Wednesday 5th April saw us back in the Eyre Court Conservatory, without Colonel Mustard or the lead piping! (Cluedo players will understand!!)
1 – Mike and Adrian started us off with “St. Olav’s Gate”, a Nancy Griffin song about a Swedish place.
Mike sang and played guitar, and Adey played Absolutely Fabulous harmonies on his mandolin. Wonderful!
They next performed a Don Williams song – naked (without a capo!)
Yes I used to be the Moonlight Bandit, I used to be a heartbreak kid, Then I met you and the next thing I knew, I was – Oh, Shot full of love……..Beautiful!
2 – Doreen was next and it was lovely to see and hear her again after her recent sad loss.
Her first piece was “Come back to Sorrento” which she actually remembers singing in a hotel in Sorrento! Superb rendition!
This was followed by Hymn de l’amour, original French words by Edith Piaf – thankfully, Doreen sang it beautifully in English!
3 – Martin and Marian from Nottingham were very welcome guests, they had seen our Jurassic Folk website and came to investigate us – how lucky we were! Martin sang unaccompanied, a very poignant song about “The Rounding of Cape Horn”, and how the Plymouth Girls who will “rob or pawn your clothes”, compare very unfavourably with the Spanish Girls! – Priceless! His next song was about the Property Market – sort of! “Each time we made love, I put half a crown away! And if he hadn’t played away, they would have owned the “Dog and Bone”!
4 – Pam was next, and she had decided that since so many of our heroes are passing away, she would honour some of those who were still alive!
First was Doris Day, who had just discovered she was 95, not 93! Que sera, sera, whatever will be, – everyone knew it and everyone joined in!
Then to Vera Lynn who has just turned 100, and We’ll meet again, and again everyone joined in!
5 – Next was Concertina Steve with “Make & Break Harbour”, a Stan Rogers song about the dying of the fishing tradition and the importance of the one piston inboard engines known as the Make & Break Engines or the One – Lunger.
His second song was a Country Farmer’s Song, collected by the Rev Baring-Gould……..but Steve thought he might have written the words himself as they poke fun at the Pope! Two very enjoyable songs, and what a pleasure to hear the concertina played so effectively!
6 – Now for something completely different. Rob played guitar and sang a very evocative Huw Williams railway song – “Right
side of the footplate when you’re travelling by steam” – how true!
Nick joined Rob for the Pink Floyd classic – “How I wish you were here” – and we all joined in! Great atmosphere!
7 – Next was Marian’s turn, – the other half of our visitors Martin and Marian from Nottingham, and what a treat! – again acapella.
Firstly a June Tabor song, “Young Waters”, set in Stirling, Scotland. The horse young Waters rode on was “Swifter than the Wind”. Unfortunately, the King happened to heat the Queen saying “Young Waters is the Fairest Face that ever mine Eyes did see” – so because of that, young Waters had to die!
Her second song was equally memorable. A song of dark times in Northern Ireland, by Sean Mone, called ” Rosalita and Jack Campbell” about being in the wrong place at the wrong time…….”Let’s ride into the sunset, for Heaven’s just one step from the Old Rio Grande”. Please come again soon Marian & Martin!
8 – Next the Amazing Amycrofters, June and Andrew led us on keyboard and accordion with a Dubliner’s song “Peggy Gordon” which we were allowed to join in with, as long as we didn’t drown them!!! After that a Jim Reeves number, “He’ll have to go”. two lovely, very familiar songs!
9 – Our Simone was next with the other Steve on guitar. Simone was still suffering from the dreaded lurgy which we have all had, and she was NOT her usual self.
Her first song was “I’ve seen fire, I’ve seen rain, I can’t make it any other way, Always thought I’d see you again”.Then Steve performed “As tears go by” and we all joined in with the last line, led by Simone!
10 – Annie was very welcome back from Australia where she lost her bit of bamboo that she has used for over 20 years to play her flat guitar thing – the absolutely wonderful sounding Appalachian Dulcimer! Fortunately, she was able to nick another bit of bamboo from her bunk! – and performed a Rambling Jack Elliott song called Willie Moore, it was soooooooooo beautiful! Then she reverted to her normal guitar and played a very romantic Dougie McLean song, “The love will carry”. We have missed you Annie, welcome Home!!!
11 – Peter then regaled us with a song he says he has never sung in public before, “Hotel California” by the Eagles. Again one we all knew so were able to join in with the chorus! It’s a lovely place, it’s a lovely place! Then Peter sang a song which he thinks he has sung before, but he doesn’t know where or when!!! A Tom Paxton song called “Cindy’s Crying”, and apparently Cindy is crying because she is going to be a Hooker in Beaker Street to fund her drugs habit! Very illuminating!
12 – Doreen finished off the first half with her version of Vera Lynn’s classic – “The White Cliffs of Dover”. Again, we all knew it, we all joined in, what a lovely nostalgic evening!
Our thanks go to Pam who did the write up for us. She had to dash off at this point as her husband, Malcolm, is not well. Thank you for making time in your very busy schedule to do this for us Pam.
Then it was time for our interval.
As is our usual custom on the first Wednesday of the month, we devoted the second half of the evening to a jam session. This means that everyone again gets a slot, but are encouraged to do something in which all can join. It’s a
very lively sing-a-long with lots of music. We had a ball.
Next meeting will be on the 19th April, where we will be back to normal. The complete evening dedicated to your slots. So come along with plenty of songs or tunes.
Before the evening started, four of us enjoyed a lovely meal at the Eyre Court. (This was not our first meal there.) So we can really recommend their cooking!!