Eight is Great


 Eight is Great.


You wait forever and two buses come along and tonight it was harps as Frank and then  Frances turned up with a harp each. Then lo and behold incomes Franks band partner Julian with his very expensive accordion. Our usual band then ambled in.



Blogger kicked the night off with a Christy Moore song “ MyLittle Honda 50” this was followed by a Peter Sarsdedt number “ Where do you go to my lovely”


James up next with another classic from an era where it is stated if you can remember it , you weren’t really there.  “Woodstock”  and then he hits us with a country number, now this is usually the domain of Barry who  was sitting opposite James gave us a Hank Williams number “Hey Good Looking” I don’t know who he was looking at as he sang this song.

 


The long awaited return of Frances and her first number was an O’Carolan number. “ O Carolans Welcome” very impressive the new harp sounded great. This was followed by another O’ Carolan number O’Carolans Concerto” a great rendition and Frances playing was on a different level to when she last attended one of our sessions. Well done Frances.

 

The singing stick was then passed to Andy who gave us a reggae song apparently two octaves lower than the original and in a not altruistic reggae beat but a great song anyway and “ Many Rivers to Cross” by Jimmy Cliff. This was then followed by a Johnny Nash song “ I Can see Clearly Now”. That ended our Reggae spot which was a first and a very different slant on the normal fare we are used to.


Graeme up next and  had us all guessing as all he would give us was the initials of the artist ND had us all foxed, however it was a brilliant ballad and I have to admit my mind was a blank but was a very soulful  song. “ Play Me” which we were then informed was by Neil Diamond. This was followed by a Fleetwood Mac number, “ Need your love so badly” Great Stuff


Barry was next in the circle and as an aficionado  and performer of all things country , his first number was, “ I give you music” by Dennis  Akin. Barry’s next offering was “ You Dont even know Who I Am “ 

 By Gretchen Peters who played Keighley a while ago. Barry bravely carried on as Mand took her seat having just arrived.



Another blast from the past next in the form of Julian who forms one third of the band “ One Accord” and further round the the table was another third but more about him later. First up from Julian  on his new accordion , which looked fantastic by the way, was “Unicorns “by Bill Caddick this was followed by a song “All the Tunes inThe Worldby Jesse Linder this very nicely segwayed into another O’Carolans tune “Planxty Fanny  Power” one of Kath’s favourite tunes.



To round up the first half we had the aforementioned player from the trio, one Accord and the second  player this evening to play the harp Frank whose nom de plume is ............... wait for it.......... Frank The Harp! I had the privilege of having a Frank’s assistance sorting my own harp out and was very pleased to see him turn up along with Frances tonight. Frank’s first tune was “  Lady Eleanor Plunkett” this morphed into a couple of tunes the first was “ Farewell to Whiskey and the final one-was” Saint Mary’s Polka “ ably accompanied by Julian on his accordion.


To round up our first half we had Phil and “Jack of all Trades by Bruce Springsteen, this was followed by “ Who Do Think You Are” and as well as playing the guitar he had percussion on his arm as he performed this self penned number.




The second half started with a poem by Jim Owens and put to music this evening by the Blogger it got a once through about 45 mins ago “ Somme “ performed tonight in honour of the men from the Ulster Division who were slaughtered on the first day of the  Battle of The Somme” This followedby Vin Garbutt number “ Wings” it’s just over a year since we lost this fantastic singer songwriter! 


James back  on then with an Elton John number, “ Rocketman” another track from the human jukebox. To finish his spot tonight was” Watching the Detectives” by Elvis Costello.



Back to Frances and her harp and her penultimate number was a tune made famous by The Clancy Brothers and “ The Parting Glass” was a great song and done tonight as a great tune. Frances then rounded her spot off with “Castle Kelly and The Musical Priest” two reels and known to the Blogger. 


Back to Andy now and this new guitar is getting some playing “Redemption Song “ done by both Bob Marley and latterly by his son Ziggy. Andy finished his reggae spots with a non reggae song “ What Shoots Up” a self penned number.



Graeme again, and this time it was an RS number “ Angie” by The Rolling Stones. To finish off Graeme chose an Al Stewart number “ In Brooklyn” Not one I knew but thoroughly enjoyed well done Graeme.


A country Gentleman next, Barry with a lovely Martin guitar and “Hello Stranger” by The Carter Family and as Barry explained they stopped recording in 1941 but were resurrected with the 60’s folk revival. Round up time with another Carter family number” Jimmy Brown the News boy ” one way to make sure no one pinches your material Barry :) 


Julian on his second time around with”Fields of Athenry” a great Irish Song but here we had a parody of this standard fare for many a pub singer. Great version Julian!  I have asked Julian for the next tune and tonight was the night. To finish his spot off Julian played my funeral song and by that I mean the song I will be carried to my resting place to “. A Highland Cathedral” Brilliant and Thank You.


Frank now and a Johnny Cunningham number “ Night in That Land” and to finish “ Willows” by Johnny Dyer. Great stuff and really nice to see you both and Frances!


Phil to finish off a great night of Swan Acoustic Session with firstly “ Frigga went Courting” and finished a great night off with a RockN Roll Medley

Thanks everyone for a great night

BCW

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Posted on July 2, 2019 .

Top Trumps

18th June


Musicians

Andy Brown

Graeme Morrell

James Porter

Brian Wylie


A small but merry band of minstrels tonight, all in fine voice and entertaining us with a very varied choice of fine songs!

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Brian

Brian kicked off the proceedings with a lovely version of ‘Gentle on my mind’; a John Hartford song made famous by Glenn Campbell in 1968. He followed this with ‘Fly me to the moon’ which was written by Bart Howard in 1954 but really became popular in when Frank Sinatra’s version was used to accompany footage of the ‘Apollo’ moon missions.

Graeme  

Graeme  


Graeme was next under the spotlight with Bob Dylan’s ‘Spanish boots of Spanish leather’ originally recorded by his Bobship in 1963 but performed very well by Graeme in 2019. His next song was a little younger - 1966, Mick and Keef’s ‘Ruby Tuesday’, a particular favourite of mine and sung on a Tuesday too.

Andy

Andy


Andy introduced his song by saying it was the ‘epitome of sophisticated gentle rock’ but that his version of The Eagles 1975 ‘Lying Eyes’ would be neither sophisticated nor gentle, but it was! It was a lovely version. He then sang Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ recorded in 1984 and was thought by the President to be a pro US song (ooops)!

James

James


James’ songs were both in the best spirit of SAS sad-song tradition; the first song was Paolo Nutini’s ‘Last request’ released in 2006, a song depicting the end of a relationship (thank you, James, I love Paolo songs) and the next was Hank Williams‘Cold, cold heart’ (1950) which described unhappiness within a relationship.


At the break, I mentioned the ages of the songs that had been sung so far through the evening and that James was in the lead having sung the Hank Williams one. Not that our minstrels have a competitive edge or anything but the gloves came off, the chips were down and the game began! (Top Trumps)


Round 2


Brian back in play with a couple of drinking songs - firstly, a song by Gaelic Storm called ‘Drink the night away’ 1996 followed by ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ a Guy Clarke song written in 2009. Both excellent songs that were sung well but not contenders for the age award - Brian still confident that he would be on the podium with 1954.


Graeme’s Michael Chapman contribution came in the form of ‘Among the trees’ a 1969 song of nostalgia, resting in the golden memories of past summers ( and the lyrics mention rain so quite apt really) -nicely sung. A Bee Gees one next - ‘To love somebody’ - 1967 so luckily for Graeme, before the falsetto period but no age prize winner.


Andy ( in fine competitive spirit) up next with ‘Make me down a pallet on your floor’

1908 - BANG! Back of the net and into the lead!!! This was originally released as part of the Blind Boone’s Southern Rag Medley and credited to WC Handy as well as Andy.

A Human League one next and I was so surprised by the goal that I forgot to write down the title so if you send it Andy we will add it in.


James sang a 1991 Kirsty MacColl song ‘We ll never pass this way again’, another break-up one (bit of a theme here) but sounded great. The next one was vying for the bronze medal in the competition - written by Mertis John Junior in 1955, recorded by Fleetwood Mac and sung by James - ‘Need your love so bad’.


Second out! Round 3


Time for another one each.


Brian first with an excellent run out into the lead, overtaking Andy by some years!

‘Arthur McBride’ a song collected from Ireland, Scotland and England around 1840 ish. Brian was now quite confident of the gold medal and was looking decidedly smug.........then .......


Oh Yes! Graeme with Greensleeves! Circa 1533! Slam Dunk!!!!

He then got the chance to do the lap of honour with another song . An excellent rendition of ‘Desperado’ by the Eagles 1973.


Andy followed this with ‘Galway Shawl’ first collected in 1936 (not a medal winner) by Sam Henry from Bridget Kealy - he was already in the medals but a valiant effort all the same.


James next, knowing that he could not win, turned to religion with Gallagher and Lyle’s ‘Jesus saved me’ 1973 which is always good to know - excellent song.


Finale

The ensemble rounded the night off with a rousing ‘Jitterbug Boogie’ T Rex 1976.


See you next time!


Kath

Posted on June 23, 2019 .

Promise made in the heat of the night!

A welcome return of our skippers (se) after they had an enjoyable sounding island (Ireland) hop two weeks ago.

Last times blogger advised the congregation of my blogging promise last time and I taketh up the challenge.

Brian 

Brian 

Captain Brain kicked off with a Gerry and the Pacemakers number (Not the Walk On, Walk onetc. Kop Anthem) but the long titled. Don’t let the Sun Catch You Crying’. This was written by Gerry & Co in 1964 and produced by Beatles legend George Martin. It was a top 10 in both the UK and USA.

