Newsletters 2020

MARCH - 2020

Newsletter No 565  10 March 2020

With no fear of the corona virus PETE sang of the HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN which for PAUL McD meant a HAZARD while ALLEN reckoned IT ALL SEEMS SUCH A LONG TIME AGO. In a different direction ED was THE PILGRIM (Kris Kristofferson) while HEATHER gave us all AMNESIA (les Barker) before together DON & HEATHER explored the concept of mother’s love in SONNY. Then traditionally MARK sang of THE LAST PIT IN THE RHONDDA as KAMRAN went through FIRE AND RAIN before PAUL RILEY had us appeal to JOHN THE REVELATOR. Next HILARY came up with an hilarious version of ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT followed by some ONE=LINERS before STEVE brought us up to date with TODAY to end the round. Rising to the challenge of "Ireland until eternity" ALLEN sang ERIN GO BRAGH and PAUL McD observed SO SAD TO WATCH GOOD LOVE GO BAD before ED treated us to BOB DYLAN’S DREAM and PETE sang his WHOLE LIFE THROUGH. Then for MARK it was a trip to FIDDLER’S GREEN followed by DON & HEATHER & PAUL with the message not to was your hands in MUDDY WATER which made HILARY laugh with more ONE-LINERS. Heading for the break PAUL R introduced BLACK-EYED SUZIE and STEVE presented PETER VON GHERKIN which left KAMRAN to comment on the virus crisis with THE SWOLLEN SINUS (Woodstock Taylor).
The interval Raffle saw the Box of tea won by Heather, the Bottle of Red Wine won by Otto and the Body Butter won by Steve before KAMRAN formed us into a circle and kicked off a sing around with TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS followed by HILARY with more ONE-LINERS before MARK got us back on track with IT TAKES A WORRIED MAN and STEVE swore ME AND THE ELEPHANTS we’ll never forget you. For ALLEN a POUND A WEEK RISE was definitely inadequate followed by DON & HEATHER with a GYPSY WOMAN and PAUL hearing the K C MOAN and ED chasing THE BLACK LEG MINER. With a final round PETE went off to KANSAS CITY and KAMRAN celebrated the BROWN EYED GIRL before MARK took off on the SLOOP JOHN B and STEVE drank to ABSENT FRIENDS. Coming to a climax ALLEN sang the GOLD WATCH BLUES whereas DON & HEATHER exclaimed ROLL ON THE DAY (Allan Taylor), PAUL R had us SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD before ED brought us to a close with BLOODY ORKNEY which brought the riposte: 
Captain Hamish 'Bloody' Blair

Isnae posted here nae mair
But no-one seems tae bloody care
In bloody Orkney.

A superb night.

Newsletter No 564  3 March 2020 

KATH & STAN greeted a steadily bourgeoning crowd by taking them on the TRAIN ON THE ISLAND followed by a CHEROKEE SHUFFLE. Next PAUL RILEY offered ONE MAN’S HAND and PETE gave us THE BEST IN ME and ANDY claimed WALTZING’S FOR DREAMERS. Then urgently on behalf of the polar bear HEATHER asked us HAVE YOU ANY NEWS OF THE ICEBERG (Les Barker) and then DON & HEATHER took off to the ROSEVILLE FAIR before PAUL McD admitted NO-ONE CAN MAKE MY SUNSHINE SMILE. Luckily HILARY was on hand with a bunch of her ONE-LINERS to lighten the mood before SIMON confessed I AIN’T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANY MORE and IAN sang it’s THE WAY WE WERE. Next ED was a tease with GEORGINA BAILEY and KATH & STAN played us 2 tunes on fiddle and whistle, PRINCESS ROYAL & PRINCE WILLIAM, followed by PAUL R said he didn’t like PEOPLE PUTTING PEOPLE DOWN (John Prine). Still in heavy mode PETE sang HURT and ANDY introduced ALISON which left DON & HEATHER completely PAST THE POINT OF RESCUE. On a different level PAUL McD said you’re ALWAYS ON MY MIND and JAMES invited us to WALK RIGHT BACK or go sailing with SIMON who replied IF I HAD A BOAT. In fine form IAN again solo-ed with FIELDS OF GOLD before ED confessed I GOT STONED and I missed it, along with Dr Hook.
In the bumper interval Raffle the Red Wine was won by Barry, the Box of Tea was won by Margaret, the Jewellery won by Andy and the Toiletries taken home by Ian before KATH & STAN set out as a HEDGER & DITCHER leaving PAUL R with nothing but HARD TRAVELLING. Certainly PETE had NO REGRETS (WE ONLY CRY AGAIN) and for ANDY he thought that LOVE IS A LASER GUEST all of which left DON & HEATHER unable to see the wood for the trees as they were KNEE DEEP IN A RIVER and dying of thirst. No wonder PAUL McD that with WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE and HILARY reached for more hilarious ONE-LINERS as JAMES caught out IN THE EARLY MORNING RAIN. With the answer to a difficult question SIMON & JAMES responded HOW CAN YOU KEEP ON MOVING and not migrate whereas IAN had GEORGIA on his mind and ED had the BRONCHIO-DILATOR BLUES. This left KATH & STAN with 2 more tunes, BRIGHTON CAMP & SOLDIERS JOY, before they had PAUL R off GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD which left DON & HEATHER to close the show with a GYPSY WOMAN followed by an invitation to lay down the borrowed guitar at the end of a superb evening and sing ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD.


