MARCH - 2019

Newsletter No 517 26 March 2019

Kicking off on time DON & HEATHER first took us all down to the RED ROSE CAFE where, with his super new concert guitar, EDDIE was all wistful AS TIME GOES BY and MARK & JAN needed us at the DIMMING OF THE DAY. Next BEN sang his own tribute to BELINDA whereas PETER gave us his latest Spoonerisms in FLUTTERBY’S while PAUL McD had time to shine with THE ARC and KATH & STAN were done and pawned with SHAKE SUGAREE. With the sweeter side of Iris Dement ED came up with CHILDHOOD MEMORIES and also for ALLEN it ALL SEEMS SUCH A LONG TIME AGO leaving PAUL RILEY to invite us to WALK RIGHT IN before ANN sang old favourite VAIR ME ORO VAN O. With his own insightful composition CARL sang about a pub, THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR, while SIMON was down Steve Earl’s LOW HIGHWAY before JAMES was out in the EARLY MORNING RAIN (Gordon Lightfoot). With a bit of humour and shrewd observation HEATHER gave us SPOT OF THE ANTARTIC by Les Barker before joining forces with DON & PAUL for NO HOPERS, JOKERS & ROGUES followed by MARK’s recorder at the DINGLE REGATTA. In tough times PAUL McD told us NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT while in his own song BEN was definitely not DUM as he announced he was TWEEDLE DEE.
There was a bumper interval raffle that saw James win the Wine, Heather K win the Easter Egg, Eddie win the Body Lotion, Jackie win the Roses, Carl win the Belgian Chocolate and Ben win the Mint Creams before ED summed up the shambolic times with the very evasive POLITICIAN’S SONG. Straightforwardly JAN took us off to the VERDANT BRAES OF SKREE to be joined by PETER with MORE FLUTTERBY’S and CARL with the BALLAD OF BILLY KERSHAW while for ALLEN it was a case of THE WAR DRAGS ON. Next PAUL RILEY brought us the BALLAD OF SAMMY’S BAR and EDDIE played O’CAROLAN’S DRAUGHT before KATH & STAN brought us down on a MONDAY MORNING and SIMON was equally downbeat with SEE HOW I MISS YOU but clearly JAMES was a MAN IN LOVE, the 1st track on the Money & Cigarettes Album by Eric Clapton et al. Rising to the climax of an excellent evening PAUL McD encouraged us to DRIFT AWAY and CARL set us singing with COAL TOWN DAYS which DON, HEATHER & PAUL continued with the DIAMANTINA DROVER. What could be better?

Newsletter No 516 19 March 2019
In these times of heightened expectancy DON & HEATHER went back to riding the WESTERN RANGE and BANJO JOHN decided ANYTHING GOES but PAUL RILEY said as long as you DON’T LET THE RAIN COME DOWN and ED commented as long as you don’t need THE FLUSHERS to come in. Meanwhile, ALLEN went off with JOSIE (Donovan) whereas JOHN REED found himself at THE BURNING GATES OF HELL (his own song and CARL was NEARER TO NETTLES (J Lowe). With an old favourite JOHN STEEDMAN was off down COUNTRY ROADS while DON & HEATHER regretted having washed their hands in MUDDY WATER and BANJO JOHN found himself in a tricky romantic situation with JOSHUA, JOSHUA. In dire straits PAUL RILEY was soaking in HEY, RAIN and there was more strife when HEATHER exclaimed I CAN’T FIND MY CAMOUFLAGE NET and ALLEN was having some grief with Police in ERIN GO BRAGH. With another of his own, OCEAN, JOHN REED then inspired CARL to sing his own great song, MAGICAL SKY, and JOHN STEEDMAN to perform his own hilarious send-up of 60’s Pop music, SWAY. Returning to sanity ED took us of to Delabole in Cornwall and the BLACKLEG MINER before the interval Raffle. This saw Heather K win the Bottle of Red Wine, Violet win the Tin of Chocolates, Jill win the Perfume Diffuser, Kate win the Pete King CD and Allen win the Sheridan Smith CD before DON & HEATHER proclaimed these were RARE OULD TIMES and RICHARD said there’s lots of things I’ll miss WHEN I’M GONE so I better do them while I’m here. However, PAUL was a bit mournful with Cyril Tawney ON A MONDAY MORNING but HELEN sang that life SUITS ME WELL whereas ALLEN challenged WHAT’S IT TO YOU and JOHN REED was up in arms about the LAND PIRATES stealing from farmers. With an emotion everyone shared CARL said HERE’S A HEALTH TO THE COMPANY before ED gave us the parody TIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN and JOHN STEEDMAN sang the bittersweet PARADISE by John Prine. Somewhat topically RICHARD sang his own parody the EMPIRE STATE OF CONFUSION before DON & HEATHER started to conclude a fine evening with ROLLING HOME followed by RICHARD with his song about the DIAMOND ROSE climaxed by ED’s BIG BAND leading us all in ALL THE GOOD TIMES. Magic!

Newsletter No 515 12 March

Janice & Mick aka GRASSROOTS hosted St Patrick’s week starting off a most un-ORDINARY DAY as PAUL went off DOWN BY THE LAGANSIDE (Tommy Sands) and KATH & STAN who were fellow WAYFARING STRANGER(s). There was something in the water as PETE ROBERTS sang his own exquisite LOVE SONG leaving ALLEN to tell us TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING and ANN to chase after the MR PUNCH AND JUDY MAN. Then with a cautionary tale HEATHER warned of how GUIDE CATS FOR THE BLIND could be a bit tricky before DON & HEATHER went back on theme with the GALWAY GIRL which made PETER BRIDGE want to ROLL IN MY SWEET BABY’S ARMS and reminded PAUL McD of the SUMMER OF ’69. It made JAMES think more of SWEET LORRAINE and SIMON to come up with a TOWER OF SONG which for GRASSROOTS was obviously MEANT TO BE. With two tunes on whistle and violin KATH & STAN came up with WATER OF TYNE & SIR JOHN FENWICK followed by CLAIRE and ROSA’S LOVELY DAUGHTERS and three tunes on banjo from PAUL RILEY which were THE BOYS OF WEXFORD, THE SOUTH WIND and THE SWEETS OF MAY. As we reached the interval PETE ROBERTS definitely knew about BALBRIGGAN FAIR because he wrote it and MIKE COSGRAVE always sings THE TOWN I LOVED SO WELL at this time of year before PAUL McD reminded us of the weather around the corner with HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN.
A bumper interval Raffle saw Paul McD take 1st prize with the Box of Biscuits and selection of Chutneys, Heather K won the Bottle of Irish Cream, Pete won the Bottle of Guinness and Ann won the Easter Egg before GRASSROOTS kicked off the second half with SILVER SCREEN. Next ALLEN gave us THE WORKER’S SONG which made PETER BRIDGE think of the HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN and SIMON think of THE STREETS OF BAKERFIELD. For JAMES the old favourite HANDYMAN came to mind before MIKE & CLAIRE went back on theme with FOLLOW THE HERON HOME followed by MICK RYAN’S LAMENT which left DON & HEATHER to celebrate the STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN. Heading for a big finish to the evening KATH & STAN went off to OWENSBORO before GRASSROOTS said it was QUITTING TIME as PAUL RILEY introduced the BROWN EYED GIRL and PAUL McD had us rocking and rolling into the street with ME AND BOBBY McGEE. Excellent all-round!

