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December 2009

Newsletter No 62 - 29 December 2009

The post Christmas celebrations went well tonight although, as expected, the attendance was down from the usual level but there were some great performances, not least from Richard from the Prospect who came along with Frank. They performed together and had us all in rapt appreciation starting with a set of reels: The Banks Hornpipe; Coolie Reel/Father Kelly's Reel; and the Ashokan Farewell. Frank came out alone with Catch the Wind, Walking on Sunday by A J Clarke and The Crow on the Cradle by Sydney Carter. Well stewarded by Pepper Street with Winter Song by Lindisfarne, Across the Borderline and Black Muddy River they got the best out of a great audience with Banjo John & Connie Brown Keeping on The Sunny Side looking for Sweet Georgia Brown way Down by the Riverside. Merdy sang Sweet Songs of Yesterday by Bob Zentz before he reflected on losing several people close to him with Life of a Man, a poem set to music by Ian McAlmond and followed it with Freedom Road by Chris de Burgh. Stan & Kath went 900 Miles before being Waterbound and meeting the Banjo Picking Girl.

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November 2009

Newsletter No 57 - 24 November 2009

You have heard of hundreds and thousands, well, they came to the club last night. Zoe Mulford was back from her American tour complete with voice strain, Lorelei Loveridge was also back in the country from Denmark and debutants Claire Cavender from Cornwall and local boy Tony Ward, who we used to know from the Railway, all provided that extra dimension of class and quality which set us up for an excellent evening. Not only that Colin Rudd very kindly started Christmas early by giving away a box of his CD Ragged In The Rain by his band ROAM who we also seem to remember from the Railway.

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October 2009

Newsletter No 53 - 27 October 2009

Not an empty seat or a dry eye in the house for the 1st Anniversary stewarded in brilliant style by Ed & Sue. Kicked off at a lively pace by Don & Heather with The Smuggler's Song, the standard was quickly raised by Isobel's Waterlo Dance and John Condy's Masters Of War leading to David Sidebotham with his own You're A Boring B***** Brenda - A Northern Bye Bye Blues. Good job she wasn't in! Connie and Banjo John then slipped in with Red River Valley and as promised Jim unsheathed his licorice stick and played Stranger on The Shore. Robin was a Country Boy again and Stan sitting between Kath & Ruth was the Brown Eyed Boy before we all got another surprise when Michael walked in with his lovely wife Claire to sing his favourite Christmas In The Trenches by John McCutcheon. Brian then did a great job on The Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell before we welcomed back Albert with his own Song Of Mary, Mark said I Will Go to Oswaldtwistle but Heather from Saddleworth yearned for her Geordie and Jan sang Ar Lan y Mor a lovely Welsh song to the tune of Down By The Riverside. Adam gave us all a Spoonful of various things, Colin Rudd treated us to the true version of D' Ye ken John Peel, Stella sang about The Darkling Thrush, Richard Knott was Pacing The Cage by Bruce Cockburn before Claire rose to sing The King Of Rome, lucky man Michael! Climaxing towards the interval Eric treated us to another tour-de-force with his translation of Jacques Brel's Grand'mère, Johnny said Keep On The Sunny Side, The Bailey Sisters, Karen & Shelley, sang their own delightful Navigator, Bob told the true story of The D-Day Dodgers, Ged sang Frankie and Johnny before Rob had us all laughing with Courting Too Slow, the story of his life.