Newsletter No 563 25 February 2020

A gradely turnout was welcomed by host MARK & JAN who immediately looked at BOTH SIDES NOW as PAUL RILEY took off on the MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and KATH & STAN sauntered down the GOODNIGHT LOVIN’ TRAIL. More harshly ALLEN took us back to WWll his ROAD TO PASSCHENDAELE before JOHN REED reminded us his PEACE was the objective. Bringing us back to earth JANET made her own welcome return with MORLEY MAIN followed by CARL with THANKS FOR THE DAY and PETER BRIDGE with Woody Guthrie’s GREAT GRAND COOLEY DAM. Luckily we had HILARY on hand with SOME OF TIM VINES JOKES and HEATHER with Les Barker’s DEJA VU to lighten the mood before DON & HEATHER took us ACROSS THE BORDERLINE. With one of his own PETE ROBERTS celebrated a SUNSET, SAY GOODNIGHT and PAUL McD sang I HOPE YOU HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE before PETE MINERS with PARTNER JOKES. Then MARK & JAN regained everyone’s attention with HUSH about the Scottish Clearances while KATH & STAN reminded of a big issue nearer to us with WATERBOUND and CARL reminded us of the role of the miners with BLACK DIAMONDS. On a lighter note PETER BRIDGE asked WON’T YOU COME DOWN TO YARMOUTH TOWN before a trilogy of Singer Songwriters ALLEN sang his own IT ALL SEEMS SUCH A LONG TIME AGO and JOHN REED sang his MONTEVIDEO and DON & HEATHER sang their SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
During the break the interval Raffle saw Lin win a bottle of red wine, Margaret win a box of Biscuits, Kate win the ready-made Pancakes, Carl win the Easter Egg and Hilary win the Hand Wash before PETE ROBERTS admitted he had TAKEN THE LAST TRAIN AND GONE while more immediately JANET related the personal experience of A FARMER’S PLIGHT about a Foot and Mouth outbreak. Again PETE MINERS amused us with MORE PARTNER JOKES before PAUL McD tried to hold on TILL I GAIN CONTROL AGAIN and PAUL RILEY gave us HAUL AWAY by Mark Knoppler before we ran into a songfest. First JAN sang the VERDANT sang BRAES OF SCREEN, ALLEN declared I’M GOING TO FOLLOW THE SUN and JOHN REED swore SOME DAY WE’LL RETURN HERE. Next PETER BRIDGE admitted THE PARTY’S OVER and KATH & STAN greeted the BANJO PICKING GIRL with I’LL FLY AWAY before JANET’s HOUSEWIFE’S LAMENT. Then MARK told us DON’T THINK TWICE before PETE ROBERTS sang the GOING HOME BLUES and PAUL McD gave us a nice version of the Beatles’ GIRL. Headed to a big finish PAUL RILEY led the SLOOP JOHN B and CARL wished a HEALTH TO THE COMPANY before DON & HEATHER took us to the RED ROSE CAFE which left MARK & JAN to send us home to the sound of a SQUEEZEBOX. A top night!

