Newsletter No 446 26 September 2017
A very pleasant evening with PAUL RILEY & HEATHER KENYON in the chair and PAUL starting with WE’LL ALL HANG ON BEHIND to get everyone singing before PETE ROBERTS went all country with HURT well known when sung by Johnny Cash but in fact written by 9” nails. Sadly only a brief visit as he is now off to France. Then turning to verse D J DAVE examined our EXISTENCE courtesy of Tom Snee followed by a big welcome back for ARTHUR MARSHALL and plenty of audience participation with the ringing of bells at the appropriate point in FAT MEN ON MOUNTAIN BIKES. Then to the tune of Jacobites by Night ALLEN OGG sang THE DIGGER’S SONG from about 1890 whereas Big JOHN, returning after quite a while, declared ALL I HAVE TO IS DREAM and BEN sang his own WILLVERE pronounced Will V Air which left JO to tell us she was LEAVING ON A JET PLANE to her own guitar accompaniment as she was returning from her holiday. Coincidentally SIMON was leaving this life on his VINCENT BLACK LIGHTENING whereas ED was returning from France and thinking of CALEDONIA. Still in shanty mood PAUL then returned with BULLY IN THE ALLEY for us to join in with as PETE was off looking at SUNSETS but for ARTHUR it was definitely AFTER MIDNIGHT. For D J DAVE it was positively AUTUMNAL with another Tom Snee poem, very appropriate for the time of year, before JO told us P is for PADDY and ALLEN sang the 5Lst HIGHLAND DIVISION FAREWELL TO SICILY. Equally sad was Big JOHN’S rendition of THE GIRL OF MY BEST FRIEND but ED quickly lightened us up with the zany JACUZZI JOE THE GIGOLO WITH THE FUNKY CONCERTINA.
The usual bumper raffle saw the Bottle of wine won by Al, the Heroes Chocolates won by Joan, the Box of PG Tips Tea won by Vic and the Bottle of Cask Beer taken home by Dave before BEN kicked off the second half with LILAC WINE and he was quickly joined by SIMON who was down IN THE PINES. In sentimental mood PETE was looking for SOMEONE LIKE YOU but quite unsentimentally ARTHUR brought the house down by celebrating GRANDFATHER’S FERRET to the tune of Grandfather’s Clock. As time was running out DJ DAVE used another Tm Snee poem to pose the question, WHY NOT BE A CELEBRITY, before ALLEN OGG wound up his GOLD WATCH and Big JOHN suggested we WALK RIGHT BACK. Next PAUL, SIMON & BEN had JESUS ON THE MAILINE while ED was off to LAKE CHARLES and BEN returned as that SOLDIER, SOLDIER. With a big finish looming SIMON was that ROVING GAMBLER while PETE sang his own MELLOR ROAD BOOZING BLUES before ED had us in stitches with the BANTAM COCK which left ARTHUR in the driving seat with his tribute to the FLANAGAN'S APPLE pub before being joined by everyonefor the grand finale with FENCES. Magic!
Newsletter No 445 19 September 2017
Another sublime evening in the hands of KATH & STAN who started of chasing THE MAN IN THE MOON who BANJO JOHN thought may be over MANHATTEN but as BRIAN snag he always was THE GREAT PRETENDER. Even HILARY could see the funny side with a few of her JOKES as IAN made his own RAINBOW CONNECTIONS in a guitar instrumental but SIMON was eager to tell us about THE TRIMDEN GRANGE EXPLOSION. No wonder PAUL developed the GOOD MORNING BLUES and ANDY sang philosophically about a CHOCOLATE JESUS and DJ DAVE started a REVOLUTION with a poem by Tom Snee. Then it was thank goodness for RICHARD who announced THE HOUR WHEN THE SHIP COMES IN as KATH & STAN set off with the WAYFARING STRANGER before DJ DAVE reached for his own poem WD 40. Still looking on the bright side BANJO JOHN told us what will happen WHEN MY DREAMBOAT COMES HOME but for IAN it looked like it already had happened with JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT and it would also be very soon for PAUL as he went HOPPING DOWN IN KENT. Again HILARY gave us a burst of humour with some of her JOKES before ANDY went all heavy with CIRCLE OF STEEL by Gordon Lightfoot and Poet DAVE detected AN EVIL SMELL. Heading toward the interval BRIAN threatened to WALK AWAY and SIMON warned I THINK IT’S GONNA RAIN TODAY (Randy Newman) but RICHARD was more optimistic with his own WE MUST ALL KEEP ON GOING and BANJO JOHN said, even if it means SINGING IN THE RAIN.
The second half began with KATH & STAN bemoaning MONDAY MORNING but bright spark BRIAN was determined to be MISTER WONDERFUL and IAN said he was already HALF WAY HOME. As for PAUL he was thinking he could hear that K C MOAN but SIMON was thinking about BACHELOR’S HALL and DJ DAVE was had THE GREATEST TRAGEDY in mind. As for ANDY it was KATHY’S SONG from him next as RICHARD turned to his own FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD while BRIAN declared I DREAMED A DREAM. The Sting classic from IAN turned into FIELDS OF GOLD while SIMON had the WEARY BLUES as DJ DAVE turned up for THE INTERVIEW hoping, as ANDY sang, to be WONDERFUL TONIGHT. Preparing to hit the road after a pleasant evening RICHARD declared it will be LONESOME WHEN YOU GO as PAUL & SIMON were LEAVING ON A JET PLANE and KATH & STAN gave us two tunes, HARVEST HOME AND TRUMPET HORNPIPE, as we stepped into the street with a smile on our faces.
