July 2009

Newsletter No 40 - 28 July 2009

23 performers all get two bites of the cherry while being easily outnumbered by the audience. "They came from near they came from far they filled up every pew," as Keith Marsden of Cockerdale once wrote, and my goodness what night! Don & Heather started the ball rolling with Banjo Man, a tribute to Derroll Adams minus the whisky and marijuana. John Muskett continued with Rocking The Cradle but Richard Knott insisted he wanted to Start All Over Again with his new song, however, the force was with us as Richard Sails sang about the Jolly and Bold Dragoon and Adam had us Rocking in The Free World. Kath & Stan slowed it a little with Sleepy Desert, as one of our executives quietly caught after his day's exertions not to be disturbed by Sue's sweet rendition of I Once Loved A Lad. Ruth sang Mary You May Have To Run followed by the return of Jan & Mark with Nobody Knows What I Mean. Then, as expected, David set us a conundrum with his Yes No No -To Know making us grateful to Mick with John when he asked us to Meet Me Tonight. Carl brightened us further with Looking For The Sun paradoxically inspired by a Salvation Army Lady selling the War Cry. Then newcomer Nia had The Key To A Long Night's Rest, Dave asked Where Do I Stand Wth You but Albert was Lost In Love and Colin Rudd was Long Gone before Ed hit us with City Lament and Derrick kept us sober with One Is The Largest Number by our old friend Trevor Morton, ie to hell with statistics. Fortunately, Eric drove us towards the interval with La La La that had us in stitches.

With so much talent on view the raffle was incidental as we roared on with John's Stony River Blues with Mick, Adam's I'm a-leaving Now, Sue's affair with Geordie and another traditional song The Blue Cockade from Jan & Mark. John Muskett reminded us of the Dewy Ones by Steve Tilston who we immediately decided to book for Saturday 19 June 2010, Carl got Nearer To Nettles, Dave had The Wythenshawe Blues, Richard told us the convoluted tale of The Widow of Westmorland's Daughter and Richard Knott was Running with Scissors. Colin sang his own Coloured Rags, a good way to describe flags of war, before Derrick warned men about the ATR button in the ladies loo and Ed sang about Ernie, the fastest mobile library driver in the west. We could feel the climax being reached as Eric sang The Littoral Home Truth Blues with full orchestral backing setting it up nicely for Ed to declare his love for his Woman only for Colin to defend the superior sex by singing Don't Get Married Girls. Mick & John kept us going with Black Muddy River before Don & Heather said It's Time To Go and Lay Down The Borrowed Guitar. A week is too long to wait for the next one someone said!!

Newsletter No 39 - 21 July 2009

Can zeniths continue to escalate because we reached another height this week with visits from Chester's Full House Band, one time House Band lead singer Bill Malkin, Greg from Chester, Zoe Mulford and Saggy Bottom Girls swelling our numbers to nearly sixty and with more promised next week? Pepper Street led the charge with Lorelei with Don & Heather's Smuggler's Song keeping up the momentum. Ged's Careless Love also maintained the rhythm before Robin went into a full blooded rant with The Greenland Fisheres. Ed lightened the proceedings by telling us It's A Hard Life For A Hypochondriac and he would know?!? Giving us a brief interlude from the ridiculous to the sublime, Ruth, Kath & Stan's gave us a sweet rendition of The Last Goodbye before yielding to Derrick who gave us the saga of Walter's Mittens which were made from the wool of a flying carpet. Carl gave us New Moon's Army, Adam sang Leadbelly's (My Girl) In The Pines before Eric went all sentimental with The Scottish Soldier with apologies to Robin. Then Bill rose up and sang his own Let It Rain with the House Band before Greg then flew off on a Bee's Wing leaving the way clear for Full House singing Marshall Riley's Army, marching for your rights. Having heard Greg sing his planned first song, a thing that can happen in a folk club, Dan then came to the fore singing Westlin Winds with words by Robert Burns and music by Dick Gaughan before John sang Hector the Hero by James Scott Skinner. Rob led us in The Grey Funnel Line and Terry, all the way from Conwy, said we would be alright on Cornbread, Peas & Sweet Molasses before Frank's On Sunday provided the stage for Zoe Mulford's latest song The Preacher and The Bear, written that afternoon and which had a wicked punch line. The Saggy Bottom Girls then Wished They Were Back In Lancashire, Sandra & Phil said As I Roved Out and Bernice, good to see her again, would Not Lie Down before Richard sailed away on his own Diamond Rose, a favourite with many.

