now living in Spain and am trying to contact him in Marbella. Do you have a contact number or address. Dave Simpson
15th March 2016 5:53am
Roy and Sheila Macey says...
Hi Dave,Roy and I have always wondered what had happened to you we now know you are in Marbella,we always went to the Warren on Saturday nights and enjoyed every minute,do you remember the night we all went to Hanley to see Tommy Cooper such a good ... Read More
19th February 2015 6:23am
Kevin Parrott says...
Hi Dave,
I have a bit of home movie footage of our trip to Oslo when we did the BBC Nordring Festival, '78? Mick & I still gigging..... hope you're well.
I think also have a cassette of the show.
29th March 2015 6:21am
Dave Blakeley says...
Hey Kevin, sorry it took so long for me to get round to replying to your contact....been movin house!! back in UK now and starting to look for some gigs. I remember that show at the Nordring festival very well. in fact I was only mentioning it a few ... Read More
17th May 2016 6:21pm
Dave Blakeley says...
hi again Kevin,
I would love a copy of that movie of the Festival show.....send me a message on my email and we can swop addresses

17th May 2016 6:25pm
Paul Stevens says...
Hello Dave!How are you?Off to live in Oz again on Dec 4th and doing my farewell show at Borough Social Club;Swinton on Nov 29th(with best backing in clubland,Fred Shawcross duo).Keep in touch,Paul aka http://www.craftweb.org/web/paulstevens
19th September 2015 12:06am
Dave Simpson says...
Dave, Had many good meals in Pancho Villa and good rounds of golf with you. Where in Marbella are you? I am living in Arboleas, Almeria. Regards Dave
7th January 2016 6:03pm
David Gilmartin says...
Hi Dave It appears that we are not going to get in contact as my e mail will not appear on Manchester Beat. Hope you are keeping well and have a good life
10th February 2016 7:33am
dave blakeley says...
Hi Dave, of course I remember you mate, I have moved back to the UK after all these years and it's so great to hear from all the folks trying to get in touch. I have only just got organised with my new location and a good friend told me about ... Read More
15th March 2016 11:40pm
David Gilmartin says...
Dear Dave, So nice to hear from you. It is difficult on this site as I have tried to leave my e mail address but it appears not to accept it. Pleased to hear you are back in the UK.So am I after spending 15 yeaars in Spain. Please get in touch. Dave ... Read More
18th March 2016 3:47am
Roy Ashton says...
Hi Dave, I'm trying to email you but the address you've given is being rejected as incorrect. Can you confirm your address is davedino42@gmail.com
24th April 2016 2:39am
Sharon Burgess says...
Hi Dave. Your name is one I have heard many times growing up. I'd go to the Warren with my mum Ann many times when she was working for Auntie Hilda. My step dad Bruno was in the restaurant. Mum had me look years ago for any albums you may have ... Read More
16th May 2016 6:31am
Dave Blakely says...
Hi Sharon, Nice to hear from you.......I still talk to your aunty Hilda occasionally, is she still living in France? There were some great times at the warren C/C, it has remained one of my favourite periods in my career. I have done several albums, ... Read More
16th May 2016 8:44pm
Sharon Burgess says...
Hi Dave. Copies of recordings would be great. My email address is shazzabecks@hotmail.com
If you could contact me there & I can sort out delivery address & stuff.
Thanks a lot
17th May 2016 12:00am
Dave Blakeley says...
Hi Sharon, let me have your address and I will get the recordings done for you and send them on.

best wishes,

17th May 2016 6:12pm
Sharon Burgess says...
Hi Dave, my address is The Cottage, Mousley Bottom, New Mills, High Peak Sk22 3ja.
Thanks a lot for this.
18th May 2016 6:27am
B Carter says...
Hey Dave, just doin late night browsing and up you pop! Hope all is well with you and yours, still in Spain I assume. Hope you were able to replace that 335 that got nicked. Still playing here, but not live. Thanks for sharing those gigs with me at ... Read More
25th July 2015 4:27pm
Paul Stevens says...
Agree with all the above comments re Dave Blakeley,an excellent singer who i met up with in Dubai at his super Tex/Mex restaurant and again in Spain.Always had great respect for Dave as a fellow singer!http://www.craftweb.org/web/paulstevens Wish he ... Read More
19th September 2015 12:00am
Paul Stevens says...
Hi Dave Blakeley,just heard that you are back in UK and we will be back from Oz on May 24th for a couple of months and would like to meet up for a get together?Cheers Paul http://www.craftweb.org/web/paulstevens
25th March 2016 5:37pm
Dave Blakeley says...
Hi Paul,
It would be great to see you again mate. My email is davedino42@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you soon.
26th March 2016 6:22pm
Dave Simpson says...
Have been trying to track you down but with no success.
Do you have a contact address or phone number?
18th May 2016 5:20pm

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