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September 2009

Newsletter No 49 - 29 September 2009

The evening started quietly with brief fist fight for the last seat and ended with a dozen musicians accompanying Cry Bastion singing Whole Lotta Shaking Going On with Ed & Sue doing the shaking. A tremendously eclectic mix was superbly presented by Mick Hare and John Condy who are Pepper Street and they kicked off with The Philadelphia Lawyer followed by banjo man John Brown and then Ed with McAlpine's Fusiliers. Receiving a warm reception, which means Derrick left out the insults till next week, Don & Heather, having been starved of good chorus singing then sang their own I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way accompanied by the full Sale Folk Club Choir. Wonderful! Then first debutants, Cry Bastion, presumably after the game, then cranked up the old piano, pedal steel guitar and spanish guitar with a lovely version of the country song How's The World Treating You? followed by their own Living For The Road writted by Dave about his dad. To set a different tone, Colin Rudd gave us one of his favourite songs about The Little Tin Soldier by Donovan only for Derrick to pour his heart out about his hold on Les Barker material being usurped by Dave Sidebotham's Cosmo before he blasted us with Runner Up - The Wonder Horse! Rather appropriately Carl threw in Jez Lowe's Old Bones before Ged let it all hang out with Take A Whiff On Me. Ruth, Kath & Stan then sang the beautiful Annalee followed by Robin's Mister Dreamseller, Adam's driving Prodigal Son and Brian's great rendition of I'll Be On My Way Again by The Saw Doctors. Stella said My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose providing the perfect platfom for debutant number two, Peter King from Urmston. He delighted us all with his own When The Trains Go By accompanied by his own excellent guitar playing. No wonder he wanted to know where to get Smiley Face Guitar. Finally the first half was nicely rounded off by the visit of Bandersnatch with the best version of Lancashire Lads we have heard, Sometimes by Allan Taylor and There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down, a sentiment we all agreed with.

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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.

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June 2009

Newsletter No 36 - 30 June 2009

Another mega good evening wth 23 performers all gettng two bites at the cherry saw a mixture of old friends and some new faces which took us by surprise. Don & Heather kicked off with The Speed Of The Sound Of Lonliness which was totally out of context with such a big crowd right from the start. Dan, a local boy, sang about Bogie's Bonny Belle, courtesy of Richard Thompson, and he was soon followed by Colin Out On A Weekend with Neil Young, Robin who said I Feel Like Buddy Holly, Brian who jumped Puddles, Stella who sang about Gregson's Molly and Carl getting all nostalgic with Galloways by J. Lowe before Ged & Richard Knott went all bluesy with Flip, Flop and Fly and Thought I heard that Casey Whistle Blow. Terry, on a welcome visit from Conwy, then took us Down In Mississippi before Ruth, Kath & Stan banded up with Ted Pitney's The Last Goodbye and Frank sang This Love Will Carry Me by Dougie Maclean before things took an even more serious turn with a host of deep and meaningful songs and lyrics mostly self-penned. John Condy's Stony River Blues had us wondering who the woman was, Richard Knott was obviously the subject of Too Fast and Eric was at the centre of One World. Richard was at one end of a Curve In The Earth while Colin Rudd was heavily involved in A Lesson We Have Finally Learned. David then gave us his take on things with From A Mis-stance which crystallised some things for us while at the same time blowing our minds with others. Finally Joe Zeff brought us back to earth with You'll Be Sorry When She's Gone before Derrick put us in orbit with Albert The Carrier Pigeon who turned out to be the inventor of the first in-flight meal.

After a good big raffle, with some extra donated prizes from Dave Cashell and Heather Kenyon, the second half started with a big surprise when Adele, who came with Frank, delighted us with the traditional Once I Had A True Love, which was truly splendid despite her being very nervous, and Dan's Lakes of Pontchartrain and Colin's Wild Blue Yonder kept the ball well and truly rolling despite Brian's Early Morning Rain. Stella cheered us with the Curragh Of Kildare while Terry put his ever mellifluous tones to the dreamlike Raglan Road. Ruth, Kath & Stan fully exemplified their rise the firmament with Brown Eyed Boy, we never checked Stan's and Clare played us a lovely Irish tune on the flute to advertise the Marmalade Band's upcoming Ceilidh giving Carl the hint to wheel out Ralph McTell's From Clare To Here.

Call them DIY, homemade, self-penned or whatever, they are the substance of folk music and Colin Rudd's story of Marc-Vivien Foe, who collapsed and died on the pitch at Maine Road, encapsulated all of that. John Condy's lament for Linda's Village did just the same as did Richard's Only The Lager although with the immortal line "I'm Not A Bitter Man" it had a different cachet. At this Eric's eyes lit up as he had the perfect follow-up with Union Man, his Jacque Brel adaptation about a man bemoaning his lot, or little, in life. Lucky we have Derrick to put the smile back on our faces with Songs From The GPO about the vagaries of using the stamp machines.

