Newsletter No 526 28 May 2019
With the crowd slowly gathering PAUL McD started with a complaint, NO ONE CAN MAKE MY SUNSHINE SMILE but PETE was much more cheerful on the RABBIT HILLS before HELEN came out with the traditional COPPER KETTLE. For ALLEN it was a case of SALLY FREE AND EASY whereas for HEATHER it was the story of REG, THE LONELY GLOW-WORM before joined by DON for a trip a trip to SOUTH AUSTRALIA followed by ANDY who was looking forward to TOMORROW. With a bit of light relief HILARY told us some FUNNY STORIES starting with ‘The invisible woman who was married to the invisible man. Their kids weren’t a lot to look at!’ With a new arrangement IAN played THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU (Herb Alpert) before under ED’s captaincy THE ROYAL CHARTER went down and CARL saluted Jake Thackray with ON AGAIN. No wonder PAUL RILEY requested, PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN before MIKE told us what happens IN MY COMMUNITY CHOIR and PAUL McD sang about THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE. With another of his favourites PETE sang his own metaphor for love, STORM RISING, whereas HELEN was less optimistic with BLUES RUN THE GAME and the Hangman wins the day in MACPHERSON’S RANT from ALLEN. It was a bit the same for DON & HEATHER and the SPEED OF THE SOUND OF LONELINESS and THE FATHER’S SONG delivered by CARL.
In the Raffle Gillian won the bottle of Red Wine, Heather Kenyon won the Film Colette on DVD and Mike won the Box of Tea before PAUL McD played his own instrumental TIMPERLEY BLUFF followed by a special request for ED and JACUZZI JOE THE GIGOLO WITH THE FUNKY CONCERTINA which nearly had newcomer TONY off LEAVING ON A JET PLANE. Fortunately, IAN decided to play SUNNY and HILARY cheered us with some more ONE-LINERS before confession time from ANDY with I HAVE BEEN A ROVER. Next we had a bit of advice from MIKE about how to remove A PIGEON IN THE CHIMNEY and a warning from PETE about the place DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL and also a warning from Robert Burns as sung by ALLEN in YE JACOBITES BY NAME before ANDY sang KACEY MUSGRAVE. Enough of this hilarity thought ED who claimed he was TEACHING MY WORM HOW TO SWIM, not poaching – animal coaching! IAN than took us to the FIELDS OF GOLD before TONY asked us to LET IT BE and DON, HEATHER & PAUL took us to Australia with the DIAMANTINA DROVER. Coming to climax MIKE celebrated his BELLE VUE SUE but CARL warned of the fate of the STAR (Stealers Wheel) before PAUL announced, “I wanna go home” as we all joined in with THE SLOOP JOHN B the last song of a superb evening.
Newsletter No 525 21 May 2019
It was quite a social scene before PETE burst forth with the ST JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES followed by PAUL R with BLACK-EYED SUSIE and PHIL with COUSIN JACK (S. Knightley). Taking her time HELEN said she would sing SOMEDAY SOON but for PAUL McD it was already QUITTING TIME but KAMRAN was very clear in singing I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG. Reminiscing ED knew he had passed but he was certain AL BOWLLY’S IN HEAVEN (R. Thompson) and certainly Doris Day has recently followed being celebrated by JAMES with her monster hit QUE SERA SERA before sanity returned and Simon joined him as RACING DEMON with CARMELITA (Zevon). Then stimulated by the quality so far CARL pulled out one of his own best songs THE ARMOURY TO THE CROWN and KATH AND STAN followed with WINDMILLS before BEN, back from his gig tour, sang one of his own best, the satirical TWEEDLE DEE. Coming up to the interval HEATHER SIDDALL had us laughing at Les Barker’s dogs in STAY, GO AND FETCH before joining up as DON, HEATHER & PAUL for RAMBLING BOY (T. Paxton) and their own FLOWERS ON THE WATER.
The interval Raffle saw the Bottle of Red Wine won by Rob, the Box of Milk Tray Chocolates won by Andy and the Hand Soap won by Martin before PETE again started the music with his own LOVE SONG which he shared with everyone the audience. Then PHIL rose to sing about LIFE IN DARK WATER (Al Stewart) before late arrival RICHARD took a deep breath as he was STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN followed by HEATHER KENYON who defined the curse of cruising with IT MUST BE TIME TO EAT (ChelseaBaby). For some reason this made PAUL McD feel SO SAD whereas PAUL R was definitely SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD but for HELEN it was a case of BLACK IS THE COLOUR. In contrast RACING DEMON took us off to meet the COOKSFERRY QUEEN before KAMRAN gave us some DEATH LETTER BLUES and BEN remembered a crush on an older woman, BELINDA. Then for KATH & STAN it was time for tunes with THREE AROUND THREE and COME TO THE CEILIDH followed by ED and the reason Paddy was not at work: the BARREL OF BRICKS before CARL insisted we took things FURTHER and RICHARD started BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME with his own new song. This virtually ended a top quality evening before Don, Heather & Paul aka the THREE SPIRITS invited us to Button up and aye be cheery and TAK’ A DRAM AFORE YE GO. It doesn’t get much better!
