Newsletter No 494 25 September 2018

A top quality evening was opened by hosts GRASSROOTS with a new song SAILING BY followed by ALLEN with the traditional NOW WESTLIN’ WINDS and PHIL with Steve Knightley’s POPPY DAY. With an American tune adopted by the Irish PAUL then took us to BELFAST MILL followed by PETE ROBERTS with his own TRACY’S SONG and DON & HEATHER with their own I WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. For HELEN, however, the BLUES RUN THE GAME and for ED it’s all down to the MASTERS OF WAR so no wonder JAMES reckoned there AIN’T NO PLEASIN’ YOU. For PETE the King reckoned you can’t FOOL THE GIRLS as CHARLIE & JONATHAN arrived late with BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX and GRASSROOTS fell in love with THE RHYTHM OF GUITARS. Confrontationally ALLEN asked WHAT’S IT TO YOU but more peacefully PETE ROBERTS sang ST PAUL’S SONG and PAUL sang THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD, however, all was not well with PHIL who had some FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. What you need is the HAIR OF THE DOG returned ED as DON, HEATHER & PAUL set off down the USA with WAGON WHEEL and HELEN took us to the break with there’s a GHOST IN THIS HOUSE.
The interval raffles saw our Digital Demon Chris win the Box of Tea, Allen win the Bottle of Wine and Petes the King win the Box of Chocolates and promptly hand them round before GRASSROOTS opened the second half appropriately with IF YOU CO ULD READ MY MIND. Thus energised JAMES gave us a bluesy KANSAS CITY before PETE the King sang his own PUT THE BONNY BACK IN THE BOX and ALLEN inducted another folk song into his repertoire with WILD ROVER. Sometimes said PETE ROBERTS there can be ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS but any way up we all need ED and THE FLUSHERS even with PHIL who was in the PALACE OF VERSAILLES where for HELEN there are PASTURES OF PLENTY. Coming to the climax of an excellent night PAUL told us THE SINGING WILL NEVER END as DON & HEATHER sang their DANCES FOR DOLLARS and JAMES sent us all off HOMEWARD BOUND with a bounce in our step. Magic!

Newsletter No 493 18 September 2018

A relatively small but highly talented group of performers greeted KATH & STAN who quickly extracted themselves from being WATERBOUND to which PAUL McD replied I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND and PAUL RILEY sang YOU AIN’T GOIN’ NOWHERE before IAN played THE WAY WE WERE. No wonder ANDY went to a higher power GOD ANSWERS BACK and HELEN went all philosophical by telling us THE BLUES RUN THE GAME leaving KATH & STAN to reply with two tunes, BUTTERED PEAS & WINSTER GALLOP. Introducing even more class JONATHAN turned to Nic Jones for MASTER KILBY as PAUL RILEY went to the Mr Dylan who said DON’T THINK TWICE IT’S ALRIGHT as PAUL McD & ANDY came together for the first time for FOUR STRONG WINDS. Instrumentally for IAN it was a case of SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES as HELEN was seeking THE MARVELLOUS TOY but for JONATHAN it was all about love with Nick Drake’s TIME HAS TOLD ME. Next for KATH & STAN there is nothing worse than MONDAY MORNING but there was worse as PAUL RILEY related the story of GEORDIE. No wonder PAUL McD sang TAKE IT EASY but ANDY took us to DEVONSIDE and another strange love story before IAN went plain romantic with MOON RIVER. Hard and romantic it was too with HELEN who sang about Jan the gypsy in whom IT SUITS ME WELL before JONATHAN took us to the break on the back of DOLPHINS by Fred Neil.
In the interval raffle Michael won the Bottle of Wine, Joan won the Box of Chocolates and Linda won the Bag of Bulbs before KATH & STAN posed the question, WHAT’LL WE DO WITH THE BABY? No wonder PAUL McD exclaimed SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING and JONATHAN turned to Bruce Springsteen for the PROMISED LAND before ANDY advised FOLLOW YOUR ARROW and ignore all the naysayers. Quite simply PAUL RILEY then asked has ANYONE SEEN MY GAL to which HELEN replied she must have had an URGE FOR GOING and IAN responded hope she AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. This made PAUL McD think of LET IT BE ME and JONATHAN came up with THESE DAYS and ANDY couldn’t resist ONE MORE TIME and KATH & STAN sang us DINK’S SONG. Then from the smallest of groups came the biggest finish as IAN played as we sang GEORGIA followed by HELEN singing FAITH’S SONG and PAUL McD confessing I WANNA GET LOST IN YOUR ROCK ‘n ROLL before PAUL RILEY got us all back on the straight and narrow with a fine GOSPEL MEDLEY so we left on a high! Top drawer!!

