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SEPTEMBER - 2015

Newspaper No 346 29 September 2015
A sublimely pleasant evening as people start to return from holidays started on a serious note with PETE singing ST PAUL'S SONG but PAUL couldn't wait to STEP IT UP AND GO but for NICHOLAS he was in a TROUBLED TOWN (Jake Bugg). On a completely different level ANN was certainly DEFYING GRAVITY as was MIKE COSGRAVE with is original version of the Furies COME BY THE HILLS with an O'Carolan tune interspersed and similarly ROBIN with his own parody of a PUB WITH NO BEER (Slim Dusty). It was then back to basics when JO told us ONCE I HAD A SWEETHEART and KAMRAN explained sometimes we LOVE IN VAIN leading DON & HEATHER to introduce the vagaries of KILLING THE BLUES. Moving up country ED reminded us of RAMONA as GRASS ROOTS sang a new song from Mick Hare, WITHOUT YOU, whereas CHARLIE & JONATHAN went shooting off to AMERICA. This prompted MIKE to return with the SHATTERED CROSS and in similar vein ANN lamented ALL MY TRIALS will soon be over but in complete contrast PAUL was SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD. Somehow this made NICHOLAS think of life in jail for I'VE GOT STRIPES which didn't divert DON & HEATHER from Alison Krauss' WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL as we went into the interval.
The raffle saw the Olive oil go home with Jo: the Wine will be consumed later by Joan: the Chocolates departed with Rita & Alan: and the Risky Business CD was pocketed by Alan. Then in a good mood PETE was soon on his feet with HERE COMES THE SUN but sadly ED was wheezy with the BRONCHIOLE DILATED BLUES prompting KAMRAN suggest we GO GENTLE on him (Robbie Williams). Next we had a demonstration of how truth is stranger than fiction as JOAN told us about her Saturday LOST IN LYTHAM before ROBIN & ANN got lost in the country medley of PRETTY FRAULINE, THE BLACKBOARD OF MY HEART and HONKYTONK ANGELS leaving GRASS ROOTS to also relate a true story with the background to Mick Hare's JACKDAW. Another true story is the Irish migration to America related by MIKE in THOUSANDS ARE SAILING and PAUL was pretty sure that at the time there was plenty of the GOOD MORNING BLUES before ED went on to relate the ultimate blues story about BURNTBLACK AND SON the undertakers. In contrast DON & HEATHER sang about the girl who DANCES FOR DOLLARS but ROBIN had other intent with his PEACEFUL EASY FEELING as did PETE who we all know has a HEART OF GOLD. Coming to a close ANN related the story of LORELEI who lured the sailors on to the rocks in the Rhine before KAMRAN told us he was GOING TO BROWNSVILLE and GRASS ROOTS wound things up nicely with another of Mick's songs SI TU DOIS PARTIR - LETS GO TOGETHER.

Newspaper No 345 22 September 2015

A quiet but delightful evening back with many of their friends saw HEATHER & DON hosting on their return and reclaiming the DIAMANTINA DROVER for starters. Back from climbing in Spain ROB was soon FATHOMing THE BOWL as fresh in his eighties BANJO JOHN was doing the CHARLESTON. On the other hand CARL recalled his time sailing with Rob and Mark and recounted his dad taught him from his time at sea, THE COOK AND DECKIES, to which JOHN CHILCOTT commented WHEN WE WERE GOOD. This brought JOHN CONDY to the floor and he decided to reclaim the GALWAY GIRL with his own great version before PHIL sang Steve Knightley’s ROOTS bemoaning the over willingness of the English to turn to other cultures and not value their own. This left JAN & MARK somewhere between TEMPTATION AND SALVATION STREET as PAUL was off with the DRIFTING BLUES and ED was way ALONG THE VERDIGRIS. Still a bundle of energy BANJO JOHN almost took off with his version of TIGER RAG but fortunately JOHN CHILCOTT calmed us down with his quiet SALFORD SUNDAY before DAVID gave us his politically slanted SEE HOW THE COLD PLAY. Again rousing us to chorus ROB told us he was as happy as them who have got THOUSANDS OR MORE which made CARL think it must be like having AN INVISIBLE SUN and to JAN & MARK it was like fishing for the whale on THE BONNY SHIP THE DIAMOND. Still on a reclamation theme JOHN CONDY treated us to his latest rendition of ACROSS THE BORDERLINE before PHIL again tested us, as he does, with Al Stewart’s THREE MULES (don’t ask just Google it) leaving PAUL to take us to the interval with THE MORNING BLUES.

After much catching up the raffle saw Ros win the wine, Alan win the Whisky Marmalades and Sue the big tin of Chocolates which she immediately passed round several times before ED led off the second half with RED HEADED ANNE followed by DAVID with THREE TUNES ending with GREENSLEEVES. Still COURTING TOO SLOW or not at all was our ROB before CARL lifted us with his great song parody of THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR and then shock horror JAN sang HE’S GONE TO MARRY ANOTHER. Definitely not MARK, then, to which he responded DRINK GOOD ALE. Miles away PAUL was next SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY which might have prompted PHIL sing in praise of PLYMOUTH before JOHN CONDY poured cold water on life with John Prine’s SOME HUMANS AIN’T HUMAN. Cheering us up with his own humorous take on thinks DAVID told us SOME PEOPLE ARE FRIGHTENED most of all of taking their car to the garage to which ED added his contribution of the Dubliner’s  COMICAL GENIUS. Building to a climax ROB complained about them knockin’ ‘em down, THE OLD PUBS, and JAN & MARK sang in praise of the LITTLE RED ROOSTER before PHIL introduced us to CADENCE AND CASCADE only for DAVID to take us UP THE JUNCTION and then to cap it all ED, PAUL, HEATHER & DON announced that ALL THE GOOD TIMES ARE PAST AND GONE and they were as we all tripped into the street well satisfied.

Newspaper No 344 15 September 2015

It was soon apparent that this was no ordinary evening when KATH & STAN opened up with Ewan McColl’s SWEET THAMES FLOW SOFTLY and then asked BANJO JOHN to begin the celebration of his 80th birthday with the DARKTOWN STRUTTERS BALL. Not surprisingly PETE joined in with IF NOT FOR YOU and PHIL chipped in TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE. Then JO celebrated another hero in JOE HILL as did ED with AL BOWLEY by Richard Thompson and which gave SUE the UKELELE BLUES. ROBIN then invited us to MEET ME TONIGHT IN LAREDO to which GEOFF replied with Jim Causley’s SUMMER END and with a nod to the rugby crowds PAUL enacted the DUELLING CHOIRS with MICHAEL ROW THE BOAT ASHORE & SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT. Keeping up the pace KATH & STAN next gave us THE BALLAD OF DAN MOODY and PETE had those ST JAMES’ INFIRMARY BLUES but not surprisingly BANJO JOHN was RUNNING WILD. Where does he get the energy asked JO as she explained I LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME. Back again CHARLIE & JONATHAN then came up with RICHARD COREY by Simon & Garfunkel as ROBIN tucked into the WATERMELON WINE and GEOFF & SUE promised I’LL FLY AWAY. Coming to the break PHIL played WELCOME and THE CLOWN, two Canadian tunes, but ED told us I LIKE MY WOMEN A LITTLE ON THE TRASHY SIDE as PAUL pleaded TAKE AWAY THESE CHAINS FROM ME.

The half time interval was made extra special when Banjo John and his wife Connie treated us to one of The Service Club’s special Sandwiches and Chips Buffet followed by the raffle which saw Kath win the Rum flavoured beer: Ella win the Picture frame: Alan win the Wine: and Jill take home the Bath Cream before KATH & STAN asked us HOW WILL I EVER BE SIMPLE AGAIN? Reprising their previous success CHARLIE & JONATHAN came back with those LYING EYES as PHIL took us to the ISLANDS of King Crimson and SUE introduced us to COUSIN JACK. Still rocking BANJO JOHN sang JAZZ ME BLUES which PETE swore BRING OUT THE BEST IN ME because GEOFF & SUE told us WALTZINGS FOR DREAMERS. Teaming up ROBIN & PAUL sang about the STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN and ED was DOWN IN LOUISIANA but KATH & STAN were up with THE MAN IN THE MOON. Coming round to a big finish PAUL sang about BIG BAD BILL as  BANJO JOHN gave us the ST LOUIS BLUES and PHIL brought in the SISTERS OF MERCY but the real climax came with a band up of PAUL, ROBIN, ED, KATH & STAN for the big favourite WAGON WHEEL. Happy birthday Banjo John and many more of them!!

