THE FAMOUS FIVE RIDE AGAIN!


 


 

Well the first session of 2014 saw a small band of entrepid musos sat in front of no less than two log fires and with a small group of spectators the night commenced. Blogger up to bat first and had come prepared for some tune swapping with Mr Craig whose, message received whilst in transit informing of him not coming caused a reshuffle of ideas. So guitar in hand a quick flick through the sheets and lo  “Don’t let the Sun catch you crying” appeared as a savior quickly followed by Jon Allen’s “Joanna”

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Leon was next up and was actually seated in his spot as we arrived concerned that he had the wrong night. Anyway Leons soft ballad voice was very quickly in gear with a Natalie Merchant song “Owensboro” a song of how life is unbalanced so much these days and Haves & Have nots still abound. Leon’s next number was a Jessie Winchester number “All your Stories” More from Leon later.

 

A surprise visit from Gloria swelled our numbers as she had no flute students dropped in and played some crackin songs and tunes. First up was a Rabbie Burns number somewhat appropriate as Burns night looms later in the month. “Green Grow the rushes O” was followed by a self penned number “Servant of another” Gloria did explain the story of this vis a vis in certain scriptures even Buddha and Jesus are Servants of another.

Frances was next up ably assisted by her “Techie” Pete who religiously helps her with her gear and set up but never gets a mention, and as the only “Techie “to attend  Swan Acoustic Session I feel he warrants a mention. So there you go Pete!

Frances resplendent in her Xmas Cape and full of the joys of Alan Menken and his Disney tunes set off on the road with the theme from “Beauty and the Beast” and into more familiar territory for yours truly “Smash The Windows” and a favourite of mine “Morrisons” Two lovely Jigs.

 

Graeme rounded off our first spot and whilst everyone started thinking of extra material to do for the second spot, Graeme and his lovely Collings and Ipad arranged themselves in front of the fire. Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” very apt with the demise of the great man ,Lou that is not Graeme! This was followed by a John Hiatt number “Tip of my tongue” now it has to be said that there appears to be a reduction in MC numbers these days and quite a few times I have had to put the pen through pre written notes. MC being Michael Chapman to the uninitiated.

We had a short break and with the promise of three numbers in the second half and still be home about half past eleven we set off round again.

“Magdalene Laundries” a fairly harrowing song about the treatment meted out by the church on young women right up to  1996 when the last one was closed. This is a song very close to my heart and I want to spit when I sing it. “Donegal Danny” the song of how a man of the sea became a man of the land was swiftly followed by my first trip into DADGAD with a Bobby Watt number “The Girl I Left Behind”

Leon quietly took his place and stance in front of the now dwindling fire but fired us all up with the lyrics of a genuine classic “Peggy Gordon” delivered in his inimitable style. A great version of “Boots Of Spanish Leather” was next and as he was perusing his extensive list in his head was given a request for “Do you know any Dylan” by the Blogger who having heard it by Leon a few weeks ago was eager to sample this version again, and truth be told I was not disappointed and replete with animated voices of various races this was thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Gloria next and having removed troublesome bangle from picking hand launched into a Dylan number no doubt sparked from the previous song. “Things Have Changed” before amazing us with a couple of tunes in 3/2 time normally reserved for Melodeons or pipes but in any case delivered with aplomb on a humble guitar by Gloria and as the last strains of”Rusky Gully & Dusty Miller” faded into the distance we sensed something big was brewing and sure enough “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen with a nod to Jeff Buckley Rounded off Glorias listing for tonight and a fitting one.

 

Frances up again, With a couple of Disney numbers by Mr Menken rapidly gaining cult status at Swan, “Whole New world” was followed by “Cuiscan Lan” an old celtic tune before  the final offering of Disneys’ “Under the Sea” My Grandkids had to explain the significane of there numbers. So Frances I am now fully genned up on Mr Menkens endeavours.