Newsletter No 514 5 March 2019

This we welcomed back MARK & JAN from OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY while ALLEN had news of a POUND A WEEK RISE with BANJO JOHN being UP A LAZY RIVER and PETE out on the STREETS OF LONDON. Going all folkie PAUL McD treated us to PEGGY GORDON and ED sang the LIVERPOOL LULLABY leaving ANDY to OLD MAN RIVER. Next IAN had an updated version of his SKYLARK and PAUL RILEY sang GOOD AS I’VE BEEN TO YOU off Dylan’s 28th Studio Album. Light relief was then provided by HILARY with some of her hilarious ONE-LINERS followed by HEATHER with AMNESIA by Les Barker. Coming back to the music DON & HEATHER gave us a jazzy version of MACK THE KNIFE whereas SIMON was all realism with TRUE LOVE TRAVELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD so no wonder JAMES sang DON’T THINK TWICE. Than we got a truly memorable rendition of HEARTBREAK HOTEL by EDDIE before BANJO JOHN returned with GEORGIA ON MY MIND and JAN reminded us we were close to St David’s Day by saying We’ll give Praise with MOLIANNWN. Having a good time ANDY sang what a day for a DAYDREAM and MARK played DARK ISLAND on the recorder. Rising to the interval ALLEN sang his nearly a love song NEARLY SONNET 18 and ED gave us JACUZZI JOE THE GIGOLO’s version of it before, for the love of trains, PAUL RILEY sang K.C. MOAN about the one from Kansas City.
In the interval raffle Vic won the Bottle of Red Wine, Andy won the Box of Chocolates and kindly handed them round and round and round, Chris won the Chocolate Orange, Martin won the Chocolate Mints, Hilary won the Wash Bag & Bayliss Soaps leaving Allen to take home the Pancakes and Maple Syrup. Finally 2 tickets to Loreena McKennett at the Bridgewater Hall, kindly donated by Richard in Ripon, were taken up by Kate and Paul for Monday Night. A truly star prize.
No wonder PAUL McD chose to start the second half with WONDERFUL TONIGHT but for IAN it was a case of BABY’S COMING HOME whereas DON & HEATHER had NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT ALL. Fortunately it was all good for PETE who sang I SHALL BE RELEASED and EDDIE who was off with SALLY but JAMES was off TRAVELLING LIGHT following SIMON down to GREENVILLE. We then needed some more of HILARY’s ONE-LINERS before ED served up some GREASY GRIT GRAVY and GIZZARD GREENS. No wonder ALLEN went back in history in bidding FAREWELL TO SICILY and PAUL McD sang GOODNIGHT IRENE before IAN played THE NEARNESS OF YOU. Coming to the end of great evening DON & HEATHER had us singing RAMBLING BOY and PAUL RILEY did the same with LAST THING ON MY MIND leaving MARK & JAN to close the show with WE’LL HUNT HIM DOWN by Jez Lowe to end on a high. Very satisfying!


Newsletter No 513 26 February 2019

On a night pre-celebrating St David’s Day with Home Made Welsh Cakes, Daffodils and Leeks KATH & STAN opened with BANJO PICKING GIRL and DON & HEATHER followed with a dubious connection to theme LITTLE POT STOVE, a whaling song. For ALLEN it was all about PICTURES IN A MAGAZINE whereas PAUL McD called for WHEELS to take this boy away and PAT & CHRIS, aka PATCH, boarded the MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. In a roundabout way HELEN went for the CIRCLE GAME by Joni Mitchell and PAUL went off to MY SWEET CAROLINA where ED came across RAMONA (Bob Dylan). With a song of migration SIMON & JAMES asked HOW DO YOU KEEP ON MOVING followed by JAMES who was SINGING THE BLUES before HEATHER gave the Polar Bear’s side of the Titanic Tragedy by asking HAVE YOU ANY NEWS OF THE ICEBERG? For PETE it was a question of LEAVING LONDON and for RAY it was back to CALEDONIA before CLAIRE gave us food for thought with a great rendition of ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG. Another sorry tale came from KATH & STAN with the BALLAD OF DAN MOODY and from DON & HEATHER with a story from New Zealand, FAREWELL TO THE GOLD. Rising to the interval ALLEN sang his own WILD EYE before PAUL McD had us all singing away to ALBERTA and RICHARD related his own STUFF.
In the interval Raffle Vic won the Bottle of Wine, Helen won the Box of Chocolates, Chris won the Selection of Jams and Paul won the Leeks before PATCH opened the second half with their own THIS MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN while HELEN had a LONG RIDE HOME and PAUL was off with SPENCER THE ROVER. In great contrast ED had a tough time with traffic ON MY WAY TO WORK while JAMES came up with tales of Yankee Power in SENOR but more simply SIMON asked WHY DON’T YOU TRY ME. With the current good weather PETE was thinking SUNSETS but RAY couldn’t forget the cold with his WINTER SONG leaving KATH & STAN to consider relationships in DINK’S SONG. Coming to a climax DON & HEATHER took us ACROSS THE BORDERLINE while ALLEN took us to a skirmish in Bonnie Scotland with ERIN GO BRAGH and RICHARD had his own take on a FORGETFUL HEART before PAUL had us all LYING IN THE ARMS OF MARY as another great evening came to a close. Magic!

Newsletter No 512 19 February 2019

With three dozen in the audience host PAUL RILEY kicked off slowly with TWO DOLLAR BILL but was quickly raised up by BANJO JOHN with SUCH A NIGHT and co-host PAUL McD with EIGHTEEN YELLOW ROSES. This set up BEN for his latest creation BELINDA and ERIC also raised the ante saying he was on THREE NIGHTS AND SUNDAY DOUBLE TIME before PHIL sang about ARMADAS which made HEATHER wonder about DEJA VUE with a philosophical Les Barker poem. Keeping up with the times DON & HEATHER sang the MOVING ON SONG as PETE chased the GIRL OF THE NORTH COUNTRY and ED was off to the WHIP JAMBOREE. Then it was the perfect time for HILARY and some excellent ONE-LINERS before EDDIE undressed his cello for the very sad GREEN EYE OF THE LITTLE YELLOW GOD and ANN kept the mood with THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN. In fine instrumental fettle IAN played SEPTEMBER SONG and with his own great song CARL sang YOUNG ANNIE IN BLUE before PETER BRIDGE had us shantying with NEW YORK GIRLS. With some rock-a-billy JAMES was out in his RED CADILLAC AND BLACK MOUSTACHE and BANJO JOHN went off down the RED RIVER VALLEY.
In the interval a bumper raffle saw Margaret win the Tin of Roses Chocolates, Eddie win the Bottle of Red Wine, Ann win the Litre of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Andy win the Tin of Biscuits and Chris win the Body Lotion before PAUL McD insisted you TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL. On a serious note BEN sang about GRAVE CLOTHES and PHIL played an instrumental version of MATILDA by Al Stewart before PETE brought us a SUNNY AFTERNOON so no wonder ERIC found himself THREE DRUNKEN MAIDENS from the Isle of Wight. Another instrumental of AUTUMN LEAVES was then played by IAN before ED wanted to get back to LAKE CHARLES. Then EDDIE mused, you were ALWAYS ON MY MIND and luckily HILARY was on hand with some more cracking ONE-LINERS before ANDY sang HUMAN by the Killers. Changing direction DON & HEATHER got everyone singing with their own DANCES FOR DOLLARS before CARL sang FATHER’S SONG and JAMES had had us all rocking to THE GLORY OF LOVE. With a big finish in mind PETER reckoned THE PARTY IS OVER but ERIC sang WE’LL RANT AND WE’LL ROAR a bit more with the sea shanty and ED brought in the fastest librarian in the West in ERNIE RIDES AGAIN before Paul had us all LEAVING ON A JET PLANE at the end of a top night. Till next week for more Sale Magic!!

