Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris; Johnny and June Carter Cash; Richard
and Linda Thompson, you can't beat a good duet and this was a night of
them. A small but perfectly formed group attended SAS this week but as
E.F. Schumacher notably said "Small is beautiful". That beauty
manifested itself musically tonight as the players decided to make
beautiful music together.
First up, and having just regaled us with hair raising, rock and
rolling driving stories from past days was Brian 'Wheels' Wylie. Brian
doesn't like to over-rehearse songs but he announced that the first
two songs were on the sushi side of raw. You wouldn't have known
though as pulled of a great performance of Johnny Cash's 'Folsom
Prison Blues' which he dedicated to our MC and resident Casey Jones
(see gallery) David. Brian followed this with the first duet of the
night, Rod Stewart's 'Maggie May' which featured mandolin
accompaniment from Kath Wylie (although Kath did claim that Brian
forgot to put the instrumental in the correct place - same thing
happened with Johnny and June I believe!).
Next up was one half of legendary duo The Dingham Hillbillies, John
Nixon. John started with a great version of Cat Steven's 'Father and
Son' and yes, he did the two different voices for father and son. Cat
Stevens always reminds me of being in the back of the car as a kid in
those pre-walkman days when you had to listen to whatever music your
parents wanted on. I liked Cat Stevens as he was a welcome relief from
Steeleye Span (Dad's choice) and The Carpenters (Mum's choice). Nixi
followed this with a glam classic from those brickies in make up and
heels, Slade's 'Cum on feel the noize' and yes he sang all the
misspelled words correctly!
Blogger up next with A.A. Bondy's 'Lover's Waltz', which isn't and
Gram Parson's 'A song for you' which was.
A welcome return next for the harptastic Andee Craig. Andee had
recently watched 'Master and Commander' and discovered that "the
scruffy guys" (i think she meant the crew) played a tune in one scene
that is in Andee's repetoire. The tune in question was 'O' Sullivan's
March' and a very nice tune it was too and enjoyed by this scruffy
guy. Andee followed this with a lovely tune from O' Carolan 'Planxty
Burke' (planxty meaning tribute and Burke meaning......Burke).
A rare treat next as Kath Wylie decided to share her lovely and too
seldom heard voice with us. Kath claimed to be a little hoarse from
screaming on the roller-coasters at Lightwater Valley but what that's
got to do with ponies is beyond me! It was duet time again as in a
little musical role reversal, Brian accompanied Kath on Natalie
Merchant's 'Motherland' and Jagger and Richard's 'As Tears Go By'.
Lovely stuff Kath you should be playing every SAS now!
There was a small interlude during which Mr Wylie and myself hunted the Snark.
Kicking off the second bit was the aforementioned Mr Wylie. Brian
claimed that as Graeme wasn't in attendance, he would do an Al Stewart
song and treated us to 'a tune i hadn't heard before, Sand In Your
Shoes' from Al's 1976 album 'Year of the Cat'. Brian followed this
with a tune dedicated to another absent friend, John Duare. The tune
in question was The Saw Doctors 'N17' which is the road that runs from
County Galway to County Sligo (or indeed the other way depending on
which way you're driving!), unfortunately I can't remember what the
connection between the road, song or JD was (should have written the
blog the next day, shouldn't I Brian!). Anyway the song was very good
and featured some tricky on the fly chord transpositions from Brian so
I hope you appreciate his hard work JD!
Nixi nexti (sorry) and after a brief lecture and slideshow on the
wonders of the Baltic coast, Polish buskers and Gdansk (gesundheit!)
John was joined by Brian for a quite frankly brilliant rendition of
Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game'. John and Brian followed this with 'Brown
Eyed Girl' which enabled the gathered members of the SAS choir to show
off their three part harmonies - what a clever bunch we are!
The theme of double trouble continued as blogger and Brian (cheers
buddy!) delivered '1952 Vincent Black Lightening' and 'Pancho and
Lefty'. After which Brian finally got to sit down!
Not wanted to miss out on the duet action Andee Craig rounded the
evening off with the blogger in tow. First up was 'The Musical Priest'
and 'The Gravel Walks', followed by Andee solo on another O' Carolan
tune 'Eleanor Plunkett'. Then the tables and chairs were cleared away
for a set of barndances and frenetic dancing (well ok, the bit about
the barndances is true!).
And there you have it (finally) a grand night was had by all and we'd
love to see you along at the next one on Tuesday 19th July (that's
Tuesday the 19th of July Graeme :) ).