 

Graeme stepped forward to bring our night to an early finish and despite Davids request for any more Graeme brought the night to a fitting end with another John Hiatt number “This is the way we make a broken heart” and followed by another from the man”Get My Loving Back” finishing off with a nod to MC with perhaps more than a twinge of guilt Graeme finished his excellent spot with “Uncle Jack” running into “It Aint So” Thanks to our intrepid band of stalwarts and as we headed to our relative transport and David our loyal MC donned coat for his walk home it was nice to see the first of many sessions to come in 2014 had happened and this year  will be better than last.

crackin songs and tunes. First up was a Rabbie Burns number somewhat appropriate as Burns night looms later in the month. “Green Grow the rushes O” was followed by a self penned number “Servant of another” Gloria did explain the story of this vis a vis in certain scriptures even Buddha and Jesus are Servants of another.

Frances was next up ably assisted by her “Techie” Pete who religiously helps her with her gear and set up but never gets a mention, and as the only “Techie “to attend  Swan Acoustic Session I feel he warrants a mention. So there you go Pete!

Frances resplendent in her Xmas Cape and full of the joys of Alan Menken and his Disney tunes set off on the road with the theme from “Beauty and the Beast” and into more familiar territory for yours truly “Smash The Windows” and a favourite of mine “Morrisons” Two lovely Jigs.

 

Graeme rounded off our first spot and whilst everyone started thinking of extra material to do for the second spot, Graeme and his lovely Collings and Ipad arranged themselves in front of the fire. Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” very apt with the demise of the great man ,Lou that is not Graeme! This was followed by a John Hiatt number “Tip of my tongue” now it has to be said that there appears to be a reduction in MC numbers these days and quite a few times I have had to put the pen through pre written notes. MC being Michael Chapman to the uninitiated.

We had a short break and with the promise of three numbers in the second half and still be home about half past eleven we set off round again.

“Magdalene Laundries” a fairly harrowing song about the treatment meted out by the church on young women right up to  1996 when the last one was closed. This is a song very close to my heart and I want to spit when I sing it. “Donegal Danny” the song of how a man of the sea became a man of the land was swiftly followed by my first trip into DADGAD with a Bobby Watt number “The Girl I Left Behind”

Leon quietly took his place and stance in front of the now dwindling fire but fired us all up with the lyrics of a genuine classic “Peggy Gordon” delivered in his inimitable style. A great version of “Boots Of Spanish Leather” was next and as he was perusing his extensive list in his head was given a request for “Do you know any Dylan” by the Blogger who having heard it by Leon a few weeks ago was eager to sample this version again, and truth be told I was not disappointed and replete with animated voices of various races this was thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Gloria next and having removed troublesome bangle from picking hand launched into a Dylan number no doubt sparked from the previous song. “Things Have Changed” before amazing us with a couple of tunes in 3/2 time normally reserved for Melodeons or pipes but in any case delivered with aplomb on a humble guitar by Gloria and as the last strains of”Rusky Gully & Dusty Miller” faded into the distance we sensed something big was brewing and sure enough “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen with a nod to Jeff Buckley Rounded off Glorias listing for tonight and a fitting one.

 

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Frances up again, With a couple of Disney numbers by Mr Menken rapidly gaining cult status at Swan, “Whole New world” was followed by “Cruiscan Lan” an old celtic tune before  the final offering of Disneys’ “Under the Sea” My Grandkids had to explain the significane of there numbers. So Frances I am now fully genned up on Mr Menkens endeavours.

 

Graeme stepped forward to bring our night to an early finish and despite Davids request for any more Graeme brought the night to a fitting end with another John Hiatt number “This is the way we make a broken heart” and followed by another from the man”Get My Loving Back” finishing off with a nod to MC with perhaps more than a twinge of guilt Graeme finished his excellent spot with “Uncle Jack” running into “It Aint So” Thanks to our intrepid band of stalwarts and as we headed to our relative transport and David our loyal MC donned coat for his walk home it was nice to see the first of many sessions to come in 2014 had happened and this year  will be better than last.

Posted on January 12, 2014 .