Newsletter No 469 27 March 2018
PAUL kicked off what turned out to be a quality night with everyone joining in WORRIED MAN BLUES before BANJO JOHN reminded us it was time for the EASTER PARADE and in another way PHIL gave a nod to THE LORD OF THE DANCE. Then it was back to normal with BEN who sang BOTH HANDS by Ani DiFranco before another ROB, who had been before, returned with MARTYR IN THE MAKING, his own song about the Manchester Arena Tragedy. Appropriately, CHRIS then stepped up with IT’S GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE DAYS and SIMON & BRIAN came up with WEAPON OF PRAYER before leaving BRIAN alone on a RAINY DAY IN GEORGIA. This nicely set up the return of old friend RICHARD KNOTT, now a star in his own right following the successful release of his latest album, to sing COME ON BABY LET’S GO TO TOWN. Inspired JONATHAN & CHARLIE sang THE HEART as PETER was on THE LAST TRAIN AND GONE (McTell) and JAMES asked, for HOW LONG and SIMON asked, SEE HOW I MISS YOU? Next BANJO JOHN was prompted to correct history with DELILAH and ROB sang his own excellent FAREWELL TO WELFARE before PHIL returned to theme with JESU JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING (guitar instrumental). It was then a surprise when BEN sang POOR JACK, written by his very talented Mum, which CHRIS followed with LET ME DOWN EASY before RICHARD KNOTT sang the title track to his new CD, LONG STORY SHORT to take us to the interval.
In the suitably bumper Raffle Phil won the Box of Tea, Sandra won the Bottle of Wine, Simon won the Note Set and Paul won a Clock before PAUL & CHARLIE in a new partnership sang YOU’VE GOTTA MOVE by Mississippi Fred McDowell. No wonder JONATHAN & CHARLIE commented EVERYBODY HURTS (REM) before PETE (The King) sang DOROTHY and BRIAN took us to THE DARK END OF THE STREET where PETER was SOMEWHERE ALONG THE ROAD. Getting straight to the point JAMES then celebrated THE GLORY OF LOVE before, back in harness as Speed Demon, SIMON & JAMES sang the NIGHTINGALE by Nick Lowe. PHIL then told us the story of THE TAILOR AND THE BUTCHER’S WIFE before CHRIS went instrumental with BLIND BLAKE RAG. This set up a great ending led off by RICHARD KNOTT who could read us LIKE A BOOK and BEN warning of SMOKING TOO LONG before PETE (the King) who confessed I STOLE THE SONG and BRIAN claimed there is NOTHING I LOVE (John Hyatt). Then came the final walk about as PETER went FROM CLARE TO HERE (McTell) and SIMON & JAMES went BACK TO GREENVILLE before PAUL went all philosophical saying, if it wasn’t for the FENCES (Arthur Marshall). Despite PAUL & SIMON hosting HOMEWARD BOUND didn’t make it this time. Shame?!?
Newsletter No 468 20 March 2018
DON & HEATHER kicked off Kamran’s big party night with IWASHED MY HANDS IN MUDDY WATER swiftly followed by JOHN CONDY’S nod to St Patrick and a GALWAY GIRL before PAUL had us all singing JOCKY FULL OF BOURBON. Then BRIAN sang LATELY before MARK rocked us with the LITTLE RED ROOSTER and JO turned to Iris Dement for YOU’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG. Nevertheless PETER confessed I STILL MISS SOMEONE and PETE MINERS played his excellent guitar instrumental DOWN BY THE EXE which left JAN to sing about the FACTORY GIRL and, hardly before they had got their coats off, CHARLIE & JONATHAN asked us WHAT SO FUNNY ABOUT PEACE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING? Then it was good to see DAVID O’KEEFE and hear his own excellent song TAKE ME INTO YOUR ARMS which for some reason put CARL with Jez Lowe and NEARER TO NETTLES and made MARIAN confess I LIVE NOT WHERE I LOVE. With a special request ED recalled GOING DOWN TO LONDON to see the Queen but SIMON was by THE BANKS OF PONCHARTRAIN before KAMRAN & KATHY delighted us with FADE INTO YOU and SUMMER WINE to take us to the break.
During the interval we had a big buffet and chips kindly provided by Kamran on his birthday and luckily he won the Easter Egg in the Raffle before Pete took the Bottle of Red Wine and Marian won the Box of Tea before CHARLIE & JONATHAN started the second half with TEXAS LOVE SONG. With all the talk of WWII and its craziness PETER summed it all up with THE MAGINOT WALTZ but fortunately MARK & JAN were DOWN IN THE EASY CHAIR as SIMON gave Kamran his birthday wish O DEATH! WON’T YOU SPARE ME OVER ‘TIL ANOTHER YEAR. What a good thought. BRIAN then came up with TERMS OF MY SURRENDER as an alternative to the word divorce but DAVID & PAUL were not put off with NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD. Still in good form MARIAN sang of the BLIND BEGGAR while tongue JOHN was in LAS VEGAS IN THE HILLS OF DONEGAL before he went back to BAKER STREET with CARL and PAUL prophesied that THIS OLD WORLD IS ALMOST DONE. Still in humorous mood ED told us ERNIE, the fastest librarian in the west, RIDES AGAIN before KAMRAN & KATHY came back THINKING OF THE PAST. This left DAVID to sing another great song of his own STEALING FIRE which left DON & HEATHER have us walking out singing ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD to end an absolutely top night. Here’s to the next time.
