APRIL - 2019

Newsletter No 520 16 April 2019
A smaller but perfectly formed group awaited hosts KATH & STAN who set the tone by insisting we take note of the weather and KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE. Back to his roots ALLEN declared his allegiance with YE JACOBITES BY NAME which according to HELEN was THE LAST THING ON MY MIND and PAUL responded by saying he was going to STEP IT UP AND GO. Appropriately, HILARY then stepped up with some of her hilarious ONE-LINERS, it’s the way she tells ‘em you know, as PETER decided to take the LAST TRAIN AND RIDE leaving ED to DREAM with Bob Dylan, It was then back north of the border with ANN and THE SKYE BOAT SONG before KATH & STAN sang of THE FORSAKEN MERMAID and ALLEN gave us his own PICTURES IN A MAGAZINE. Despite the good weather HELEN sang I WISH IT WOULD RAIN and PAUL wanted to WADE IN THE WATER but PETER was enjoying a TEQUILA SUNSET by R. McTell. Next HILARY gave us some more of her ONE-LINERS and ED was also laughing as he walked away from the fight and became THE WINNER as did ANN at the WIDDICOMBE FAIR. Coming to the break was a bit anticlimactic as KATH & STAN felt LIKE A SONGBIRD THAT HAS FALLEN and ALLEN had got the WILD EYE and HELEN reckoned that’s WHY THEY CALL IT FALLING.
Fortunately the interval raffle was cheering as Jill won the wine, Joyce won the Easter Egg, Heather won the Box of Sweets and Kate took home the Cuddly Toy but not having won PAUL was off GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD and PETER was off to SIN CITY and ED was trying to break free ED from THE BOX. Fortunately, HILARY cheered us up with more of her ONE-LINERS and ANN was happy in the SHABBY OLD CABBIE before PETE sang I SHALL BE RELEASED. Next KATH & STAN were off to THE BAY OF BISCAY where ALLEN was able to CATCH THE WIND as HELEN wondered WHAT GOOD AM I and PAUL tucked into CORN BREAD AND BUTTER BEANS. Coming to the end of a quality evening PETER was getting the SLEEPY TIME BLUES but, still lively, ED was off with MACALPINE’S FUSILEERS and ALLEN was scoffing at the POUND A WEEK RISE and no wonder.

Newsletter No 519 9 April

A top quality evening started with a bang as PAUL McD, on top form, sang LONG MAY YOU RUN before JAN went back to 1840 for THE DANDYMAN and ALLEN went back even further for MACPHERSON’S RANT from 1700. CHRIS then brought us to the present with THE BOXER and HELEN sang SCARBOROUGH FAIR leaving PETE KING to give us his own song for his daughter YOU CAME TO ME. Then it was time for HILARY’s JOKES e.g., Why can’t a car play football? It’s only got one boot! as MARK went off to Malta and SAMMY’S BAR and then MIKE, friend and pupil of Pete King, gave us his own song HALF WORN TYRES. Next JAMES sang HOW LONG BLUES inspiring accompaniment from 3 harmonicas so no wonder RACING DEMON, aka Simon & James, hastily formed up for THERE’S A HEARTACHE FOLLOWING ME and PAUL RILEY got the GOOD MORNING BLUES which led to PAUL McD pleading HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT. Next JAN treated us to MOLIANNWN in Welsh and ALLEN sang his own great song about the ROAD TO PASSCHENDAELE before CHRIS with THE TRAWLERMAN’S SONG and HELEN with the ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY took us to the interval.
Starting the second half PETE KING claimed I DON’T NEED YOUR LOVE before HILARY JOKES: eg I’ve been hit by a set of bongos! You’ve probably got percussion: had us all laughing as MARK sailed into view in Even JAMES was HOMEWARD BOUND before RACING DEMON sang about POCAHONTAS (Neil Young) and MIKE gave us his BELLE VUE SUE and RICHARD explained the MEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE. Any way up MARK & JAN were then off to JACKSON and PAUL McD asked IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM while ALLEN was left with the GOLD WATCH BLUES but fortunately PETE KING told us it’s alright when YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND (James Taylor). Next up HELEN was off to BOLD GERMANY while CHRIS played and sang AUTUMN LEAVES but for some reason MIKE ad the PET CORNER BLUES. Luckily RACING DEMON gave us some TUPELO HONEY before RICHARD claimed THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ to which PAUL RILEY concluded YOU GOTTA MOVE as all headed for the door until next week comes around.

Newsletter No 518 2 April 2019

At 8.00 o’clock PAUL RILEY was anticipating the MIDNIGHT SPECIAL but, eager to get started, for KATH & STAN it was HEAVEN’S A BAR before PETE saw the funny side with SEVERAL PUNS. EDDIE declared MICHELLE was his belle but PAUL McD admired the little RED ROOSTER but HELEN there was NOTHING BUT TIME (Tom Paxton). Host KAMRAN then came up with TRIAD before ANN accompanied by Eddie sang about DIE LORELAI and ED sang TO WELCOME PADDY HOME. A great truism from SIMON told us THE VERY THING THAT MAKES YOU RICH MAKES ME POOR before two tunes from STAN & KATH were BRIGHTON CAMP and SOLDIERS JOY and the equally serious DARK AS A DUNGEON came from PAUL RILEY. With his nice new concert guitar EDDIE them met with ELEANOR RIGBY and certainly HELEN thought the BLUES RUN THE GAME before PETE delivered more PUNNAGE and PAUL McD took us to STATESBORO with some more BLUES. In good form ANN thought of spring and THE SWEET NIGHTINGALE but for KAMRAN it was off to ST JAMES INFIRMARY with ED and the MATCHSTALK MEN and SIMON and the BAR ROOM GIRLS as the interval took over.

In the Raffle Patricia won the Bunch of Flowers, Eddie won the CD, Ann took home the Bottle of Wine and Heather K won the Chocolates before SIMON & KAMRAN opened the second half with HURT followed by EDDIE with MOONSHADOW and PAUL RILEY who was on THE MOBILE LINE. Another favourite from ANN was THE FOLK SINGER before KATH & STAN took the TRAIN ON THE ISLAND and followed it with THE CHEROKEE SHUFFLE. Next HELEN guarded the BARRICADES OF HEAVEN (Jackson Brown) to which PETE replied with PUNISHMENT and PAUL McD commented WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SATURDAY NIGHT. From the writings of Dave Boulton ED demanded ROUGH JUSTICE as EDDIE scooted off round the SAN FRANCISCO BAY blues and PAUL R preferred ROLLIN’ IN MY SWEET BABY’S ARMS and STAN & KATH went into the SLEEPY DESERT. Giving us another laugh PETE came up with EVEN MORE PUNS before HELEN set off for home singing ALL OF THE SONGS WERE ROAD SONGS (Zoe Mulford) followed by SIMON and THE WEREWOLF and ED with THE GAMBLER to end a very musical night.


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