Addingham' Most Haunted or"is the music stand in the Mortuary"?

Yes, it’s the return of the lazy blogger with a tale of wraiths,
ghouls and spine chilling horrors – and i’m not just talking about the
SAS regulars! Apparently you can’t swing a black cat in the Swan
without hitting some kind of phantasm. There’s apparently an eerie
coachman, a ghostly girl and phantom mutt all jostling for room. Could
this be Britain’s most haunted open mic night? As you would expect in
such spooky surroundings, the night included some moaning, unearthly
wailing and some disturbing sights – unfortunately none of the ghosts
turned up though!

Steering the ghost ship tonight was SAS’s own Capt Birdseye; Mr Brian
Wylie. Brian started with Christy Moore’s ‘Missing You’ during which
he suffered a CRAFT moment (Can’t Remember a Feckin Thing!) but
recovered well to do the great song justice. He then treated us to a
lovely version of Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Early Morning Rain’. In the
seconds half when thing became more intimate (you had to be there)
Brian set a SAS record for the youngest song ever sung on a Tuesday.
During the break Brian had added a melody and chords to a set of
lyrics that he had written to produce a fledgling song entitled ‘Tara’
and all in the time it took me to go to the bar and bathroom,
impressive stuff! Brian finished his set with a song by Norfolk born
Paul Millns called ‘History of a Kiss’ a songwriter whom I wasn’t
familiar with but now am thanks to:

Next on board the ghost train was Len Harvey who started with one of
my favourites, Tom Russell’s ‘St Olaf’s Gate’ (which I once saw
performed by Len with his wife Carolyn supporting on accordion and
backing vocals to great effect  - any chance of a repeat Carolyn?).Len
followed with the John Denver classic ‘ Back Home Again’. In the
second half Len played a request for Kath Wylie; the folk classic
(that’s the song, not Kath!)  Tom Paxton’s ‘Last Thing On My Mind’.
Len finished with the crowd pleasing singalong ‘Hello Mary Lou’. Len
was in fine voice and sounding great tonight.

Your blogger was up next and the only comment I’d like to make is that
contrary to photographic evidence in the gallery, I did not fall
asleep while playing tonight! ‘Motherland’ and Bruce’s ‘I’m on Fire’
in first bit and ‘Moonshiner’ and Tom Waits’ ‘Picture In a Frame’ in
the second bit.

Next into the haunted house was Andee Craig who attempted to soothe
the unquiet spirits with some otherworldly harp playing. Andee started
with Ó Suileabháin’s March (that’s O’ Sullivan if you were wondering)
after which the spooks seemed to steal away Andee’s short term memory
– luckily Len was there to lend a hand and remind her which tune she
had just played! The next set of tune’s contained the wonderfully
named jig ‘I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave’, which as our
resident sea captain pointed out, would be difficult if they buried
her at sea. A very good point and one which has prompted me to start a
petition calling for a ban on sea burials for all past Prime Ministers
called Margaret. In part deux  Andee beguiled us with ‘Come West Along
The Road/The Mountain Road’ and two barn dances entitled ‘All Around
the Fairy Fort ‘ and ‘The New Broom’ which contained lots of what I
believe are referred to in Harper’s circles as ‘twiddly bits’; lovely
tunes which kept the ghouls at bay.

Ian Taylor was up next and started with a song that was performed at
Brian and Kath’s wedding, Neil Young’s ‘Harvest Moon’ (I didn’t know
Neil did wedding gigs!). Ian followed this with a great version of
Nick Drake’s ‘Northern Sky’. In the second half Ian performed an
excellent version of one of my favourites (I was getting spoiled
tonight!), Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’.  Ian then went into the realm of
acoustic jazz with a rather cool and er, ‘jazzy’ version of Van
Morrison’s ‘Moondance’. Ian finished the night with an epic version of
Lindisfarne’s ‘Run For Home’ which included a key change and the SAS
choir singing the chorus as backing vocals behind the last verse. This
was a really great spontaneous communal musical moment which worked
beautifully and was exactly the kind of thing that makes SAS worth the
drive all the way from Leeds.

 Another thing that makes SAS worth the drive is hearing new music and
seeing new performers. Tonight we got to see a debut performance from
Jason Brown. Jason took that difficult and sometimes nerve-racking
first step from being an audience member to performing in front of a
bunch of strangers. At the end of the first half Jason took the bull
by the horns and sang us one of his own songs and did a great job of
it. We hope we’ll see and hear more of Jason soon.

And so, as the last phantom chord faded away, it was time to pack away
the rattling chains, put the skeletons back in the closet and close
the crypt for another week.  See you next time. MAC

Posted on September 21, 2010 .