Rounding off such a great night was not easy so Robin, Don & Heather banded up for Bruce Springsteen's version of The Erie Canal and Adele came back for The Yorkshire Couple before Joe Zeff was asked, as a courtesy to another club organiser, and because he is bloody good, to sing us out with a song to his ukelele (small guitar) followed by a Shetland's song After The Dance.

Newsletter No 35 - 23 June 2009

Pepper Street ran a brilliant evening starting with Northwest Passage and later doing Mick's original Moon Over Bridge Street followed by Across the Borderline featuring John on steel slide guitar. The humour came from Derrick who did one of his pieces on well known sayings - eg how raining cats and dogs originated. Later he did Cromwell's speech on the dissolution of the Long Parliament. This prompted a response from Colin Rudd whose Irish parents viewed Cromwell as one of the biggest bastards of all time. Colin then did two of his own songs: When You Were Younger and Hey Rio about a man whose mother is dying of cancer and the NHS cannot (sic) afford to buy the necessary drugs, so he goes along to the England football training ground and tries to persuade the players to donate a week's salary for the cause. This was prompted by John Condy when he plugged a Busking Cancer event that he is involved with this coming Saturday. Eric, back to full strength, did one of his own compositions Family Fun, based on the tune of La Vie En Rose and then, with Condy guitar accompaniment, he did Hallelujah a Leonard Cohen song. Ged did Dylan's Boots of Spanish Leather and the splendidly smutty St Louis. Carl opened with Judy Small's Mothers, Daughters, Wives and followed this with Jez Lowe's Wannie Wind and Eric Bogle's Green Fields of France.

Keeping up the tradition of discovering new talent, Jessica Tansey was a wonderful newcomer who performed her own song Still, about the aftermath of a relationship breakup, and then gave Eric some competition with a brilliant bilingual version of La Vie En Rose. Sadly she left at the start of the interval but hopefully she will stay longer next time although she did seem to enjoy herself. At a guess it would seem could be candidate for a place in Pepper Street!! She has a really great voice with a nice subtle vibrato and hit all the notes spot on. She was also in her early twenties so on second thoughts she is probably too young, beautiful and talented for Pepper Street. We shall see?? Fortunately there was lots of other mega talent as Richard Gray did two of his own songs: We Still Have A Long Way to Go and I'm Trying to Be A Big Boy Now closely followed by Dave Pugh who, with great guitar work as always sang Ewan Carruthers' Rubinstein Remembers and then Dylan's Don't Think Twice It's Alright. Frank did Runrig's One Thing and Clapton's Wonderful Tonight and last but not least, Richard Sails sang Knight William and The Shepherd's Daughter and Moses' Daughter by Dominic Behan.

With the obvious nautical theme Rob did South Australia and The Grey Funnel Line before finally closing the evening with Fathom the Bowl. Sadly there were no tales of internet dating and no accompanying tales of "bints" who seem to inhabit his imagination in great numbers. He is however off sailing to the Scilly Isles on Thursday and hoping for good weather otherwise he may finish up in Ireland or crossing the Atlantic.

As a footnote, it seems that the Finnish accordion DVD may have found a good home which is good news especially for the Finish Accordion DVD.