Newsletter No 511 12 February 2019

A terrific evening of great quality transpired as much talent crossed the threshold to be organised by KAMRAN and PETE the latter kicking off with Dylan’s BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER. Back with us BANJO JOHN straight way took us back in time for a James Cagney hit, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, followed by ANDY who was LATE TO THE PARTY (Katie Musgrave) and BRIAN who was MAKIN’ WHOOPEE. Paying attention to the Valentine’s theme JAN TAYLOR was down by the seaside with LAWR AR LAN Y MOR and STEVE sang LITTLE BIRD before SIMON told us of the WEAPON OF PRAYER accompanied by Brian. With his own song JOHN insisted on being positive with SUPERMAN whereas HEATHER recognised possible pitfalls in life with Les Barker’s DACHSHUNDS while IAN went back to romance with THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU. Stepping up KAMRAN then had us tooting like saxophones down BAKER STREET as MARK turned to Dylan and LAY, LADY, LAY and CARL went back to WWll for Harvey Andrews’ HANS. Also going back in time PAUL turned to Donovan’s COLOURS and KATH & STAN went round and round with Alan Bell’s WINDMILLS. Coming up to the interval ED touched on love in all its forms in GEORGINA BAILEY whereas DON & HEATHER enthused YOU SAY IT BEST WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL before BANJO JOHN bade us farewell waiting for his beau while LEANING ON A LAMP POST.

The Valentine’s Raffle saw the Chocolates won by Heather K, the Roses won by Paul to take home for wife Jen, the Pink wine won by Brian and the Romantic CD won by Mark by PETE shouted up the BIG YELLOW TAXI. No wonder BRIAN mused, I WONDER WHO’S KISSING HER NOW while for the broken hearted ANDY sang there is always the HANDY MAN but as JOHN sang, not if they are wearing a LONG BLACK VEIL. Off theme JAN & MARK then went off RUNNING LIKE A TURKEY THROUGH THE CORN before IAN played SKYLARK in answer to a request by his fans leaving ED to return to reality with THE FLY. With the evening rising to a climax KATH & STAN played two tunes TWIGLET and BODMIN RIDING before leading us for BRIGHT MORNING STARS which set up KAMRAN for his excellent rendition of DELIA and for CARL who dug deep for I SAW A STRANGER WITH YOUR HAIR. The big finish was led by STEVE and WALTZ OF THE ANGELS followed by PAUL with WILD ABOUT MY LOVING before THREE SPIRITS (Paul, Don & Heather) closed in on the ROSEVILLE FAIR before heading down south with WAGON WHEEL. A top night!! 

Newsletter No 510 5 February 2019
A great party night started well with PAUL inviting everyone to COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE and ALLEN wanted TO TRY FOR THE SUN before CHRIS cried it’s more than my JOBSWORTH. No wonder PETE MINERS came out with some JOKES as EDDIE undressed his cello for a quick KENTUCKY WALTZ while down to earth HELEN exclaimed I WISH IT WOULD RAIN. Time then for HILARY and some more ONE-LINERS before RICHARD chilled with WINTER SONG and ED sang SILVER TONGUED DEVIL by Chris Christopherson. On his uppers PETE ROBERTS was DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL as CARL sang MOTHER’S DAY by Jez Lowe and KATH & STAN insisted we KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE. Inspired by Mary Black ANN sang SONNY before CLAIRE RIGBY sang ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG by Anthony John Clarke and DON & HEATHER sang SPEED OF THE SOUND OF LONELINESS by John Prine. This left HEATHER to go solo with COSMO, the fairly accurate knife thrower by Les Barker and CARL to sing his latest revision of his song DOWN IN A DALE. Reaching a climax RAY on a return visit sang THE TOWN THAT I LOVE SO WELL before HELEN erected the BARRACADES OF HEAVEN before PAUL went off on the MIDNIGHT SPECIAL.
This heralded an excellent buffet with superb double fried chips to celebrate Don’s Birthday followed by a Champagne Raffle before DON & HEATHER kicked off again with WHEN SHE WEARS BLACK CLOTHES followed by EDDIE with WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS somewhat downsized with his Ukulele. On a serious note CHRIS was all FIRE AND RAIN with James Taylor and RAY came back on WINGS by Brian Bedford before HILARY had us smiling at her ONE LINERS. To ALLEN it was LIFE, DON’T YOU KNOW whereas RICHARD reckoned THERE’S A PLACE FOR US in the West Side Story which left us with PETE MINERS and his JOKES. With his own song PETE ROBERTS faced a STORM RISING before CLAIRE was traditional with BETSY BELL and ED turned to Les Barker for MY HUSBAND’S GOT NO PORRIDGE IN HIM, his parody of Goldilocks and the three bears. Ending a top night KATH & STAN claimed WE COULD FLY while CARL went into a rant about THE BRIGADIER by Jake Thackray before ED, PAUL, DON & HEATHER banded up to tell us ALL THE GOOD TIMES were past and gone. Luckily we all left on a high!!

JANUARY - 2019

Newsletter No 509 29 January 2019

Weather lowered the numbers but raised the standards as MARK & JAN started with Rob White’s favourite, LOVE AND HAPPINESS, followed by ED with THE PILGRIM and PETER BRIDGE with THE WEEPING WILLOW blues. PETE ROBERTS cheered us with SHINE WHEN IT SHINES as IAN skipped off to SCARBOROUGH FAIR before BEN sang his latest song, GRAVE GOODS. Next DON & HEATHER were off to the ROSEVILLE FAIR before HEATHER discovered that Les Barker’s BOOMERANG always comes back just like ANDY who announced I WILL BE HERE IN THE MORNING. This brought ALLEN to the front with a great version of YE JACOBITES before SIMON exclaimed, SINCE I MET YOU BABY, and JAMES cried, it’s chucking BUCKETS OF RAIN. Marking the upcoming World Ukulele Day PAUL appropriately sang some JUG BAND MUSIC while JAN & MARK went off to ROTTERDAM and ALLEN told how easy it was to find THE WAY OUT OF MANCHESTER. Coming to the interval ANDY led the way with GENESIS HALL whereas BEN was away to CALIFORNIA and MARK indulged himself with ALBATROSS.
After a bumper raffle PETER BRIDGE pleaded LET ME DOWN EASY before ED recalled the story of JOCK McCREE THE MIGHTY HAGGIS HUNTER and PETE ROBERTS told us what MADAME WHISKY could do to you. Then again with his ukulele PAUL had us singing to an old time medley starting with AIN’T SHE SWEET before DON & HEATHER forecasted YOU WILL BE THE LIGHT as IAN was HALF WAY HOME. Then returning as Racing Demon SIMON sang a song named PROPINQUITY, the only word that doesn’t appear in the song, which left JAMES somewhat UP THE LAZY RIVER and BEN lounging in SAMMY’S BAR. Having learned the tongue twisting chorus ED then gave us THE POLITICIAN’S SONG and PETER BRIDGE was off to ABILENE while undaunted IAN revelled in THE NEARNESS OF YOU. With his final reminder PAUL came up with UKULELE BLUES and PETE ROBERTS sang TONIGHT I’LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU before ANDY told us was off to CALEDONIA and SIMON admitted he was DOWN TO SEEDS AND STEMS AGAIN. With a McCartney special JAMES sang TILL THERE WAS YOU and ALLEN sang his own THE ROAD TO PASSCHENDAELE before DON, HEATHER and PAUL led the big finish with RED ROSE CAFE followed by MARK & JAN with SQUEEZEBOX. Best quality no doubt.

