Adrian welcomed everyone and reminded us of where the escape routes were if we didn’t like his singing! No chance of anyone missing out on your lovely singing Adrian. He reminded us that there would be NO JURASSIC FOLK & JAM DURING AUGUST. He also appealed for any folk that would be interested in joining the organising (MC) team to please contact him. He would explain what this would entail. It is very simple.
You can contact Adrian on 01404 549903.
Now an announcement from Andrew and June. We are stepping down from the organising team as from the end of the year. After being involved for four and a half years, we want to do more travelling in our motor-home, and need to reduce ties. When away we will miss you all, but will visit when we can. We are looking for someone to take over the website. It would be a shame if this were to close down. It is much enjoyed, and brings in newcomers and visitors. We all like to see the photos and receive the emails. If you feel you might like to take it over please contact me, (June), and I will show you the ropes before you make a decision.
I can be contacted on 01404 46451 or Mob. 07976 533520, or email email@example.com
1- Adrian started the evening with a traditional number in C#minor!, called ‘Star Of The County Down’. This is an Irish ballad set near Banbridge in County Down in Northern Ireland. The words are by Cathal McGarvey. The song is sung from the point of view of a young man who chances to meet a charming lady by the name of Rose (or Rosie) McCann, referred to as the “Star of the County Down”. From a brief encounter the writer’s infatuation grows until, by the end of the ballad, he imagines wedding the girl. Well done Adrian.
2- Next were the Amycrofters, Andrew and June. They did a repeat of a number they had done at the last meeting. June explained that she was told that she had not been heard at all and so she wanted another chance to sing it. This time she was heard loud and clear. The song was called ‘To Hear A Nightingale Sing’. Then Andrew played ‘The Gay Gordon’s ‘, on his magical accordion, with June accompanying him on the keyboard. This is normally played for the well known Gay Gordon’s ceilidh dance. Andrew’s fingers go so fast you can hardly see them moving!
3- Nick, with his trusty guitar, then sang a song called ‘The Boxer’. This is a song by the American music duo Simon and Garfunkel from their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water. The song, written by Paul Simon, is a folk rock ballad that variously takes the form of a first-person lament as well as a third-person sketch of a boxer. Simon’s lyrics are largely autobiographical and partially inspired by the Bible, and were written during a time when he felt he was being unfairly criticised. The song’s lyrics discuss poverty and loneliness. He went on to sing ‘Good Times’ by Edie Brickell, who is married to Paul Simon. Nick explained that this song was bundled with Windows 95 as a video. Thank you Nick.
4- Then came our Mr Folk himself. Peter was in a blues mood. And there is no one who can sing and play blues like Peter. Once he starts singing and playing, you can hear a pin drop! ‘Saint Louis Blues’ is a popular American song, composed by W.C. Handy. A chance meeting with a woman on the streets of St. Louis, distraught over her husband’s absence, inspired Handy to write the song. Then Peter followed this up with a Tom Paxton song written in 1963, before political correction came into being. This was called ‘Natural Girl’. When Peter got to the second last verse, I thought he was singing about his wife Hillary! The words are:-
“Way up at a Broadway party, Met a little lady who was very arty, She took me home to see her studio. She took out her paints and she whispered to me, She said that she wanted to do me, And some of that paint will never come off, I know”.
5- Then our lovely soprano Doreen stood up and we were in for another treat. She started her singing with the song ‘Silent Worship’, by George Handel. It is a 1928 adaptation by Arthur Somervell of the aria “Non lo diró col labbro” from Handels 1728 opera Tolomeo. The adaptation is for voice and piano, and it has remained a popular classic in song recitals and home music-making. Doreen was accompanied by our brilliant pianist Pam. The traditional Welsh lullaby, ‘Suo Gan’ was loved by Maurice, Doreen’s late husband. Doreen and Pam are a duo that cannot be matched.
6- Steve picked up his guitar and sang a haunting traditional American folk song written in the 1920’s by Lloyd Chandler, an Appalachian folk singer, musician, and Baptist preacher. The song was called ‘Oh Death’. The most famous recording is by Ralph Stanley in a capella style. A recording by Shakey Graves was featured in the 2015 series of the USA TV drama Fargo. His second song was called ‘Ace Of Hearts’ by Chris Rea who comes from Middlesborough. This song was on his 1984 album ‘Wired To the Moon’. At first it appears to be a song about a serious card game, but no, he actually needs an Ace of Hearts expert to help him mend his broken heart.
7- Derek came along for the first time at our last meeting. We all enjoyed his guitar playing and his singing, so we were thrilled to see him come again to give us more. He said he was going to have a crack at a Harry Belafonte song called ‘Jamaica Farewell’. the song is about the beauties of the West Indian Islands, and first appeared on Harry’s phenomenally successful album Calypso. The lyrics for the song were written by Lord Burgess. Then Derek did a sing-a-long number in which we all joined. It was the ever popular ‘You Are My Sunshine’, a real golden oldie.
8- Fran with the beautiful music she produces on her flute started off with ‘Tico Tico’ a samba written by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917. It is a Brazilian song and played magnificently by Fran. She then did ‘Ashokan Farewell’ and all who knew it joined in. This piece of music composed by American folk musician Jay Ungar in 1982. It was the theme tune for the Civil War in 1982. It is a beautiful waltz and as Fran played it you could almost feel yourself gliding across the floor.
