Newsletter No 505 18 December 2018

A superb evening of reflection was started by PAUL McD who said I NEED YOU NOW while ED was WAITING FOR A TRAIN whereas ANDY was seeking guidance from the STAR OF BETHLEHEM. Meanwhile peter had the MEDICAL STUDENT BLUES and IAN had GEORGIA ON MY MIND while CARL was simply LOOKING FOR THE SUN, his own song. In seasonal mood STEVE gave us a Christmas Medley of JINGLE BELLS & SILENT NIGHT with his Autoharp to which PHIL replied I TALK TO THE WIND and HEATHER performed Les Barker’s story WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND. On the move DON & HEATHER then set of on the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS and PAUL RILEY went off to GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN leaving PAUL McD to ask whatever happened to SATURDAY NIGHT. Going back in time ED sang a song about AL BOWLLY whereas ANDY was up to date with SOMEONE TO RELY ON by Lily Allen before PETE replied with ST PAUL’S SONG and IAN mentioned CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE. Also rising to the occasion CARL performed his own excellent song YOUNG ANNIE IN BLUE about a post person and STEVE contributed A CHILD IS BORN and PHIL played two tunes HORIZONS and JESU JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING and DON & HEATHER took us off to a WINTER WONDERLAND.
In the Big Raffle Kate won the Wine, Andy won the Mince Pies, Margaret won the Shower Gel and Steve won the Man Utd Calendar before PAUL opened the second half with a MORNING TOWN RIDE and late arrival RICHARD GRAY sang his own MAGNIFICAT. On a more personal level ED sang about ABSENT FRIENDS while PAUL McD commented HE THINKS HE’LL KEEP HER before ANDY went all heavy with Cohen’s HALLELUJAH and PETE proclaimed I SHALL BE RELEASED. A bit of rose tinted spectacles next as IAN played LA VIE EN ROSE and STEVE sang WHEN YOU WERE SWEET SIXTEEN and PHIL sang THE OUTLAW by Larry Norman. DON & HEATHER then needed us at the DIMMING OF THE DAY which RICHARD said was a SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE followed by his patois Y’ALRIGHT MAN. Rising to a climax ANDY gave us some PERSUASION and IAN offered FIELDS OF GOLD before PAUL RILEY & PAUL McD finally delivered the frequently threatened WHITE CHRISTMAS with RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER in attendance. Season’s Greetings to everyone and here’s to a great 2019.

Newsletter No 504 11 December 2018
With Ed & Sue in charge BANJO JOHN lit the fuse with WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP as PETE ROBERTS set sail with THE AIRPORT SONG and PAUL RILEY hit the mark with MARY’S BOY CHILD. Surrealistically ED said it was a SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING to which CARL responded that’s FURTHER out and ROB just said I WISH I WAS BACK IN LIVERPOOL. With his own song PETE’S THE KING had us participating in SANTA’S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE and SIMON got heavy with SHE THINKS I STILL CARE before JAMES got all jazzy with SWEET LORRAINE. All was going swimmingly so it was an even bigger surprise when JAN & MARK came in fully dressed in pantomime gear and knocked us out as the GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY. A brilliant contribution Jan & Mark!! Coming back to earth DON & HEATHER then took us WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND and HEATHER herself stayed on with Les Barker’s humorous tribute to TURKEYS before WILF seriously sang THE WAY LIFE’S MEANT TO BE by ELO. Going back to his roots ALLEN sang the traditional ERIN GO BRAGH (Ireland Forever), ARTHUR went back to NATURE BOY and KATH & STAN went Deep South for SHAKE SUGAREE. Late comer MARIAN then sang the traditional WEE TOTUM FOGG followed by PAUL McD who came up with CORRINA, CORRINA before JOHN CONDY celebrated his birthday with the FAIRY TALE OF NEW YORK which left BANJO JOHN to take us to the interval with YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF LOVE (Louis Armstrong).
With all the money going to Children in Need the bumper raffle saw Pete Roberts win the Wine, Pete’s the king win the Chinese Calendar, Allen win the Lynx Gift Set, Kate win the oven Glove, Kate also win the Special Christmas Cards, Paul Riley win the Tin of Quality Street, Gillian win the Cuddly Toy and Ed win the Sound Spa Rejuvenate. ED then stayed on his feet to tell the birthday boy YOU’RE ONLY AS OLD AS THE WOMAN YOU FEEL. On the canal ROB was aboard the GOOD SHIP KALIBAR and CARL commented IT’S A CHAMPION LIFE and PAUL Mc D issued a general invitation to SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME and a night UNDER THE BOARDWALK. Back to normal JAN & MARK next rocked us to LITTLE RED ROOSTER whereas more gently ARTHUR pleaded TAKE THESE CHAINS FROM MY HEART before MARIAN related the tale of the MAID AND THE (talking) MAGPIE. Again with songs of the season PAUL RILEY led us in a Carol Medley starting with GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN to which PETE ROBERTS replied that’s YOUR SONG and ALLEN told us to take no notice of fashion PICTURES IN A MAGAZINE. Back on message WILF was IN MY LIGHTHOUSE while SIMON was with the tragic AMELIA EARHART which left JAMES in the BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY and JOHN CONDY saying, honestly, I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS. Oh no he doesn’t I hear you say, but having reached the end of the party DON, HEATHER & PAUL set out to rock us like a WAGON WHEEL etc to end a terrific night!!