Newsletter No 562 18 February 2020

A super friendly group shipped up to Sale Folk Club last night and despite Hurricane Harry and Rainy Ruth or whatever a great night was kicked off by PAUL McD with YOU ARE NOT ALONE followed by MARK who went down to SAMMY’S BAR followed by ALLEN who sang his own NEARLY SONNET 18 (Shakespeare). Then HELEN went for LOVE AT THE FIVE AND DIME before PETE ROBERTS gave us Michael Chapman’s take on it in RABBIT HILLS. Next HEATHER gave us a humorous view of how life can be unfair with SPOT OF THE ANTARTIC (Les Barker) followed by DON & HEATHER and their DANCES FOR DOLLARS and by ANDY with the introspective THESE DAYS by Jackson Browne. Thankfully HILARY got us smiling again with some of her ONE-LINERS and PAUL RILEY had us all singing with BIRMINGHAM. Next MARK showed us how his finger is recovering by playing ALBATROSS before leaving ALLEN to sing his own WHAT’S IT TO YOU and PETE to sing his own STORM RISING to which HELEN summed up our feelings with IT SUITS ME WELL. Coming up to the break DON & HEATHER described their feelings at the DIMMING OF THE DAY before ANDY touched on PERSUASION and PAUL R sang the evergreen CARELESS LOVE.

In the interval the raffle king Andy returned to take the Big Tin of Chocolates, and immediately shared them round, Helen won the Red Wine; Jackie won the Bunch of Roses leaving Lin to take home the CD. PAUL McD then started the second half with GARDEN PARTY by old favourite Ricky Nelson. This prompted a few more ONE-LINERS from HILARY and made MARK think of the DIRTY OLD TOWN down the road and sent ALLEN all WILD EYED. In sympathy HELEN suggested PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES and PETE suggested we go DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL whereas DON & HEATHER headed down south with WAGON WHEEL. Unusually ANDY sang I HOPE I DON’T FALL IN LOVE YOU but more forthright PAUL had STAGGER LEE shoot Billy leaving PAUL McD to take THE WEIGHT. As far as MARK was concerned there was A BAD MOON RISING and someone was going to pay in McPHERSON’S RANT from ALLEN leaving HELEN to observe that the BLUES RUN THE GAME. Coming to a climax DON & HEATHER just wanted to STEAL AWAY and ANDY had the EMPTY POCKET BLUES before PAUL R announced that when God tells you YOU GOTTA MOVE. An action packed night.

Newsletter No 561 11 February 2020

The windy weather did us a favour and blew a good number of the hardy annuals with PAUL inviting them all to COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE and HEATHER introducing them to COSMO THE FAIRLY ACCURATE KNIFE THROWER (Les Barker). Being so close to Valentine’s Day DON & HEATHER sang their own love song I WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY before HILARY turned romance completely on its head with her excellent ONE-LINERS and finally PETE ROBERTS sang Dylan’s classic song of unrequited love, BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER. Next PETE MINERS gave us some thought provoking WORD PLAY before ED told the tragic story of the good ship ROYAL CHARTER and KATH & STAN cheered us with the NEW YORK GIRLS. To end the round TONY, on only his second visit, told us of his ambition to walk the Pennine Way singing songs with his concertina and then he gave us a sample with WHERE RAVENS FEED. Continuing the Valentine’s theme PAUL was WILD ABOUT MY LOVING and HEATHER explained why DACHSHUNDS can’t climb stairs before migrating with DON to SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Then back came HILARY with more hilarious ONE-LINERS about marriage that had PETE ROBERTS pleading we should TAKE IT EASY. This led to ED turning to a comic song, THE HERMIT, and TONY giving us another WALKING SONG. The final round was started by PETE MINERS with more TWISTED WORD PLAY with KATH & STAN finding themselves WATERBOUND like many in the north having the reality. PAUL then gave us SPENCER THE ROVER specially for Tony and PETE ROBERTS remembered WOODSTOCK before DON & HEATHER responded to Hilary’s request for GALWAY SHAWL. Reaching a climax ED had us GOING UP TO LONDON and TONY instructed DANCE, DANCE before ED, DON, HEATHER & PAUL announced that ALL THE GOOD TIMES were o’er but they had been great!