Newsletter No 524 14 May 2019
It was sunny outside and hot stuff inside as DON & HEATHER confessed they washed their hands in MUDDY WATER whereas PAUL McD was off to ALBERTA and PAUL shot STAGGER LEE while PETER BRIDGE had it much tougher AROUND THE WILD CAPE HORN. With a nice instrumental IAN played TILL THERE WAS YOU but ALLEN was trying to land on MINGULAY and ED was handing over his VINCENT BLACK LIGHTENING 1952. Meanwhile ANDY was that DESPERADO as CARL celebrated with his own MAGICAL SKY which left HEATHER to lighten us up with EARWIG-O. For DON & HEATHER it was the DIMMING OF THE DAY they were concerned about while PAUL McD already had his MY GIRL and PAUL sang about the life of WILD BILL JONES and PETER confessed I STILL MISS SOMEONE. The next tune from IAN asked what IF before ALLEN told us the tale behind MACPHERSON’S RANT and ED told the story of RED HEADED ANNE. This left ANDY to tell us what happened AFTER THE GOLDRUSH and CARL to tell us, I SAW A STRANGER WITH YOUR HAIR to bring us up to the break.
The interval raffle saw Jackie win the Biography of Michelle Obama and promptly loan it to Kate, Ian won the Box of Biscuits, Lin win the Beauticology set and the Bottle of Wine survive to be won by Allen...phew! DON & HEATHER started the second half with A SONG FOR THE LIFE before PETER was more serious with THE MAGINOT WALTZ and IAN gave us his version of SCARBOROUGH FAIR. With a shanty PAUL next had us all singing to HAUL AWAY JOE as did ALLEN with the lovely FAREWELL TO SICILY before ANDY was off along the CAREFREE HIGHWAY. No wonder PAUL McD had that PEACEFUL EASY FEELING and CARL set off SINGING THE AGES DOWN but saucily ED was off over THE WIDOW’S MOOR. It all gets calmer sang PETER - AFTER RAIN but for IAN it was THE NEARNESS OF YOU before PAUL asked WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE MILL. Next ALLEN admitted IT ALL SEEMED SUCH A LONG TIME AGO and ANDY confessed it is THE BEAST IN ME whereas PAUL McD reckoned SHE’S GOT EVERYTHING SHE NEEDS to which CARL responded with THANKSGIVING which left ED to have us all taking a chance with THE GAMBLER to end a cracking evening.
Newsletter No 523 7 May 2019
10 out of 10 for quality tonight as DON & HEATHER returned with NO HOPERS JOKERS & ROGUES followed by ALLEN with a bit of strife in ERIN GO BRAGH as PETE was peaceful with TONIGHT I WILL STAY HERE WITH YOU. Philosophically PAUL wished IF I HAD A HAMMER whereas BRIAN didn’t have a good word in DAMN THIS TOWN as KATH & STAN bade FARE THEE WELL MY HONEY which left ANN fishing for THE TROUT. Over the ‘Pond’ SIMON & JAMES gave us the story of PANCHO & LEFTIE which left JAMES with HAPPY DAYS AND LONELY NIGHTS while HEATHER gave us what for with JE NE SAIS QUOI. With an old favourite CARL sang AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATHILDA and ED sang THE COWBOY SONG before ALLEN commented, IT’S LIFE, DON’T YOU KNOW. Back with Pete Seeger PAUL requested MAKE ME DOWN A PALLET ON YOUR FLOOR while PETE was having PASSING DREAMS all of which only gave BRIAN an OPPORTUNITY TO CRY. Coming to the interval there was much celebration with KATH & STAN and the MAN IN THE MOON followed by SIMON & JAMES with a TOWER OF SONG and JAMES with BLUE MOON in anticipation of Man City’s winning the Premier League. In the interval Raffle Simon won the Wine, Allen won the Box of Milk Tray and Pete won the Box of Yorkshire Tea before DON, HEATHER & PAUL took us all off to the ROSEVILLE FAIR whereas CARL openly said I WISH I WAS BACK IN LIVERPOOL on hearing the 4-0 win against Barcelona. It was sad, however, from ANN with the BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN and ED with MI MOTHER SAID SHE WISHED SHE’D NEVER HAD ME and BRIAN with I WONDER WHO‘S KISSING HER NOW. No wonder PETE went out ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER to get out of the way as ALLEN asked WHAT’S IT TO YOU and KATH & STAN shot off 10,000 MILES. Already SIMON & JAMES had the FOLSOM PRISON BLUES before JAMES gave us a Beatles special YOU CAN’T DO THAT as PAUL had trouble with BLUES IN A BOTTLE and ED gave us Les Barker’s parody of the Three Bears MI ‘USBAND’S GOT NO PORRIDGE IN ‘IM. Coming to the climax of an evening of excellent quality CARL sang his own magnum opus DOWN IN THE DALE while KATH & STAN introduced the BANJO PICKIN’ GIRL and SIMON & JAMES confessed SOMETIMES SHE FORGETS. This left PETE to sing his own GOODBYE TO THE OLD, HELLO NEW and ALLEN sang his favourite GOLD WATCH BLUES which left DON, HEATHER & PAUL to remind us of a talented absentee Arthur Marshall with his FENCES. Sublime!!