Newspaper No 343 8 September 2015

There was nothing to disappoint those who attended a very pleasant evening at Sale last night with MARK and JAN as hosts, whilst numbers were modest the quality was nonetheless very high! Appropriately MARK and JAN started the first round with a bit of LOVE AND HAPPINESS and then BANJO JOHN sang MR TAMBOURINE MAN with PHIL hard on his heels with another Dylan song, SIMPLER TWIST OF FATE. Almost immediately PETE ROBERTS was heading off in a BIG YELLOW TAXI and JANET was up in the SOARING SKIES. Then there was a welcome appearance from JOHN CONDY who contributed the third Dylan song of the evening, CHIMES OF FREEDOM and not to be outdone PAUL JOHNSON maintained the Dylan theme with TOMORROW IS A LONG TIME followed by CARL with the ever popular NORWEGIAN WOOD. The other PAUL (RILEY) was next with TELL OLD BILL and KAMRAN, away from his hole in the road, gave us James Taylor’s HANDY MAN. It was then obvious that ED had been watching the latest BBC drama and was inspired to sing the Jim McLean version of the story of LADY CHATTERLEY to be followed by a duo, JONATHAN & CHARLIE making their debut acoustic appearance and producing an excellent version of the Eagles’ song, LYIN' EYES. Sadly, having only rehearsed the one this was their only contribution for the evening but we hope to hear more from them in the future! Up for a second time BANJO JOHN had us a rocking and rolling with ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN before PETE was off over Mike Chapman’s RABBIT HILLS. With one from his favourite Al Stewart PHIL sang SONGS OUT OF CLAY which prompted JANET to ask someone to BRING ME A ROSE before CARL took us up to the break with SINATRA AND I.

After the raffle which saw Alan take away the bottle of wine JAN, accompanied by MARK, sang the Beautiful South Song ROTTERDAM before JOAN rose to tell us the story of JOSIE'S DESK a lovely nostalgic snapshot of past times written by her Mum. DAVID SERGEANT was next with ALONE AGAIN NATURALLY and ED took us back to the days of coal pit struggles with THE BLACKLEG MINER. Then with his atmospheric self penned SMOKE THROUGH AUTUMN LEAVES the floor was KAMRAN'S before PAUL RILEY became JOHN THE REVELATOR and JOHN CONDY followed him with UNICORNS. Then unusual for him PETE found himself DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL and equally serious PHIL sang Larry Norman’s GOODBYE FAREWELL a song he wrote when not expecting to recover from a serious heart attack in 1992. He lived to be 61. DAVID SERGEANT was next with his own picturesque song, WEIRD DREAMS, followed by CARL with HERE'S A HEALTH TO THE COMPANY just as PAUL was GOING DOWN THE ROAD. Then with Pink Floyd’s currently appropriate ON THE TURNING AWAY came JOHN CONDY followed by ED with his little ditty about THE FLY. Finally coming to a climax KAMRAN Sang Rev Gary Davis’ OH GLORY HOW HAPPY I AM and MARK and JAN brought a very pleasant evening to an appropriate close with THE END OF THE LINE.

Newspaper No 342 1 September 2015

A great audience and loads of performers this as PETE kicked off with the GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY FAIR chased by BANJO JOHN and C.C. RIDER + blues harp. JO was next out in a LONG BLACK VEIL as FAIR PLAY came p with DINK’S SONG and newcomer PAUL JOHNSON recalled the DAYS OF 49. Then Charley’s son GUY stepped up to show us how it should be done with Norah Jones’ DON’T KNOW WHY which was a dress rehearsal for a school concert in which he is to play the guitar and sing the vocal. It was then good to see and hear CARL sandwiched between the two youngsters and back to his best with SCARBOROUGH FAIR as ALICE rose to play the penny whistle for ALOUETTE JAUNTE ALOUETTE followed by JOHN CHILCOTT with his version of FIRE AND RAIN to end the generation swings. ED was also serious THE POOR DITCHING BOY as was ROBIN for BREAD AND FISHES and it certainly brought the best out of JOAN with her memories of Trafford Park in MILL LIFE and ANN who had us all singing with VAIR ME ORO VAN O. Reaching deep into his song book ARTHUR then sang one of his own NOTHING FOR THE REFUGEES to prove how little has really changed and to some extent PAUL’S song was the same, SUGAR PUDDING a.k.a. Keep Your Fingers Off It, before CHARLEY herself sang QUEEN OF WATERS. All this left BANJO JOHN telling us I’M FLYING HIGH with JO telling him in that case I’m CALLING FOR YOU. You’d better do it BEFORE THEY CLOSE THE MINSTREL SHOW sang FAIR PLAY in which case I SHALL BE RELEASED replied PETE as we reached the mid-session break.

PAUL struck a brave note with the story of the Irish rebel JAMES CONNELLY and in particularly good voice ROBIN was in a similar mood with THE LAST FAREWELL before MIRIAM rose with REYNARDINE. No wonder this all put CARL in mind of OLD BONES (J. Lowe). More light heartedly ANN invited us to ride with her in THE SHABBY OLD CABBIE to which ED replied in that case PUT ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE and ARTHUR played a fiddle medley of THE HUMOURS OF GLENDART & MORRISON’S JIG and before he could put it down PAUL insisted ARTHUR’S fiddle and FAIR PLAY accompanied CORNBREAD AND BUTTERBEANS. Thinking of other beautiful things PETE came up with SUNSETS and PAUL returned with JOE HILL’S LAST WILL prompting ROBIN to take us all off for the MINGULAY BOAT SONG. Philosophically CARL told us WE’LL MEET AGAIN as ED came up with some CHILDHOOD MEMORIES and FAIR PLAY wistfully told us sadly MY LOVE HAS GONE before our spirits were finally raised by PAUL, ROBIN, ED, FAIR PLAY and all playing and singing us into the street with ALL THE GOOD TIMES. Magic!

AUGUST - 2015

Newspaper No 341 25 August 2015

A fair few performers arrived for hosts PAUL & ROBIN to coax into great entertainment for an even bigger audience prompting ROBIN to kick off with the MULL OF KINTYRE followed by GEOFF with BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT having had his foot free from the plaster cast which immediately made GRASSROOTS break out into BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES which Geoff fully appreciated. PETE then declared that the HEART IS LIKE A WHEEL just as JO was off to SCARBOROUGH FAIR with KEVIN swearing to BE A PIPER TO THE END all a cappella. Then how great it was to see and hear CARL back again and on form with Jez Lowe’s THESE COAL TOWN DAYS, a cappella again, followed by SUE with her UKELELE PARODY OF HALLELUJAH and DAVE SARGENT with his own children’s song BEDTIME. On the contrary BRIAN said I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT but ROB was only too happy to treat us to FRED THE SLUG to which ANN replied ALL MY TRIALS LORD will soon be over as ARTHUR hove into view with his BLUE EYES SHINING IN THE RAIN. Normally it is trouble but PAUL insisted on asking WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE MILL and MICK demanded TELL ME WHY as up stepped JOAN to take us on A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME with her Mum’s memories of Trafford Park. Quickly back on his now two feet GEOFF was that ROCKET MAN, zero gravity helping, and JO was just hearing the SOUND OF SILENCE, in the same vacuum no doubt, but KEVIN insisted we should ROW ON. It was, however, time for CARL to hit that DIRTY OLD TOWN with SUE flaunting her ROSE TATTOO and RICHARD wishing he was FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.

 

With the theme from Barry Norman’s Film Programme GRASSROOTS told us I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE followed by another of DAVE SARGENT’S unnamed songs that we christened THE GARDEN SONG and which reminded PETE of the BLUE MOON we last saw in July this year. ROB, on the other hand, sang COME WRITE ME DOWN which is about as close to marriage as he will probably get and which ANN told him was about as obverse as him DEFYING GRAVITY and as likely said ARTHUR as there being no FENCES to stop him reaching the mountain. Digging deep ROBIN then came up with that old favourite THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK but MICK went to his recent past with his GEORDIE GIRL while PAUL gave a word of advice with DON’T GET TROUBLE ON YOUR MIND complete with violin solo by Arthur. After a sublime evening RICHARD insisted he had a LONG WAY TO GO so SUE & GEOFF called out the SLOOP JOHN B and ARTHUR sent us all home singing the blues with BOBBY McGEE which fair raised the roof. Magic!

 

Newspaper No 340 18 August 2015

Not huge turnout but enough good performers outnumbered by the audience provided a great
atmosphere and plenty of good craic encouraged by Hosts ED & SUE. The evening was started well by BANJO JOHN with
 Miss Lee Morse’s DANCE AROUND YOUR BONES swiftly followed by ROBIN with LYING EYES and ED who sang that eminently nickable ALONG THE VERDIGRIS by Tom Paxton. PAUL then took the floor, and a sly glance at our hostess, for BLACK EYED SUSIE which somehow persuaded JO that THE CARNIVAL IS OVER but certainly not for MARK who played a guitar instrumental ALBATROSS. Equally quietly JOHN CHILCOTT sang a lovely song LOOKING AT THE RAIN before ROB on his return from his trip round the south of Ireland exaggerated with SOUTH AUSTRALIA which enabled us all to sing along with gusto before ANN settled us all down with one of her favourites THE TROUT. Quite why but this prompted PHIL to play and sang DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL by Richard Thompson and again we all joined in the chorus before JAN treated us to one of her favourites WESTLING WINDS with words by Robbie Burns which left RICHARD GRAY to wind up the first round with his own Country Music Song EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN. You would think it would be full by now. Still with his mojo working BANJO JOHN opened the second round with the 1930’s WALKING MY BABY BACK HOME to which everyone sang along and suitably roused JO came to the front once more and had us sing along loudly with WE SHALL OVERCOME that was actually a tour de force which even JOHN CHILCOTT'S wrist slitter A SECOND CUP OF COFFEE couldn't dampen. Next we had the novelty of PHIL forgetting his hearing aids so deciding to play a Bob Dylan number TANGLED UP IN BLUE as he thought it quite appropriate if he sang it slightly out of tune! The writ will no doubt be in the post. With a lot to catch up on ROB did his best as did the horse with the GOOD SHIP CALABAR and ED was very amusing with RICKETY TICKETY TIN which went down well before ROBIN told the sad story behind THE SNOWS OF NEW YORK by Chris de Burgh. More promisingly RICHARD GRAY sang his own promise COMING HOME TO SEE YOU TONIGHT leaving PAUL to play some 1930’s JUG BAND MUSIC and JAN & MARK fresh back from their odyssey to the far north of Scotland sang JACKSON from the deep south. ANN on the other hand took us down the Rhine for LORELEI a German Folk Song leaving MARK to take us to the interval with the STIXWOULD HARVEST SONG urging us to drink good ale as we went off to the bar.