Newsletter No 508 22 January 2019
After the snow fall DON & HEATHER thought it was definitely not PAST THE POINT OF RESCUE as PETE ROBERTS brought his FRIENDS to the party and ALLEN turned up with Robbie Burns’ NOW WESTLIN WINDS. KATH & STAN were WATER BOUND before PETE MINERS told us some EDUCATION GAGS and HILARY gave us some of her ONE-LINERS leaving BEN to become serious with his own MANCHESTER TREE about the bombing atrocity. JAN then sang the lovely FOLLOW THE HERON HOME and MARK celebrated fisherman’s heaven in FIDDLER’S GREEN before HEATHER continued her Les Barker theme with REG THE LONELY GLOW WORM. Going Dylan PAUL McD reckoned SHE BELONGS TO ME before ED related the GRESFORD DISASTER and PETE ROBERTS gave us his REFLECTIONS OF THE RING OF KERRY. This was all BEFORE THEY CLOSED THE MINSTREL SHOW according to KATH & STAN and PETE MINERS who followed with some FOOD GAGS and BEN who was up with the Rigs down with the Jigs in LONDON TOWN. Then it was ALLEN with Mick Softley’s GOLD WATCH BLUES before JAN reminded us of the new year with THE JANUARY MAN followed by MARK and the LITTLE RED ROOSTER. A good laugh with ED and the FASTEST MOBILE LIBRARY IN THE WEST and HILARY with more ONE-LINERS left PAUL McD to ask us to NOT FADE AWAY before the break.
In the interval raffle Kath & Stan won the Bottle of Red Wine, Dave won the Box of Biscuits, Jackie won the Calendar and Heather Kenyon won the Six Pack which left DON & HEATHER to start on the SPANISH BURGUNDY. With a Chris While & Julie Matthews special HELEN gave us QUEST leaving BEN to reflect on MY MORPHINE by Gillian Welch and PETE ROBERTS to go ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER with Bob Dylan. PETE MINERS then had more GRAMMAR GAGS but ALLEN went to his own NEARLY SONNET 18 whereas PAUL McD went for that PEACEFUL EASY FEELING. Next KATH & STAN were after a BANJO PICKING GIRL while MARK & JAN admitted I WASHED MY HANDS IN MUDDY WATER and ED insisted we TREAT MY DAUGHTER DECENT. With borrowed guitar HELEN was off in the EARLY MORNING RAIN while DON & HEATHER admitted I MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS and PETE ROBERTS confessed to a lot of MELLOR ROAD BOOZING BLUES. Anyway MARK & JAN insisted IT’S ALRIGHT in the end and ALLEN toughed it out with ERIN GO BRAGH before DON & HEATHER said we should lay down the borrowed guitar after singing ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD to end a top night with as many listeners as performers.

Newsletter No 507 15 January 2019
A quality night was started by hosts GRASSROOTS with THESE HANDS followed by PAUL RILEY with WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE MILL and BRIAN with LOVING YOU MAKES ME A BETTER MAN. Coming next PETES the king sang his own BONNIE OLD UP NORTH followed by PHIL with MAN OF THE WORLD and ED, on a visit to see the Queen, with MONDAY ‘ER DOES ALL ‘ER WESHING. The welcome return of DAVID meant we heard his poem about war, THE BOX, before for JAMES, THINGS HAVE CHANGED whilst as Racing Demon, with SIMON, it was a TOWER OF SONG. In romantic mood PETE ROBERTS told us MY LADY’S A WILD FLYING DOVE before HILARY gave us of her own special HILARITY and PAUL McD asked HAVE YOU SEEN THE RAIN? Another welcome guest MIKE COSGRAVE sang UNICORNS followed by CLAIRE RIGBY with FOLLOW THE HERON HOME and RICHARD GRAY with STUFF THAT WORKS. Completing the round CARL treated us to THE BIG FEAR by Jez Lowe leaving GRASSROOTS to sing Mick’s latest song MEANT TO BE. This propelled BRIAN forward ALL THE WAY TO THE RIVER and PAUL RILEY to demand TAKE AWAY THESE CHAINS FROM ME before PHIL played TWO TUNES HORIZONS and STUDY No 10. With his stalking song ED came up with IT’S ME AGAIN MARGARET before PETE ROBERTS sang GOODBYE TO THE OLD and PAUL McD sang SO SAD TO WATCH GOOD LOVE GO BAD. Next PETE’S the king told us HERE’S GOOD NEWS FOR THE LADIES (jokes) and JAMES admitted I SHIMMY LIKE MY SISTER KATE before SIMON joined him for some TUPELO HONEY. Also doubling up CLAIRE was joined by MIKE for NIGHT OWL who remained solo for PAT RAINEY before HILARY gave us some more ONE-LINERS. Reaching a climax CARL started with THANKSGIVING followed by RICHARD with MILLIONAIRE and GRASSROOTS who topped the lot with DIAMONDS AND RUST to end a fun night.

Newsletter No 506 8 January 2019
A top night brilliantly stewarded by KATH & STAN who opened with THE MAN IN THE MOON followed by BANJO JOHN with CARELESS LOVE and ALLEN with his excellent version of McPHERSON’S RANT. Next GRASSROOTS sang its THE WAY THAT I FEEL and for EDDY YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND whereas for PAUL it was CORRINA, CORRINA on his mind before JAN sang the lovely AR LAN Y MOR and MARK took us to Malta and SAMMY’S BAR. Next HELEN was insightful with FOR A DANCER but ROD had ALREADY GONE when PETE the king told us SOME of his RESOLUTIONS for 2019. For PETE ROBERTS it was just A COUPLE MORE YEARS by Dr Hook as SIMON & JAMES went with PANCHO AND LEFTIE followed by JAMES with ELEANOR RIGBY and PAUL McD with IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH. However, CARL was heard SINGING THE AGES DOWN and ANDY sang WE’RE GOING TO THE SALES where ED sang I BOUGHT YOU THIS POINCETTIA. Then CLAIRE confessed she was THE NIGHT OWL and MARK played an AIR & GIGUE by John Dowland before BANJO JOHN rocked up with ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN leaving GRASSROOTS to take us to the interval with HE THINKS HE’LL KEEP HER.
In the raffle the TEA was won by KEN. The WINE by ANDY, the DATES by CHRIS and an ART BOOK by JACKIE before KATH & STAN opened the second half with BEAUTIFUL. Then ALLEN followed with WHAT’S IT TO YOU and EDDIE played the WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE before PAUL RILEY asked WHERE IS THE LOVE. There is always a lot in Sale Folk Club as MARK & JAN said YOU AIN’T GOIN’ NOWHERE and HELEN told of the ELFIN KNIGHT but still ROD cried PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD. No confusion with PETE the king and his REVERSES of PETE ROBERTS and his DEPORTEES or SIMON & JAMES in THE STREETS OF BIKERSFIELD before JAMES came back with FOREVER YOUNG. Building to a climax PAUL McD sang the STATESBOROUGH BLUES and ANDY was the JANUARY MAN before ED was the devil in THE WIDOW’S MOOR. This left CLAIRE with THE SWIMMING SONG and PAUL RILEY to signal leaving time with STEP IT UP AND GO to end a great night.