This was followed by Closing Time by the beautifully names Goat’s don’t Shave an Irish Folk Rock Band from Donegal. Great as always Mr. Wylie.

John D

John D

A New person to me (but an old colleague of Brian) Mr John Daure gave us an excellent version of the Chris Rae song Road to Hell. This song was written whilst in a traffic jam on the M4. I believe it was a 2 part song and was released in 1989.

This was followed by Dylan’s don’t think twice it’s alright. Great Stuff John. Hope to hear you again sometime.

John N

John N

Up next was John Nixon who was on great form. Candy a 2009 song by Paolo Nuitini from his album Sunny Side UP and then a stones classic its Only Rock n Roll from the 1974 album of the same name. I have this one at home amongst my Cat Scratched LP covers. I remember the iconic soapy video which appeared on Top of the Pops.

Graeme 

Graeme 

Next up was Graham (AKA the blog grass) who again was on top form. Elton’s classic your song which was released in 1970 and was top 10 in the UK and USA. This was followed by an excellent version of the Beatles All My Loving which appeared on the 1963 Album with the Beatles. I have this on EP with Picture sleeve at home. I was a very young Beatles fan.

Phil 

Phil 

Next up was Blog Man (Phil) with my sentimental song which I sing to my 2 little Grandchildren. (Logan Jack and Lennie Mac) the tune based on Bruce’s Pony Boy (about his son) this was followed by Cadilac (spelling was not Bolan’s best attribute) which was on the Flip of 1972 No. 1 Telegram Sam by T Rex.

Barry

Barry

Our Country Gent next on Barry with a song called (I think?) The Last Thing I Needed, First thing this morning. It was released as a single by Willie Nelson in 1982.Next was when I call your Name by Vince Gill an American Country singer. Released in 1990. A new name to me but a good song.Consistent as always Barry.

Andy 

Andy 

Our resident Author and Politician (no booing please) Andy on next. I have started reading Andy’s book after hearing about the excellent Amazon review (thanks’ Mr Porter). Kicks off with Dreams Catch Me an Excellent song by Newton Faulkner, from his debut album Hand Built by Robots in 2007.

This was followed by Elton John Classic hit single Daniel which was a top 5 hit in 1973. It was on Elton’s album don’tShoot Me I’m only the piano player. Well done Andy always original and always brave enough to sing without the words.

James 

James 

James the Jukebox (and book reviewer) Mr. Porter sung a great number called surprisingly What’s Up? This was by the Danish band 4 Non Blondes and had an International Hit with this in 1992. This was followed by I Can’t Help it if I’m still in love with you by Hank Williams (1951) the song was covered by Johnny Cash and Elvis later. James is blessed with a good memory as he doesn’t use the words.

Kath

Kath

Back from her 3 Island tour was Kath who started with the Old Wishing Chair after a popular tourist destination in Ireland. This was by Bridie Gallagher. This was performed by Brian and Kath’s band on their recent CD release. Next up she performed I wish I had someone to love me by Imelda May. I believe this originated from a 1930’s song The Prisoner. Voice on form Kath.

The half time whistle went , piddle and a pint. We decided not to change ends as it was snug. 2 audience members squeezed in amongst the performers and enjoyed their evening (I think)

Brian kicked off with a song by Lolila in the 1950’s. Our google search stopped immediately as a porn warning popped up. The wrong Lolila no doubt.

The song in question was sung by Petula Clark and called Sailor and got to number one in the UK in 1961.

Next was a song called John Condon (Trad arr) which was about the youngest allied soldier killed in World War 1. Aged just 14 of Irish origin and from Waterford. Great stuff Mr. W.

New Old Boy John on next with the classic Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohen in in 1991, one of those songs everybody knows but can’t remember who sung it. This was followed by a song from American Folk Singer Hoyt Axton which Top 20 in 1977 was called Della and Dealer. Nice stuff John.

John Nixon’s classics were continued with I Shot the Sherriff1974 by Clapton which was written by Reggae king Bob Marley. Next was Kings Beauty Lola for 1970. A controversial song at the time about a transvestite. It has since become one of their revered most popular songs.

Graham next with Garth Brooks the US country singer from 1989. This was the song that got Garth a record deal. It urges listeners to tell loved ones how much they feel about them. Graham’s next song was by Fred Wedlock who is known for his song the Oldest Swinger in Town. This song was from the 1960’s and was called the Wealth. (I think). Graham always performs at a high level and appears to be always on the lookout for new material.

Next Phil (the Blogger) self-penned song Getting Old (WhoMe?) And T Rex Classic No 1. Hot Love

Which was their first and biggest No. 1.

Barry Next with Bringing Mary Home which was released in 1965 by a band called Country Gentleman (writers Duffey and Knight. Next was he stopped loving her today written by Braddock and Putman and was released in 1980 by George Jones. Nobody does sad like Barry.

Andy on Next with self-penned. I thank you for lasting for so long. Excellent and original. Followed by George Ezra’s Classic Budapest from 2014 which reached No. 3. Nobody does the Gloom like Andy.!

What’s James doing No bloody Guitar. A poem by the Punk Poet John Cooper Clark. Excellent and amusing. He told me the title which was fairly unforgettable (but I forgot it!)

Back on the Elton Fest, The new film appears to have re-ignited interest. An excellent version of Rocket Man for 1972 from the Honkey Chateau album wrapped the evening up.

A good mix and good night.

Thank you all.

See you all in 2 weeks hopefully.

Posted on June 16, 2019 .

Absent beggars

Capt Wylie has disappeared this week (somewhat like the blog from the last SAS session) but the general consensus was that he was in Ireland “on tour” with Kath and the band (unlike the notes for the last blog that appear to have vanished into thin air).


In the absence of any other volunteers I got saddled with blogging duties tonight.


John

John

It was good to see John Nixon back again following his extended absence until the last SAS. He kicked things off with Tom Petty’s Free Falling which went down as well as it always does (I.e. well - as if there was any doubt!). A little confusion now as John burst into one of Barry’s specialities Long Black Veil by “a couple of Canadians”. Queue Barry re-ordering his song sheets for tonight!


James

James

James “Jukebox” Porter now with Every Breath You Take - I have not heard him do this before. Really good version from James - I know that I always find the wide vocal range to much of a stretch but  James coped admirably. Me and Julio we’re down at the Schoolyard for James’ second song a la Paul Simon. Definitely heard him do this one before be great all the same.


Barry

Barry

Barry Lane took centre stage now cradling his lovely blonde Gibson J200 and playing a song the lyrics for which he only got at 3.00pm today These Old Blues - a traditional song. Where Do You Go by Ed Penney Junior (you must all have heard of him?!). Great country songs from the Sutton in Craven cowboy!


Phil

Phil

Phil up now resplendent with guitar and harmonica support, Just a pity that the harmonica is at home on the sideboard! Regardless Phil persevered with a self penned song Walk On Rock On. Unusually a capo was required for the second song Oklahoma Home


Graeme 

Graeme 

Blogger next with a Ralph McTell song about the story of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads in exchange for stunning guitar abilities - The Ghost Of Robert Johnson. This was followed by a  (what I thought to be) Nick Lowe song Don’t Dream It’s Over. There was some debate about who wrote and recorded the song and it turns out (with the help of Google) to be written by Neil Finn of Crowded House - you live and learn.


Fresh from what sounds like endless council meetings Andy Brown had to borrow John’s guitar to admirably perform Len Cohen’s Sisters of Mercy and then Oasis’s Wonderwall and what a nice way to lead us into the intermission. On this occasion Kiera was not available in the foyer!

Andy

Andy


Paulo Nuttini in the shape of John Nixon brought our short break to a close (I sense and early night in the offing). Candy was the song. A new song to me next - Hotel Chamber Maid by Graham Parker and The Rumour, a name that brought back many happy memories for quite a few of the audience.Great stuff John as always.


James The Juke  with a Clive Palmer (Incredible String Band) song Empty Pocket Blues. The Beatles next with Chains (from Please Please Me)and this certainly please pleased the audience.


Paying Your Dues by Carl Jackson started Barry’s second slot. Following a tale about an injured wrist, a piece of cheese and  a rat (which I am still not sure whether to believe or not!) Barry finished off with  Waiting Out The Storm by Kate McKenzie - a real crowd pleaser.


Lady Madonna was sung by Phil (not flat like Madonna at Eurovision - but also for a lot less money!). I Remember  When I was Young was another of Phil’s excellent own foot tapper songs.


Blogger played another Ralph McTell song - The Girl From The Hiring Fair and then Lucinda William’s East Side of Town.


Andy now to complete the official allocation of songs. Firstly the traditional Galway Bay (which Andy informed us he had only half learned - not sure if he had learnt the top half or the bottom half but it sounded fine. Stoned Me  by Van Morrison completed things.

A quick jam rounded the being of nicely.

 

Posted on May 22, 2019 .

Full House

Full house


Well it was a busy night at The Swan tonight Kath and I were first in and we couldn’t get a seat. We settled in the snug and as our ragged band swelled we pounced on a table vacated and unloaded our guitars.


Blogger up first with a song Christy Moore pinched from Hamish Imlach.” Black Is The Colour” Kath was coerced into singing and the request was for a Randy Newman song “Feels Like Home” Fast becoming a favourite here at Addingham. Well done Kath

Next up Barry with our weekly dose of Country, first up was “Last Train from Poor Valley” this was written by Norman Blake. Barry’s next offering was straight up to date and very topical “The Human Race” by mense, Phillips and Dobbins,a hard hitting song to make us aware of the crisis in the world today. Great stuff Barry.


Next up was Graeme Morrell fresh from missing our last couple of sessions with a raunchy rocker “Hound-dog” by the late great Elvis, which drew diners to the door to listen this was followed by a Beatles instrumental “ Till There was You” it sounded great as only Graeme can pick this fantastic tune.


