Newsletter No 509 29 January 2019

Weather lowered the numbers but raised the standards as MARK & JAN started with Rob White’s favourite, LOVE AND HAPPINESS, followed by ED with THE PILGRIM and PETER BRIDGE with THE WEEPING WILLOW blues. PETE ROBERTS cheered us with SHINE WHEN IT SHINES as IAN skipped off to SCARBOROUGH FAIR before BEN sang his latest song, GRAVE GOODS. Next DON & HEATHER were off to the ROSEVILLE FAIR before HEATHER discovered that Les Barker’s BOOMERANG always comes back just like ANDY who announced I WILL BE HERE IN THE MORNING. This brought ALLEN to the front with a great version of YE JACOBITES before SIMON exclaimed, SINCE I MET YOU BABY, and JAMES cried, it’s chucking BUCKETS OF RAIN. Marking the upcoming World Ukulele Day PAUL appropriately sang some JUG BAND MUSIC while JAN & MARK went off to ROTTERDAM and ALLEN told how easy it was to find THE WAY OUT OF MANCHESTER. Coming to the interval ANDY led the way with GENESIS HALL whereas BEN was away to CALIFORNIA and MARK indulged himself with ALBATROSS.
After a bumper raffle PETER BRIDGE pleaded LET ME DOWN EASY before ED recalled the story of JOCK McCREE THE MIGHTY HAGGIS HUNTER and PETE ROBERTS told us what MADAME WHISKY could do to you. Then again with his ukulele PAUL had us singing to an old time medley starting with AIN’T SHE SWEET before DON & HEATHER forecasted YOU WILL BE THE LIGHT as IAN was HALF WAY HOME. Then returning as Racing Demon SIMON sang a song named PROPINQUITY, the only word that doesn’t appear in the song, which left JAMES somewhat UP THE LAZY RIVER and BEN lounging in SAMMY’S BAR. Having learned the tongue twisting chorus ED then gave us THE POLITICIAN’S SONG and PETER BRIDGE was off to ABILENE while undaunted IAN revelled in THE NEARNESS OF YOU. With his final reminder PAUL came up with UKULELE BLUES and PETE ROBERTS sang TONIGHT I’LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU before ANDY told us was off to CALEDONIA and SIMON admitted he was DOWN TO SEEDS AND STEMS AGAIN. With a McCartney special JAMES sang TILL THERE WAS YOU and ALLEN sang his own THE ROAD TO PASSCHENDAELE before DON, HEATHER and PAUL led the big finish with RED ROSE CAFE followed by MARK & JAN with SQUEEZEBOX. Best quality no doubt.

Newsletter No 508 22 January 2019
After the snow fall DON & HEATHER thought it was definitely not PAST THE POINT OF RESCUE as PETE ROBERTS brought his FRIENDS to the party and ALLEN turned up with Robbie Burns’ NOW WESTLIN WINDS. KATH & STAN were WATER BOUND before PETE MINERS told us some EDUCATION GAGS and HILARY gave us some of her ONE-LINERS leaving BEN to become serious with his own MANCHESTER TREE about the bombing atrocity. JAN then sang the lovely FOLLOW THE HERON HOME and MARK celebrated fisherman’s heaven in FIDDLER’S GREEN before HEATHER continued her Les Barker theme with REG THE LONELY GLOW WORM. Going Dylan PAUL McD reckoned SHE BELONGS TO ME before ED related the GRESFORD DISASTER and PETE ROBERTS gave us his REFLECTIONS OF THE RING OF KERRY. This was all BEFORE THEY CLOSED THE MINSTREL SHOW according to KATH & STAN and PETE MINERS who followed with some FOOD GAGS and BEN who was up with the Rigs down with the Jigs in LONDON TOWN. Then it was ALLEN with Mick Softley’s GOLD WATCH BLUES before JAN reminded us of the new year with THE JANUARY MAN followed by MARK and the LITTLE RED ROOSTER. A good laugh with ED and the FASTEST MOBILE LIBRARY IN THE WEST and HILARY with more ONE-LINERS left PAUL McD to ask us to NOT FADE AWAY before the break.
In the interval raffle Kath & Stan won the Bottle of Red Wine, Dave won the Box of Biscuits, Jackie won the Calendar and Heather Kenyon won the Six Pack which left DON & HEATHER to start on the SPANISH BURGUNDY. With a Chris While & Julie Matthews special HELEN gave us QUEST leaving BEN to reflect on MY MORPHINE by Gillian Welch and PETE ROBERTS to go ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER with Bob Dylan. PETE MINERS then had more GRAMMAR GAGS but ALLEN went to his own NEARLY SONNET 18 whereas PAUL McD went for that PEACEFUL EASY FEELING. Next KATH & STAN were after a BANJO PICKING GIRL while MARK & JAN admitted I WASHED MY HANDS IN MUDDY WATER and ED insisted we TREAT MY DAUGHTER DECENT. With borrowed guitar HELEN was off in the EARLY MORNING RAIN while DON & HEATHER admitted I MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS and PETE ROBERTS confessed to a lot of MELLOR ROAD BOOZING BLUES. Anyway MARK & JAN insisted IT’S ALRIGHT in the end and ALLEN toughed it out with ERIN GO BRAGH before DON & HEATHER said we should lay down the borrowed guitar after singing ALL THE TUNES IN THE WORLD to end a top night with as many listeners as performers.

