OCTOBER - 2018

Newsletter No 496 16 October 2018

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

Newsletter No 496 9 October 2018

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

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

Newsletter No 495 2 October 2018

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

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

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