James up next with a BeeGees number “To Love somebody” straight from the human jukebox who never ceases to amaze us with his encyclopaedic memory of songs and tunes.This was followed by a favourite of mine,  a Paul Simon song “ Slip sliding away” great stuff James


An old familiar next, though not the spooky kind but rather an old face who we haven’t seen for a fair while, Mr John Nixon, fresh from some holiday or other and doing a recce on the pub for the return of his band Valkyrie who were playing this Saturday. Having muttered some excuse about not having played solo for a while he launched confidently into “ The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” a Shel Silverstein  number made famous by Marianne Faithful. Johns next offering was a bit of blues from the Boss, “ Wreck On The Highway” Welcome back John.


The blogger back after our break with “ Mr Bojangles” made famous by  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band this was followed by a song from my home town of Belfast” Black Velvet Band”


Barry up again and this time it was a Hugh Moffat number “ He Drove All The way to Texas” this was followed by a song that has a first line I know to be a lie” Well I don’t drink as much as I used to” but anyway the song was a “A Song For Life by Rodney Crowell


Graeme back up again and pinching country songs from the Barry Lane songbook “Summer Wages” by Ian Tyson. This was followed by an Otis Reading song “ Dock of The Bay” Great variety Graeme.


James up again and had us wondering if he was going to tread on Barry’s toes?

Well that didn’t go as planned as we had another soul number, this time a Sam Cooke number “ Bring it on home to me” and the second was an Elvis number  “All shook Up” Quite an eclectic mix tonight, Brilliant stuff!


How time passes when you are having fun we came back round to John again, and this time we had a low soulful version of  a Bernie Taupin and Elton John “Texas love song” and how do you round up a set why with a classic “ Wish You were Here” by Pink Floyd.............. Perfect!


Finish with a classic or two” Brown Eyed Girl” and “Satisfaction! a classy  end to a great night.


BCW



Posted on April 16, 2019 .

Brexit sensation!

It certainly was, as no one mentioned the word Brexit tonight (although I did mention a Revolution and Andy sung about Barricades) so on with the show we go.

Seven performers tonight, though Kath was saving her voice, possibly for other shows. We were joined by Mandy later giving us six plus two audience members. This was after we had seen off the people who were originally sat in the small snug. They did actually apologise and gave suitable reasons for leaving after the first song was aired.

Brian: ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ Well I thought Brian was after an early night when he changed it to five, but it seems that the original version was Scottish, titled ‘Five Drunken Nights (Our Goodman)’ still I always think it suits an Irish accent best.

‘Molly Malone’ this is definitely Irish and takes me back to singing in junior school

with Mrs Thompson (a Hattie Jacques double) I still remember being amazed by the amount of flesh hanging over her high heeled shoes as we sang.

James

James

Blogger: ‘We’ll Never Pass This Way Again’ A Kirsty Maccoll song about leaving a lover, possibly after a one night stand. A Damien Rice song next ‘9 Crimes’ a song about cheating on a partner, as the ninth Commandmentsays ‘thou shall not covet thy neighbours wife’

Andy

Andy

Andy: ‘Do I Still Figure In Your Life’ a Joe Cocker song, new song to me but a good soulful ballad anyway. I always loved ’Delta Lady’ by Joe.

Another Damien Rice song next, ‘Cannon Ball’this is a good song for Andy to do, and just a great song to me. Some people say his songs are a bit depressing (Damien that is). To me it’s all about emotion and delivery.

Please checkout how he finishes his concerts with a song called ‘Cheers’ and a bottle of wine, It’s both funny and sad.

Gloria  

Gloria  

Gloria: ‘When I First Came To Caledonia’ not Scotland but one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces Nova Scotia which is Latin for New Scotland. A song set in The Caledonian Coal Mines. An old tradition song it seems,but new to me and it was a very nice one too. Seems to be about a man who went mining and likes a woman who makes good tea, also he likes another but puts his brandy first. Good song anyway.

The next song was a new one again for me but seemingly traditional Irish.In my shorthand notes I have ‘Bellaghy Fair’ ‘it was good though.

Barry

Barry

Barry: In fine country picking style tonight gave us ‘If I Needed You’ by

Townes Van Zandt. Not a singer I know apart from Barry’s fine renditions and occasionally Mike Craig does one. Next a firm favourite from my liking of any early Elvis song ‘Mystery Train’ actually written by Junior Parker in 1953.

Phil

Phil

Phil: ‘Cadillac’ by T.Rex. I am a big Marc Bolan fan but didn’t remember this until I heard Phil’s version. Good stuff.

Next a self portrait of the artiste called Phil. ‘I Remember When I Was Young’

A self written song of his life and it seems like he had a good one, I think.

Break:

Brian: ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ credited to Gerry and his Pacemakers.

I think Brian was quite young when the Merseybeat era started but I know he likes the message of this song. AGood song this but it’s not to be confused with the Louis Jordan song of the same name.

Next‘The Magdalene Laundries’ by Joni Mitchell. A song about the so called ‘Fallen women’ in Ireland, they ended up confined in these Roman Catholic Institutionsin Ireland. Mass graves were later found there. Not a song his partner Kath likes to hear due to it sad harrowing story.

Blogger: ‘Maker Of Islands’ by Mike Heron of Incredible String Band fame. Probably nota well knownsong, as I am just choosing my personal likes here, but I am hoping to make some of them familiar or even likeable.

Next The Beatles ‘Revolution no 1’ the slower album version as opposed to the rockier version on the flipside of ‘Hey Jude’ I did hear some backing vocals going on so I think that was a more popular song choice.

Andy:‘Through The Barricades’ my favourite Spandau Ballet song. A song inspired by love prevailing in the troubles in Northern Ireland

‘I know I Shouldn’t’ another self penned song from Andy. Yes we often know we shouldn’t but we sometimes do.

Gloria :’The Grey Selkie Of Skule Skerry’ a traditional folk song listed as Child Ballad 113. Set in Norway about a woman who has her child stolen by its Father who has the power to transform from a seal into a human.

Next ‘Wheels Within Wheels’ I thought this title sounded a bit political but on hearing it I realised it was a song that I had heard Gloria do before which I thought was called ‘I’m So Glad’. Hearing it again I think it’s more about reaching some kind of self empowerment and being happy about it.

Barry: One of Barry’s many train songs next. ‘Wreck Of The Old 97’ about a train disaster in 1903. Drives along nicely this song and no Barry didn’t wreck it.

Next ‘The Halfway home Café’ surprisingly written in 2001 it features overheard conversations from a café that tell a story. First recorded by Ricky Skags

Phil: With a very catch song from Bryan Adams ‘You Belong To Me’ quite a recent song for SAS this one 2015. Next another self written song from Phil ‘Gravy Train’

A song where everyone mainly Politicians get it in the neck from Phil.

Well it was an early night finish after all as Brian called time after requesting an encore from Gloria. I do understand that some people have to get up for work in

the morning (I’ve been there, got the tea shirt etc.) Up The Workers I say, anyway the last song was a cracker ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’ it was great by The Beatles and also great by Gloria, she does it fast but so do The Beatles and I have seen McCartney do it live a couple of times.

Well hope to see you all next time.

James P.

Posted on April 4, 2019 .

Compact and Bijou

Kath and Brian  

Kath and Brian  

Welll there were a few more diners tonight but we managed to ensconce ourselves in the corner and one by one we saw them off.

Blogger up first with an old traditional song “ Johnny Jump Up a cautionary tale of cider drinking. Any more than a quart and you were beating all a round you This was followed by “The Flower Seller written by Harry O’Donoghue an Irish emigre now living in the states. A song of lost love and “ White rose for new love, Red rose for true love and violets for love of the past

James

James


Our resident jukebox James with a country song “ He’s in the jailhouse” usually accredited to Jimmy Rogers and associated with the Vaudville era,now, I hope he’s not stealing the thunder from our resident countryman Barry. Next up from James was “The Honkytonk Blues “ Well done James.

Phil

Phil


Phil up next with his 12 string and harmonica with a Bruce Springsteen number “Terrys song” a song he wrote for the passing of his roadie. Next up was a classic played a la Dylan with guitar and harp “ Knocking on heavens door, great stuff Phil.

Barry 

Barry 



Next up was our resident country player Barry who can regale us with stories of playing in country bands for the past 61 years and that’s a lot of history. First up was “ Ride Me Down Easy” by Billy Joe Schaffer. These are story songs and this is a common theme in the country genre and we didn’t have any chicken wire! Barry’s next offering was an Eagles song “Train leaves here
This Morning” this morphed into a Cole Porter song “Hey Good Looking “ This was made famous by Hank Williams. Well done Barry.

Kath up next with a Bonnie Raitt song also covered by Edwina Hayes “ Feels like Home to Me” accompanied on guitar by The Blogger. Kath has had a chest/throat problem but felt ok to sing this evening. Glad she is on the mend now.

Break

Second half then, Blogger started with a traditional number attributed to Hamish Imlach and made popular by Christy Moore” Black Is The Colour”This was followed by a Goats Don’t Shave number “Hills of Donegal”

James now with a Terence Trent Darbynumber “ Sign your Name” a great version. This was followed by a Ewan Macoll song or Jimmy Miller as he used to be known “Dirty Old Town a song about a dirty mill strewn town of Salford. Great versions James.

Phil up now with a Flogging Malloy number “Far Away Boys” After borrowing James guitar we had a self penned number from Phil “ Who Do You think You Are” Sounded great Phil.

Barry up for his second spot now, and “ On your Way Home by Matressa Berg.
At the last session Graeme who unfortunately can’t be here tonight was trying to remember the next song from the album of the same name “ Long Black Veil” from the Chieftains with the Stones and other stars.