Newsletter No 507 15 January 2019
A quality night was started by hosts GRASSROOTS with THESE HANDS followed by PAUL RILEY with WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE MILL and BRIAN with LOVING YOU MAKES ME A BETTER MAN. Coming next PETES the king sang his own BONNIE OLD UP NORTH followed by PHIL with MAN OF THE WORLD and ED, on a visit to see the Queen, with MONDAY ‘ER DOES ALL ‘ER WESHING. The welcome return of DAVID meant we heard his poem about war, THE BOX, before for JAMES, THINGS HAVE CHANGED whilst as Racing Demon, with SIMON, it was a TOWER OF SONG. In romantic mood PETE ROBERTS told us MY LADY’S A WILD FLYING DOVE before HILARY gave us of her own special HILARITY and PAUL McD asked HAVE YOU SEEN THE RAIN? Another welcome guest MIKE COSGRAVE sang UNICORNS followed by CLAIRE RIGBY with FOLLOW THE HERON HOME and RICHARD GRAY with STUFF THAT WORKS. Completing the round CARL treated us to THE BIG FEAR by Jez Lowe leaving GRASSROOTS to sing Mick’s latest song MEANT TO BE. This propelled BRIAN forward ALL THE WAY TO THE RIVER and PAUL RILEY to demand TAKE AWAY THESE CHAINS FROM ME before PHIL played TWO TUNES HORIZONS and STUDY No 10. With his stalking song ED came up with IT’S ME AGAIN MARGARET before PETE ROBERTS sang GOODBYE TO THE OLD and PAUL McD sang SO SAD TO WATCH GOOD LOVE GO BAD. Next PETE’S the king told us HERE’S GOOD NEWS FOR THE LADIES (jokes) and JAMES admitted I SHIMMY LIKE MY SISTER KATE before SIMON joined him for some TUPELO HONEY. Also doubling up CLAIRE was joined by MIKE for NIGHT OWL who remained solo for PAT RAINEY before HILARY gave us some more ONE-LINERS. Reaching a climax CARL started with THANKSGIVING followed by RICHARD with MILLIONAIRE and GRASSROOTS who topped the lot with DIAMONDS AND RUST to end a fun night.

Newsletter No 506 8 January 2019
A top night brilliantly stewarded by KATH & STAN who opened with THE MAN IN THE MOON followed by BANJO JOHN with CARELESS LOVE and ALLEN with his excellent version of McPHERSON’S RANT. Next GRASSROOTS sang its THE WAY THAT I FEEL and for EDDY YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND whereas for PAUL it was CORRINA, CORRINA on his mind before JAN sang the lovely AR LAN Y MOR and MARK took us to Malta and SAMMY’S BAR. Next HELEN was insightful with FOR A DANCER but ROD had ALREADY GONE when PETE the king told us SOME of his RESOLUTIONS for 2019. For PETE ROBERTS it was just A COUPLE MORE YEARS by Dr Hook as SIMON & JAMES went with PANCHO AND LEFTIE followed by JAMES with ELEANOR RIGBY and PAUL McD with IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH. However, CARL was heard SINGING THE AGES DOWN and ANDY sang WE’RE GOING TO THE SALES where ED sang I BOUGHT YOU THIS POINCETTIA. Then CLAIRE confessed she was THE NIGHT OWL and MARK played an AIR & GIGUE by John Dowland before BANJO JOHN rocked up with ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN leaving GRASSROOTS to take us to the interval with HE THINKS HE’LL KEEP HER.
In the raffle the TEA was won by KEN. The WINE by ANDY, the DATES by CHRIS and an ART BOOK by JACKIE before KATH & STAN opened the second half with BEAUTIFUL. Then ALLEN followed with WHAT’S IT TO YOU and EDDIE played the WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE before PAUL RILEY asked WHERE IS THE LOVE. There is always a lot in Sale Folk Club as MARK & JAN said YOU AIN’T GOIN’ NOWHERE and HELEN told of the ELFIN KNIGHT but still ROD cried PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD. No confusion with PETE the king and his REVERSES of PETE ROBERTS and his DEPORTEES or SIMON & JAMES in THE STREETS OF BIKERSFIELD before JAMES came back with FOREVER YOUNG. Building to a climax PAUL McD sang the STATESBOROUGH BLUES and ANDY was the JANUARY MAN before ED was the devil in THE WIDOW’S MOOR. This left CLAIRE with THE SWIMMING SONG and PAUL RILEY to signal leaving time with STEP IT UP AND GO to end a great night.



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