Newsletter No 467 13 March 2018
In memory of Ken Dodd and in the tradition of the club BANJO JOHN started us off with HAPPINESS, HAPPINESS as we launched into our pre-St Patrick’s celebration before DON, HEATHER & PAUL went traditional with the BLACK VELVET BAND and PAUL followed up with the story of BELFAST MILL. On theme PHIL then sang GREEN ANTHEM and PETER BRIDGE went with THE FERRY MAN by THE DUBLINERS before PETE sang his own FRIENDS. Then it was a delight to see and hear old friend MICHAEL BRACKEN who took us back in time with PEGGY O’NEILL & MY WILD IRISH ROSE and ALLEN delivered the interesting story of ERIN GO BRAGH (Ireland Forever). All this had KATH & STAN going off TEN THOUSAND MILES and POET DAVID telling us he was soon going back to Armagh where he will pass the two light houses in his poem THE LIGHT HEARTED PRINCESS before CARL sang ALICE and ED moved TO WELCOME PADDY HOME. Way over in the USA SIMON & JAMES had the FOLSOM PRISON BLUES and JAMES was under BUCKETS OF RAIN (Bob Dylan) and BANJO JOHN turned to Nat King Cole saying MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME. PHIL then came up with a nice version of FOTHERINGAY by Fairport Convention before MICHAEL BRACKEN sang here’s to the unifying of IRELAND’S 32 counties. Finally KATH & STAN sang about DAN MOODY and CARL sang about the dog SINATRA AND I as we reached the interval.
The Bumper Raffle saw Paul win the Chocolates, Sue win the CD, Barry win the Gladioli Bulbs, Joan win the Bailey’s Irish Cream, Stan win the Guinness, Pete win the Steam Train DVD and Allen win the Steam Train DVD before PAUL takes us all ALL THE WAY FROM DONEGAL with the great song from Arthur Marshall. On theme ED treats us to the BARREL OF BRICKS as PETE takes the LAST TRAIN AND RIDE and MARIAN celebrates women’s week with THE FEMALE DRUMMER. Seeking alternative solace JAMES gets the COCAINE BLUES and PETER BRIDGE goes of dancing the polka with some NEW YORK GIRLS as ALLEN turns to Donovan’s COLOURS whereas DON & HEATHER go back to the Emerald Isle and THE GALWAY SHAWL. SIMON then sang an IVORY JOE HUNTER song before PHIL delighted us with an guitar instrumental BOURREE by BACH and CARL wished a HEALTH TO THE COMPANY which left KATH & STAN with JOHN LOVER and JAMES with I WILL to take us over the line to end a super night brilliantly stewarded by Ed & Sue.
Newsletter No 466 6 March 2018
Another tip top evening smoothly guided by Kamran and PETE who started us off with YOUR SONG and soon it was High Noon with BANJO JOHN BROWN and DO NOT FORSAKE ME before ED continued the cowboy scenario with THE GAMBLER. This left CHRIS to surprise us with AUTUMN LEAVES in the first round of the toaster wars before DJ DAVE again amazed us with another DORIS SYDENHAM POEM and equally stirred WILF led us in UNITED WE STAND. Enough cried KAMRAN as he gave us his own version of 50 SHADES OF GREY as KATH & STAN greeted that WAYFARING STRANGER and PETE gave us the first part of his INTERVIEW WITH TESCO which for ALLEN brought back the GOLD WATCH BLUES. Then we had a trip round the globe as ANDY searched the North West Passage with LORD FRANKLIN and IAN went looking for somewhere WINDY AND WARM, with Chet Atkins, and CLARE told how BETSY BELL was searching for a man. No wonder PAUL thought of JOHN THE REVELATOR and DON & HEATHER opened a bottle of SPANISH BURGUNDY after which BANJO JOHN had us all singing with WHEN YOU’RE SMILING with a burst of HOLD THAT TIGER in the middle which left CHRIS to tell us what THE TRAWLERMAN wanted when he got back to the dock.
In the bumper Raffle the Rose Wine was won by Kath, the Gladioli bulbs went to Kamran, the Belgian chocolates went home with Pete The King, the Hand wash was Dave’s and the Decades of Steam DVD Box Set went home with Dolan which left PETE to SHOWER THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE in consolation. WILF, however, went further with TELL LAURA I LOVE HER and PETE completed his Interview with TESCO but we never found out if he got the job! All serious again ALLEN summed up a bit of contumely with WHAT’S IT TO YOU and ANDY addressed human conflict with GENESIS HALL (Thompson) before DAVE gave us another DORIS SYDENHAM POEM of real life. Then it was back to the music with a KAMRAN band up for LITTLE RED ROOSTER followed by ED who was LEARNING TO PLAY “ROMANZA” ONTHE GUITAR whereas IAN was on THE ROAD BACK HOME and STAN & KATH were WATERBOUND which is just as bad as snowed in. Very generously PAUL invited us to COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE but CLARE said I WANT TO LIE DOWN and DON & HEATHER were equally inactive singing about THE BEGGAR. Fortunately, WILF revived us with CLEMENTINE and CHRIS got busy with JOSEPH’S HANDS which led ALLEN to TRY FOR THE SUN. Coming to a climax ANDY sang FOOLISH YOU and KATH & STAN had us singing about BLACK WATERS and IAN exclaiming my BABY’S COMING HOME. Then to well and truly finish us off PETE sang a Joni Mitchell song followed by CLARE with an IRISH WHISTLE TUNE which set up THE “THREE” SPIRITS who sent us home with ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD dancing around in our heads!! Magic!!!