We then elected to do another one each
Kath had decided that she didn’t want to spoil anything with her voice so politely declined another song. We then coerced her to a great Scottish song “ Ye Jacobites where she ably provided the harmony with the Blogger.

Blogger Then did a traditional song and one that has achieved notoriety as the best liked song re prostitution there is “Raglan Road”

James on his final track and a Carole King number, “Way over Yonder” great final song James.

Phil now to do his final number and this was “ All I Want Is You” a U2 number. Not what I thought it was called.

Barry now had the honour of winding our compact but bijou gathering and to finish Barry gave us a Song from 1884 “Hard Times” collected by Stephen Foster




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Posted on March 19, 2019 .

Where’s Wally?

Kath and Brian

Kath and Brian

After numerous Tuesdays packed with diners, drinkers and musicians the car park was virtually empty and the bars were even less busy. Besides 5 dedicated participants there were just 3 other people in the whole place. I find it intriguing that last time the whole place was absolutely packed and yet tonight it was deserted for no apparent reason.

True to form the Wylies (Brian & Kath) kicked off with a banjo and mandolin duet Farewell to Erin followed by a tune written by Mr Wylie The Taggyman.  I hope their married life is as harmonious as their playing!

Barry   

Barry

 



Barry was up next, firstly with a song that he has only played “out” once before Summer Wages by Ian Tyson - one he needs to play out more often! According to Barry’s records he last played the next song last September - The First Thing This Morning by Gary Nunn and Cisel Acklin (no that is not a typo).

Graeme

Graeme

Blogger next with a Beatles themed duo - firstly Ringo’s photograph then an instrumental version of Oh Darling which was followed by much discussion about how similar Of Donna (10cc) appeared o be.

Andy

Andy


Andy completed round one with his version of Try A Little Tenderness (very upbeat for Andy) which was actually written in the early 1930’s and recorded by many others prior to Otis Reading (and Andy) getting their hands on it. A self penned song So Glad You’re Mine finished his spot - a really good song too.

Part 2 commenced with The Wylies playing another toe tapping jig (or is it a reel) starting slowly and getting faster and faster - a bit like the Sea Shanty at Last Night of the Proms! This one was entitled My Son’s a Prawn (and if you don’t recognise that title you have not been to SAS often enough!). Morrison’s Jig completed their second spot. All good stuff.

Following admonishment by Brian for not using SAS standard 14 font Barry admirably played an ol’ bluegrass standard Little Maggie. Bill Anderson’s Close The Door Lightly came next which had Barry venturing we’ll up the neck of his guitar. Great stuff.

The first time blogger came to SAS (12 years ago?) he performed Jennifer and Kate by Tom Paxton and this was repeated tonight. This brought comment from the (albeit small) crowd that you never hear people play Mr Paxton any more. This was obviously seen as a challenge as the next song was Jimmy Newman about an injured US soldier who almost made it back from Vietnam but didn’t quite.

Andy took over the Tom Paxton mantle and played Last Thing On My Mind and although this particularly song was exactly that when he set off to SAS he executed it very well. It was followed by Long Hot Summer - another self penned and well performed number.

Time for one more from each participant, starting with Brain & Kath with The Siege of Ennis Set. Then Barry with I’m Going To Live Forevever by Billy Joe Shaver. Blogger with Bob Dylan’s Just Like A Woman which once again nudged Andy into playing something he had not planned on which was Jon Baez’s Diamonds and Rust.

A nice early finish and a good most enjoyable evening. We should all get home by the time the next storm rolls in!

Graeme M

Posted on March 6, 2019 .

Right is great for a book club

Brian

Brian


 

Well having missed the last session here I was flying solo as Kath was suffering with a virus. Mike had informed me he was on his way but tonight we had a glut of guitars.

First up was blogger with a Glen Campbell number" Gentle on my Mind" this was followed by " Black is the colour" Made famous by Christy Moore but pinched unashamedly from Dick Gaughan whilst touring folk clubs north of the border.

Mike

Mike



Mike was next up with a great upbeat blues number" If it Hadn't been for Love by The Steel Drivers. A mix of Blues and Bluegrass very able married here tonight by Mike! His next offering at The Swan Altar was " Hometown Blues " a Steve Earle Number.

Gloria  

Gloria  



An old favourite next in the form of Gloria whom we haven't seen for a while, she had brought her recently finished book with her. A look back at 35 years of Whitby festival week. Gloria kicked off her set with a beautiful old song " She moved through the Fair" Her next number was a first for her at The Swan was a Beatles number " With a little Help from my Friends " A great couple of numbers, well done Gloria.

Barry  

Barry  



Another literary person up next, Barry who also had recently finished and published his own book. His first number was an Elvis number" You were always on my mind" This was followed by a Leonard Cohen song " Sisters of Mercy"

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme our finger picker up next with an Eric Clapton number " Lonely Stranger" this followed by a Damien Rice number " Delicate" Two very tasty numbers. Great Stuff.

Phil

Phil

The baton was then passed to Phil with his twelve string and harmonica but minus his percussive wristband. His first song was " life's an Elevator " a Bolan number. A track from one of my favourite bands next "Back in The Night" by Dr Feelgood.

James

James

Our Human jukebox next in the form of James who possibly latched on to a Beatles vibe and " Strawberry Fields" a classic and classically done here by James. To round off his first spot James gave us a song new to the blogger " Carrie" a Joni Mitchell number.

Barry  

Barry  



Barry is our resident go to country player and tonight was no exception, Barry regaled us with how he got into country music from rock and roll and Skiffle. A Johnny Cashnumber and possibly one of his first popular songs. "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" next we had " The Troubadour". Co written by Johnny Cash .
That concluded the first half.



Second half starts with a quick update on tonight's soccer, the blogger then kicked off with a cautionary tale of drinking cider " Johnny Jump Up" this was followed by a Jon Allen number " Joanna"
Back to Mike who started with a great song " Come up to the house" and what better to finish your spot with than " Morning Blues" an American Trad song. Great stuff Mike and welcome back.
Gloria now again with a lovely Irish song " Lovely Glenchesk" finger picked in altered tuning, a lovely song and performed as only Gloria can. A Robbie Burns number to round up her final song " A mans a man for all That "

Andy now with his own slant on life with a self penned number, " Pennies on your face"
A song about rock stars dying far to young. To round off his spot Andy sang a Johnny Cash song " Walk the Line" a classic and well done Andy.

Back to Graeme and his finger picking, " Annie's going to sing her Song " a Tom Paxton number and what better to finish your spot off, exactly how you started than with an Eric Clapton number " Old Love" a really great version Graeme well done.

Phils last spot now with a self penned song about his uncle " Military Man" and to round off with a Seeger session number Ol Dan Tucker" well done Phil.

James the juke box and our penultimate turn tonight with a beautiful classic song " The first Time ever I Saw your face" a Ewan Macoll song and to finish his spot for the night he chose a Goffin and King " Chains" great finish James

It fell to Barry to finish this session at The Swan off and he chose " Don't This Road look Rough and Rocky" by Flatt and Scruggsand to finish Barry chose " Demons" by Bill Anderson. Well done Barry!

That brought our session for February to a close and we will see you all in March

BCW

Posted on February 21, 2019 .

Five go wild in the snug

On a wet night in February there is a lot to be said for sitting in a pub listening to people playing a fascinating variety of live music. There may only have been five of us but it proved to be a really enjoyable evening.

James kicked us off with and he can do a mean rendition of a Paul Simon song so he entertained us with a lively version of Mardi Gras. That upbeat tone was maintained when Phil gave us Back in the Night by Dr Feelgood provoking lots of foot tapping and the blogger to reflect on the song’s lyric about “waking up on the floor asking for some breakfast”. Very rock and roll lifestyle!

Positivity is, however, hard to maintain all night. Since tonight’s blogger was myself – Andy – no one was over surprised when I went for a sad song that I picked up from the wonderful Etta James called ‘If you could see me now’. All about lost love and declining fortunes.

Which proved to be positively optimistic compared to Barry’s contribution. He went for telling the tale of losing your home in a flood written by Phil Rosenthal in the 1980s called Muddy Waters. It sounded like one of those amazing blues numbers from the 1930s depression and Barry treated us to some lovely fingerpicking.

Graham then did what he does so well which is to sing and to play with great skill and sincerity. He treated us to a sensational version of Rainy Night in Georgia by Tony Joe White. Apparently, the writer of that song felt there like it was raining all over the world and it certainly felt like that in Addingham. No wonder Barry was singing about floods.

James

James

James then let us know that he and Julio used to hang around the schoolyard with Paul Simon whilst Phil had apparently been conned into being a soldier boy by some smooth talkingpropaganda and got a very good self-penned song out of the experience or the impressive imagination of it.

Your blogger then played Many Rivers to Cross and claimed it was written by Johnny Nash. It is never a good idea to get your facts wrong when you are dealing with knowledgeable people. I was quickly and gently corrected and it is a Jimmy Cliff song from 1969 much copied by others.

I was trying to keep the water theme going but Barry had clearly had enough of floods and deluges. He went for Railways instead and gave us the Wabash Cannonball which he’d picked up from Lonny Donegan but thought was much older. The Gibson was used once again to good effect

Graeme  

Graeme  

Graham then played one of two songs that shared the same title of ‘Run’. Your blogger is tempted to claim that this was inspired by his own recent book on towns and places that share a name but really he just wishes to plug the book. ‘Contrast and compare’ by Andy Brown is available from one very evil bookseller, Amazon, and a quick search and an even quicker purchase is strongly recommended. Graham’s first version of Run was the theme from Gavin and Stacey by Stephen Fretwell and a very fine song it is too.