Robin, Martin and Vic won a raffle prize each and a newcomer whose name escaped us also guaranteed his return by going home with one. 

With huge quality still remaining after the break PHIL sang the very lengthy ROADS TO MOSCOW with some feeling they could have walked it in the time and certainly had ROBIN thinking of the LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL but ED soon put everyone right with THE BANTAM COCK before PAUL gave us all the GOOD MORNING BLUES and still ANN was seeking THE FOLK SINGER. Still in that frame of mind RICHARD gave us an old Beatles number The LONG AND WINDING ROAD leaving JAN to sooth us with the beautiful LAGAN LOVE and hopefully he meant us all after his 6 week sailing trip when ROB sang IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU. We don’t know what they did to Carl on that trip but he has not been seen since! Hope he is alright! Finally and with great gusto MARK & JAN recruited us all to their gang with THE BLUE COCKADE to end a cracking night.

Newspaper No 339 11 August 2015

A small but perfectly formed audience welcomed hosts KATH & STAN to open with BLACK WATERS and BANJO JOHN soon had us rocking with the FOLSOM PRISON BLUES before PHIL went for a STUDY IN by A M Carcassi. JANET’S reply to this was that THOSE WERE THE DAYS as ROBIN hit the STREETS OF BALTIMORE but all ED could see was MATCHSTICK MEN. Next JOHN CHILCOTT celebrated THE PONY MAN as ANN looked to the heaves for ALL MY TRIALS LORD but KATH & STAN were 10 THOUSAND MILES away. Sadly BANJO JOHN was still downbeat with SHOW ME THE PRISON and ROBIN was on his way out of DURHAM TOWN. Coming up with a novel idea PHIL asked us WHY DON’T YOU LOOK INTO JESUS to which ED replied IT’S GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE DAYS and JANET was equally pessimistic with DIAMONDS AND RUST. More cheerfully JOHN CHILCOTT took us to the Southern States to meet COTTON JENNY as ANN exclaimed O SUSANNAH and KATH & STAN took the TRAIN ON THE ISLAND. Coming up to the interval ROBIN brought in his old favourite JOCK O’ HAZELDENE and BANJO JOHN very kindly invited us to HAVE A DRINK ON ME.

The raffle saw Carole win the wine, Janet win the tea, Kate take home the Smellies and Janet coming back to win the preserves cherries before PHIL opened with FOTHERINGAY. Going back to school days JANET had us singing GREEN GROW THE RUSHES O leaving ED to introduce us to CAROL AND KELLY but ANN was off to the WIDDECOMBE FAIR which for KATH & STAN was NINE HUNDRED MILES too far. So PHIL suggested we should take to the BARGES but ED was out roaming the WIDOW’S MOOR as JANET was all philosophical with WINGS. More cheerfully ANN tried to remind us it was SUMMERTIME as KATH & STAN went back decades for a revealing CENSUS but PHIL just went back as far as WEDNESDAY MORNING 3 AM. A greatest hit from JANET in the form of ODE TO BILLY JO started the build up to cracking climax as first ANN took us out to THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE and KATH & STAN went NIGHT VISITING  before ED told us that ALL THE GOOD TIMES WERE PAST AND GONE!! Don’t believe it! 

Newspaper No 338 4 August 2015

Every Tuesday night we are certain of a great time with a bit of drama because we never know who will walk through the door to provide the very best entertainment for our army of supporters. Singing a song Baz couldn't remember DON & HEATHER got the ball rolling with Paxton's RAMBLING BOY swiftly followed by a big welcome back for PETE ROBERTS who told us YOU AIN'T GOING NOWHERE and MIKE COSGRAVE who related the story of THE LAZY FARMER. Next BANJO JOHN wasn't to be outdone in the queue for ICE CREAM to which JO replied on the NEXT TIME ROUND and DAVE BOULTON vowed IF I HAD MY TIME OVER AGAIN, one of his own of course. One of the stars last week DAVID returned to play and sing the very difficult REQUIEM by Gary Barlow following a sad loss, wow. CHRIS replied with an equally demanding M4 FREEDOM TALKING BLUES and ANN with an equally difficult to spell VAIR ME ORO VAN O before PHIL told us about being in a submarine with LIFE IN DARK WATER. Then we were off to OWENSBORO with FAIR PLAY as RICHARD GRAY told us he had both a SETTING AND A RISING SUN but KAMRAN revisited Robert Johnson's TRAVELLING RIVERSIDE BLUES. Back again and lucky for us JANET got up next with YOU ARE THERE before ED went all sentimental with ABSENT FRIENDS which set BANJO JOHN off RUNNING WILD while JO went FROM BOULDER TO BIRMINGHAM. Keeping up the momentum MIKE then treated us to the LAKES OF PONCHARTRAIN before PETE took us to the interval with WHOLE LIFE THROUGH.

From the raffle Ann went home with the bottled cherries, Joan took the wine, Alan had a CD and one of our newcomers took the tin of biscuits before DON & HEATHER had us all singing with FIRE AND RAIN. Then RICHARD told us what happens ON MY WAY HOME and DAVID returned to tell us about DREAMS before was more basic with BILLY CONNOLLY'S WELLY BOOT SONG. Coming back JANET introduced us to BILLY BOY and CHRIS told us of THE HANDS OF JOSEPH before ANN asked LET ME BE YOUR LADY FOR TODAY. Teaming up for the first time DAVE and MIKE gave us a brilliant rendition of ARTHUR McBRIDE as FAIR PLAY were off with THE WAYFARING STRANGER and KAMRAN seriously AIN'T WE CRAZY to which ED replied SHURRUP YA BLOODY LIAR. To finish us off PETE came up with a BOOZING BLUES which DAVE said was all part of THE MUSIC AND THE CRAIC before PHIL replied with CATHY'S SONG and MIKE had us singing into the street with THE BALLAD OF ANNIE MOORE the first person from Ireland to pass through the Ellis Island immigration centre.  

JULY - 2015

Newspaper No 337 28 July 2015

In fine form MARK & JAN delivered an excellent evening of music and song from a great range of performers of which some were new and some were returners after some considerable time and indeed it was all LOVE AND HAPPINESS as they kicked us into action. Then ED marched in with McALPINE'S FUSILIERS followed by JOHN CHILCOTT who told us YOU AIN'T GOING NOWHERE but JO was off to the FIELDS OF ATHENRY complete with her new guitar for the very first time in public. With a new tune PHIL then stepped up with THE HAUNTED CAROUSEL by Steve Marsh while back in time BANJO JOHN was hazing at a CAROLINA MOON and this week with his guitar came DAVID SARGENT who took us for a brilliant ride on ELECTRIC TRAINS. Not seen for a while JANET also took us on a JOURNEY by Eileen McGann while ROBIN celebrated that THE BATTLE IS OVER and ANN offered us a ride in a SHABBY OLD CABBIE. To their surprise DON & HEATHER revisited a new song borrowed from Paul FOREVER AND A DAY as BANJO JOHN said it all comes out right WHEN YOU'RE SMILING as indeed JAN was as she extolled the virtues of the BELLS OF ABERDOVEY in her native Welsh language. No wonder JOHN CHILCOTT came up with I'LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT and it made JO think of SUMMERTIME when the living is easy and DAVID SARGENT was also inspired to sing us his own song SHAPES AND SIZES. Coming up with a pertinent question PHIL asked WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE and we guessed there must be some on JANET'S MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE and definitely on MARK'S FIDDLER'S GREEN and DON & HEATHER'S STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN. This didn't stop ANN taking off with THE FOLK SINGER and ROBIN going down COUNTRY ROADS but ED stayed local for the LIVERPOOL LULLABY. A late flurry of activity saw BOB come through the door and sing TAKE ME DOWN LITTLE SUSIE and ARTHUR joined JANET for the Beatles I'LL FOLLOW THE SUN as we hit the interval.

A bumper raffle saw Jackie win the Fudge, David won a bottle of wine and a CD, Bob also won a CD as did Heather Kenyon before Martin won a Book and Jan took home a DVD, Wow!

