Thanks this week to Mike for his work as MC, Pam for doing yet again a fabulous report, and June for the photos. Also thanks to
Eyre Court Hotel for the use of the conservatory, the delicious food they serve, and the lovely staff!!
Mike was in charge and took pleasure in ringing his bell for Order! He didn’t do his Walls to Doors impression of an airline hostess this week however!
1- Mike on guitar with Adrian on his magical mandolin started off the proceedings with a beautiful country waltz, -Evangeline – a very melancholy Emmylou Harris song written by Robbie Robertson…….She stands alone on the banks of the Mississippi……… such a suitable “Cool” song for such a hot night!
2 – Adrian‘s first choice was the very well known ballad “Sometimes when we touch, the honesty’s too much”. This song has been covered by so manyartists from Tammy Wynette to Sting, but Adrian and Mike’s version was awesome! Adrian played guitar and sang the tune, whilst Mike harmonised…….watch out the Everly Brothers!Adrian then said that when in doubt, do a Tom Paxton!!! There’s a message there for all of us. He chose “I can’t help but wonder where I’m bound” ……beautiful!
3 – Mike next introduced our very own – The Amycrofters, saying what are their names? Andrew and June of course, but they weren’t here the last time and we did miss them! June first of all reminded us about the Garden Party at their home on Saturday June 1st, starting at 2pm, in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. Fun, games, stalls and entertainment for all ages. Raffle tickets were on sale for us too!
4 – Next was our wonderful soprano Doreen, accompanied by me, Pam, on keyboard. Doreen’s first number was a song written by Cyril Ornadel and
made famous by Matt Monroe, aka the Singing Bus Conductor! – “Portrait of my Love”…..as usual Doreen, you were amazing! Her next song was in memory of Gordon Langford, a well known local composer and arranger who died recently. Gordon used to love hearing Doreen sing this at the lunchtime performances in the Minster at Axminster. – “I have dreamed” from the King and I, so many famous people have sung this wonderful song, including Julie Andrews, Doris Day and Frank Sinatra and now our very own Doreen Blackburn. Again yet another wonderful performance from our soon to be nonagenarian! (she hates people knowing her age, but I think she is wonderful for her age, and will keep mentioning it!!!) Well done Doreen!
5 – Peter Arnold had to follow Doreen!!! – and he did, saying that he was going to play yet another song he had never played before. The very well known Bob Dylan song – “Don’t think twice, it’s alright”. However, his version was not the same as Bob Dylan’s original, he had been inspired by Chris Thile on mandolin and Brad Mehldau on Jazz piano, and how different was that! You can catch it on YouTube folks! Next he played “Summer Time” by George Gershwin, from Porgy and Bess. Such a suitable song for such a hot summer night, and Peter’s version was again so different from the norm, very slow and bluesy, and really Cool!
6 – Steve Mills came next, playing guitar and singing a song recorded by the Irish folk singer Christy Moore in 1984, although it was originally written by the Irish Songwriter Jimmy McCarthy. From Ireland to Scotland. Steve’s second song was a cheeky little number – “Candy” – by the young Scottish singer Paolo Nutini from Paisley, great fun!,….where are you going next Steve? Wales?
7 – Mike then introduced Annie, we all know Annie, she is infamous! Annie started off her set with “One Meat Ball” from the 1940’s, written by Hy Zarat and Lou Singer, and recorded by many many people, although the version which inspired her was by Josh White. It was very bluesy and very poignant…..”.I read the menu through and through, to see what 50 cents could do”…….one meat ball! Then along came Annie’s groupies, Mike on backing vocals!!! and Adrian on guitar!!! They supported Annie with her next number – “When I dream, I dream of you” – by Sandy Mason from 1967 for which she won a Nashville Award in 1980. A beautiful song, beautifully executed by Annie and her Groupies!!! Excellent, we will all dream on tonight!!!
Their first song was so appropriate for the very warm weather, . all about Blossoms, Strawberries, and Sweet Wine….”Today”, by John Denver…..a
million tomorrows shall all pass away, Ere I forget all the joy that is mine today!” Spine tingling!!!
9 – I (Pam) was next with my version of the Elkie Brookes song -” Pearls a singer.” But of course my version was a little bit different…..Pam’s not a singer….she stands up when she plays the piano….in a night club,….or the local pub….called the Eyre Court…..every other Wednesday….. at Jurassic Folk….Pam’s not a singer!!!….. And I was very pleased to feel so many of you all joining in!!!
10 – Welcome back to Chris, a very familiar face from the past. Chris started off with a Ralph McTell song, again very appropriate
for the warm weather – “Tequila Sunrise”……and how he can play that guitar! “Tequila sunset, Tequila Sunrise, Let’s put the light back in each other’s eyes.” So nostalgic, dating from 1976! Then, following Adrian’s advice that you can’t go wrong with a Tom Paxton song, another very nostalgic piece. – “Time to Spare” Chris said that Diane, his good lady, is sick of it! We don’t believe you Chris!…. “I’ve been thinking of you lately. …I’ve been wondering where you are” An excellent choice, and so beautifully performed! Don’t leave it so long to come back to Jurassic Folk, you are so talented, we want more!!!
3 – The Amycrofters were next, with Andrew on accordion, and June this time playing her wonderful brand new bass ukulele!!!! That’s three different instruments the very talented June has played tonight!!! Their set was in G and we were all able to join in with, “My Grandfather’s Clock”, “Jimmy Allen”, “Buffalo Girls”, and the “Winster Gallop”…….Andrew made a joke about June being Vertically challenged, and so that is why she wanted a bass ukulele, rather than a bass guitar!!! Be careful Andrew, all good things come in little packets……even poison!!!!
8 – Chris was next performing a song requested by his wife Diane….. from the Music Man, but immortalised by the Beatles, “Till there was you” What a fabulous choice, I actually saw them doing that live in the 60’s, it seemed to be made for Paul McCartney’s voice!