James then couldn’t remember that he had already played two songs but did remember perfectly all the words to Watching the Detectives by Elvis Costello which all goes to show how eccentric the human memory is. It is one of my favourite songs and James did it more than justice.

Phil was also in post punk mode giving us a bit of Joe Strummer which I thought was called Before I Grow too Old and knew from an old Cajun recording but turned out to be titled Silver and Gold. Either way a really fine song and fun to hear.

Andy

Andy

I then offered Newton Faulkner’s Dream Catch Me which is meant to be about the joys of falling in love but I think I managed to make it sound like the end of the relationship. Barry was more genuinely on depressive territory with Just Like You from Peter Wernick of Hot Rize. In that song we learn that the protagonist is all alone after he has just gone under the surgeon’s knife and come back home to be reminded that his wife had died and his four children had moved faraway. Clearly the miserable night outside was getting to us.

Graham managed to lift the mood with I shall be released by Bob Dylan. Interesting how I can sing a cheerful song and make it sound miserable whereas Graham can sing a miserable song and make it sound cheerful. I think his is the more valuable talent!

After a short break James gave us a Kirsty McCall song about the break up of a relationship the theme of which was don’t worry about it – you enjoyed it while it lasted so just move on. It was called “We’ll Never Pass this Way Again” which sounds a bit biblical but it was anything but.

Phil

Phil

Phil then went for a lively song called Gas Light Anthemby Red at Night. It contained the line “Ain’t nobody got the blues like me” which triggered me to remember an old song I used to play called ‘Lay me Down a Palette on your floor” that contains almost exactly the same lyric. I picked it up from a Gillian Welch CD but it is around 100 years old. Graham claimed that he thought I was singing Lay me Down a Parrot on your floor but I suspect that was just his waspish sense of humour.

Barry  

Barry  

Barry then told us about narrowly missing seeing Buddy Holly play in Bradford because he was on his way to church instead. That prompted him to give us a really nice version of Alright and me to later on play a rather eccentric version of American Pie. Sixty years since the plane crash was therefore given proper respect.

Graham then gave us the partner song to Run which turned out to be the Snow Patrol song and he later went back to Snow Patrol to offer ‘If I lie here’ both beautifully done.

Which left us time for James to explore the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac with Man of the World, Phil to go in for a bit of Bruce with Jack of All Trades (no not Bruce Forsyth, Springsteen of course), and Barry to go back to his “God bothering” days with Wayne Raney’s, ‘A Whole Lot More of Jesus and a Whole Lot Less Rock and Roll”. If the 50s were dominated by country and western artists writing lyrics that corny I can only admire Barry for quitting the church and forming a rock and roll band.

In the true spirit of Rock and Roll we all finished off with our own versions of a bit of a trash. James did One Inch Rock from T Rex, Phil did the Clash and Brand New Cadillac, I went for an early Ray Charles ‘Tell me What I Say’, and Barry did some lively fingerpicking on Another Lonesome Morning by Wendy Thatcher. He then offered the disturbing image of a woman called Thatcher wearing long white boots and hot pants in the 1980s but fortunately it turned out to be no relation to the then PM.

The whole evening was then nicely finished off by Graham doing the right version of Valerie. The one by the Zutons not the Amy Whine House imitation.

A good time was had by all and we headed out much cheered. To discover it was still chucking it down with rain.

Posted on February 6, 2019 .

First of the Year for 2019

Brian

Brian

First session of the new year found us already into the third week of the year. We staked our claim in the main bar area to regale the diners who were unfortunate to still be finishing their meal.  Blogger was up first as we cracked open our first session of 2019. " Only our Rivers" a song from Ireland and the sadness that only her rivers run free. This was followed by a Jim Croce number " Lovers Cross"  a song for all men who won't be martyrs to love!

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme  Morell next up with a beautiful Martin twelve string, ( you missed it Barry)first up on this beauty was a Springsteen number " Born to Run " that awakened everyone to the fact that there was a twelve string in his hands. What better song to follow than a classic twelve string song " Mr Tambourine Man"  Sounded great and had us singing the chorus.

Andy Brown next and having swapped a Setanta CD for a copy of Andys' book "Contrast and Compare" a book comparing and showing the contrast between Bradford and Bradford in Avon ( available from Andy) His first offering tonight was  Love minus zero no limits" a Dylan number never heard by the Blogger. In the Dylan groove Andy then gave us another Dylan classic " Tangled up in Blue " Great stuff Andy and looking forward to reading the book. Can't help thinking we got the better out of the swop.

Andy

Andy

Phil

Phil


Phil up next  without his trusty twelve string but replete with his neck harness and harmonica. His first song tonight was " No Justice a self penned number" with harmonica interlude. Phils second song was " Oklahoma Home a woody Guthrie song covered also by Bruce Springsteen, and tonight by Phil. Great stuff.

James

James



Our resident Mr Jukebox in the form of James Porter was up next, a veritable musicologist with a fantastic catalogue of music who never ceases to amaze us with his recall from said catalogue. James first number was,  a Leonard Cohen Song "  Dance me to The End of Love" written by Leonard in 1984 for his album Various Positions. James led us into our break with a Fleetwood Mac number " Songbird". Great recall James I don't know how you do it.
We had a quick break and gathered ourselves for the second half.

Blogger up for round two with a little known Waterboys number " In Search of A Rose" this was followed by a raucous Make way for The Molly  Maquires  a song of the American Irish pit men.

Back to Graeme and his beautiful twelve string and " As Tears go By" a Rolling Stones number and it sounded like a band accompanied him on this number. To round up his second spot we got a Michael Chapman number " Girl On a Train " Well done Graeme and the guitar sound brilliant.

Andy Brown up next now Andys forte is the melancholic songs that really suit his voice and second spot was started with "One  to Many Mornings" and what better to round up with another Dylan classic to round the quartet of songs off than " Lay Lady Lay"

Phil up again with another self penned number " Getting  Old" and to finish a T Rex Mega mix. Phil is the only person in my circle of musical friends who does Marc Bolan  and very well too. Well done Phil!

 

james up next to round the night off with his penultimate number a Gallagher and Lyle number “ Jesus Saved Me “ and not to be left out of the Dylanesque night , James gave us “ Corrina  Corrina. 

Our resident guitar was then seconded by Stuart to finish with “ love in vain “ by Robert Johnson  a great end to a great night.  

BCW

Posted on January 15, 2019 .

Setanta CD launch

An open invitation to our friends and fellow musicians at The Swan in Addingham to come with instruments and join Brian , Kath , and JP at The Taps In Otley to join in a session and help us introduce our CD to an unsuspecting public. Sunday 13th Jan at 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Posted on January 8, 2019 .

And now the end is near,so we sing the final songs

My friends we make it clear we’ll sing them on and on

Kath

Kath

We’ll sing country, pop and blues and even Irish rebel songs

The blogs they show,we sing these songs and do it ourway.

Well tonight Brian started first even though he had managed to pass the blogging duties to me; possibly he’d heard my Kitchen extension was eventually finished

and I was now out of excuses.

Brian  

Brian  

The first song he chose was ‘Gaudete’ (Latin for Rejoice) recorded by Steeleye Span but nicely sung by Kath with a bit of joining in by others.

Then ‘The Flower Seller’ by Harry O’Donoghue a clever song about flowers and what they stand for.

Lastly ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ a great song recorded by Gerry and His Pacemakers.

Now John with a couple of self written songs

‘Mushroom’ John says this was a song partly about regrets. Not sure if this was about a mushroom shaped hill/mountain or one growing on the top of one, but it is true if you sit on top of a mountain top for any length of time you do a lot of thinking.

Next ‘The Silence’ a song about people, who lived through a war but do not wish to speak about what they saw. This I can well imagine.

Blogger James was up next. Having been perusing through some old music sheets I came across ‘Farewell She’ a traditional song I first learned and played in the seventies, but had never played since. Went ok I think? Next was ‘Louise’ by Paul Seibel. I first played this song about 6yrs ago here, but played it badly I thought.

Well tonight was ok but somehow I got lost near the end. I will try again in 6yrs.

I might just get it right. It’s a good song though.

Barry minus Cowboy hat and spurs was up next. The first song was ‘In My Time of Darkness’ a fitting song for a talented but seemingly troubled Gram Parsons who died

aged 26, perhaps he shouldn’t have hung round with Keith Richards.

Second song ‘Slow Moving Train’ by Matt Harlan

Graeme played the first Christmas song tonight. ‘Shaking These Christmas Blues’ by Brooks Williams. A nice bluesy jazzy style of song that Graeme plays well followed by ‘Stranger On The Shore’ I love this tune but it took me till the end to guess it, I was trying to sing the words in my head all along and obviously this was no help.

Footnote; I loved this tune so much I put my name forward to play Clarinet at school.

Unfortunately it meant buying my own as the school only had two. My dad wouldn’t oblige so that was that.

Mike now all Christmassy with ‘Santa Bring My Baby Back’ recorded by Elvis

Then ‘If It hadn’t of Been For Love’ by Chris Stapleton. He is a new name to me but he certainly looks like a county singer. Both sung well and Mike’s guitar was sounding good as usual.

Drinks refilled, Round two.

Brian. ‘She Was a Prize’ by Gaelic Storm a good song from Brian and a phrase I have surely heard in one of Roddy Doyle’s books

Then a classic song ‘King Of The Road’ written by Roger Miller.

John

John

John. ‘The Sun Goes Down’ another self penned song. John’s songs are often thought provoking and cover many areas or aspects of life. The subject on this one ranged from a Football Hooligan to a Soldier both with the sun going down on merry old England. Next a Joni Mitchell classic ‘Both Sides Now’

Stewart  

Stewart  

Next we had a visit from Stewart (The man from Low Mill) with the pub guitar.