ROBIN was invited to start the second half with ROCK MY CRADLE before HELEN made a rare and treasured contribution with JUST A GHOST IN THIS HOUSE to with PHIL was prompted to ask IF? An interesting story from JANET about the fight against slavery was told in THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD before DAVID SARGENT impressed us with A PAUL BRETT TUNE and ANN warned us of the perils on the Rhine with LORELEI. We were left wondering when ARTHUR asked WHY DON'T WOMEN LIKE ME but DON & HEATHER certainly liked the GALWAY GIRL but BOB was HALF THE WORLD AWAY with Billy Bragg. All too serious for ED who obviously has a great liking for MORRIS DANCERS ?? before ARTHUR told us that that Barry Norman's theme tune was actually a song sung by Nina Simone called I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE leaving BOB to go all Carole King for SMACKWATER JACK to send us tap dancing into the street.

Newspaper No 336 21July 2015

A truly excellent evening with ED & SUE as hosts to many occasional visitors and some new faces as BANJO JOHN took us back in time to a Fats Waller medley starting with I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER. Then ED told us how hard it is to be a HYPOCHONDRIAC but PHIL was calm and controlled for a classical BOURREE by Bach as was OMAR who took to the piano for a SONG FOR GUY (E. John). Next JAN & MARK took us to ROTTERDAM as welcome returner CHRIS GILL had a MESSAGE TO MARTHA and COLIN sang his favourite love song about the MIDNIGHT WATCHMAN. More returners THE SOUTHSIDERS (John, Dave & Les) then took the floor with MERCURY BLUES and I WISH I WAS IN NEW ORLEANS (Tom Waites) leaving ROBIN to ask us to MEET ME TONIGHT IN LAREDO and CHARLIE to come up with his own HYBRID SHUFFLE BLUES. All of this JO confessed was KILLING ME SOFTLY and KAMRAN admitted he would only get by with a SPOONFUL which had newcomer DAVID shooting of to SCARBOROUGH FAIR. Next it was good to see GEOFF back ON MY MOUNTAIN after breaking his ankle over the weekend as PAUL asked us all to TELL OLD BILL and ERIC sponsored free speech with JE SUIS CHARLIE. All this made DON & HEATHER wonder how many of us are PAST THE POINT OF RESCUE and certainly MARK sensed there was a BAD MOON RISING as KATH & STAN felt we might all soon be WATERBOUND (Powell version) which BANJO JOHN said would give us all the MAINS BLUES as we slid toward the interval.

After a bumper raffle and before going home OMAR played us THE ENTERTAINER as ED went off with GEORGINA BAILEY (Noosha Fox) and ERIC got the ANCIENT MARINER BLUES for a big band up. All PHIL could say to that was HALLELUJAH (L. Cohen) as ROBIN told a story of infidelity with JOCK O'HAZELDEAN leaving DON, HEATHER & PAUL over in Oz with the DIAMANTINA DROVER. Next a nice version by CHRIS GILL of R. Thompson's VINCENT BLACK LIGHTENING prepared us for KAMRAN's rendition of the STACK-O-LEE BLUES and DAVID's excellent singing of the POOR MURDERED WOMAN (Trad - arr M. Carthy). Either way up JAN & MARK reckoned we were reaching the END OF THE LINE as PAUL had us eating CORN BREAD AND BUTTER BEANS, in the words of KATH & STAN, BEFORE THEY CLOSE THE MINSTREL SHOW. With our show coming to a close FREE SPIRITS (Robin, Paul, Heather & Don) responded to a request from Ann for WAGON WHEEL which nicely set up THE SOUTHSIDERS to TAMP IT UP SOLID, as the miners say, and get to DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL for a late night spree before hitting the sack. An excellent evening of music and craic.

Newspaper No 335 14 July 2015

A top night with good friends well presented by JANICE & MICK aka GRASSROOTS who started the ball rolling with MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE swiftly followed by DON & HEATHER with FOREVER AND A DAY and meanwhile DAVE CASHELL was HALFWAY TO PARADISE prompting a discussion about Billy Fury's statue. All this gave BANJO JOHN the DALLAS BLUES which DOREEN celebrated with her poem about a BIRTHDAY CAKE which made ED go for Dylan and THE PILGRIM. In devilish mood PHIL went for SIX SIXTY SIX followed by another Dylan DON'T THINK TWICE from COLIN and SALMON TALES from DAVE COWE before RICHARD GRAY sang his own LAY DOWN EASY and ANN delighted us by singing THE TROUT. Again GRASSROOTS gave the evening a kick with JAR OF HEARTS as BANJO JOHN hit THE ROCK ISLAND LINE and PHIL went to his hero Al Stewart for BEDSITTER IMAGES. Still controversial COLIN claimed it was JUST LIKE A WOMAN but DON & HEATHER said certainly not the GYPSY WOMAN as DAVE CASHELL went back to Burl Ives for THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN. Comically DAVE COWE came up with RHYMING SAUSAGES and ED went into BOB DYLAN'S DREAM as DOREEN recited her WHISTLE BLOW about the devastation of war. RICHARD, however, reminded us of his meeting with a Moroccan lass who took him to the EIFFEL TOWER to which GRASSROOTS were surprised he didn't say I'm NOT COMING HOME although even newcomers LOTTIE & SOPHIE declared that they were LEAVING ON A JET PLANE. Perhaps they sensed COLIN was going to sing about the GHOST OF PEACE or was it WAR. Anyway another newcomer ERIC recommended we COME BY THE HILLS but RICHARD stuck with his native LINCOLNSHIRE ROVER for inspiration which DOREEN declared was BEAUTIFUL. Delving the Nic Jones songbook PHIL sang the ballad of the LITTLE MUSGRAVE which gave DON & HEATHER a PEACEFUL EASY FEELING and had ED amazing us with his powers of observation by telling us his wife Sue, SHE IS WOMAN. Taking no notice DAVE CASHELL was off on a SLOW BOAT TO CHINA while GRASSROOTS were up on THE WILD MOUNTAINSIDE and LOTTIE & SOPHIE explained gave an insight into their love lives with WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL before the evening was closed by COLIN with a song about one of his heroes VINCENT (van Gogh).

Newspaper No 334 7 July 2015

A really great night this week bursting with top talent and bubbling with the craic in a supremely receptive audience. Choosing between the sophisticated and raucous DON & HEATHER went for GALWAY GIRL but ARTHUR MARSHALL immediately raised the tone with his lovely SOFA POET only for MIKE COSGRAVE to bring back the Irish with MICK RYAN'S LAMENT. On the other hand FAIR PLAY were RIDERS IN THE RAIN just as COLIN told us JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL but DAVE BOULTON was off saying GET IT DOWN YA SON as he took him to the pub for the first time. ROBIN, however, was off to the country saying gee but IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN just as JO was away with a WAYFARING STRANGER and MICK was stamping his foot saying I DON'T WANNA GO TO ELLA'S PARTY. Next a surprise as DAVE COWE recited his own prize winning poem GREENS before ED was all sad for RED HEADED ANNE but fortunately ANN lifted us in chorus with VAIR ME ORO VAN O. It was then good to welcome HELEN & DAVE HOWARD with THE MANCHESTER ANGEL (E. McColl) just before COLIN introduced us to the POOR MAN'S HOUSE and with JO out there CALLING MY CHILDREN HOME. Of the relationship between Dylan and Baez GRASSROOTS concluded it was DIAMONDS AND RUST to which ARTHUR MARSHALL replied it got ALL WASHED AWAY which was different to HELEN AND DAVE who were KISSING THE MORNING EARLY while FAIR PLAY were singing to THE MAN IN THE MOON as we reached the break.

In a bumper raffle the Wine went with Helen; the Smellies were won by Ann; the Fudge was won and passed round by Martin; the Biscuits went with Sue's friend; the Big Candle was won by Kath and the Ouzo went to Barry as his oven cleaner.

When we got going again DAVE BOULTON raised the bar with PADDY AND THE WHALE to which ROBIN responded by drifting NORTH TO ALASKA while MIKE COSGRAVE searched for his ROOTS. Then ANN did a fair impersonation of THE LORELEI which certainly ended better than ED's song about multiple DISASTERS as GRASSROOTS went back in time for IF YOU GOTTA GO. An interesting poem by DAVE COWE talked about TRAVELLERS while ARTHUR's friend seemed to be always HALF WAY DOWN A BOTTLE OF WINE and it was a relief to hear FAIR PLAY tell us WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN without any actions and it certainly took a lot of us back when DAVE BOULTON sang of THE MEN WITH SKILL IN THEIR HANDS. A serious question was next posed by MIKE COSGRAVE when he said WHO NEEDS PIPES AND FIDDLES WHEN YOU'VE CLOGS AND SOLID STONE and ROBIN was all serious with the LONG BLACK VEIL before DAVE HOWORD teamed up with MIKE COSGRAVE to go RIDING ON THAT NEW RIVER TRAIN. Then GRASSROOTS were absolutely certain with I WILL just as was ARTHUR when he said THE NIGHTINGALE SHE SINGS and HELEN HOWARD when after some sightseeing she sang I WALKED A THOUSAND YEARS TODAY. Lifting to a climax ED took us on a ROYAL VISIT and GRASSROOTS took us down Joni Mitchell's RIVER before DON & HEATHER had us all singing as we went ACROSS THE BORDERLINE leaving behind one of the best nights of music and craic.  