Newsletter No 505 18 December 2018

A superb evening of reflection was started by PAUL McD who said I NEED YOU NOW while ED was WAITING FOR A TRAIN whereas ANDY was seeking guidance from the STAR OF BETHLEHEM. Meanwhile peter had the MEDICAL STUDENT BLUES and IAN had GEORGIA ON MY MIND while CARL was simply LOOKING FOR THE SUN, his own song. In seasonal mood STEVE gave us a Christmas Medley of JINGLE BELLS & SILENT NIGHT with his Autoharp to which PHIL replied I TALK TO THE WIND and HEATHER performed Les Barker’s story WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND. On the move DON & HEATHER then set of on the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS and PAUL RILEY went off to GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN leaving PAUL McD to ask whatever happened to SATURDAY NIGHT. Going back in time ED sang a song about AL BOWLLY whereas ANDY was up to date with SOMEONE TO RELY ON by Lily Allen before PETE replied with ST PAUL’S SONG and IAN mentioned CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE. Also rising to the occasion CARL performed his own excellent song YOUNG ANNIE IN BLUE about a post person and STEVE contributed A CHILD IS BORN and PHIL played two tunes HORIZONS and JESU JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING and DON & HEATHER took us off to a WINTER WONDERLAND.
In the Big Raffle Kate won the Wine, Andy won the Mince Pies, Margaret won the Shower Gel and Steve won the Man Utd Calendar before PAUL opened the second half with a MORNING TOWN RIDE and late arrival RICHARD GRAY sang his own MAGNIFICAT. On a more personal level ED sang about ABSENT FRIENDS while PAUL McD commented HE THINKS HE’LL KEEP HER before ANDY went all heavy with Cohen’s HALLELUJAH and PETE proclaimed I SHALL BE RELEASED. A bit of rose tinted spectacles next as IAN played LA VIE EN ROSE and STEVE sang WHEN YOU WERE SWEET SIXTEEN and PHIL sang THE OUTLAW by Larry Norman. DON & HEATHER then needed us at the DIMMING OF THE DAY which RICHARD said was a SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE followed by his patois Y’ALRIGHT MAN. Rising to a climax ANDY gave us some PERSUASION and IAN offered FIELDS OF GOLD before PAUL RILEY & PAUL McD finally delivered the frequently threatened WHITE CHRISTMAS with RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER in attendance. Season’s Greetings to everyone and here’s to a great 2019.

Newsletter No 504 11 December 2018
With Ed & Sue in charge BANJO JOHN lit the fuse with WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP as PETE ROBERTS set sail with THE AIRPORT SONG and PAUL RILEY hit the mark with MARY’S BOY CHILD. Surrealistically ED said it was a SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING to which CARL responded that’s FURTHER out and ROB just said I WISH I WAS BACK IN LIVERPOOL. With his own song PETE’S THE KING had us participating in SANTA’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE and SIMON got heavy with SHE THINKS I STILL CARE before JAMES got all jazzy with SWEET LORRAINE. All was going swimmingly so it was an even bigger surprise when JAN & MARK came in fully dressed in pantomime gear and knocked us out as the GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY. A brilliant contribution Jan & Mark!! Coming back to earth DON & HEATHER then took us WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND and HEATHER herself stayed on with Les Barker’s humorous tribute to TURKEYS before WILF seriously sang THE WAY LIFE’S MEANT TO BE by ELO. Going back to his roots ALLEN sang the traditional ERIN GO BRAGH (Ireland Forever), ARTHUR went back to NATURE BOY and KATH & STAN went Deep South for SHAKE SUGAREE. Late comer MARIAN then sang the traditional WEE TOTUM FOGG followed by PAUL McD who came up with CORRINA, CORRINA before JOHN CONDY celebrated his birthday with the FAIRY TALE OF NEW YORK which left BANJO JOHN to take us to the interval with YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF LOVE (Louis Armstrong).
With all the money going to Children in Need the bumper raffle saw Pete Roberts win the Wine, Pete’s the king win the Chinese Calendar, Allen win the Lynx Gift Set, Kate win the oven Glove, Kate also win the Special Christmas Cards, Paul Riley win the Tin of Quality Street, Gillian win the Cuddly Toy and Ed win the Sound Spa Rejuvenate. ED then stayed on his feet to tell the birthday boy YOU’RE ONLY AS OLD AS THE WOMAN YOU FEEL. On the canal ROB was aboard the GOOD SHIP KALIBAR and CARL commented IT’S A CHAMPION LIFE and PAUL Mc D issued a general invitation to SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME and a night UNDER THE BOARDWALK. Back to normal JAN & MARK next rocked us to LITTLE RED ROOSTER whereas more gently ARTHUR pleaded TAKE THESE CHAINS FROM MY HEART before MARIAN related the tale of the MAID AND THE (talking) MAGPIE. Again with songs of the season PAUL RILEY led us in a Carol Medley starting with GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN to which PETE ROBERTS replied that’s YOUR SONG and ALLEN told us to take no notice of fashion PICTURES IN A MAGAZINE. Back on message WILF was IN MY LIGHTHOUSE while SIMON was with the tragic AMELIA EARHART which left JAMES in the BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY and JOHN CONDY saying, honestly, I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS. Oh no he doesn’t I hear you say, but having reached the end of the party DON, HEATHER & PAUL set out to rock us like a WAGON WHEEL etc to end a terrific night!!

Newsletter No 503 4 December 2018

As we filled up hosts MARK & JAN were setting off on the BONNY SHIP THE DIAMOND with KATH & STAN waving them THE LAST GOODBYE and ALLEN empathising with oppressed countries in his own song O BOSNIA. Moving forward in time PAUL McD came up with HEY NOW as ED began to splutter with the BRONCHIAL DILATOR BLUES leaving voiceless PHIL to play us 3 GUITAR TUNES. It was all too tame for ANDY who yearned for the WALL OF DEATH but for PETE ROBERTS it was a question of his WHOLE LIFE THROUGH before HILARY had us laughing with her ONE-LINERS and EDDIE had us WALKING IN THE AIR. For IAN it was back in autumn with SEPTEMBER SONG but for PETER BRIDGE it was winter OUT OF THE SNOW as Pete’s friend MATT trudged through a DIRTY OLD TOWN. Next HEATHER introduced us to Les Barker’s DOG NAMED STAY before together DON & HEATHER got the SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES and ANN warned mariners on the Rhine with her VAIR ME ORO VAN O. With an amusing parody PETES THE KING reckoned WE TILT THIS KITTY so fortunately PAUL RILEY could claim I’VE BEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD and SIMON asked HOW CAN YOU KEEP ON MOVING. Before the interval JAMES realised it was a SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE that tonight we were presenting MIND THE STEP an Appalachian Dance Group who danced to KITCHEN CLOVERLEAF followed by MEDICINE MAN.
In the interval Raffle Vic won the Bottle of Red Wine, Simon won the Chocolates, Kath & Stan won the Box of Biscuits, Ann won the Shower Gel, Kate won the Santa Apron and Paul won the Beer Journal before PETE ROBERTS shouted out, HEY JOE. Thinking of the homeless PETER BRIDGE turned to the STREETS OF LONDON and KATH & STAN complained of LAZY JOHN before PHIL, still voiceless played the CARCASSI STUDY IN A and very nice too. Somehow this prompted ALLEN to go back to his Scout days for SHE SAT ON A HAMMOCK AND PLAYED HER GUITAR and PETES THE KING to recall hearing ARCHIE McPHERSON reporting all the football matches in Scotland. Also going for the solo guitar PAUL McD had the DELTA BLUES and IAN was crossing MOON RIVER before HILARY got us all giggling again at her ONE LINERS. Before Pumpkin time MIND THE STEP returned one last time for JESSE JAMES as ANDY went DOWN ALONG THE DIXIE LINE and SIMON was out with a JERSEY GIRL. This left JAMES to claim I AIN’T MISBEHAVIN but ED certainly was with SHE IS WOMAN before PAUL RILEY warned him YOU’VE GOTTA MOVE. Coming to a climax DON & HEATHER had us all singing away with SONNY’S DREAM before MARK & JAN finally drew it to a close with END OF THE LINE.