Rocking and a rolling with ‘Let’s Stick Together’ Canned Heat and ‘Summertime Blues’ Eddie Cochran’

James

James

Blogger. One of my Favourite Christmas songs ‘The River’ Joni Mitchell and another sad Christmas song ‘So Much Wine’ by The Handsome Family a country song with the usual ‘too much drink’ theme. You may have noticed I don’t do happy Christmas.

Barry  

Barry  

Barry. I think this song was ‘Where Do You Go’ Google says; Cotton Eye Joe? Or Where’d You Go Country Music. All I can say is it sounded fine from what I can remember. Next was ‘Bringing Mary Home’ by The Country Gentlemen. A spooky song about girl killed in a road accident.

Graeme. ‘Can’t Keep My Eyes Off You and Me’ by Lifehouse’ A new song to me.

graeme

graeme

Then another puzzler to me. Graeme announced this as an instrumental from a West end show. I thought My Fair Lady, West Side Storypossibly but I suppose that’s Broadway. I knew it, knew it, knew it but couldn’t name it until someone said

‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ then it hit me ‘JC Superstar’

Mike

Mike

Mike. Sounding great with ‘Morning Blues’ a tradition Blues song.

Then ‘Pay Me My Money Down’ another traditional song. Done in the Bruce Springsteen Style. This was the first song I learned when I went to Night Class, again Itwas in the seventies, to try and learn finger picking, thumb strum thumb strum

Well a medley of Christmas songs to finish mainly sung by Graeme from his ipad

and there we have it another year over and a new one about to begin.

I would just like to say I love the variety of songs that are played here each week, so thanks to everyone concerned especially Brian who does the blog more than anyone and keeps the site going even though he’s in 27 different bands most of the time.

Also a special thought to our old MC David Brimacombea nicer man you couldn’t have wished to meet.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

See you in the third week of Jan.

James. P

Posted on December 23, 2018 .

Don’t Drink and Drive

Brian

Brian

Andy

Andy

Kath

Kath

Barry

Barry

Phil

Phil

Graeme

Graeme

John

John

James  

James  

Ian

Ian

Well it was a cold night and wrapped in winter coats we set off for our December session at The Swan in Addingham. Ten  of us had ventured forth tonight and as we ensconced and parked in the snug room. There was a mixture of new and old faces and by that I mean people we hadn't seen for a while.
Blogger up first ably accompanied by Kath on Mandolin " You couldn't have come at a better time" a song by Luka Bloom the somewhat vastly under rated brother of Christy Moore. Next up was Kath ably assisted by the Blogger, " The Wishing Chair " a song written by Peter Lane from Halifax.

One of our old faces next up as Ian Pucknell picked up his guitar and entertained us with an Allan Taylor and as they say " that lad was big in these ere parts" Ian's next offering was an Ewan Carruthers song " Rubenstein Remembers " a new one to me but handled adeptly by Ian. Well done.

Our resident jukebox next as James Porter gave us a reggae classic from Bob Marley " No Woman No Cry" we then dropped onto the Sixties and a Woodstock classic by Matthew Southern Comfort " Woodstock"

The baton was then passed to John Caven  who gave us a love story from the blues giant Robert Johnson a story of how love can go bad very quickly. John then entertained us with " Kind Hearted Woman"   Next was " For The Blue Planet" a self penned number very topical song about sea pollution. A humourous song but with a very important message.

Next up was Graeme Morrell, our resident finger picker, who is usually the last to arrive in case we spam him for the blog. First off the rank for Graeme was a Mike and the mechanics number " Another Cup of Coffee" his next song was not a song but a tune, an instrumental. An Italian favourite " O Sole Mio" or if you are an Elvis fan " It's now or never"

The mantle snaked around to Phil our twelve string and jaw harp affecianado
And with a rhythm box on his strumming hand Phil gave us "Woodland Rock by T Rex, not one I was familiar  with but very raunchy and rocky and I could see Marc Bolan doing it. A topical song now a Christmas song. A very funny song and well performed and as "Santas Coming" brilliant.

Having been elected as a Green Party councillor Andy Wood was looking to pick a green song and "?For the Blue Planet"  was a very obvious choice. A self penned  number and as he explained it was originally a political song of long hot summer and winters of discontent, but instead became a song of an ex girlfriend " Long Hot Summer" Next up was a song about Elvis, " Walking in Memphis"

Our resident country player to round off the first half. It has just struck me that with ten off us each has a different strength and forte and speciality and makes you aware of the diversity that is music. However back to our country genre, Barry started with a cautionary tale about the folly of drinking and driving "Cold hard Facts Of Life" by Bill Anderson. Next up was another cautionary tale of demons, " Demons" another Bill Anderson a  very poignant tale of the demons people face on a daily basis. There ended the first half.

The second half begun with Blogger again  and this time it was my turn for a country song a Neil Young number ably accompanied by Kath on mandolin, " Four Strong Winds "this was  followed by an Irish  song made famous by Christy Moore and I believe pinched from Dick Gaughan " Black is The Colour"

Ian started with  my favourite song that he currently performs and I can never hear it  enough " Let him Roll" by Guy Clarke or the alternative Dallas Whore. Great song and well done Ian. To finish his second spot off, Ian gave a great rendition with vocal accompaniment from our assembled throng " Roll on the Day" by Allan Taylor

Back to our resident jukebox James Porter, this time we had, an Elvis number " I Forgot to Remember to Forget" this was rounded by a Paolo Nuttini song " The Last Request"  excellent stuff and I never cease to be amazed how many songs James can recant. Brilliant stuff.

Onwards to John Caven, and this time it was a Carole King number also made famous by her partner in crime James Taylor " You Got a Friend " to round off his spot John gave us  a couple of tunes " The End of a Holiday "  written by Simon Nicoll from Fairport Convention this was followed by " Down to the Sea" a tune from Johns own fingers well done John.

Snaking around to Graeme again and a Christmas song again about drinking and driving, it always seems so poignant that a festive time of year can be spoiled in a split second for all concerned " Accident on Third Street" an Al Stewart number not previously heard by the blogger but a great story and song and another cautionary tale. To finish it was a Jim Croce number " Lovers Cross"  Well done Graeme.

Picking up the baton next was Phil and to complete his second spot we had another song about drinking, a bit of a theme developing here. "Boozing" very well themed messages tonight!  Finishing off with Clash number " Should I Stay or should I Go" Phil loves The Clash. Well Done Phil.

Andy to finish  his spot off and we had a Richard Ashcroft and the verve song and as Andy said a miserable song and a happy song . We started with " The Drugs Don't Work" and this was followed by the miserable song( only joking). Andy finished off with a Johnny Allan song also done by Chuck Berry " Promised Land "Well done Andy.


Back to  Barry to round our session off. What would he finish the night off with? Well we carried on the theme of a cautionary tale about the perils of Drink driving. A common theme tonight  "Golden Guitar" by Bill Anderson. To finish off we had another country song " He Stopped Loving her Today “ Well done Barry.
Well next session is our Christmas one, see you all there BCW 
Sent from my iPad

Posted on December 4, 2018 .

Let us play

 

Well it was like a seventies Bedroom Farce at the Swan last night, due to our band of players running from room to room trying to find a quiet place to play. We eventually ended up in the room we started in, after chatting with the remaining couple about their views on our playing some music. They said it was fine as they were not stopping anyway. Hope we didn’t spoil their night.

Only four players tonight, joined by Mandy who was not playing due to a heavy workload. We also had additional songs from Stewart who remains a bit of an enigma to me as I don’t know his surname or where he hails from,but he joins in with the pub guitar when he is in the mood or maybe when the drink puts him in the mood.

Brian and Kath absent which was due to Brian experiencing what they call ‘squeaky bum time’ watching Bradford city playing and actually winning on Penalties.

Well onto the music, Graeme offered me to blog, but kindly took down the song names on his trusty iPad.

James P

James

James

My Girl(written by Smokey Robinson covered by lots of people)

Me and Julio Down by the School Yard(Paul Simon)

Stewart

Stewart

Stewart

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)

Let’s Work Together (Canned Heat?)

Graeme M

Blowers Daughter (Damien Rice) really good version of a great song.

All of Me (John Legend) Graeme was inspired by this song whilst being on hold in a telephone Q

Barry L: good to see him back

Heart Trouble (Johnny Wright &Jack Anglin) Barry assured us it was emotional not medical, and he should know

I Give You Music (Dennis Adkins)

Phil

Logan Jack (Phil)

Phil

Phil

Getting Old (Phil) good song on getting older

James P

Besame Mucho! Or Kiss Me a Lot (consuelo velázquez)

Volcanoes(Damian Rice) Graeme put me in the mood for this one

Stewart

It’s All Over Now (Rolling Stones)

Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)

Graeme M

Where Are They Now (Al Stewart) I presumed this was about war but it’s about love

One Love (u2)

Barry

Barry

Barry L

The First Thing This Morning (Gary nun / Cisel Acklin)

I Don’t Remember Loving You (Harlan Howard) I first thought this must be about someone refusing responsibility for a child after an affair. It seems it was about someone driven crazy by a woman and her infidelities. (Scary)

Phil

Back in The Night (dr Feelgood) what a band they were

All I want is You (featuring Ruby Tuesday!) (u2) the second good U2 song tonight.

Finally

Honky Tonk Women. The fourth Stones song tonight. Everyone joining in on this one, nice Guitar solo from Graeme and harmonica from Phil.

And the Lord Be With You

Amen

See you next time

James P.

pS Brian missed the match due to being knackered from work duties

Posted on November 21, 2018 .

Lest we Forget

Well it was an unusual night at The Swan in Addingham tonight. We had new faces, old faces and songs with a theme. |We were a week away from the 100th anniversary of the end of a war that was to end all wars.