9- Then we were treated to Annie as she sang and played her dulcimer. She chose the song ‘The Dancers Of Stanton Drew’. The words were written by Muriel Holland and the tune was by Jim Parker. The song refers to the legend of the Stanton Drew stone circles just outside the Stanton Drew village in the English county of Somerset. The largest stone circle is the Great Circle, 113 metres (371 ft) in diameter and the second largest stone circle in Britain after Avebury. Annie’s second number was ‘The Hedgehog Song’. Annie had kindly made copies of the chorus and handed them out so we could all sing a long with her. This song was released by the Incredible String Band in 1967. Thank you for allowing us all to join in with this delightful song.
10- Now it was time for our newcomer. Brian sang and played his guitar with great expertise. You could clearly hear every word he sang. Brian writes a lot of his own songs and he started off his slot with a song he had written called ‘Thanks For Those Wonderful Days. The song was saying thank you for all the days and memories to someone who’s no longer with you. It was a truly moving song that caused quite a few tears to be shed. Next was a song called ‘By These Things’, another one of Brian’s own songs. “How do you find the right partner in life, when you can’t believe everything that people tell you? They say they are handsome, debonair, a film star, rich man, have servants and mansions and a master of every single game”. In the end you cannot see what makes a man. Thank you Brian for coming to join us and we hope we will see much more of you.
11- Next Adrian called upon Mike. He started off with ‘Della And The Dealer’ written by Hoyt Axton. It’s a song about Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake, and a cat named Kalamazoo. Adrian joined him with his mandolin. Next he did an old favourite ‘Wagon Wheel’ by Darius Rucker. “So rock me momma like a wagon wheel, Rock me momma any way you feel, Hey, momma rock me, Rock me momma like the wind and the rain, Rock me momma like a south bound train, Hey, momma rock me”. So that’s why Adrian calls you the ‘Old Rocker’ Mike!!
Adrian, then apologised that he had not fitted everyone in but the time had run away and it was now interval.
Those who had not yet performed would go first after the break.
12- It was lovely to have the second half started by our talented pianist Pam. As usual Pam, who loves anything to do with music, allowed us to join in with her first song, ‘ Thank You For The Music’ by Abba. The first verse starts off with the words, “I’m nothing special, in fact I’m a bit of a bore”. Well nothing could be further from the truth with our Pam. Thank you for the joy you bring when you play and sing. Next Pam did ‘Scarborough Fair’, a traditional English folk song. She did the Simon and Garfunkel canticle version. It must be a nice place to go to as there are plenty of herbs there. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme just being some of them.
13- We were happy to welcome Simone back home from her long holiday in Wales. Simone writes the most incredible poetry. This one is called ‘Old Stone’ The first verse is “Here I am sat by Oystermouth Castle in The Mumbles where I grew up from Girl to Woman. The wind rustles, whispers and breezes through those old trees I knew. Sometimes she changes direction, yet that Old Fortress remains the same , glaring at Swansea Bay with Green and Red Welsh Dragon Flag All Aflail. Thank you Simone. If anyone is interested to read the whole poem, please email me and I will email you a copy.
14- Then we were in for a dancing treat as Andrew and June played ‘Uncle Ruben, Boil em Cabbage, Old Joe Clark, and Big Coral’. Andrew referred to this as what Peter would say is a ‘mudley’, rather than a medley! Simone was quick to jump up and entertain us all with her lively dancing.
15- Doreen was next to sing a lovely song called ‘Somewhere’. It is sometimes referred to as “There’s a Place for Us”, and is a song from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story that was made into a film in 1961. The music is composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Doreen was accompanied by Pam on the keyboard.
16- Brian sang ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’, a Rolling Stones number. Mick Jagger is on acoustic guitar, Keith Richards on electric slide guitar, Charlie Watts on drums, Bill Wyman on bass, and Nicky Hopkins on piano. Brian Jones is not present on these sessions, but we had the one and only Brian Webb!
17- Nick said that every time he heard a mandolin play he was reminded of the song called ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’ by Mc Guinness Flint. So Adrian joined in with him and they did a superb number.
18- Fran, not to be outdone played ‘The Dream Catcher’ by Eric Allen. Again, really beautiful music Fran. You never disappoint us.
19- Steve’s number, ‘In The Pines’ is a traditional American folk song from the 1870’s. It was recorded by Lead Belly and Bill Monroe.
20- Derek performed ‘Give Me A Ticket For An Aeroplane’ by The Box Tops. Sometimes this song is known by ‘My Baby Just Wrote Me a Letter’.
21- Annie then sang her last number called ‘John O’Dreams written by Bill Caddick in 1973, using a tune by Tchaikovsky.
22- Mike played another old favourite of his called ‘Galway Girl’. There were plenty of folk joining in with this one.
23- Adrian thanked all for coming, performers and spectators alike, and again apologised to those who had not got a chance to do a third slot. It was a very good evening. Adrian reminded us that we would be closed during the month of August. At our next session on September the 6th, we will welcome Pam doing her first stint as MC for the evening, with Andrew assisting. It will be a good night. Adrian had also copied out the chorus for our final song. It was called ‘All The Tunes In The World’. It was a fitting song for us to finish the evening.