Newsletter No 492 11 September 2018

Slow in starting but the flood gates soon opened not long after PETE started to sing GOODBYE TO THE OLD followed by PAUL RILEY with CORRINA, CORRINA and IAN with a nice instrumental version of IF by David Gates before BRIAN razzed it all up with BROWN-EYED HANDSOME MAN, Chuck Berry in the style of Tony Joe White. Must request that again! Keeping the ball rolling PETE then threw in SOME TWO-WORD SWAPS before PAUL McD went all Tchaikovsky with JOHN O’DREAMS and ANDY sang LA CIENGA by Ryan Adams. For JOSH it was then a case of THE STORM RAGES ON but for KAMRAN it was plainly THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE before it was a big welcome back for HILARY who gave us some of her very funny ONE-LINERS. Next up were RACING DEMON aka SIMON & PAUL with FOOTSTEPS FALL which left JAMES on the stand to declare I’M ONLY SLEEPING (Beatles) followed by newcomer NICK who posed us THE RIDDLE (Nick Kershaw). All ways round this set up JONATHAN & CHARLIE for WILD WORLD and BEN for SNACK ATTACK (for his father-in-law who just had a jaw operation) and ARTHUR with THE TREE STILL FALLS to take us crashing into the Interval Break.

The Raffle saw the Bottle of Wine won by Brian, The Box of Chocolates won by Jackie, the Daffodil Bulbs won by Paul McD and the 1940s CD donated by Dianne won by Hilary and gifted to Kamran, thanks Hilary, before PETE took us all off to WOODSTOCK. Latecomer RICHARD then slipped in with EVERY GRAIN OF SAND before CHARLIE & JONATHAN conjectured BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX (Glen Campbell). In the same vein PAUL RILEY was on that MOBILE LINE just as ANDY teased us with NEXT TIME, THIS TIME before BRIAN took us to the DARK END OF THE STREET. In relief JOSH (et al) banded up for WAGON WHEEL before IAN went into those FIELDS OF GOLD and HILARY wheeled out some more of her ONE-LINERS and PAUL McD rather pointedly asked IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM? On a serious note BEN sang THE MANCHESTER TREES, about the anniversary of the arena bombing, NICK came back with TAKE ON ME and KAMRAN had the CHUMP MAN BLUES before RACING DEMON sang SINCE I MET YOU, BABY. Left alone JAMES then came up with UNKNOWN LEGEND by Neil Young as ARTHUR returned with his song of the week EVERYBODY’S BROKE BUT BORIS and RICHARD sang of the MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT. This nicely set up a big finish with BEN off with the NEW YORK GIRLS, newcomer NICK going off THROUGH THE BARRICADES with Spandau Ballet, JOSH going off RIDING MY THUMB TO MEXICO and PAUL McD asking us to SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME before getting off UNDER THE BOARDWALK to end a craicing evening of music, songs and loads of banter. Magic!!

Newsletter No 491 4 September 2018

With a fairly full house PAUL RILEY got us all aboard the MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and KATH & STAN took us away TEN THOUSAND MILES before CHRIS declared his CRAZY LOVE. For JAN it was a case of EVERYTIME YOU SAY GOODBYE just as PAUL McD declared I’M A FOOL TO DO YOUR DIRTY WORK and PETER BRIDGE came out with some WORD SWAPS. Then, back after a while, JOHN REED came up with one of his own HONEST JOHN after which poet OLIVER took us to the GRAND MALL HOTEL AT THE SAVOY FOR RICHARD HARRIS. Somewhat further away MARK had us in SAMMY’S BAR and PETE ROBERTS transported us to OXFORD TOWN with Bob Dylan. For BRIAN it was all a bit SOMEWHERE BETWEEN and ROGER sang about the FORTUNATE ONE which contrasted sharply with JONATHAN & CHARLIE who requested, HANG ME OH HANG ME just as SIMON & JAMES came on with L. Cohen paying his rent to the TOWER OF SONG. On the other hand JAMES told us I’VE JUST SEEN A FACE and for CARL it was a case of FURTHER before ANN sang about the temptation of LORELEI. Coming up to the break after a storming first half PAUL had the OLD WALKING BLUES while KATH & STAN reckoned WE COULD FLY as sadly CHRIS had the BREWER’S DROOP.

In the interval raffle Rosalie won the Bottle of Wine, Margaret won the Plant, Ann won the Box of Maltesers and CDs won by Jackie, Roger and Brian before PAUL McD declared I NEED YOU NOW and JAN & MARK agreed WELL, IT’S ALRIGHT but for JOHN REED it was all about DEPENDENCE. Poet OLIVER was then truly philosophical with HOW MANY DEATHS DO YOU HAVE TO DIE BEFORE YOU CONCEDE TO LIFE and PETE ROBERTS dug deep for RABBIT HILLS before BRIAN skipped off to GEORGIA and ROGER got CAUGHT OUT LIKE CLINTON. Next and with one of his own great songs CARL was ALL AT SEA and SIMON & JAMES climbed aboard the COOKSFERRY QUEEN before JAMES went off to a GARDEN PARTY. This somehow set the trend and PAUL McD hit it up with LYING IN THE ARMS OF MARY before KATH & STAN recounted the BALLAD OF DAN MOODY which left MARK & JAN to up the tempo with BAD MOON RISING and PAUL RILEY to razz up a band and STEP IT UP AND GO to finish the night on a high note. Magic!



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