Brian

Brian

Blogger was first up with a couple of numbers in tribute to the fallen from the first world war. First up was a Reg Meuross song “And Jesus Wept” a song telling the story of the enlisted men who were shot for cowardice by their friends and comrades. I believe they totaled 309 in all and received their pardon in 2006, ninety years after they were excecuted. This was followed by “Sing for the Boys” the song for Jimmy Speirs a Bradford City cup hero and Rangers player who volunteered and joined up and was left where he lay in France. Written by Alan Brydon it sums up how everyman felt it was his duty to enlist. Carrying on this theme into the second half we had the classic first world war song “Willie Mc’Bride” by the Fureys. Blogger rounded offhis spot with “Gallipoli” about a young Dublin lad waved off by his family to die in the murderous sands of Gallipolli, their belief was he fought for the wrong country and for the wrong cause. Whatever your sentiment he died and was buried for what he believed, and remains imortal in this song.

Mike

Mike

Next up was Mike Craig, a pleasant surprise this evening and |Mike never disapoints even if he had the blogger correcting himself with the wrong title. “Morning Blues” was his first offering, this was followed by “Moonshiner and not as the blogger thought The Mountain….. Better luck next time. Mikes second half spot began with a song”Hadnt been for Love” by the Steel Drivers this is said with more confidence than his final number “Broken” by John Craigy at least that what my notes still me. I will await the correction (Sorry) Well Played Mike and thanks for continuing to support S.A.S

Phil

Phil

Another surprise was the return of Phil which I had predicted not five minutes before he turned up. With his harmonica, twelve string, and percussive hand strap and self penned songs you never know what you are going to get. First up was “Red at Night” which my sources say was The Gaslight Anthem. This was followed by “Oklahoma Home”Oklahoma Home was pulled mainly from Springsteen's Seeger sessions album.

Originally a Woody Guthrie song.   Strapping on his percussive wrist band regaled us with one of my favourite artists songs and probably the first song I heard Phil sing, “Hot Love” by T Rex. . If this wasnt great then to finish a song from a great American Irish band “Faraway Boys by Flogging Molly who hail from Los Angeles. Well done Phil and another correction to wait for.

 

James

James

Our resident jukebox next in the form of James who never ceases to amaze me with his anthology of popular music. A Dire Straits number was first up “So Far Away” and then totally confused me by following it up with another song by the same name but this time it was the Carole King Number “So Far away” James next song initiated a debate as to who wrote it “I Need your love so bad” which I was surpised amongst others to find out was a Peter Green song, he of Fleetwood Mac Fame. A final number from James which had me on more familiar ground, an Incredible String Band. “Empty Pocket Blues” Great stuff as always James.

John  

John  

The return of the happy wanderer in the form of John Waller. John performs a mixture of his own stuff and an eclectic taste from all over. A self penned number to start “Grandad 2050” Resonates with me and our 5 Grandchildren. Another self penned number “Red Man, White Man” In the second half John expanded on his self written portfolio with “Tapestry” not the Carole King song but a song on the richness of life. John then rounded off his spot with “Cartway” It has been a long time Mr Waller so please dont leave it so long next time.

Graeme  

Graeme  

We moved on round the circle until Graeme unpacked his guitar and complete with Ipad, dialled up his first song, “IF” made famous by quite a few artistes but written by David Gates from Bread and here given the treatment by Graeme. Onto a great classic by Joe Jackson “Is she Really going Out with Him” A bit of class in the second half with an Eric Clapton number “Lonely Stranger” another debate ensued as to who was the artist. A name we havent heard for a while and to be truthful it was Graeme that introduced us to the mighty Michael Chapman “It’s that time of night” a great number to round a spot off with. Well done Graeme.

Rachael  

Rachael  

A new face and an old friend next as Rachael Crolla and guitar joined us for this nights session. I had the privelige to both know and play with Rachael’s Father Dave, and spent many a year being entrtained by his witless banter and great musicianship. Now she is carrying the baton and tonight was an opportunity to hear her perform. First up was a couple of self penned numbers “Mossdale” the harrowing tale of a caving disaster near Hawes in 1967. “The Borderless woman” a feminist tale straight form the Reivers. A travellers song next with Christy Moore’s version of “Go, Move , Shift!” A sad tale of the sensless harrassment meted out by ill guided miscreants on the travelling people both here and more violently back in Ireland.

Rachael finished her spot off with a Bob Dylan song “Hard Rains Gonna Fall” Well done Rachael, it was lovely to see you and even more to here you perform on your da’s guitar. I’m sure you made him proud.

Andy

Andy

Our resident councillor next up in the shape of Andy Brown, we do have al augh with Andy in regard to his self depreciation with his in his own words “miserable” songs. Tonight we had a  self penned song but  first up “Ask me no Questions” by Bridget St John  and a second song self penned  “Moving on” not quite a love song but had a certain sentiment. Andy then gave a Paolo Nuttini number his treatment “Candy” both performed  in his inimitable style. What would he finish his spot off with……………………………………..”The Night They Drove old Dixie Down” Well done Andy.

Just as we were preparing to wind up Stuart our resident itenerant folk singer had tuned up the pub guitar from the pub wall and finished our night off with two numbers. despondent with the politics in the songs tonight and making us aware the Elvis was not political, a fact debated by our assembled throng, Stuart gave us two belting numbers”Thats All Right Mama” and to finish “Wild Thing”

That finished our night off and a very pleasant night it was. Until next time BCW

Posted on November 13, 2018 .

Maltese Falcon flies the nest

David

David

Arriving late as usual I walked in to a sea of new faces not the usual suspects. No Brian & Kath (Bradford City at home? - quick check on Google confirms that this is not the case!) and Barry had reported in sick earlier in the day. Unfortunately not one of the assembled throng had pen or paper to hand so yours truly  volunteered to provide an abridged version of events.
From the start there appeared to be an early 40’s and 50’s theme to the night. Not sure if there was anything before this but the first song I heard was  David Kilvington playing Love is The Sweetest Thing followed by Write Myself A Letter.

It later transpired that John had played before my arrival and I am told it was very good but I have no idea what it was!

Next came a vaguely familiar face (James said he recognised it from the first ever time he came to SAS when he played accordion) playing ukulele and singing Derry Jones.

Derry and Jovica  

Derry and Jovica  

You’ll Never Know If You Don’t Know Now and Sentimental Journey were delightfully sung by Alicia Lugg

Jovica Jones sang Your Simple Dreams followed by Malaika - both beautifully performed and very different to the usual SAS fare.

Hi I am, Derry and Alicia

Hi I am, Derry and Alicia


Alicia, Derry and Jovica combined forces to sing Xxx (written  by Derry) in 3 part harmony.

More familiar ground next with James Porter and Iris Demense’s You Done Something Wrong and then I Don’t Want To Talk About it (Rod Stewart?). Excellent as always.

Blogger now with Paul Simon’s 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover and Will Young’s Leave Right Now.

It was agreed to have a quick round of one song each before the break and John kicked off with an excellent version of Train I Ride.

David slowed things down with I’m Losing You.

Alicia now sang Mary Hopkins’ Those Were The Days (with lots of La La Las! And with Derry’s ukulele and David’s guitar accompaniment)

Country Girls was played by Derry again accompanied by his trusty Uke.

Jovica Sang an unaccompanied traditional song Oh No John No.

James now with Richard Thompson’s Beswing. I’ve not heard James sing RT before - more please!

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James 

 Hi 

Blogger to finish off the round on trusty Michael Chapman ground with It Ain’t So.

Jovica, Alicia and Derry left at this point for their journey back to Harrogate. We all enjoyed their offerings immensely- please come back again soon!

 

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John

John kicked off the next round with a Nick Drake song featuring some complicated rhythms Things Behind The Sun.

Vincent was beautifully played by David - Don would have been impressed!

James next with Spider and The Fly followed by blogger with Mary Gautier’s How You Learn To Live Alone.

John now departs so David starts the next round with another lovely jazz style song Ain’t Miss Behavin.

James P changed the mood completely with his version of Christine McVie’s Song Bird (a la Eva Cassidy)

Following James P’s mixing up of Blogger’s last song with Randy Newman’s Feels Like Home it seemed as good a reason as any to sing that particular song!

I suspect that James P had a hand in the choice of David’s next song as he played Sting’s Fields of Gold (again a la Eva Cassidy).

James again with Little Sparrow which I believe is the first song he ever played at SAS.

Blogger finished the evening with Pancho and Lefty.

Another really good night and it was lovely to see some new faces - please come again soon. Next SAS on Tuesday 6th November and I hope to see you then.

Graeme M

Posted on October 17, 2018 .

Early Start

Brian  

Brian  

Brian started us off tonight a bit earlier than normal as we had a request for our friend Rachael, so first up was " Black is the Colour" Rachael then left to get back to the kids and this was followed up with a NittyGritty Dirt Band number " Mr Bojangles".


James

James

James up next a little bit surprised at the early start, James first number was a classic Blues number by Ben E King " Stand by Me" this was followed by a lesser known number by Kirsty Mc Coll "We Will never pass this way again" Great couple of songs James


Barry next and straight into country mode with " The Lost Highway" from last sessions lap steel to a Gibson J200 as played by Elvis in Lovin you. The next offering was "Keep on The Sunny side" an olde timey number from the states. Still going through the anthology of country music and featured in a carter Family album and also features in O Brother where art Thou. Good stuff as always Barry.


I hadn't seen our next muso for a while so it was nice to welcome Andy Brown back to our session and although he found it hard to follow Barry, we had another piece of Americana albeit from a more modern age and it was made famous by the Monkees" Day Dream Believer" but tonight we had the original version by John Stewart. Next up we had a sixties hit from Joan Baez " There but For Fortune" first released 1964. If James is our Human Jukebox and Barry the Country Wikipedia, then Andy is our" Love the one sad song specialist. Well done Andy and welcome back.