Newsletter No 502 27 November 2018

With much talent coming through the door DON, HEATHER & PAUL made a lively start with the GALWAY GIRL and PAUL RILEY had us joining in with TELL OLD BILL before KATH & STAN shot off 900 MILES from their home and PETE was even further away KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR. Next, in full traditional mode, STEVE, with his autoharp, sang of LOVELY MOLLY and ALLEN asked WHAT’S IT TO YOU as CHRIS went off with the SULTANS OF SWING. Then, time for some humour with HILARY and some of her hilarious ONE-LINERS. Pardon the pun. ANDY was next LOOKING FOR THE MOON and IAN played MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE before more fun from HEATHER with Les Barker’s EARWIG-O with much joining in. Unabashed BEN sang his own upbeat song MELANIE and PAUL McD informed us PEARL’S A SINGER (Elkie Brooks) leaving ED to relate BOB DYLAN’S DREAM before KATH & STAN went off to the BAY OF BISCAY-O. Heading to the break PAUL RILEY had us SINGING YOUR BLUES AWAY and PETE took us back to ST JAMES’ INFIRMARY all of which gave STEVE the URGE FOR GOING (J. Mitchell).
In the interval Raffle Margaret won the Bottle of Red Wine, Allen won the Christmas Pudding, Andy won the Chocolates and Pete won the Oven Glove before DON & HEATHER got the second half rolling with their own ROMANY JACK and PAUL McD responded, HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Following with his guitar IAN played AUTUMN LEAVES before ALLEN remembered the human tragedy of wars with his own great song PASSCHENDAELE. Talking to the birds BEN told us WINTERS COME AND GONE as HILARY came back with more ONE-LINERS and CHRIS told the story of FIRE AND RAIN by James Taylor. As he often does ANDY delved deep for TILL IT SHINES by Bob Seger as ED went back in time to the GRESFORD DISASTER before further back STEVE went OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY. For ANDY it was a case of SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN before PETE went back for MARY OF DUNGLOE and ALLEN bemoaned the POUND A WEEK RISE for miners. Finally, ED’S BAND summed up the evening with ALL THE GOOD TIMES are passed and gone as we headed for the door.

Newsletter No 501 20 November 2018

A brilliant evening of interesting music, song and good crack saw co-host PETE ROBERTS open with his own STORM RISING followed by PAUL RILEY with BLACK-EYED SUSIE and CARL with his own excellent ALL AT SEA. Slowing the pace PAUL McD sang his Mum’s favourite HE’LL HAVE TO GO and PETE gave us part 1 of his amusing RUSTY RED PARK BOX whereas JOHN REED came up with his children’s favourite THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND and KAMRAN demanded HOW LONG has this been going on? With pure tradition ANN sung about THE TROUT and topically ARTHUR demanded MAKE ‘EM GO HOME before RACING DEMON sang John Hiatt’s tragic song CROSSING MUDDY WATERS followed by JAMES with SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY and DON & HEATHER with MAY YOU NEVER by John Martyn. Coming to an interval climax JOHN REED sang his own RESTING PLACE and PETE gave us part 2 of his RUSTY RED PARK BOX before PAUL McD sang another of his Mum’s favourites, THE ROSE, and CARL celebrated Jake Thackray’s bloody funny non SISTER JOSEPHINE.

In the interval Raffle the Bottle of Red Wine was won by Vic, the Amaryllis won by Margaret, the Box of Shortbread won by Jackie and the gold Necklace won by Ken as PETE ROBERTS went off DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL and ARTHUR celebrated MY GRANDFATHER’S FERRET again with his melodeon. ANN followed with the story of LORELEI while PAUL RILEY confessed it was THE NOODLING LIFE FOR ME and RACING DEMON told us that TRUE LOVE TRAVELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD (Nick Lowe). Following with the Beatles JAMES sang FOR NO ONE before KAMRAN, with a little mental preparation only, made up and sang his new song NORTHERN SKY as we listened before DON, HEATHER & PAUL headed off to THE ROSEVILLE FAIR. With another of his own JOHN REED sang SHE CRIES whereas CARL chose I SAW A STRANGER WITH YOUR HAIR by John Gorker before PETE explained the problems of walking his dog on a CYCLE RIDE. Looking on the bright side PAUL RILEY sang BRING ME SUNSHINE whereas more reservedly PAUL McD asked WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW as, on the same theme, PETE ROBERTS sang of lost love in RABBIT HILLS. Sensing a big finish RACING DEMON pointed out SOMETIMES SHE FORGETS but JAMES thought SOMETHING TELLS ME I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD and ARTHUR certainly was with his DRINK before we all sang into the night appropriately with THE THREE SPIRITS (Don, Heather & Paul) and I WASHED MY HANDS IN MUDDY WATER and ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD. Top class!!

Newsletter No 500 13 November 2018

On opening hosts GRASSROOTS convinced us that IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE but it did for the soldiers said BANJO JOHN as he sang LILI MARLENE but for PETE ROBERTS a pair of BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER were his wish. Lighter footwear for JIM & LYN who told us WE DANCED A REEL IN THE SHIMMERING LIGHT so PAUL RILEY had no need to ask WHERE IS THE LOVE as PETER went off piste with his PHANTOM INJURY BLOW ADDS TO UNTITLED’S WOO WOOS Pt 1. No wonder HEATHER whimsically claimed the first to the South Pole was SPOT OF THE ANTARTIC before DON & HEATHER then set off for SOUTH AUSTRALIA. For PAUL McD it was an invitation to LAY DOWN SALLY but for KATH & STAN a trip to the WINDMILL as JAMES cried HEY YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY and SIMON & JAMES were looking for a place to hide with THE WEIGHT. For JONATHAN it was case of THE DOLPHINS whereas RAY had a LONGING IN MY HEART FOR DONEGAL before RICHARD analysed THE LAST GREAT WAR. Coming up to the break GRASSROOTS spent some time CROSSING THE BAR before BANJO JOHN remembered his uncle from WWll with ROSES IN PICARDY & WE’LL MEET AGAIN before KATH & STAN took the TRAIN ON THE ISLAND.
In the interval Raffle Sue won the Amaryllis, James won the Bottle of Red Wine, Richard won the Box of Tea and Joseph won the Stollen Cake. Then JIM told LYN I am AN ORDINARY MAN and PETE ROBERTS sang he had a HEART LIKE A WHEEL and PAUL RILEY sang he was as GOOD AS I’VE BEEN TO YOU and JONATHAN declared he was a ONE MAN GUY. Next HEATHER certainly had that JE NE SAIS QUOIS before DON & HEATHER related the story of the PETERLOO MASSACRE and PAUL McD warned HANDLE WITH CARE. This was certainly needed when PETER continued with PHANTOM INJURY BLOW ADDS TO UNTITLED’S WOO Pt 2 followed by RICHARD with his YOU WERE THE HEART AND SOUL and visitor RAY sang Phil Coulter’s great hit THE TOWN THAT I LOVED SO WELL. Finally heading for a big finish SIMON & JAMES got us rocking with SHE’S NO LADY after which JAMES nailed it with ROUTE 66 as all hit the road!

