Well we still have a missing blog which should turn up at some point. Apologies to the friends of Swan Acoustic Session who have been popping in and out of the site trying to find the Blog.
Tonight we travelled to the pub in Kaths open top car and it was very enjoyable and when we arrived at The Swan it felt strange to have no fire. It had all the hallmarks of being a quiet night, with such good weather and a bit of a drop off in numbers recently. Slowly but surely the place filled up with both customers and fellow musos alike.
Blogger was up first to set the bar at iy's minimal level, a song from Solas "Michael Conway" the story of this bare knuckle fighter from the mighty Mayo who was killed by the sherrif and his men for not throwing a fight. Another story song "Grace" the story of Joseph Mary Plunkett and how he had to marry his sweetheart in Kilmainham jail prior to his execution in 1916 Dublin.
Next up was Barry Lane who casually checks the blog prior to turning up to ensure that he doesn't repeat previous material. First was a Carter Stanley number "Living Like a Fool" and then a bit of word reversal as "CannonBall" from the Carter Family, a nice bit of country from Barry who's repertoire is rivalling James Porters.
The first of our titles up next as Tim Morning, for those that dont know Tim started the fore runner to our session as Swan Acoustic. Tim hasn't been around for a while and after a brief pop in last month he promised to come back and tonight was that night. Having admitted how rusty he was and a hesitant start, he was back on the beat with "American Pie" which had the assembled throng joining in the chorus. Another classic from Tims stable as Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want to Talk About It" Welcome to our humble night Tim and well done for your perseverance and songs and craic.
Rob Watkins on one of his rare trips to The Swan without his band, Rob has such a gentle voice and a lot of material is really suited to that style and tonight Old Silver Tongue presented us with a Mark Knopfler song "My Heart Will Never Change" and as an avid country fan with a touch of the sense of the moment next up we had a Glenn Fry number "The Girl from Yesterday" Excellent stuff Rob and a prelude to our forthcoming trip to The West Of Ireland."
Our resident budding politician next up in the shape of Andy Brown with his fender tele dobro lookalike. A Bruce Springsteen number first as "Hungry Heart was given the Andy treatment, and after a brief chat with the audience Andy presented us with his version of a Dylan number "Just Like A Woman" Hope it all goes well for the Green Party this month Andy. Well Done.
Our Human Jukebox up next James Porter, feeling a bit better than the last time we saw him. A Scottish song first from James complete with dialect "Tramps And Hawkers" and then a James doing "Paris" by Clive Palmer An unending source of material from our resident jukebox, excellent as always James
Taking us to the end of the first half was our other half of our title as Phil Greaves a New old face who I believe normally frequents the Silsden Session brought his harpoon and Guitar. An old timey song to open ""Aint Got No Home" by Woody Guthrie and more recently Bruce Springsteen. Harp vocal and guitar perfick. To finish our half Phil presented us with a self penned number an anti drug number with a great message"Who Do You Think you Are" Well done Phil and welcome back.
The Second half started as the first finished with a self penned number this time from the blogger. "Famine Song was a runner up in the UK songwriting competition a few years ago and tells the story of a band of starving people from Mayo who died on the hills during the bleakest time in Irelands history 1847-1850. This was followed by a Pogue song "Rainy Night in Soho. As the Blogger I thought it was fantastic and the irony is no-one can argue at this moment in time.
Barry back again and with no pre prepared script notes we had ""Train"by Herman Parker an oldie but goodie. A Gary Nunn & Donna Farar That concluded our set from Barry. Well done Barry.
A mixed bag next as Kath who had been sat silently coerced Rob and Brian to do a couple of numbers first up was a John Doyle numer “Liberty’s Sweet Shore” and to finish a Steve Earle song “Gulf Of Mexico” It sounded great for me!
Tim now had to follow these numbers and he needn’t have worried as he nailed it with “Vincent” and “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” now that was entertainment Tim. Welcome back.
Andy was to follow that with a couple of numbers…. Neil Young and a Stephen Stills number to form a chain as “After The Goldrush” and “Love The One Your With”
James then strapped on his Epiphone and gave us a couple of classics “Paul Simon’s “Mardi Gras” which seamlessly blended into a Rod Stewart number “Tonights The Night” Good choice James.
Phil then strapped on his device for his final shot “Red @ Night by Gaslight Anthem before “Time For Me To Come Home”
Due to finishing a bit early we had another couple of Numbers Rob gave usaTom Petty Number “Louisiana Rain” Before leading everyone in a rousing version of “Tulsa Time” Andy gave us his take on a Prince number “Nothing Compares To You” Phil then saw us into the night with a self penned number “Pony Boy”
This rounded up a great and varied night. BCW