Newsletter No 560 4 February 2020 

HEATHER & DON’S joint birthday bash brought in a decent crowd as GRASSROOTS appropriately sang STRONGER before they were quickly joined by the celebrants with FAREWELL TO THE GOLD. Then EDDIE remembered a sad event with EVERY DAY for Buddy Holly followed by PAUL RILEY at the BELFAST MILL and KATH & STAN on the road to OWENSBORO. Next PETE turned up with his FRIENDS as ALLEN confessed MY LOVE’S IN GERMANY and ED told us AL BOWLY’S IN TOWN but he was in limbo now. CLAIRE was then frozen by JACK FROST but things warmed up with MIKE’S sweet BONNIE SUSIE CLELAND and over-heated with HILARY’S hilarious ONE-LINERS. No wonder PETER BRIDGE went for a TEQUILA SUNSET before GRASSROOTS with Mick’s song, ELIZABETH IS SINGING, remembered his experience of Soweto. KATH & STAN next played two tunes THREE AROUND THREE and COME TO THE CEILIDH before Simon & James transformed into RACING DEMON for GREENVILLE to which EDDIE responded THAT’LL BE THE DAY. Rising in a crescendo JAMES pronounced I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD which saw PETE back in ST JAMES’ INFIRMARY and ED encountering DISASTER.
In the Interval there was a super Chips and Butties Buffet and Bumper Raffle in which Peter Bridge won the Wine, Ken won the Chocolates and Barry won the Ladies’ Scarf and immediately gave it to Janice. The second half was started by PETER BRIDGE who asked, CORRINA WHAT MAKES YOU TREAT ME SO before PAUL R sang his own YOU MEAN MORE THAN ANYTHING TO ME before CLAIRE played the tune, PARTING OF FRIENDS. With his own song ALLEN sang IT’S A SHAME which left MIKE was gazing at LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS (Beatles). On the other hand HEATHER was struggling with Les Barker’s BOOMERANG and remembering a trip to New Zealand DON & HEATHER celebrated the LITTLE POT STOVE on the whaling ships before RACING DEMON raised the tempo with YOUR CHEATING HEART. Next JAMES was sad with FOR NO ONE by the Beatles before finally sending us home happy with HILARY’S ad lib ONE-LINERS and GRASSROOTS finished the night on a high with HE THINKS HE’LL KEEP HER by Mary Chapin Carpenter. First class!

JANUARY - 2020

Newsletter No 559 28 January 2020

Before a fairly packed crowd PETE kicked off with Dylan’s SHE BELONGS TO ME before introducing our guest SETANTA from Bradford took us down the ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN followed by the gentler ALL THE WAYS YOU WANDER leaving PAUL RILEY to appropriately sing ROVE RILEY ROVE. With another from the alternative shelf ANDY sang STARTER HOME by Doug Paisley before PAUL McD set off on a RUNAWAY TRAIN leaving the CROWTHER CREW with RED IS THE ROSE and CHILD OF MERSEYSIDE. With one of his major works EDDIE played O’CAROLAN’S DRAFT and then ALLEN gave us SALLY FREE AND EASY and HELEN followed with BLACK IS THE COLOUR before ARTHUR tore up the rule book with his STORY OF THE NHS. Next IAN was instrumentally HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE whereas ED turned to Keith Marsden for his CITY LAMENT which nicely set up SETANTA for BURNING TIMES and I WISH I WAS BACK HOME IN DERRY. Coming to the break HEATHER told us the sad story of REG, THE LONELY GLOW WORM before together DON & HEATHER kept it Irish with the RARE OULD TIMES.
In the interval raffle Allen took the red wine, Pete won the Box of Tea, Andy won the Box of Chocolates, the Crowther Crew won the Handwash and Ann took the Guitar Calendar before PETE took to the floor again with BLUE MOON. On the other hand ARTHUR felt the WARM WIND OF CONNEMARA and IAN played Dylan’s TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE and ANDY asked us to TALK TO ME OF MENDOCINO. Swiftly PAUL McD replied WELL, ALRIGHT before ALLEN was back to business with A POUND A WEEK RISE and HELEN was at the BARRACADES OF HEAVEN (Jackson Brown) but ERIC was happy with THREE NIGHTS AND A SUNDAY DOUBLE TIME. With a sudden outburst EDDIE then declared MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED, RED ROSE and LOTTIE suggested A PARTING GLASS. PAUL RILEY then raised a cacophonous ensemble for JUG BAND MUSIC at which ED suggested PUT ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE as things built to a big finish. SETANTA led off with CLUE BAY and FAREWELL TO ERIN followed by ARTHUR with his big hit, FENCES, and the CROWTHER CREW with THOUGH I LIVE NOT WHERE I LOVE which left ED, DON, HEATHER & PAUL aka FREE SPIRITS to send us out singing about ALL THE GOOD TIMES. Magic!!