Newsletter No 34 - 16 June 2009

What an absolutely BRILLIANT NIGHT! Even Jim was raving on to everyone at the end of the evening that it was the best night so far - and he was probably right. The amount of talent we had in the club was unbelievable. Jim had to sort out the air conditioning as it became unbearably hot in the room with so many people, but he had made a fibre-glass curtain to hang between our room and the back bar and that was a great improvement and no noise penetrated through, so there weren't any distractions - definitely much better. Ed hadn't come to terms with his new guitar as he found it superb at home but not loud enough for the club. Last week he had lent the guitar to Richard Gray who came without an instrument and he loved it so much that he offered to buy it from Ed, so there was some wheeling and dealing going on before the night kicked off. Richard had to get used to his new acquisition, tuning etc. so he didn't sing in the first half however everyone cracked on starting with Redwing, a very professional three piece instrumental group consisting of three men, one on violin, one on guitar and the other on amplified bass. They played a medley of three dance tunes, all played in an original style, and then a tune called Curly-Headed Cowboy. They were excellent and we are hoping they will return a.s.a.p. Ed and Derrick didn't perform at all as there were too many people to fit into the evening. Brian sang The Town that I Loved So Well and Stella sang The Rose. Mick & John sang City of New Orleans and Ged sang The Trapeze before Richard Knott Let the Good Times Roll his own piece. Good to see John Musket with a Medley from Pennies from Heaven, the Denis Potter Series on TV, before Mark played an O' Carolan Tune Loftus Jones and Jan sang in Welsh The Bells of Aberdovy. Carl sang Sinatra + 1 then Robin asked Would you lay with Me? Colin brought out his twelve string guitar for the first time at the club and sang a marvellous version of Arthur McBride, Dave Phillips sang another of his own songs, Guitarman and The Chorlton Cloggers, including Sue, brought their own musician, Harry, to play the melodeon accompliment. He was, incidentally, celebrating his 70th birthday. They put down their boards over the carpet in the middle of the room and Gill, Jenny, Jane and Sue danced the Waltz, followed by John and Sue (Gasping for Breath) who danced The Sunderland. Coming thick and fast Dave Pugh sang an Alan Taylor song We Must Journey On which was fantastic, Terry had travelled all the way from Conway to be with us tonight and he advertised his song-writing competition as there were so many potential entrants in one room, and he tempted them with the offer of a £50 first prize. He sang Times are Getting Hard and those who hadn't heard him sing before were certainly impressed. Eric slipped into Franglais land with a Jacques Brel song - La Chanson des Vieux Amants and Ann Cojeen sang What Will We Do Then? Pat and Stuart came all the way from the other side of the Pennines to sing The Hangman by Bob Pegg and The Spoils of Victory, which was a piece Pat had written himself, and before the break, some of the Chorlton Cloggers danced again as they had travelled a long distance and had to set off home before 10 pm, so Steve, John and Jenny danced The Welsh and then Gill and Jane followed on with a Liverpool Hornpipe.

The newcomers and Jim commented on the amazing diversity of performers, which they had never experienced before in other folk clubs, and they thought it was just wonderful. It was noted how friendly everyone was and how all were made to feel welcome. We had the raffle - bottle of gin won by Richard Knott - now he can drown his sorrows! Bottle of fruit wine (not sure who won that - think it was Dave Pugh), Carl won an Orange Cake, someone else won Folk North West and Jim won the booby prize of the Accordion Playing DVD but immediately returned it for next week's raffle!! I wonder why? Hemust have heard it before! Otto had brought it back this week after thoroughly enjoying its viewing.

In the second half, one of the members of Redwing was summoned into work as an emergency (maybe he was a doctor or something). Anyway, Ed let them start the final half and they played another medley of wartime tunes, including We'll Meet Again. Everyone joined in singing the words and they were helped by Air Raid Warden - Derrick, who added some appropriate appendages during the singing! Derrick and Heather had only just returned from their extremely expensive holiday in Dubrovnik, so Derrick declined the offer of a spot as I think they were both too exhausted. Brian sang Fire and Rain and Ged sang the short version of Lost John but even that was quite lengthy! Richard Knott played Aluminium Blues but I think we had made him nervous with our expectations of a perfect performance and I don't think we should have asked him whether he had practiced this week!!!! He pulled a lot of horrific faces this time and was not at all pleased with his performance. John Musket sang a Gordon Lightfoot number - If You Could Read My Mind. Mark and Jan did Deadly Nightshade, Colin sang a self-written piece which was lovely called The Moment, Dave Phillips sang a Johnny Cash Song - Peace in the Valley - which was very good and Dave Pugh sang a very memorable When the Boat Comes In and his guitar accompaniment was superb. Terry played a very noisy - Ain't Got No Money, Can't Buy No Grub and Eric was requested to sing Amsterdam by Jacques Brel again and he surpassed himself - spinning, twisting and contorting into the middle of the room. The audience was spellbound and he received a tumultuous applaud. Ann sang one of her favourites It Was Early, Early Catch Me If You Can and Richard Gray sang the same moving song as last week The Dearest, The Sweetest and The Best, which he had written himself and which was beautifully played on his newly acquired guitar from Ed!! Pat and Stuart sang In Search of the Rose before Ed apologised to those who were unable to sing in the second half because of lack of time and he invited Mick and John to finish the evening, which they did with Across the Borderline - John playing slide National Steel Guitar - literally bringing some of the audience to tears.