The second half went too fast to even note all the songs but a selection of them is Killing The Blues from Pepper Street, Please Send Me from Ged, Annalea by Ruth, Kath & Stan, Freedom by Greg, My Old England In You by Carl and The Club Singer's Lament by Eric before our special guests sent us home on cloud nine when Zoe was Gone, Gonna Rise Again by Cy Caan, Bill was Expecting to Fly with his own song, the Saggy Bottom Grls told The Witches to Ride On (very appropriate) and Full House beat three of a kind with The Queen Of Old Argyll and three rousing tunes to finish. All that and some wonderful craic into the bargain thanks to the likes of David and Derrick.

Newsletter No 38 - 14 July 2009

This was another excellent evening well stewarded by Eric & Carl what with Ed & Sue returning from Egypt and two new faces in Ellie and Adam. With 18 performers to get round 3 times it was hectic with Don & Heather leading off with the new Sale Folk Club Anthem, Child of Merseyside which contains those immortal words "Up Sale!!" Ruth, Kath & Stan followed it up with J Edgar about the Hoover inheritance. Having arrived early Ellie was also soon in action with Tom Bliss' Sin of Mary Prout, a brilliant portrayal of how unsophisticated society was in the early 1900's. Carl sang If You Could Read My Mind but Ged retorted We Shall Not Be Moved and John & Mick sang that it is probably like a Black Muddy River. Derrick then threw in a few Priceless Observations starting with how Jimmy Carter's mother had said that if she had known how her children would turn out she would have stayed a virgin, not an easy word to get into a newsletter. Ed followed that up with The Comical Genius who decided to join the Guard rather than beg or work and thinking he would attract the girls only to be disabused by a young colleen. Surprisingly Rob turned up at this point fresh from sailing and a date with an "Interbint", another word not easy to get into a newsletter, to lead us to South Australia. There was yet another surprise in the form of Carl's next door neighbour Adam who regaled us with a good rendition of Hey Joe by Jimmy Hendrix only for us all to wonder why he hasn't been introduced to the club sooner. David the poet then told us of the sad death of three of his friends before another Dave sang his tribute to Caledonia. Rounding off Mick & John took us through The North West Passage and then on the The City Of New Orleans train down the Mississippi Delta before Eric did his version of Francis Cabrel's song which he entitled Icebound.

After a good raffle and slipping in late but not un-noticed, Dave Pugh initially claimed listener status but he was soon persuaded to come out of retirement to tell us about The Lass Down By The Quay. Ruth, Kath & Stan's Follow Me Home had us reaching for our coats, Carl's Safe In Harbour had us relaxing and Ged's Take A Whiff On Me had us looking forward to it till Ellie's Until I Hold You Close Again, arising from the murder of those poor prostitutes near Ipswich, brought us back to earth with a bump. Thank goodness for Eric's My Bike saga and Derrick's tale of the Smart Poodle to lift us up again. Ed played his part with a widow's search for A Logger Who Stirs His Coffee With His Thumb before Mick took his leave with Boats To Build! Ged did justice to Dylan's Restless Farewell, a blatant Scottish steal, Kath & Stan did Banjo Pickin' Girl and Babes In The Wood and Ruth did Linda Thompson's Dear Mary before Rob said Come Write Me Down. Is this how he thinks internet dating ends up?

Adam blew us away with Down Down by Status Quo followed by Folsom Prison Blues to great singalong. This all paved the way to a brilliant finish with The Bollinder Boatman from Ellie and Allan Taylor's Some Dreams and Martin Carthy's song to the tune of the Harry Lime Theme extolling the virtues of "America?!?" from Dave Pugh.

Newsletter No 37 - 7 July 2009

There was a break from The Acoustic Night for Tanglefoot, see Previous Guests page.


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