JUNE - 2015

Newspaper No 333 30 June 2015

Familiar and new faces for hosts SUE & KAMRAN and KAMRAN was soon away with 50 SHADES OF GREY to which BANJO JOHN replied I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE to which CHRIS toasted with NETTLE WINE evocative of summer holidays. In more traditional mode JAN reminded us of the FACTORY GIRL while CARL, unusually a cappella, took us back to COAL TOWN DAYS before newcomer DAN in a beautiful pure, clear voice commented that was all YESTERDAY. Great to see him after all his automobile travails ARTHUR revealed his true feelings with IN HIS HEART FOREVER and sailor ROB was off on his favourite GREY FUNNEL LINE before ROD told us LOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE by that Bolton group, Th'Eagles. No wonder it reminded MARK of the ROUT OF THE BLUES and ED of a CITY LAMENT but FAIR PLAY soon cheered us up with WINDMILLS. Then CHRIS sang RÜDIGER, Knopfler's song about an annoying autograph hunter, and BANJO JOHN had his own tuning troubles and Ed giving him the wrong words for AFTER YOU'VE GONE before DAN gave us another great song TELL ME WHY by Neil Young. Rolling toward the interval CARL sang THE KISS and JAN gave us one of her favourite LAWRAD LLANAMWR (spelling?) before ARTHUR protested radioactively with WILL YOU GLOW, DAISY, GLOW?
An interesting raffle started seasonally for the heatwave with a Hot water bottle won by Kate before the Red wine went to Martin, the Buck's Fizz to Diane, Measuring spoons to Christine and the DVD Singin' in the rain (Yawn) Martin again, but he does buy lot of tickets.
 
We were soon back on the go with KAMRAN telling us THINGS THAT MATTER and ROD going country with CRYSTAL CHANDELIER before ED became ERNIE, THE FASTEST MOBILE LIBRARY IN THE WEST, a song about depravity and libraries to the tune of Whiskey In The Jar. This brought FAIR PLAY to the floor with a BLACK MOUNTAIN LULLABY and in similar mood MARK played us off to THE DARK ISLAND on recorder before ROB asked us to FATHOM THE BOWL. Unable to pin him down DAN was HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE as JAN & MARK were GOING TO JACKSON and CHRIS was taking the LAST TRAIN & RIDE and ROD was indeed that ROCKET MAN. Coming back down to earth FAIRPLAY played us two tunes, CAPTAIN MAGUIRE and DENNIS MURPHY POLKA but KAMRAN was soon off left side with the BALLAD OF PATCH-EYE AND MEG by Michelle Shocked and ED took us back to basics with THE FLUSHERS so it was left to ROB to begin the big finish with us all singing THOUSANDS OR MORE followed by ARTHUR with his own ALL THE WAY FROM DONEGAL and a great bonus from DAN who definitely wasn't on the outside of the CIRCLE (Ocean Colour Scene) to end as great night.

Newspaper No 332 23 June 2015

After a good start from ROBIN with DENVER the duplicitous BANJO JOHN gave us two interpretations of SHINE which gave JIM just enough time to CATCH THE WIND. It also made PHIL decide to THROW DOWN THE SWORD just before SUE declared her weakness for BLACK JACK DAVY as ROD headed for the Mississippi for a ride on the PROUD MARY. Next DAVE BOULTON verbalised PETE ROBERTS' -ist joke from France as follows! 

"Couple of friends fly fishing in a river beneath a bridge, an excellent hatch and the trout are avidly feeding. A hearse and accompanying cars pass over the bridge on the way to a funeral, Fred looks up, reels in, removes his hat and stands head bowed. Bloody hell Fred that's not like you to be so utterly respectful! Well tomorrow would have been our 50th wedding anniversary" 

before going on to sing THE FUNERAL SONG. After recovering from that JO declared he's NOBODY'S DARLING BUT MINE which DAVE CASHELL thought must make him her DREAM LOVER echoed by GEOFF with ONLY YOU. For KAMRAN it was a matter of JUDGEMENT BLUES as PAUL turned a blind eye and went off on THE SLOOP JOHN B and BANJO JOHN wistfully declared THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE which greeted by PHIL with the SOUND OF SILENCE. Then it was good to see JIM in the guise of a HIGHWAYMAN as JO confessed to taking life ONE DAY AT A TIME as CHARLIE returned again this week with his guitar to play his own instrumental CHARLIE'S SONG. This brought SUE to her feet for a sad sounding DEAD FLOWERS whereas DAVE CASHELL more upbeat about the GYPSY WOMAN and HARRY jumped up with MOCKINGBIRD. Then it was obviously party time as KAMRAN invited us to COME ON IN MY KITCHEN as we went into the break.

The Raffle saw Ellie win the Red Wine; Jim took the knick-knack holder (for his knick knacks of course); Jill won the Beauty Box and some lucky visitors got the necklace. 

Starting the second half, however, for DAVE BOULTON it was just a question of MIND OVER MATTER but any way up GEOFF said I only WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT to which PHIL replied with some TIME PASSAGES. For ROD it was ALL OVER NOW and HARRY added so WHY WORRY (Dire Straits) which was certainly true on the IRISH ROVER with JIM. With the voice of doom DAVE CASHELL then prophesied THERE'S A BAD MOON RISING as KAMRAN went into Tom Rush's REMEMBER SONG and ROD urged us to THINK IT OVER and GEOFF & SUE together LABOURED WITH LOVE which stirred something in DAVE BOULTON who came back with IF I HAD MY TIME OVER AGAINa nd in HARRY who asked WHERE DID THE CHILDREN PLAY? All this brought an excellent evening to a close when PAUL led Jam-time with JESUS ON THE MAINLINE followed by FENCES, the brilliant song by Arthur Marshall.   

 

Newspaper No 331 16 June 2015

It was a slow start but a craicing night in the end as FAIR PLAY broke the ice with LET THE MYSTERY BE by Iris Dement to whom ROBIN said MEET ME ON THE CORNER. Quite what PAUL was thinking when he sang DAVY, DAVY NIC NAC but ROD was quite clear IT NEVER RAINS IN CALIFORNIA as FAIR PLAY were off to OWENSBORO with Natalie Merchant. All this lead DAVE to wish IF I HAD A HAMMER as he returned to the club after quite a while and ROBIN to speculate YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL but PAUL was too busy HARD TRAVELLING. Coming up on the blind side HEATHER then delighted us with THE TITANIC by Les Barker as ROD went for the Stones and JUMPING JACK FLASH and FAIR PLAY went after the WEAVER’S DAUGHTER. This made DAVE think of a PEARLY SHELL as PAUL set out on the OLD “97” but HEATHER still had humour in mind with Les Barker’s NOBODY HUGS A HEDGEHOG. Next CHARLIE, Paul’s neighbour, played his own CHARLIE’S TUNE which had ROBIN heading for the STREETS OF BALTIMORE and RICHARD telling us the STORY OF MY LIFE. Still upbeat ROD had us rocking with LAY DOWN SALLY before FAIR PLAY steadied the ship with an a cappella version of BRIGHT MORNING STAR. Still in jokey mood DAVE gave us his JELLIED EELS but MIKEY took us to the interval with the BIRD OF PARADISE.

With plenty more to come RICHARD contemplated EVERY GRAIN OF SAND and PAUL & ROBIN swore to do better on THE NEXT GO ROUND as HELEN set about laying A GHOST IN THIS HOUSE with Nancy Griffith. Now on a canine tack HEATHER explained training methods with Les Barker’s STAY, GO AND FETCH which was a brief respite before ROD had us singing away with JOLENE as did ROBIN & PAUL who were off with ME AND BOBBY McGEE. Back down to earth DAVE was TRAVELLING LIGHT as FAIR PLAY gave us THE BALLAD OF DAN MOODY and MIKEY climbed the STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. The somewhat philosophically RICHARD declared EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME as ROD disappeared in a TEQUILA SUNRISE leaving FAIR PLAY by the BANKS OF THE OHIO and PAUL & ROBIN boarding the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS down to the sea taking everyone with to end an excellent evening.

Newspaper No 330 9 June 2015

A well rounded group of performers and listeners who came along to what was to be a very pleasant evening with MARK & JAN were the night and starting off with Johnny Cash’s discourse on matrimonial harmony, JACKSON, followed by ROBIN who was asking PADDY RILEY to come back. PHIL was up next with his version of Genesis’ AFTERGLOW and JO then sang a favourite of many, THE GALWAY SHAW and IAN followed up with his beautifully melodic version of SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES. DAVE CINNAMOND recited his interesting take on a round of golf with his poem FROM A DISTANCE and PAUL RILEY was asking us to WALK RIGHT IN. Then ANN sang the lovely but haunting LORELEI and DAVE HOWARD, in similar sombre mood, related the demise of BILLY JOE McALLISTER on, or rather off, the Tallahatchie Bridge! JAN then sang the beautiful AR LAN Y MOR as latecomers, Marian, Kamran and Colin sneaked through the doors, not unnoticed. As MARIAN needed a beer before she sang it was great to see and hear COLIN give us his lovely version of MR BOJANGLES followed by KAMRAN with DIDDY WA DIDDY before MARK unseasonally sang Harry Robertson’s LITTLE POT STOVE about life in the now derelict Leith Harbour whaling station on South Georgia, their winter, our summer! PHIL was up next and interestingly enough he’d taken a cruise in the South Atlantic in March and had visited the old whaling station. He sang the LAST SUPPER and was followed by JO with RAMBLING before IAN’S second instrumental SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. Completely different DAVE CINNAMOND was next with another recitation, THE WHITE PRINCESS and THE MAIDENS. Coming next ROBIN sang Alan Bell’s BREAD AND FISHES with KAMRAN then for once without clutching a musical girder, sang the entertaining lament of TEN FINGER JOHNNY and his inevitable demise through systematic limb loss after a series of self inflicted explosions! ANN then asked LET ME BE YOUR LADY FOR TODAY, MISTER followed by DAVE HOWARD riding on THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS and MARIAN, after having been suitably refreshed, with a traditional song, JUST AS THE TIDE WAS FLOWING which took us into the interval.