Newsletter No 33 - 9 June 2009

After a slow start with not many people by 8.00pm, Carl kicked off. In fact, the majority of the regulars were missing as Carl sang The Ballad of Johnny Collier by Jez Lowe, appropriate after Saturday's concert. Ruth followed by singing The Rose and then Zoë sang a Richard Shindell number called Money for Floods before Kath and Stan sang Waterbound and Robin went traditional with a song from the Borders, Jock O' Hazeldean. Richard Knott, the very accomplished guitarist soon to be known as 12-Fingers, played an instrumental number Stepping Out, which was fabulous. Ed donned one of his props, a very large Stetson hat, and with his new guitar, he sang Cowboy Song by Garth Brooks. The room was filling up as Michael explained that there were two different versions of Galway Bay and so he sang the one written in London. Ged sang The Deportees and Dan returned for his second appearance at the club to treat us to Richard Thomson's Vincent 1952, which was superb, particularly the guitar playing in between which sounded exactly the same as the original recording. A brave man with Zoe in the room who also does a brilliant version of her own on banjo.

The Idle Young were a full complement last night and the three of them performed Richard's own song The Girl with the Car. Apparently Richard was looking for the perfect love but that was dependent upon the girl owning a set of wheels! The two girls compliment each other really well and the fiddle adds a great dimension. They sang two songs, the other one being Kiss Me & Weep. A newcomer, Dave Phillips, had also written his own song called Car Trouble, which was very amusing and gave him a great start on his debut. Finally Eric arrived by this time and sang another Jacques Brel song - Please Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas). He sang the second verse first in French and then the remainder of the song in English. We just couldn't take our eyes off the expression on Dan's face, as he had never seen Eric perform before. You can imagine his surprise! Colin and his friend also arrived late, so Carl asked him to finish the first half with I Got You Babe and start the second half with Love Song written by Oscar Wilde in 1900 and put to music by Colin himself.

Dave Phillips sang another self-written piece, Dreaming of the Day, so it was appropriate for Ed to don his big hat again! It was just that sort of song. The Idle Young sang two more songs together, Metaphor about a picnic that goes wrong, and then a duet entitled Cartoon Heart before dashing off home. Alan Grace had arrived without a sick-note so he was asked to sing, at the end of which he couldn't remember the title and even by the end of the evening he still hadn't thought of it! Carl sang Sister Josephine, which a lot of people had surprisingly never heard before so he had everyone in stitches, including Zoë. Robin sang I'm Gonna Be a Country Boy Again and everyone joined in with gusto. It was good. Irish Michael Bracken sang Our Town, a Sandy Denny song and Ruth, Kath and Stan joined forces for two songs, Uncle Early and The Last Goodbye. They really sounded professional together. Ed sang Bantam Cock (minus his big hat) and Zoë was asked to sing a couple of songs at that point as she was soon to be dashing off for her last bus. The first one was unaccompanied The Frog and the Princess. It was the funniest and fastest song we've ever heard her perform and she threw in all the actions at great speed. It was absolutely brilliant. She then sang The Power and Glory by Dave Carter and she received such tumultuous applause that Carl asked her to sing another one, The Angel in the Storm. After she left, the majority of men in the room openly declared their love for Zoe, all to no avail!! Good job Rob wasn't there!!