Brian back again with "Star Of The County Down" This was followed by a rebel song just recently covered and released by Rod Stewart " Grace" a song of love eternal from the Easter rising.


James up again with a Mike Heron, " A Maker of Islands" Mike plays with The incredible String Band. James next number was " Careless Love " featured in a Stephen King Film as well as covered by no less than Bessie a Smith , Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Well done


Barry next again with a Glen Campbell number " Kentucky means Paradise" a Merle Travis song but made famous by Glen. An 1854 number to continue with " Hard Times" a classic by Stephen Foster and recorded in 1905

Andy

Andy


Andy up again with a Joan Baeznumber " Diamonds and Rust from 1974 and released in 1975 and alludes to her relationship with Bob Dylan. We then continued with " Love the one your with " by Stephen Stills.

Graeme

Graeme


Graeme up next with a few numbers beginning with " Who knows where the Time Goes" sung by Sandy Denny and also performed by her with The Strawbs who she joined just a short while before joining Fairport Convention. Judy Collinsheard the original demo made in 1967 by Sandy and put her version out as a B side to her hit " Both Sides Now"

Next up was a great bit of jazz/ Blues a nice instrumental piece "Georgia" Well done Graeme and worth waiting for.


Back to Brian who continued with a Christy Moore number " Black Jack County Chain" and finished with a trad Irish number" Here's a Health to the company"


Now back to our jukebox James " Way over Under " by Carole King. " You been That Friend to me " by The Carter Family was James lastoffering for tonight, quite a cross section of genres from James. Well done.


Barry

Barry

Back to Barry again for another story song tonight " Waiting out The Storm" by Kate Mackenzie and to round off another country story song, " 21" a sad country song about a young man dying at 21.


Andy on his last lap and his penultimate number to be given the Andy treatment was a Journey number " Don't Stop Believing" A Dylan number to round his night off One too many Mornings. well done Andy.


Back to Graeme now with a John Hiatt number " Blues can't even find me" released in 2012 a gentle finger picked instrumental to finish with " Granpas lullaby" by Pat Kirtley


We then finished with a combined couple of numbers. Until next time BCW



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Posted on October 3, 2018 .

A Dobro in the Snug

A Dobro in a Snug!


Well another first for S.A.S tonight in the snug we had a dobro, Barry brought another of his collection along this evening to get an airing.


As the usual suspects trickled into the bar and ensconced themselves in the snug for a private but altogether satisfying session. We moved tables made space to ensure we didnt bash any of our precious intsruments and Ian Pucknell who had sauntered in for a quiet pint oined us for the session.


First up was the Blogger who was mindful that it was the first anniversary of the passing of our MC David Brimacombe, who will always be remembered with fondness by our Muso's This weekend Davids Grandaughters opened the railway line at Northcliffe Park in Shipley, this was a model railway line David designed but sadly never got to see completed. I'm sure we would all like his wife Ann to be aware of the high regard David was held in by S.A.S.

Brian

Brian

“When Apples still grow in November” and “Dark Eyed Gal' were the first of the songs tonight this was followed by a song written in Ireland about the politics of the day and how we blindly follow our political masters and their cronies into oblivion “Oblivious” by Mick Blake a grerat song writer and bard. Next offering was from a bit closer, Halifax to be exact as Pete Lanes “Oh Mary” a follow up to “The Mountains of Mourne” with “O Mary O Mary Forgive me I lied when I told You this London was a wonderful sight” a great song. The Blogger then rounded off his efforts with a Canadian/Scot Song from Bobby Watt “The Call” written by Bobby to remind us of that terrible moment in any immigrants life when the get the call from home to inform us of the passing of our parents.


John 

John 

John was next in line tonight as we moved round the room, he has a penchant for humourous self penned songs and country music. And his first effort by Box, Cox and Carr was “The Wheel of The Wagon is Broken” also recorded by a great country singer |Patsy Montana in 1936.

A more modern song next even if only by a few years with Jeepers Creepers” a 1938 song written for the movie “Going Places and premiered by no less than Louis Armstrong. Two self penned numbers from John that always make you laugh, smile! “Sporting Life Blues” and “Yorkshire” and to round off his spot for the evening was a Folk song from Spencer the Rover or the Copper family if wikipedia is to be believed “Spencer The Rover” as the song informs us was apparently sitting by a river near a mountain in ….......... wait for it................... Rotherham! Now which mountain would that be? Great songs none the less and all done with that wry smile! Well done John.


Our resident country historian next in Barry who tonight was the responsible for the title of the blog by bringing along his Dobro. This for the uninitiated is played across the lap and is picked and a Metal bar is used to Barre the strings it has a very unique sound and Barry played “Steel Guitar Rag” from back when he played this in the country Band ( he didn’t tell me their name) but we have photograhic evidence seen here of him playing said Dobro. Back with normal guitar then with a Bill Anderson number “Demons” There is always a story to Barry's choice off song and not only that but the songs are Stories in the Country Vein and next up was a Jimmy Driftwood Song “Do My Time” Jimmy never charged an entrance fee but preferred to pass the hat around at his gigs relying on peoples good will. A penultimate song that caused a bit of discussion next as “Make you feel my Love” started a debate between the less older members of our troupe who weren’t aware it was a Dylan song and related it only to a modern day singer Adele! Actually it was released on Dylan's Time out of Mind album in 1997 and was commercially released by no less than Billy Joel. How better to finish off with a classic dont drink and drive song as “Dont tell Mother” rlates the story of a young man desperate for his mother not to find out he was going to meet his maker with whiskey on his breath. Well done Barry and loved the Dobro!

Barry

Barry


James up next, if barry is our home grown anthology of Country Music then James epiomises the “Human Jukebox” title he has inherited as he never ceases to amaze us with his random selection of songs from his head! As a nod to Barry whom he followed on from was a Hank williams Number “You Win Again” and up to the late seventies with my friend Benny Gallager and Graham Lyle song from said era “Heart on my Sleeve” great songwriters and great song performed with aplomb. Benny came from Largs where my great Aunt Julia lived and was from Irish parents, both him and gGraham wrote hits for Mary Hopkin who was acommpanied on guitar with another friend of mine Brian Willoughby of both Mary Hopkin and The Strawbs. A Leonard Cohen song to stretch the Genres tonight with “Dance me to the end of Love” which was released in 1984 by Cohen. To finish off his set James rounded his spot off with a classic folk song from the pen of Ewan Macoll who realising that his real name James Miller was never going to get him anywhere? Reincarnated himself as Ewan Macoll and his song written after the Kinder scout Trespass by him”Manchester Rambler” he himself was a rambler and member of the young communist league and campaigned long and hard for mRamblers rights. James did him credit with this version of a classic song.


James 

James 

Last but not least was Graeme, as previously mentioned James the Jukebox, and John the Comedy Singer and Barry The Country man, and now Graeme the Fingerpicker. Titles by the way I have bestowed and no offence intended and these stylised names do not infer that no other player does not have these attributes. Graeme started off with a Coldplay number “The Scientist” a great song and performed brilliantly here tonight by Graeme. A finger picked tune now and a personal favourite of Blogger “A Nightingale sang in Berkely Square” written in 1939 by Masscwitz and Sherwin. Graemes next offering was another Coldplay number “In my Place” Now we wondered what has happened to our Graham Chapman reportoire as he seems of late to be taking a back seat of late. An Amy Winehouse number up next as “Back To Black” was given the Graeme treatment and if that wasn't enough that classic Manchester band to finish off as an Oasis hit “Wonderwall” and that rounded of a well rounded and well performed session at Swan Acoustic Session.


Graeme   

Graeme

 

R.I.P David Brimacombe.



BCW

Posted on September 16, 2018 .

Six in the snug

Well a bit of a strange night really with Brian watching Bradford win and Graeme on hospital duties, it could have been quietone but it turned out ok as 6 eventually gathered and sang many songs.

So another good night began and as I had pen and paper I wrote down the songs.

Barry

Barry

But due to me being busy painting a kitchen at the moment this will probably be more of a ‘list of songs’rather than the normal Blog.

Barry.

Carolina Star, Ready For the Time To Get Better, Nobody Knows But Me, Honky Tonkin and two personal favourites, I Cant Help It (Still In Love With You) and Hard Times.

Andy

Andy

Andy.

Me and Bobby MGee, I Need Your Love So Bad, Tell it Like it is by the Neville Brothers, two of his own, Freedom, Long Hot Summer and As if they WereStill Lovers by The Human League, but nicelydone by Andy.

James

James 

James 

Rosemary Lane, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, Candy, Paris(thanks for the added guitar Graeme) and my nod to Aretha, Natural Woman/Man.

Mandy

Mandy

Mandy

Who gave us a collection of her own songs; Lights on Broadway, Time, Janie and the poignant Sad Violin, all done on Barry’s lovely guitar.

john

john

John

A great rendition of one of my favourite Carol Kings song, It’s To Late, with nice guitar licks originally played by Danny Kooch.

Bogies Bonny Belle, a Scottish traditional tune, Shoe Fly Pie and Apple Pie Dowdy a jazzy bluesy song, Dinah Shore’s version seems to be a favourite.

A nice version of the Beatles Blackbird then Doctor Blues which I think was one of his own as it was a bit comedic.

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme

A late arrival but he still managed a number of good songs.

The Dance by Garth Brooks (new to me) When The Girl In Your Arms, a Cliff Richard song I loved as a young lad. Sweet Caroline, Nights In White Satin with nice guitar bits and finally to finish us off Buddy Holly’s Everyday.

Back to my Painting

James P

Posted on August 23, 2018 .