After the fun and excitement of the raffle PAUL kicked off the second part of the evening with BROWN’S FERRY BLUES and then JAN, accompanied by MARK, gave us Sandy Denny’s WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES with IAN up next with an interestingly named THE SPIDER AND THE WOP! The interestingly new combination of ROBIN, ably assisted by ANN, were next with a hastily rehearsed medley PRETTY FRAULEIN, BLACKBOARD OF MY HEART and THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE. Traditionally MARIAN then sang ONLY REMEMBER and DAVE HOWARD went the same way with the lovely MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE before PETE KING, who arrived very late and without further ado, played a fine instrumental, THE FOX’S TAIL. PAUL had the ‘Sale Gospel choir’ (us) bouncing along with JOHN THE REVELATOR but PHIL confessed he was ONLY SLEEPING setting up KAMRAN who tried to send us all of to the land of Nod with SO RELAX, some may remember this from the old Inter City adverts, before MARK & JAN wound up the evening with their blues jam along version of LITTLE RED ROOSTER. Needless to say a great time was had by all! Magic!!!

Newspaper No 329 2 June 2015

A brilliant almost full house greeted ED & SUE with forty + through the door and some members returning after a very long break for example Ian with the toaster amplifier and his friend Dave Howard and even Michael arrived after over a year’s absence! BANJO JOHN started the first round with the old number MAKIN' WHOOPEE with everyone making an effort to join in so that we were all in the mood for a good old singaround. DAVE HOWARD then played a wonderful instrumental of ANGIE and it was nice to see him back after so long away as it was CARL returning after a short break to sing a new Jez Lowe song AUSTERITY ALPHABET before PHIL played quite a different version of WOODSTOCK. Then IAN came up with his familiar little toaster amp and played an excellent instrumental version of DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME, wonderfully setting up KAMRAN & KATHIE for Ida Cox’s ONE HOUR MAMA (1939) which was brilliant before KATHIE stayed on stage with her plumbing, the flute, Mum & Dad joining her with MARK playing guitar and JAN singing YOUNG BILLY BROWN. Going back to the 60's PAUL then treated us to WHEELS ON FIRE as SUE armed herself with her guitar to sing the U3A ANTHEM leaving ED to bring a smile to faces as many related to his OLDEST SWINGER IN TOWN. Also back in town ROB, amidst his customary giggling, sang his GOOD SHIP CALABAR which left GEOFF to bring us all back with a lovely soft and romantic version of SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME and MICHAEL to bring us back to earth with HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES AND LIVE? Also on top form FAIR PLAY took us TEN THOUSAND MILES away before MARIAN sang the unaccompanied and sad song SILKI OF SULE SKERRY, a sad song of a seal as explained by DAVE BOULTON before when he sang THE POTTER'S ALPHABET which cheered everyone up again. Next RICHARD GRAY, who had recently returned from abroad and because of poor plane connections had found it necessary to stay overnight in Paris, told us he had met a girl from Morocco and they had walked together down the Seine and continued on to the Eiffel Tower which inspired him to write his next song EIFFEL TOWER.  It also encouraged lots of speculation from the women in the audience who started to grill him and ask questions about the outcome of his romantic night in Paris!! Of course, Richard remained cautious in his response and little was revealed and nobody had brought their thumb screws! Returning to the front BANJO JOHN told us he was still WAITING FOR THE ROBERY E LEE and another early leaver KATHIE just had time with KAMRAN to sing I'VE JUST SEEN A FACE before CARL sang ALL AT SEA, not literally of course. Now in full flow PAUL sensed we were ready to join in with WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH THE MILL as ED pleaded TREAT MI DAUGHTER DECENT and SUE & GEOFF openly declared THIS IS THE LIFE so quite why PHIL confessed I TALK TO THE WIND (McDonald & Simpson). Returning as a double act MARK & JAN then took us over the border for YE JACOBITES BY NAME and DAVE HOWARD gave us JORDY to which RICHARD replied IT AIN'T RIGHT. Maintaining the top quality of the night IAN played a perfect AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and MARIAN sang unaccompanied again for THE GENTLEMAN SOLDIER but FAIR PLAY went continental for EL CONDOR PASA. Employing shock tactics ROB, together with actions, performed COCK ROBIN which had the newcomers in the audience in hysterics! Fortunately MICHAEL calmed things down with two waltzes from the 1920’s, SWEETHEARTS and another by George Formby’s father, and DAVE BOULTON finished the second round by playing the melodeon and singing IT'S NOUGHT TO DO WITH ME.

Going for a big finish KAMRAN chose to play and sang the STOLE RIDER BLUES (Blind Willie McTell) and CARL sang his new and beautiful ANNIE IN BLUE and MARK & JAN had us all RUNNING LIKE A TURKEY to end a very successful night on a high note.

MAY - 2015

Newspaper No 327 26 May 2015

A massive welcome was given to Chris Ross upon her long awaited return to the club and it was good to see her looking well and enjoying the Party Night hosted by JANICE (with David Cowe) and she started the ball rolling appropriately with DREAM A DREAM. Then ROBIN took us back with JOCK O'HAZELDENE as did DAVID CINNAMOND with his vision of war in THE BOX but CHRIS was more relaxed with Knopfler's TRAWLERMAN. For SUE she wanted to be BACK AGAIN as BERNARD hoped the GAS MAN COMETH but HEATHER McNEILL was more serious with her own THE BIG ISSUE. Seeking to be more laid back FREE SPIRITS sought that PEACEFUL EASY FEELING before DAVE COWE went all Irish verse with BOGLAND which prompted ED to sing OH NO NOT THE FIELDS OF ATHENRY. Next a big clash of cultures saw our Cornish visitors DAVE & LINDA go across to America for when they DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN whereas DAVE BOULTON stayed at home for his own HEAR ALL, SEE ALL, SAY NOWT before GEOFF went all romantic with I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU followed by PAUL RILEY revealing his feelings with FOREVER AND A DAY. This all brought a reaction from KAMRAN with TRIAD which gave PETE the ST JAMES' INFIRMARY BLUES before DON & HEATHER took us to the interval with BLACK CLOTHES.

After a superb buffet the raffle saw Alan's grandson win the CD stand, Robin win the wine and Pete win the Chocolates before PETE KING arrived with a new song WITHOUT YOU as he does. KAMRAN responded with the DOWNTOWN BLUES and preserving his voice GEOFF played the beautiful HECTOR'S LAMENT making ROBIN remark that it was GOOD TO BE BACK HOME. Deciding on a good old sing song CHRIS told us we won't make OLD BONES to which SUE replied THERE'S A KIND OF HUSH as BERNARD was ringing for a BIG YELLOW TAXI. Back down to earth HEATHER McNEILL then sang another of her own THE MEETING AND PARTING SONG before PETE took us on the LAST TRAIN AND RIDE. Back seeing the funny side DAVE BOULTON gave his take on life with WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S RELATIONS but PAUL RILEY seriously requested MAKE ME DOWN A PALLET ON YOUR FLOOR and PETE KING told us what it was like to be BEATING TIME. Coming to climax FREE SPIRITS led a club band up with WAGON WHEEL and our Cornish guests DAVE & LINDA sent us home happy with FLOW RIVER FLOW.

Newspaper No 326 19 May 2015

They came from near, they came from far, they filled up every pew and a great night of music ensued with lots of talented performers many being new to the club. KAMRAN was more than happy to be back in harness with PETE who was back from his travels and kicked off with THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. In hot pursuit was BANJO JOHN down the RED RIVER VALLEY and FAIR PLAY looking for the WILDWOOD FLOWER whilst ROBIN was seeking the ROSE OF ALANDALE. Then a rare visitor ALAN from the north east sang Graham Miles' WHEN THE SNOWS OF WINTER FALL as PHIL sang his longest song, TRAINS, and newcomer BRENDAN came all the way from Germany to sing I AIN'T GOT A HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE (W. Guthrie). Next JAN was a delight with FOLLOW THE HERON HOME to which MARK suggested we DON'T THINK TWICE IT'S ALL RIGHT which led SUE to take off after BLACK JACK DAVEY with her new stick dulcimer. Another newcomer ROGER declared a liking for THE RED SHOES before DAVE BOULTON went back to his childhood days with his own BLACK HILLS NO MORE and then we were blown away with newcomer JOHN's brilliant cover of Nic Jones' CANADEE-IO. Then KAMRAN was THE MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT (Dylan) before ANN recommended a ride with her in THE SHABBY OLD CABBIE but STEVE declared I WISH I WAS IN LANCASHIRE and CHRIS wished MAY YOU NEVER leave your bed out in the cold to take us to the interval.

