Newsletter No 500 13 November 2018

On opening hosts GRASSROOTS convinced us that IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE but it did for the soldiers said BANJO JOHN as he sang LILI MARLENE but for PETE ROBERTS a pair of BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER were his wish. Lighter footwear for JIM & LYN who told us WE DANCED A REEL IN THE SHIMMERING LIGHT so PAUL RILEY had no need to ask WHERE IS THE LOVE as PETER went off piste with his PHANTOM INJURY BLOW ADDS TO UNTITLED’S WOO WOOS Pt 1. No wonder HEATHER whimsically claimed the first to the South Pole was SPOT OF THE ANTARTIC before DON & HEATHER then set off for SOUTH AUSTRALIA. For PAUL McD it was an invitation to LAY DOWN SALLY but for KATH & STAN a trip to the WINDMILL as JAMES cried HEY YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY and SIMON & JAMES were looking for a place to hide with THE WEIGHT. For JONATHAN it was case of THE DOLPHINS whereas RAY had a LONGING IN MY HEART FOR DONEGAL before RICHARD analysed THE LAST GREAT WAR. Coming up to the break GRASSROOTS spent some time CROSSING THE BAR before BANJO JOHN remembered his uncle from WWll with ROSES IN PICARDY & WE’LL MEET AGAIN before KATH & STAN took the TRAIN ON THE ISLAND.
In the interval Raffle Sue won the Amaryllis, James won the Bottle of Red Wine, Richard won the Box of Tea and Joseph won the Stollen Cake. Then JIM told LYN I am AN ORDINARY MAN and PETE ROBERTS sang he had a HEART LIKE A WHEEL and PAUL RILEY sang he was as GOOD AS I’VE BEEN TO YOU and JONATHAN declared he was a ONE MAN GUY. Next HEATHER certainly had that JE NE SAIS QUOIS before DON & HEATHER related the story of the PETERLOO MASSACRE and PAUL McD warned HANDLE WITH CARE. This was certainly needed when PETER continued with PHANTOM INJURY BLOW ADDS TO UNTITLED’S WOO Pt 2 followed by RICHARD with his YOU WERE THE HEART AND SOUL and visitor RAY sang Phil Coulter’s great hit THE TOWN THAT I LOVED SO WELL. Finally heading for a big finish SIMON & JAMES got us rocking with SHE’S NO LADY after which JAMES nailed it with ROUTE 66 as all hit the road!

Newsletter No 499 6 November 2018 

With more audience than the 18 performers KATH & STAN first took us off to HORNCASTLE FAIR and BRIAN warned of BAD BREATH before HEATHER & DON introduced the remembrance theme with CALLING DOON THE LINE by Alan G Brydon. In romantic mood PAUL McD complimented YOU LOOK WONDERFUL TONIGHT before PHIL sang Steve Knightley’s ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and PAUL RILEY led a singalong with LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY, PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES and BLUEBIRDS OVER THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER. In addition PETE decided to BEAT THE DRUM and CHRIS was a PIPER TO THE END and COLIN RUDD asked WHY NOT I. Another slant came from HELEN about the man good at being a soldier but NEVER ANY GOOD WITH MONEY by Martin Simpson whereas PETER BRIDGE was back in ENGLAND 1914, ANN sang the favourite LILI MARLENE and ED went back to the occasion when the fighting stopped on Christmas day with GERMAN SOLDIER. MARIAN then asked us to ONLY REMEMBER for what we have done and even after the event JONATHAN & CHARLIE pointed the aftermath with STILL FIGHTING THE WAR. Breaking away from the major theme KATH & STAN took us to the break with MOONSHADOW while BRIAN was LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO FALL APART as HEATHER & DON followed the exploits of ROMANY JACK and PAUL McD was TALKING ABOUT MY GIRL.
In the Interval Raffle Jackie won the Bottle of Red Wine, Helen took the Box of Biscuits, Marian won the Handwash and Brian won the Necklace before PHIL appropriately played STUDY No 10 entitled PEACE and PAUL RILEY took us peacefully DOWN BY LAGGANSIDE while PETE calmly said TALK TO ME OF MENDOCINO. With new guitar in hand CHRIS continued with NANA’S SONG before JONATHAN & CHARLIE warned IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT. No wonder HELEN got the URGE FOR GOING and PETER BRIDGE was SOMEWHERE ALONG THE ROAD before ANN came back to NO MAN’S LAND. With another song of peace ED sang NANCY followed by MARIAN and THE WIFE OF USHERS WELL, KATH & STAN THE FORSAKEN MERMAID and PHIL with THE CROW ON THE CRADLE by Sydney Carter. Approaching the end of a great evening PAUL McD had us rocking with the BROWN EYED GIRL, BRIAN had us dancing to theTENNESSEE WALTZ and ED had us marching with THE UNIVERSAL SOLDIER before CHRIS played the instrumental NAKED LADIES AND ELECTRIC RAGTIME. To cap it all DON, HEATHER & PAUL had us all singing into the street with THE SPEED OF THE SOUND OF LONELINESS. Magic!


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