Newsletter No 499 6 November 2018 

With more audience than the 18 performers KATH & STAN first took us off to HORNCASTLE FAIR and BRIAN warned of BAD BREATH before HEATHER & DON introduced the remembrance theme with CALLING DOON THE LINE by Alan G Brydon. In romantic mood PAUL McD complimented YOU LOOK WONDERFUL TONIGHT before PHIL sang Steve Knightley’s ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and PAUL RILEY led a singalong with LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY, PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES and BLUEBIRDS OVER THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER. In addition PETE decided to BEAT THE DRUM and CHRIS was a PIPER TO THE END and COLIN RUDD asked WHY NOT I. Another slant came from HELEN about the man good at being a soldier but NEVER ANY GOOD WITH MONEY by Martin Simpson whereas PETER BRIDGE was back in ENGLAND 1914, ANN sang the favourite LILI MARLENE and ED went back to the occasion when the fighting stopped on Christmas day with GERMAN SOLDIER. MARIAN then asked us to ONLY REMEMBER for what we have done and even after the event JONATHAN & CHARLIE pointed the aftermath with STILL FIGHTING THE WAR. Breaking away from the major theme KATH & STAN took us to the break with MOONSHADOW while BRIAN was LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO FALL APART as HEATHER & DON followed the exploits of ROMANY JACK and PAUL McD was TALKING ABOUT MY GIRL.
In the Interval Raffle Jackie won the Bottle of Red Wine, Helen took the Box of Biscuits, Marian won the Handwash and Brian won the Necklace before PHIL appropriately played STUDY No 10 entitled PEACE and PAUL RILEY took us peacefully DOWN BY LAGGANSIDE while PETE calmly said TALK TO ME OF MENDOCINO. With new guitar in hand CHRIS continued with NANA’S SONG before JONATHAN & CHARLIE warned IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT. No wonder HELEN got the URGE FOR GOING and PETER BRIDGE was SOMEWHERE ALONG THE ROAD before ANN came back to NO MAN’S LAND. With another song of peace ED sang NANCY followed by MARIAN and THE WIFE OF USHERS WELL, KATH & STAN THE FORSAKEN MERMAID and PHIL with THE CROW ON THE CRADLE by Sydney Carter. Approaching the end of a great evening PAUL McD had us rocking with the BROWN EYED GIRL, BRIAN had us dancing to theTENNESSEE WALTZ and ED had us marching with THE UNIVERSAL SOLDIER before CHRIS played the instrumental NAKED LADIES AND ELECTRIC RAGTIME. To cap it all DON, HEATHER & PAUL had us all singing into the street with THE SPEED OF THE SOUND OF LONELINESS. Magic!

OCTOBER - 2018

Newsletter No 498 30 October 2018

A first rate celebration of Halloween was started by PAUL RILEY with his own WEREWOLF WORRIED MAN BLUES followed by PAUL McD with the story of BILLY TYLER and BANJO JOHN who returned to sing THIS OLD HOUSE. On the other hand MARK TAYLOR took himself off to FIDDLER’S GREEN and with the closeness of Remembrance Sunday KEVIN remembered with a great song, TOMMY’S LOT. On the avant garde side BEN sang CHICKEN STEW in French while back home ANDY was DANCING AT WHITSUN and visitor ANDY sang his own song MINSTREL FAIR accompanied by his excellent 12-string. On the lighter side ED swore his Mum wished she’d never ‘AD ME, a humorous dig at Facebook, before HELEN was a poor WAYFARING STRANGER and ALLEN delivered the first hanging in McPHERSON’S RANT and DON & HEATHER delivered the second by hanging DANNY DEEVER. No wonder JAMES sang THINGS HAVE CHANGED before he formed RACING DEMON with SIMON for POCAHONTAS (Neil Young) just as BANJO JOHN said I GOT MY MOJO WORKING to which PAUL McD advised DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER and MARK warned there’s a BAD MOON RISING as we reached the break.
In the raffle Ben won the Wine, Jackie won the Roses, Andy won the Christmas Pudding and Allen won the Hand cream before PAUL RILEY introduced THE PHANTOM FOLK SINGER and KEVIN commented it must be a PICTURE IN A FRAME. Then suddenly BEN blurted out MORPHINE IS THE DEATH OF ME but TONY calmly picked up his twelve string and sang his own COME HOME TO ME and ANDY turned to CALEDONIA (Dougie Maclean). Still seeing the funny side ED walked THE BLOODY TOWER while HELEN was BLUE AROUND THE MORNING MOON and ALLEN sympathised with THE WORKER’S SONG. Reaching another high JAMES got the COCAINE BLUES and in another way SIMON did the same with a TOWER OF SONG before DON & HEATHER pointed out the target for the caravan in Honduras was THE BORDERLINE. Going for a big finish ANDY led us in singing the WILD MOUNTAIN THYME followed by ALLEN with THE GOLD WATCH BLUES and HELEN with THE WATER IS WIDE and SIMON & JAMES with the FOLSOM PRISON BLUES as we headed into the night. Sweet!!

Newsletter No 497 23 October 2018

A cracking evening jam-packed with music and songs began with PAUL RILEY with JOHN THE REVELATOR followed by KATH & STAN and the WAYFARING STRANGER before ED went down with the SS ROYAL CHARTER which, as CHRIS sang, had definitely reached the TERMINUS. Next PAUL McD gave us a totally different interpretation of CORRINA and MARIAN went over to Norfolk to HORKSTOW GRANGE before JOHN over from NZ/OZ went back in time for A LONG TIME AGO which PETE reckoned was all part of THE CIRCLE GAME (Joni Mitchell). With his own Shakespearean interpretation ALLEN sang ALMOST SONNET 18 before ANN went Country with HARPER VALLEY PTA and, still the US of A, DON & HEATHER celebrated the HONKY TONK MAN of Clint Eastwood & Marty Robbins. Also with his own composition PAUL RILEY told us it was A NOODLING LIFE FOR ME. On the other hand CHRIS pleaded LET ME DOWN EASY while PAUL McD headed for the BLUE CLEAR SKY before ED gave his opinion of the BLOODY ORKNEYS and KATH & STAN set out on THE GOODNIGHT LOVING TRAIL. Back on the darker side of life OZZY JOHN sang of THE DYING BUSHMAN, MARIAN sang of the TAVERN IN A TOWN and ALLEN told us THE WAY OUT OF MANCHESTER was in the pub on every corner. Coming to the break PETE cheered us briefly with some SHOPPING JOKES before ANN sang the sad BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN and DON, HEATHER & PAUL touched on the life of the DIAMANTINA DROVER.
In the Raffle Jill won the Bottle of Wine, Paul won the Box of Biscuits,Miki won the harmonica, Jackie won the CD and Joyce won the scarf before CHRIS opened the second half with AUTUMN LEAVES and ANN was following MR PUNCH & JUDY MAN. With a bit of strife ALLEN next asked WHAT’S IT TO YOU and ED, STAN & KATH chased after the BLACKLEG MINER and OZZY JOHN sang of LADY DIAMOND and the kitchen boy both dying in the action. No wonder PAUL McD started to DREAM, MARIAN thought forward to HALLOWEEN and KATH & STAN led an a cappella version of BRIGHT MORNING STAR before PETE had us smiling at MORE SHOPPING JOKES. With more a cappella PAUL RILEY & OZZIE JOHN led a vigorous shanty BULLY IN THE ALLEY and DON & HEATHER had us singing along with ROLL ON THE DAY as did CHRIS who had us singing YOU WON’T MAKE OLD BONES by Jez Lowe. Coming to a climax ED then had us all laughing with ERNIE and his fastest mobile library in the west but ALLEN had us joining in his FAREWELL TO SICILY before DON, HEATHER & PAUL completed the set as we sang our way in to the street with STEAL AWAY.