In the raffle big spenders Martin won the CD, Steve won the Chocolates, Alan won the bottle of wine and Joyce won the other Chocolates before PAUL gave us all the KEY TO THE HIGHWAY in celebration of BB King's life as we started the second half. MARIAN then commented it was BONNIE AT MORN as ED & STEEL FRY PAN aka Fair Play assembled for the BLACK LEG MINER before FREE SPIRITS went even bigger with the SFC Choir and the SPEED OF THE SOUND OF LONELINESS. Then it was time for ROGER to come back with the FORTUNATE ONE and for BRENDAN to sing his own HUMAN TRAFFIC to launch SUE & GEOFF into WAGON WHEEL again with the SFC Choir. Again invoking Graham Miles ALAN took us OVER YONDER BANKS as STEVE was even further away sailing to LIBERTY'S SWEET SHORE (John Doyle) before FAIR PLAY re-assembled for YOUNG MARY. Another vision of life in the Potteries then came from DAVE BOULTON with his interpretation of thunder and lightning as a child represented by HORACE HOSKINS' lorries tipping their bricks at the colliery. Returning, JOHN told us the story of THE GREAT ESCAPER to which MARK & JAN replied IT'S ALL RIGHT before ANN related the sad story of THE FOLK SINGER. Quite why PHIL then told I WISH YOU WERE HERE but it could have been because CHRIS was SAILING TO PHILADELPHIA but according to ED nothing had an effect on JACUZZI JOE and his funky concertina or, as FREE SPIRITS related, on the train they called the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS as Robin, Paul, Heather & Don boarded it to the Gulf of Mexico to end an absolute belter of an evening.

Newspaper No 325 12 May 2015

An absolute cracker of an evening this week led by DON & HEATHER who kicked off with STREETS OF LONDON for Baz & Chris followed by BANJO JOHN being MEAN TO ME and CHRIS with WINNIE'S RAG (McTell). No wonder JOHN CHILCOTT came out with TAKE A MESSAGE TO MARY followed by EDDIE with a powerful delivery of ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND, with his temporary ping pong ball fingernails, and DAVE BOULTON with his own warning EVERY SILVER LINING HAS A CLOUD. Next we had another powerful performance of the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER by PHIL and the classic WATERMELON WINE by ROBIN before ANN blew us away with VAIR ME ORO VAN O. Then before we knew it MICK in super dominant form brought the house down with his version of BLOWING IN THE WIND before CHRIS came back with YOU WERE MY FIRST SONG and SUMMER LIGHTNING (McTell) before another tour de force from RICHARD GRAY with his own SWEET MUSIC. All this left ED claiming he definitely wasn't ALL USED UP and neither was BANJO JOHN with the PANAMA RAG nor JOHN CHILCOTT with his LONG BLACK VEIL. At this point we spotted that shrinking violet BAZ had snook in with a guitar but thinking he had been overlooked he quite rightly needed the love and adoration of the crowd who obligingly chanted "We want Baz" to be rewarded then with an excellent rendition of WALKING ON SUNDAY. Quite why but this prompted PHIL to sing LICENCE TO STEAL about lawyers and ROBIN to scoot off to DURHAM TOWN. Coming up to the interval DAVE BOULTON surprised with his tale of A HARD LIFE ON THE POTS to which BANJO JOHN paradoxically responded WHEN YOU'RE SMILING before PETE KING sang his latest and brilliant song COME ON BLUES with some of ever the best guitar accompaniment heard in the club. Mega!

A suitably big raffle saw Rosalyn win Chocolates; Helen win Wine; Joyce win a Torch; Vic the Shortbreads and Helen take the Handcream before MICK reminisced about his favourite pub at the BEND IN THE RIVER so no wonder RICHARD GRAY speculated WHERE HAVE THE GOOD TIMES GONE. Down the river according to ANN with her LORELEI and down even deeper with 
PHIL and the BLACKLEG MINER leaving PETE KING to sum up the efforts of the greatest performers with his SIMPLE SONG. Grabbing his melodeon EDDIE had us galloping to the WILLIAM TELL overture leading ROBIN to muse that THE BATTLE IS OVER and DAVE BOULTON to ponder that it TAKES MORE THAN BRICKS AND MORTAR to make a house a home. By special detest ED was asked to organise THE ROYAL VISIT and DON & HEATHER remembered their dads with FLOWERS ON THE WATER before 
RICHARD GRAY & PETE KING cheered us all up with DON'T THINK TWICE IT'S ALRIGHT. Entering the final furlong PETE KING sang another of his fine songs AFTER YOU before MICK again delved deep for DO RE MI (W. Guthrie) and DAVE BOULTON had us all a cappella ON THE CUT leaving ED to take us all for a memorable booze up on THE MANCH to end a fantastic night. 

Newspaper No 324 5 May 2015

Another busy evening in the expert hands of FAIR PLAY aka Kath, Ruth & Stan who welded 22 performers into great entertainment for an equally large audience. BANJO JOHN was invited to start us off with Arthur Askey's silly SEAGULL SONG but EDDIE immediately put us back on the straight and narrow with MICHAEL TURNER'S WALTZ & MARGARET'S WALTZ and FAIR PLAY continued with E. McColl's SWEET THAMES FLOW SOFTLY. A big welcome next for the return of Cornwall's TERRY and his great interpretation of COLOURS to which JO added YOU'VE DONE NOTHING WRONG (I. Dement) which made GRASSROOTS wish they had Joni Mitchell's RIVER to sail away on. In a more cheery vein FREE SPIRITS were on the road with ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO as CHRIS described HANDS OF JOSEPH (McTell) and ANN explained the dangers of THE LORELEI. Another welcome returner ALLEN sang his own warning to youngsters not to try to emulate PICTURES IN A MAGAZINE before DAVE BOULTON sang his own excellent tribute to SNOWDONIA and GORDON took us all off to THE HIRING FAIR. Then newcomer DENNIS also sang his own song TWO ROOMS ON PARK AVENUE about his mum and dad as JIM went all classical with Bill Caddick's JOHN O' DREAMS set to a tune by Tchaikovsky before CARL sang his excellent new song about the female "Postie" ANNIE IN BLUE. A quick burst of trad was next from ED with his POOR DITCHING BOY before ARTHUR went a bit political with his own HERE'S TO OLD GUY FAWKES and POET DAVID gave us his take on LONDONDERRY. Then er..er..it was PAUL with HESITATION BLUES which made DON & HEATHER think he might be PAST THE POINT OF RESCUE as BANJO JOHN was out looking MR TAMBOURINE MAN as the interval loomed.

The raffle saw the Wine go to Robin; the Olive Oil to Barbara; and the Chocolates go home with Eddie before FAIR PLAY started the second half with a new song, THE BALLAD OF DAN MOODY, followed by RICHARD GRAY with his own EVERY GRAIN OF SAND as TERRY also unfurled one of his WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG before CARL turned to Jez Lowe for THE LONE BADGER. Still with homemade creations GRASSROOTS sang Mick's latest WHEN I LEFT MY HOME as did ARTHUR with his 27 ROADS and ALLEN with another take on youth with WHAT'S IT TO YOU. Then continuing her advancement as a performer ANN treated us to THE FOLK SINGER from the charts in 1963 before DAVE BOULTON sang another of his own GIVE IT TIME and GORDON gave us BOGIE'S BONNIE BELLE. A busy night for ROBIN continued with the LAST FAREWELL as EDDIE unsheathed his new melodeon for the ballad of ANDREW ROSE and RICHARD GRAY remembered it was CLOSING TIME by Mary Asquith. Finally as the curtain was falling on a great evening of original and excellent music ED got the devil in him with THE WIDOW'S MOOR and FREE SPIRITS took the devil of a train ride on THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS down to the Gulf of Mexico. Top drawer!!

APRIL-2015

Newspaper No 323 28 April 2015

As usual a lively and interesting evening with MARK & JAN who themselves started us off with KING OF THE ROAD swiftly followed by BANO JOHN who was that MR BOJANGLES which was enough to make JOHN CHILCOTT sing I'LL BE YOU BABY TONIGHT and JIM to warble I LOVE YOU AS I NEVER LOVED BEFORE, one of his dad's favourites. Becoming a welcome regular ANN then sang the lovely ERISKAY LOVE LILT as DON & HEATHER set off ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE which DAVID CINNAMOND contemplated FROM A DISTANCE as did JAN the VERDANT BRAES OF SKREE. Turning to Dylan ED hit us with RAMONA just as JO pleaded COME ALL YE FAIR AND TENDER LADIES but PHIL took to the air with SEAGULL. This left EDDIE who was SINGING THE BLUES and ROB was bemoaning the loss of THE OLD PUBS. Fortunately BANJO JOHN lifted the tempo with JOHNNY B GOODE before JIM waxed lyrical about the FIELDS OF GOLD leaving MARK & JAN off RUNNING LIKE A TURKEY through the corn. ED then had us all singing about his PALACE VISIT to see the Queen as JO was musing WHEN I WAS IN MY PRIME and JOHN CHILCOTT was contemplating the FOUR STRONG WINDS.