Newsletter No 503 4 December 2018

As we filled up hosts MARK & JAN were setting off on the BONNY SHIP THE DIAMOND with KATH & STAN waving them THE LAST GOODBYE and ALLEN empathising with oppressed countries in his own song O BOSNIA. Moving forward in time PAUL McD came up with HEY NOW as ED began to splutter with the BRONCHIAL DILATOR BLUES leaving voiceless PHIL to play us 3 GUITAR TUNES. It was all too tame for ANDY who yearned for the WALL OF DEATH but for PETE ROBERTS it was a question of his WHOLE LIFE THROUGH before HILARY had us laughing with her ONE-LINERS and EDDIE had us WALKING IN THE AIR. For IAN it was back in autumn with SEPTEMBER SONG but for PETER BRIDGE it was winter OUT OF THE SNOW as Pete’s friend MATT trudged through a DIRTY OLD TOWN. Next HEATHER introduced us to Les Barker’s DOG NAMED STAY before together DON & HEATHER got the SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES and ANN warned mariners on the Rhine with her VAIR ME ORO VAN O. With an amusing parody PETES THE KING reckoned WE TILT THIS KITTY so fortunately PAUL RILEY could claim I’VE BEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD and SIMON asked HOW CAN YOU KEEP ON MOVING. Before the interval JAMES realised it was a SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE that tonight we were presenting MIND THE STEP an Appalachian Dance Group who danced to KITCHEN CLOVERLEAF followed by MEDICINE MAN.
In the interval Raffle Vic won the Bottle of Red Wine, Simon won the Chocolates, Kath & Stan won the Box of Biscuits, Ann won the Shower Gel, Kate won the Santa Apron and Paul won the Beer Journal before PETE ROBERTS shouted out, HEY JOE. Thinking of the homeless PETER BRIDGE turned to the STREETS OF LONDON and KATH & STAN complained of LAZY JOHN before PHIL, still voiceless played the CARCASSI STUDY IN A and very nice too. Somehow this prompted ALLEN to go back to his Scout days for SHE SAT ON A HAMMOCK AND PLAYED HER GUITAR and PETES THE KING to recall hearing ARCHIE McPHERSON reporting all the football matches in Scotland. Also going for the solo guitar PAUL McD had the DELTA BLUES and IAN was crossing MOON RIVER before HILARY got us all giggling again at her ONE LINERS. Before Pumpkin time MIND THE STEP returned one last time for JESSE JAMES as ANDY went DOWN ALONG THE DIXIE LINE and SIMON was out with a JERSEY GIRL. This left JAMES to claim I AIN’T MISBEHAVIN but ED certainly was with SHE IS WOMAN before PAUL RILEY warned him YOU’VE GOTTA MOVE. Coming to a climax DON & HEATHER had us all singing away with SONNY’S DREAM before MARK & JAN finally drew it to a close with END OF THE LINE.


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