Newsletter No 496 16 October 2018

On their return MARK & JAN went back to the Peninsular war for OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY whereas PAUL RILEY went over to America for a TWO DOLLAR BILL and CHRIS HEARN implored MEET ME ON THE CORNER and PAUL McD pleaded HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT. Further North ALLEN turned to Robert Burns for NOW WESTLIN WINDS while up to date PHIL sang of the FOOTBALL HERO and HELEN brandished a SILVER DAGGER. In need of a shanty PETER went off to YARMOUTH TOWN to which ROB responded with I WISH I WAS BACK IN LIVERPOOL and WILF commented EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY. Going back to basics ANDY sang us a SONG OF FREEDOM while CHRIS CALDWELL lamented a loved one with BLACK IS THE COLOUR. At the other end of the scale DON & HEATHER sang his Dad’s song, FLOWERS ON THE WATER, while IAN was instrumentally ALMOST HOME and SIMON advised TRUE LOVE TRAVELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD. Coming to the interval JAMES swore SHE BELONGS TO ME before CARL took us back in history with his philosophical trip DOWN IN THE DALE.
In the raffle Helen won the Wine, Chris & Barry took the Biscuits, James walked away with the Christmas Pudding, Andy won a Necklace and Earrings set, Allen won a CD and Simon got himself a new Beanie. Starting again JAN & MARK found each other’s BROWN EYES BLUE and CHRIS CALDWELL with PAUL McD found SHE GIVES ME CRAZY LOVE while alone PAUL McD had that PEACEFUL EASY FEELING. No wonder PHIL needed a little DIVERTISSEMENT with two tunes. HELEN was losing a friend in FOR A DANCER while PETER was in SIN CITY and WILF was a ONE MAN BAND before RICHARD unleashed his latest gem of a song, NON-PHENOMENAL BLUES. With a Mark Knopfler special CHRIS HEARN sang THE TRAWLERMAN’S SONG and CARL sang his own FROM THE ARMOURY TO THE CROWN followed by an instrumental from IAN which gave us the MISSISSIPPI BLUES which to ALLEN was all just LIFE, DON’T YOU KNOW. With a convoluted love story ANDY sang of JESSIE while JAMES was escaping it all as the RIDER IN THE RAIN whereas SIMON was more upbeat as he offered WHY DON’T YOU TRY ME? With a climax to a great evening in mind DON, HEATHER & PAUL led a band up for I WASHED MY HANDS IN MUDDY WATER and ROB shantied with ALABAMA which set up PAUL for his sing-along KUMBAYA to THE SAINTS medley leaving MARK & JAN to sing us into the street. Top night!!

Newsletter No 496 9 October 2018

With the holiday season still upon us 7 performers took it upon themselves to entertain a great audience of 14 guided by DON & HEATHER in the chair who first took to the water of the ERIE CANAL. Next ALLEN told us the GOLD WATCH BLUES made famous by Donovan was actually written by Mick Softly who hardly got a penny out of it. BRIAN followed with the other version of ONLY YOU before HILARY had us chortling with her ONE-LINERS and KATH & STAN took us off to the SWEET SUNNY SOUTH. Making a welcome return IAN summed up his current existence with his MYSTICAL DIABETIA (where Diabetes comes from) before DON & HEATHER confessed they had NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT ALL and ALLEN warned that we shouldn’t try too hard to emulate his PICTURES IN A MAGAZINE followed BRIAN who had a different warning in UKELELE LADY. Fortunately HILARY lightened us up with more ONE-LINERS as KATH & STAN slipped away to the WILLOW GLEN and IAN told all the singers who shun microphones, WE CAN’T HEAR YOU. Keeping up the momentum DON & HEATHER went for some diddly-dee music and the GALWAY GIRL before ALLEN sang a song about A POUND A-WEEK RISE for miners which was written by Ed Pickford. At the time he was a 15 year old lad working down a coal mine in the North East. Equally poignant was BRIAN with ACROSS THE BORDERLINE before HILARY lifted us again even more ONE-LINERS. With the interval in sight KATH & STAN burst out with two tunes, 3 AROUND 3 & COME TO THE CEILIDH, and IAN told us of his friend who was just a WHISKY IN THE JAR KIND OF GIRL before PAUL, coming straight from another gig, advised KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED AND BURNING.

A bumper raffle in the break saw Brian win the wine, Heather Kenyon win the Christmas Pudding, Kate win the after shave, Vic win the bulbs, Paul take hom eht e roses for wife Jen and Rob win the pen and pad before in the second half PAUL invited us to WALK RIGHT IN followed by DON & HEATHER who invited us away with the RAMBLING BOY before KATH & STAN told us JOHN LOVER was dead. It was not much better for BRIAN betrayed by the BLACK VELVET BAND but ALLEN made JOSIE a promise (Donovan). HILARY then gave us the last of her ONE-LINERS as PAUL set of down COUNTRY ROADS and BRIAN sang an unusual funeral song, I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. By special request DON & HEATHER remembered a friend who DANCES FOR DOLLARS but ALLEN was at war again and WILD EYED before peacemaker PAUL suggested MAKE ME DOWN A PALLET ON YOUR FLOOR. Then it was time for UNCLE BERNARD, another tune from KATH & STAN, and a burst from BRIAN entitled the FIVE FOOT TWO medley followed by the story of ERIN GO BRAGH by ALLEN. Finally a quick thank you and a few pats on the back ended a great evening with PAUL, DON & HEATHER fulfilling the request for FENCES by Arthur Marshall who at that moment was making a break for freedom on the canal to Marple. Superb!

Newsletter No 495 2 October 2018

A superb evening to celebrate 10 years of Sale Folk Club was had by all thanks to hosts Simon & Kamran with KAMRAN asking SALLY, WHERE’D YOU GET YOUR LIQUOR FROM followed by JOHN CONDY, one of the originals, who had BOATS TO BUILD and not helped by BRIAN who was full of TENNESSEE WHISKEY. It was a good job IAN calmed things down with a cool NO-NAME FINGERPICKING TUNE before PETER got warlike with the MAGINOT WALTZ and PAUL got the BLACK BOTTOM BLUES. This time we were lifted by HELEN strolling through FIELDS OF GOLD and ANDY who told us WALTZING’S FOR DREAMERS (Thompson) before ED told us how tough it is in real life with THE COWBOY SONG (Brookes). Then more hard life from ANN - LET ME BE YOUR LADY FOR TODAY by Rosie Hardman to which JAMES agreed with A FOOL SUCH AS I and dittoed with Simon as RACING DEMON and PANCHO AND LEFTY (Townes Van Zandt). Complete with his folding guitar and Ian’s mini amp BEN suffered a SNACK ATTACK as we approached the interval buffet as DON, HEATHER & PAUL were first in Australia with the DIAMANTINA DROVER and then on the way to North Carolina with WAGON WHEEL.

Three trays of Sandwiches and great double fried chips preceded the Bumper Raffle in which the Wine was won by JOYCE, the Chocolates won by serial winner IAN, the packets of Biscuits taken home by JILLIAN, the Yorkshire tea won by HEATHER, a CD won by PETER, the Block of French Chocolate won by DIANE and the Spinning toy won by HELEN after which we were exhausted. ED, fortunately, had enough energy to become THE PILGRIM as JOHN boarded the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS and HELEN sang the SMUGGLER’S SONG (Kipling). Quite why but BEN suddenly got the ELVIS PRESLEY BLUES but IAN was OVER THE RAINBOW as ANN related the story of THE FOLK SINGER. Philosophically ANDY asked WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES whereas pragmatically BRIAN gave the TERMS OF MY SURRENDER to his departing spouse which was totally opposite to PAUL who was ROLLING IN MY SWEET BABY’S ARMS. Luckily KAMRAN was that HANDYMAN as JAMES & PAUL sang DON’T THINK TWICE IT’S ALL RIGHT and PETER took the LAST TRAIN AND RIDE just in time as RACING DEMON were DOWN TO SEEDS AND STEMS AGAIN by this time. No wonder ED was feeling like THE HYPOCHONDRIAC and he was joined by DON, HEATHER & PAUL to compound matters with ALL THE GOOD TIMES ARE PAST AND GONE which was completely untrue as we shall all be back next week for another top night of songs, music and great craic!!


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