Newsletter No 444 12 September 2017
After repeated warnings DON & HEATHER led into the Party Night suitably with the WILD ROVER and BRIAN followed suit with BABY’S GONNA KICK before PAUL very kindly said IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU. Our first poetic interlude then came from DJ DAVE with VIVE LA DIFFERENCE by Tom Snee as SIMON & JAMES stepped up with NIGHTINGALES and WILF decided to TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT one more time. Newcomer JOHN then told us THE CARNIVAL IS OVER which stimulated his Northern Ireland compatriot POET DAVE to shout for Larne’s twin light houses with his own THE LIGHTHEARTED MAIDEN. On the other hand JAMES, in tribute to Don Williams told us, I’M JUST A COUNTRY BOY, which prompted JONATHAN to tell us how important the HARVEST GYPSIES are (Boo Hewerdine) so GYPSY WOMAN from DON & HEATHER was no-brainer. Next PAUL came up with the history of how THE CUCKOO went from Norfolk to America to Ireland and back to Norfolk. Meanwhile BRIAN was busy KILLING THE BLUES and DJ DAVE was busy being a FLOATING VOTER (Tom Snee). Back to his music hall roots SIMON told of a crazy horse race in DOWN THE ROAD AWAY WENT POLLY while WILF went down the YELLOW RIVER and JOHN was huffing, puffing and BLOWING IN THE WIND. Coming up to Jackie’s Birthday Party Buffet POET DAVID gave us his take on Northern Ireland Politics with FROM MIS-STANCE and in the bigger picture JAMES wondered WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE before JONATHAN rounded off with THESE DAYS by Jackson Browne.
In a bumper raffle Joan Won the Red Wine, Dave won the Handwash, Kate won the Bag of Hyacinth Bulbs, James won the CD, Rosalyn won a DVD and Ken won the Full Monty DVD before DON & HEATHER took us off with the RAMBLING BOY before SIMON & JAMES sang and played an excellent version of SHE THINKS I STILL CARE. Heading toward an earlier finish in view of the big winds?? DJ DAVE gave us three quickies, SHUT UP AND GET LOST, DON’T LOOK BACK & WINTER, by Tom Snee and WILF was sinister with YOU’R CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT (Manic Street Preachers). Romantically BRIAN told us his TERMS OF MY SURRENDER and SIMON & JAMES explained SOMETIMES SHE FORGETS before JAMES attracted a big band up for his rocking version of KANSAS CITY to end a superb evening as we went out to find there was NO WIND so we all got home safely!!
Newsletter No 443 5 September 2017
Another great night in Sale Folk Club with KAMRAN & PETE at the helm. Here is the running order since we are in transit from Spain, the full version will follow ASAP.
KAMRAN - NORTHERN SKY (Nick Drake)
BANJO JOHN - SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES
ROBIN - MEET ME ON THE CORNER
PETE - TRACY'S SONG (written for his sister who was having a hard time)
ALLEN - LIFE (DON'T YOU KNOW)
DAVE - HE DID HIS BEST (Poem by Tom Snee)
BRIAN (ROMANTIC) - EMBRACEABLE YOU
IAN - FAREWELL MY BLUEBELL
ANDY - TALK TO ME OF MENDICINO (Kate & Anne McGarrigle)
SIMON (accompanied by JAMES) - OUT OF TOUCH (Lucinda Williams)
JAMES - SWEET LORRAINE
BRIAN - THE DARK END OF THE STREET
BEN - SMOKING TOO LONG (Nick Drake)
ED - SHE IS WOMAN
BANJO JOHN & KAMRAN- FULSOM PRISON BLUES
ROBIN - BREAD AND FISHES (Blackmore Knight)
PETE - IF NOT FOR YOU
IAN - SCARBOROUGH FAYRE
ROMANTIC BRIAN - LATELY (Stevie Wonder)
ALLEN - THE WAR DRAGS ON
Raffle: Bottle of red - Ben; Biscuits - Vic; Chocolates - Andy; Necklace - Joyce; Music mug - Allen; Chocolate truffles - Gillian.
SANDY - MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE
DAVE - LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR & SINNER OR SAINT
KAMRAN - LET IT BE ME
BRIAN - PLEASE READ THE LETTER
BEN - THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS
SIMON (with JAMES) - YELLOW ROSES SAY GOODBYE
ED - ¿RICKETY TICKETY TIN?
JAMES - COCAINE BLUES
IAN - WINDY AND WARM
ALLEN - MADAM, I'M A DARLING
ROBIN - ROSE OF ALLENDALE
DAVE - THE FLIGHT OF THE REINDEER
ANDY - ALEXANDER LEAVING (Cohen)
ED - ANTISOCIAL PROBLEM
SIMON & JAMES - WAYSIDE/BACK IN TIME
BRIAN - NOTHING I LOVE
BEN - TINY DEMONS