A bumper raffle in the interval saw JOYCE take the bottle of wine; ALAN take the box of tea; BILL'S mate won the BUBBLY and BRIAN won the chocolates which he promptly passed round. This left ROB to kick start the second half with MARTIN SAID TO HIS MAN and PHIL to go for CADENCE AND CASCADE before ANN asked let me be your LADY FOR TODAY. It was EDDIE, however, who was that SAUCY SAILOR and DON & HEATHER who had the PEACEFUL EASY FEELING but PAUL addressed more basic matters with CORN BREAD AND BUTTER BEANS. Then a star in his own right SAM, a renowned busker, sang his own SKINNY LOVE to which ED ironically responded with THE JOGGER. On a serious note JIM lauded THE TOWN I LOVE SO WELL as PHIL turned to the SISTERS OF MERCY but ANN was just glad it was SUMMERTIME. This had no influence on ROB who took off for the RAWTENSTALL ANNUAL FAIR and DON, HEATHER & PAUL went off with the DIAMANTINA DROVER before gave EDDIE us a master class with THE MAPLE LEAF RAG & PIG ANKLE RAG. As you would expect JIM extolled the virtues of the ORDINARY MAN before PHIL bade us GOODBYE and FAREWELL to which BUSKER SAM replied with his own DON'T BOTHER TRYING TO EXPLAIN as ROB set out on yet another MILL OUTING leaving MARK & JAN to close another excellent evening of music and craic.

Newspaper No 322 21 April 2015

Incredible craic this week in the club with ED & SUE in the driving seat as BANJO JOHN chose a fine time to leave us with LUCILLE. Then PHIL took the floor with a GUITAR MEDLEY including GREENSLEEVES which PETE ROBERTS confessed was the LAST THING ON MY MIND and ED was seriously ON THE SIDE OF A HILL (P Simon) all of which prompted ALAN to rise to his feet with MEMORIES OF CHILDREN'S RHYMES. With an old favourite CARL explained why THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATHILDA as did PAUL who was PUTTING ON THE AGONY before DON & HEATHER remembered the sad times of a HONKY TONK MAN. Then SUE brought a new one in 74/75 to which GEOFF replied YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND and JO appeared as the GHOST OF A ROSE. This left ROBIN to revive us with BREAD & FISHES (Alan Bell) and DAVE & PETE to form a new band FOR FOLK'S SAKE to sing their own BIG BELLY BLUES before MARIAN ran off with the DARK EYED SAILOR. Next saw the return of DAVE who asked us to meet MR DREAMSELLER as ANN entreated OH SUSANNAH as BANJO JOHN remembered the ROCK AND ROLL WALTZ by Kay Starr. Heading to the break PETE ROBERTS sang his own THE BEST IN ME as JO told us SHE MOVES THROUGH THE FAIR undoubtedly toward the interval raffle.

Chocolates, wine and olive oil all found good homes in the raffle as we embarked on the second half with DAVE pleading MAKE ME AN ANGEL (John Prine). Investigating a dimension of family relationships DON & HEATHER had us all singing with SONNY before CARL had us all laughing madly to Thackray's THE KISS and PHIL had us cold as ice in ANTARCTICA. Still after a man MARIAN was singing BILLY ARMITAGE just as SUE & GEOFF were seeking THE CURE and ED unfolded his difficulties ON MY WAY TO WORK. Back in the US of A ROBIN invited us to meet him tonight in LAREDO while ANN was off to WIDDECOMBE FAIR and PAUL had the MORNING BLUES. Still building their repertoire FOR FOLK'S SAKE tried us with another two songs YOU'RE GONE and LYING EYES as DAVE went a cappella with the MOVING ON SONG which had PETE ROBERTS away KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR. Aiming for a big finish FREE SPIRITS exhorted to STEAL AWAY then wheeled away with WAGON WHEEL to have us leaving on a high.

Newspaper No 321 14 April 2015

A sublime evening with a load of friends performing great music started with FAIR PLAY perversely singing THE LAST GOODBYE but BANJO JOHN was having none of it as he launched into PAPER DOLL and JOHN CHILCOTT swore it was MORNING AGAIN. This set JIM & LYNN thinking IT'S A WORKING MAN I AM and JO telling us it's TO ANOTHER TOWN I'M BOUND before PETE ROBERTS reckoned it was all FIRE AND RAIN. Thank goodness for IAN's instrumental medley of GLORY OF LOVE, FREIGHT TRAIN & BLACKBIRD before JAN & MARK set out for JACKSON and JOHN CONDY was off as the HIGHWAYMAN. All this prompted PHIL to say it was all like THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL which had ROBIN off NORTH TO ALASKA and CARL suddenly romantic with I SAW A STRANGER WITH YOUR HAIR. A note of warning next came from CHRIS with YOU WON'T MAKE OLD BONES before DAVID became philosophical with his poem IN A DISTANCE and PETE KING sang us a new one of his own songs SATURDAY MATINEE. Returning to the fray JO had us BLOWING IN THE WIND which had JOHN CHILCOTT confused as the NOWHERE MAN but BANJO JOHN was in no doubt as he ripped into the TIGER RAG so it was no wonder FAIR PLAY asked WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN to take us to the break.

The interval raffle saw the wine go to John Condy; the roses go home with Ian; the Shortbreads go with Alan; the Chocolates go home with Chris and the Argan Oil Handcream be won by Brian. FREE SPIRITS then kicked started the night with the SPEED OF THE SOUND OF LONELINESS whereas JOHN CONDY had BOATS TO BUILD and JIM & LYNN were celebrating the GALWAY SHAWL. Next PETE sang DARCY FARROW which was a candidate for the oldest folk song in America before they realised it had truckies in it and to prove they're a strange lot over there PHIL sang Mmmm X 4 (Brad Thomas) which was a bit weird so it was relief to hear IAN playing my BABY'S COMING HOME. In a fit of comradeship CARL then had a need to play something with JOHN and the result was NORWEGIAN WOOD but even further away CHRIS explained why after a major fraud there would be no POSTCARDS FROM PARAGUAY while ROBIN was more emotive when he explained the origin of THE SNOWS OF NEW YORK. Equally emotional was PETE KING with his Leonard Cohenesque DON'T EXPLAIN and JAN & MARK were also very interesting with ROTTERDAM OR ANYWHERE whereas PAUL was more straightforwardly RIDING ON A NEW RIVER TRAIN. Gathering momentum JOHN CONDY then had us banding up for THE MIGHT QUINN as PHIL took off with THE BOLD REYNARD and ROBIN sang a trilogy of FRAULEIN, BLACKBOARD OF MY HEART & THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE before IAN had us all WINDY AND WARM and PETE led us out with YOUR SONG to end a fine evening.

Newspaper No 320 7 April 2015

Another evening of great music and good craic hosted by Janice & Mick aka GRASSROOTS who started the ball rolling with one of Mick's greatest songs, THERE WON'T BE ANOTHER SUNSET. More topically BANJO JOHN was out in the APRIL SHOWERS as ED marvelled at the HANDSOME CABIN BOY and JANET made her debut very well with THE HOUSEWIVE'S LAMENT. Not to be stuck indoors DON & HEATHER were out on the WESTERN PLAINS while DAVID was back in LONDONDERRY with his own poem recently performed on the local radio there. SUE then told of the ROSE TATTOO as PETE celebrated the SUNNY AFTERNOON we had just had and even more dramatically CARL pointed to the MAGICAL SKY. Then DAVE COWE turned to Ogden Nash for MEL ALAN MEL ALAN MEL ALAN LEND ME YOUR CLICHE as ROBIN hit the STREETS OF BALTIMORE before DAVE BOULTON reported the story of LONG PRESTON PEGGY's exploits. Going all a cappella ANN sang THE TROUT and PAUL revved us all up with JOHN THE REVELATOR before GEOFF calmed us down by asking WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW. Then instrumentally EDDY played us two seasonal tunes O SACRED HEAD & THE GREEN BLADE RISETH NOW and KAMRAN sang the really touching FADE INTO YOU and GRASSROOTS had us all emotional with the JAR OF HEARTS. This left BANJO JOHN to lead us with the legendary UNCHAINED MELODY before he went home early.

Much socialising later we raffled and Janet took home the wine, Kamran won a box of teabags and Baz went off with a big bag of bulbs before GEOFF announced that ROY ROGERS IS RIDING TONIGHT. Then performing a favourite of Pete Morton's CARL vowed to CARRY IT ON and JANET was equally serious with DONNA DONNA before ED maintained the mood with SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SEA by our own Dave Boulton and with several others saying they were also going to cover it. With a complete change of mood KAMRAN took us all down to BROWNSVILLE as ANN yearned for the SUMMERTIME and ROBIN felt the same about COUNTRY ROADS. Then late arrival MARION told of the RECRUITED COLLIER before DON & HEATHER responded to a request to sing their DANCES FOR DOLLARS and SUE with GEOFF sang an interesting version of BAD MOON RISING. In lighter vein than earlier EDDY sang Buddy Holly's EVERY DAY followed by DAVE COWE with a couple of short poems WHOOPS & THE PERFECT CRIME and DAVE BOULTON asked us to STRIKE THE BELL. Heading for a big finish PETE announced that TONIGHT I'LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU to which MARION asked WHAT WILL WE DO and GRASSROOTS responded I THINK IT'S GONNA RAIN TODAY to end a very satisfying evening.

 

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