Quite a Busy Night in the End


The car park was almost full when Carol and I arrived around 10 past 8 so we were surprised to find the Swan totally deserted apart from the lad behind the bar - must have been a metal detectors club night going on in the old school room next door. But what started out looking like being a very quiet one actually became quite a busy night in the end as people arrived, with 9 performers and a fair few people sat listening, including James Porter whom I'd not seen for a while but hadn't come to sing (and I didn't get chance to ask why unfortunately so hoping all's OK with him).


So with no Brian, Kath or Mike this week I opened with Owensboro (trad) and I Shall be Released (Dylan).



Vic Longbottom went next with Corrina Corrina by Taj Mahal then Weeping Willow Blues (Blind Boy Fuller).


Alex Moore next with the White Hare (trad) followed by a version of Neil Young's Don't Let it Bring you Down.



John Waller has now just about worked his way through his considerable back catalog of self-penned songs as he sang us his song Wraeltie,  followed by Pretty Young Things by Becky Mills.



Brian Rhodes then did Schooldays (Loudon Wainwright III) and A Team by Ed Sheeran (who I was told at another venue recently used to busk with Brian!)  - very nice.


A newcomer Barry Lane went next, sporting a nice looking Gibson guitar he gave us two Johnny Cash numbers which he sang with feeling - Wild Flowers for Mary and Troubador .


Pam Johnson - on her nice new travel Martin guitar gave us another Johnny Cash song Thanks a Lot, then Rock and Roll (Waking the Witch).

Pam Johnson - on her nice new travel Martin guitar gave us another Johnny Cash song Thanks a Lot, then Rock and Roll (Waking the Witch).



Graeme Morrell then did a great version of Christy Moore classic Ride On followed by You Don't Even Know Me by Al Stewart.


Another newcomer finished the first half. Utun, who hails from Indonesia, gave us two really rousing numbers - I'm in the Jailhouse Now (Jimmy Rogers) and We Don't Grow Tobacco by Old Crow Medicine.


Second half went as follows :- 


me  - Aint No Sunshine (Bill Withers) then Don't it make my Brown eyes Blue (Richard Leigh)


Vic - That'll never Happen (Blind Blake) then Reciprocity (Loudon Wainwright III)


Alex - Hang on to a Dream (Tim Harding) then Blackbird (The Beatles)


John  - Just one of those things (Al Stewart) then Wings (Brian Bedford)


Brian - Gold Watch Blues (Donovan) then Crack the Shutters (Snow Patrol)


Barry - Long Black Veil (Norman Black) then Last Bound Train (wasn't told who it's by and can't find it on Google)


Susan and Pam

Pam, this time accompanied on vocals by her friend Susan - Follow My Tears (Eddi Reader) then Whisky Makes You Sweeter Than You Are (Laura Cantrell) - lovely stuff from these two!


Graeme - Stamping Ground (Rod Clements)  then Green Green Grass of Home (trad arr Graeme)



Utun,  on his National guitar this time, ended the night in some style with - Walking Blues (Robert Johnson) then Rollin' and Tumblin' (Muddy Waters) - best slide guitar I've heard in a long while!

Leon S

Posted on March 4, 2015 .