It's nice to know that the weather in Sale is cold like it is in Scotland as I write this newsletter. Despite the modest turnout there was another eclectic mix of top quality folk music which was enhanced by the arrival of old friend Pauline Jones who made a very welcome appearance at the club hopefully to become a regular.
John Condy conducted the proceedings while contributing several classics including Martin Simpson's The Devil's Partiality, Kerr & Fagan' s Anderson's Coast, Richard Thompson's Vincent Black Lightening and Carrickfergus before the Beatles' Here Comes the Sun. Carl paid tribute to the New Year with Singing Down The Ages before later adding The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, The New Moon's Arms (Jez Lowe) and Father's Song (Ewen MacColl). Carl also sang his own song about folk clubs Nights Round The Table.
Residents Ed Bentham and Terry McKenna took over on Week 5 running an excellent evening. Terry opened with the haunting Down in Mississippi which he does so well and then embarked upon a round of more than 40 songs led off by a request for Gypsy Woman from Don & Heather aided by anyone playing in C. Extremely talented newcomers The Idle Young, Richard, Debs and Inga whose normal playground is the Chorlton Folk Club, brought a note of surrealism with songs Metaphor and Wildebeest and Sexy Poo, don't ask! Fortunately they rejoined the planet with Blue Skies in which they reckoned maybe things will get better. Ged disagreed with How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times as These and John Muskett, singing and playing his best ever, pleaded Brother Can You Spare a Dime? Even Mick remembered Ralph McTell's Factory Girl. In contrast John Condy took us Across the Borderline where the streets are paved with gold and Ian sang Isn't It Grand Boys.
Sale Folk Club's first night in the United Services Club was a great success and the room was almost completely full with 55 people of which 23 were performers. We were well supported by residents Bernice Carters, Mick Hare and John Condy as the "Anything Goes" band, Ed Bentham and Terry McKenna. Sue Bentham and Heather Kenyon held the raffle while Ian Marsden became our doorman.
An 8.00pm start enabled almost everyone to perform twice and 10 people came back for a third time which was very satisfying. Even more rewarding was the quality that everyone brought to the evening.