Ged had to follow that wonderful performance with The Diggers, a Léon Rossiter song made famous by Dick Gaughan. Kath and Stan then sang without Ruth this time, Banjo Picking Girl. Richard Gray had arrived just before the end in order to purchase a Tanglefoot ticket and he hadn't brought a guitar with him as he hadn't intended to perform but there is no excuse in this club. However, we persuaded him to sing and he borrowed Ed's new guitar. He sang a beautiful religious number he had written himself many years ago. It was really a lovely moving piece called The Dearest, The Sweetest and The Best. He then realised that he was unable to attend the Tanglefoot concert as he would be away, so we had to refund his money!!! Richard Knott once again mesmerised us with his fantastic guitar playing of Carrick Fergus. It was excellent as he is so talented. Eric, along with his usual enthusiasm, sang - Me, Me, Me, and then Dan once again treated us to another wonderful performance of Spencer the Rover. Colin then sang Puff the Magic Dragon to which everyone joined in, and Alan Grace completed the evening with a loud rendition of Shanty Man, enabling us all to clear our lungs before leaving for home.

Newsletter No 32 - 2 June 2009

With glorious weather it wasn't expect that an abundance of performers would visit the club in the evening, however, there was a good turnout with everyone getting at least three turns and groups more. Dan came for his premier appearance at the club only to delight us by singing and playing excellent guitar after the birth of his new baby daughter, Eliza Rose, ten days ago. Apparently this was his first time out a sort of paternity leave!

The Taylor family kicked off with Don't Think Twice from Mark and Colcannon from Jan & Kathy who we were glad to see back from University. Mick & John Condy sailed The North West Passage before Ruth, Kath & Stan reminded us that This Land is My Land. Whether Dan's Moonshiner (Dylan Bootleg) was appropriate with a new baby we don't know but Isobel's Horses' Branle & La Morrisque certainly were. Michael bemoaned that Nobody Loves You When You're Down & Out and Carl got on The 17.10, his own train composition. Dick's Glass of Water didn't necessarily mean he was teetotal but certainly The Idle Young's Richard's The Beautifullest Girl composed only on Monday was some sort of plea or cry for help. Rob told him not to worry as Love is Kind despite Frank telling of the Crow on the Cradle. Ed struck his now customary serious note with Carol Ann Kelly by Vin Garbutt before Mick Hare & John Condy were unequivocal with Ain't It Hard, John playing his new National Steel Guitar with Ed taking care not to muck up the beat with his new Bodhran. Everyone was in awe of John's new guitar and he certainly went to town on it.

After that sterling start Dan continued with May You Never by John Martin and the Taylor Family followed him with Hush Hush, very appropriate. Michael sang Lucy Wan which was, unusually fo him, an unaccompanied song before Richard cheered us all up after a series of miserable songs with Tea Tune which was very amusing. Carl, however, returned to the disaster theme with The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald supported by Ruth, Stan & Kath's Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls before Dick went to The Sheep Shearing. As they say class will out so Frank then treated us to his own composition, My Love Tonight, which he is entering for the Conway Folk Competition run by our friend Terry McKenna. Too serious said Ed with Garden of Love by Benny Hill before Isobel thrilled us with Day Flower and Rob gave us Flower of Scotland only for Kathy Taylor to point out that the real version should contain numerous swear words! Presumably against the English because it is triumphal song. Let's hope Rob doesn't learn the original version! John & Mick finally Washed Their Hands in Muddy Water to end the second round.

The interval diversion saw Alan win a box of Milk Tray but he swapped it for a bottle of wine as he is watching his figure, What a feeble excuse! Michael also won a bottle of wine, Ruth won the Folk North West and Otto, who specialises in winning crazy raffle prizes, won an oil burner and threatened to put his motorbike diesel on the top to create the desired aroma!! I hope he realises that his last win, the surprise, has to be re-cycled.

The Family Taylor started the last round on a high note with Maire's Wedding while Dan gave us an absolutely superb rendition of Mary & The Soldier. Richard pleaded for a Better Life but Carl reminded us we would all end up as Old Bones. Rob's Centipede song led up to Michael's The Man Who Couldn't Cry which was extremely funny and had everyone in stitches and set the scene for Dick's Piddle Trentham Jug Band also a very funny and unaccompanied song before he had to rush off! Frank returned with Black is the Colour before The Taylor Family played The Clare Jig & Ten Penny Bits and Isobel rounded off with Fairy Dance.

Finally John & Mick finished the evening with Alberta by Eric Clapton to shouts of "Encore" heard from every corner, even Jim at the bar, so they sent everyone home fully satiated with Here Comes the Night by Them.

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