Newsletter No 558 21 January 2020
Another healthy crowd greeted host MARK & JAN who gave a nod to Burn’s Night with YE JACOBITES followed by KATH & STAN who asked MAY THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN before ALLEN OGG san of the THREE FISHERS. Next for PETER BRIDGE it was AFTER RAIN and JIM & LYN were GOING TO HAVE SOME FUN and PETER ROBERTS was with the GIRL OF THE NORTH COUNTRY. No wonder PAUL McD retorted TILL I GAIN CONTROL AGAIN. Then we all found it funny with HILARY and her ONE-LINERS followed by HEATHER who had us chanting to Les Barker’s EARWIG-O. Obviously DON & HEATHER thought they were PAST THE POINT OF RESCUE as ANN delivered a SOLILOQUY ON A SAFETY PIN and ED declared I’VE AN ANTI-SOCIAL PROBLEM. On the other hand PAUL RILEY got the HESITATION BLUES just as JAN celebrated the JANUARY MAN and PETER B came OUT OF THE SNOW, Next JIM & LYN went deep Lancashire to meet A MON LIKE THEE but ALLEN was all at sea with ROLL THE OLD CHARIOT ALONG and MARK was whaling with his LITTLE POT STOVE. Coming to the break KATH & STAN sang hurry BEFORE THEY CLOSE THE MINSTREL SHOW as PAUL McD turned to EVANGELINE and DON & HEATHER pleaded for RECONCILIATION.
In the interval the bumper raffle saw Jim win the Rose Wine. Peter Bridge win the Red Wine, Peter Roberts win the Box of Tea, Margaret win the Handwash and PAUL R win the Chocolates before starting the second half with his song A NOODLING LIFE FOR ME. Next ED gave another nod to Burns with THE HAGGIS HUNTER but PETER R said I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT which made ANN laugh along with some of her JOKES and this carried on with HILARY and more of her ONE-LINERS. It was relief then to have a lusty sing with ALLEN and BYKER HILL AND WALKER SHORE. For PETER B faux news and FABLES AIN’T NOTHING BUT DOGGONE LIES before JIM & LYN eulogised this DIRTY OLD TOWN and KATH & STAN asked us to meet then in the WILLOW GLEN. For PAUL R it was a case of THAT’S WHAT MAKES THE WORLD GOES ROUND but for ED it was RED HEADED ANN and for PAUL McD it was the BROWN EYED GIRL. Rising to a big finish DON, HEATHER & PAUL sang us out with WAGON WHEEL before MARK & JAN told us it was THE END OF THE LINE. A top night.  

Newsletter No 557 14 January

They flooded through the door before DON & HEATHER kicked off with GALWAY GIRL and PAUL RILEY stayed on with ANOTHER YEAR HAS COME and CHRIS stepped up to WEATHER THE STORM before CLARE appropriately told the story of the WIDOW’S MOOR. Then there was a big welcome for our old friend DAVE BOULTON with a new song SESSION ON THE OTHER SIDE before ANDY announced WE’RE GOING TO THE SALES and JAN & MARK rushed off to ROTTERDAM. With another big decision PAUL McD sang I’LL WRAP MY SOUL IN THE BOSOM OF ABRAHAM (Emmylou Harris) and IAN did it TENDERLY before HEATHER confessed JE NE SAIS QUOI. Next MIKE COSGRAVE raised merry hell with COME ON ENGLAND before ED told of a COMICAL GENIUS before JAMES sang about a TEQUILA SUNRISE and SIMON joined JAMES to explain that THIS THE WAY WE MEND A BROKEN HEART. Returning PAUL RILEY addressed the weather with HEY RAIN which had CHRIS THINKING OUT LOUD and with another new song DAVE BOULTON commented COME BACK HERE AND TELL ME THAT WE’RE CLEVER whereas MIKE COSGROVE was more pragmatic with COUSIN JACK as was PAUL McD with LAY DOWN SALLY. For MARK & JAN there was NO USE CRYING which left ANDY to celebrate THE JANUARY MAN but for IAN it all gets better AS TIME GOES BY especially if you AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ sang JAMES and certainly on a SALFORD SUNDAY sang SIMON with JAMES.
In the bumper interval raffle Vic won the Bottle of Red Wine, Barry won the Box of Chocolates, James won the Christmas Pudding and Ian won the swanky Handwash before ED informed us that he had just STARTED LEARNING TO PLAY THE GUITAR. Next CLARE decided to FOLLOW THE HERON HOME and PAUL RILEY got on the MOBILE LINE before CHRIS found himself at the TERMINUS. With his third new song DAVE BOULTON had us singing the great chorus in GOLDEN DALE followed by MIKE C with a SONG FOR IRELAND and JAN & MARK who were DOWN IN THE EASY CHAIR. In full melancholy mode ANDY admitted I JUST DON’T THINK I’LL GET OVER YOU before IAN played a cheerful IMPROVISATION leaving JAMES to get the COCAINE BLUES nad with SIMON to taete some TUPELO HONEY. This left the rousing finish to ED with TREAT MY DAUGHTER DECENT and PAUL McD with WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SATURDAY NIGHT. Very appropriate to end a superb night all round!

Newsletter No 556 7 January 2020

The first night back after the festivities saw KATH & STAN welcome decent sized crown with WINDMILLS followed by DON & HEATHER with SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES as a tribute to recently deceased Brian Thornley. JAN quickly followed with MAE NGHARIAD YMUELL to the tune of My Bonny lies over the ocean and MARK with LITTLE POT STOVE before ARTHUR changed tack with his DUNCAN SMITH’S GOT A KNIGHTHOOD SO EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT and PETE MINERS followed with his RUSTY RED BOX (FOR FIDO). Next PAUL RILEY had a dream and sang MICHAEL ROW THE BOAT ASHORE & SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT with his BIG BAND in tribute to Brian Thornley RIP. Then ED got down to business with CHILDHOOD MEMORIES from Iris Dement and PAUL McD sang FEELS LIKE RAIN by John Hiatt a favourite of Brian Thornley before KATH & STAN played 2 tunes on the whistle and cittern, TWIGLET & BODMIN RIDING. Next JAN & MARK teamed up for WE’LL HUNT HIM DOWN and HEATHER was dog training with STAY, GO, FETCH by Les Barker before DON & HEATHER joined up to ROLL ON THE DAY. With a song that greatly resonated with him ARTHUR gripped us with BIRD ON A WIRE by L Cohen but luckily PETE MINERS then had us smiling again by MUSING ON WORDS eg why women don’t object to Manslaughter. Next PAUL RILEY claimed it was as GOOD AS I’VE BEEN TO YOU before more pragmatically ED extolled the virtues of THE FLUSHERS as did PAUL McD with GIRL from the Beatles before KATH & STAN retired to the SLEEPY DESERT for the half time break.
In the bumper interval raffle Jill won the Bottle of Red Wine, Heather Kenyon won the Box of Chocolates, Kath won the Box of Biscuits and Vic won the Candles before JAN & MARK started the second half with DIMMING OF THE DAY and DON, HEATHER & PAUL visited the RED ROSE CAFE before leaving PAUL to ride on THE OXFORD AND HAMPTON RAILWAY. Getting into full flow ED sang RAMONA whereas PAUL McD had that PEACEFUL EASY FEELING while KATH & STAN were in BLACK WATERS. For JAN & MARK they thought IT TAKES A WORRIED MAN to sing a worried song and it took HEATHER KENYON seconds to assume the role of THE CLOG MAKER complete with real dialect before and sadly DON & HEATHER had NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT ALL. Coming to a big climax ED told some tall tales before we erupted SHURRUP YA BLOODY LIAR and PAUL RILEY sang the British version of THIS LAND IS MY LAND which left PAUL McD to belt out a great version of CARRICKFERGUS followed by BAD MOON RISING to end a superb night of great music and humour.


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