Well a small band of intrepid muso's and one blast from the past took up position in the corner. Brian and Kath started the night with " Gypsy Dance" a traditional tune from the west of..........Poland. A tune Kath had been playing since she was a girl. This was followed by a tune on low whistle and mandolin " Dunmore Lasses" which is played normally then each instrument takes a different section in counterpoint, strange but it works.
James "Jukebox " Porter was next up and began with a Harry Nilsson classic " Everybody's Talking at Me" James then gave us the soprano section as well. James then went into a Paulo Nuttini number" Last Request" Graeme Morrell was next up with a Beatles number in a slightly different tempo but instantly recognisable as " All My Lovin" what a lovely finger style song delivered differently but somehow not treading on the toes of a classic track. A new path for Graeme as he entered the realms of traditional genre and a modern version of an old Corries number " The trees they are growing" An old friend making his first appearance for a long time Brian Rhodes (Sadly no Picture bloggers fault) and having not picked up a guitar for a year gave us "Crack The Shutters. " by Snow patrol this as immediately followed by a David Gray song and a classic here delivered
brilliantly "Babylon" and because Brian was on a curfew we let him carry on entertaining us. He belted out a tasty version of " House of The Rising Sun." A rare treat ensued as a brand new face in the form of Sandy Stockdale with Stanley Carr and as soon as the guitar was fetched from the car park, "Jolene" was soon rocking out in country style on a Taylor guitar no less. Then we were off and running as " These Boots are Made for Walking" That brought the first half to an end.
A beer and toilet break and then we were off again with a revived fervour "Clew Bay" by Imelda May but performed tonight by Kath excellent stuff. A duet followedby Kath and Brian and a speedy version of " The Masons Apron"
Back to James then for another classic " When I'm Dead and Gone" by that brilliant band Mcguinness Flint but here by James tonight, this was followed by a Marc Bolan number " One inch Rock" a timeless song and ageless! Graeme now regaled us with a Gordon Lightfoot song " Pony Man" from his Sit Down Young Stranger album. It wouldn't be A Swan night without a Graeme Chapman number and we weren't disappointed as Graeme launched into "No One Left to care"
We then returned to Sandy and waited with bated breath for another country classic and we weren't disappointed " Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver delivered here with the same style and tempo by Sandy. Great stuff. We then had another song little heard at The Swan " The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" The Band had their version and this was a great version by Sandy. The guitar was passed to Stanley for his version of "Gold Watch Blues" by Donovan excellent stuff. Kath and Brian gave their version of a Christy Moore sing "The Hackler from Grouse Hall" and a whistle tune on thelow whistle "Bethan's Dance"
Back to James for "Little Sparrow" by Ella Jenkins we were winding down now with solitary songs and Graeme slowed us down with Desperado by the Eagles a lovely finger style version.
Over to Sandy to round off a not normal but very enjoyable evening with new and old faces mixed with Stalwarts and yet again proof if proof required that a great night can always be enjoyed whenever friends get together to play music and as Sandy sang a song by Debbie Boone" Are You in The road To loving me Again" Debby is Pat Boones daughter and Sandy gave a great version of this song. Just when we were preparing to go Stanley rounded us off with a great song from Oasis catalogue "Half The World Away" and that brought to a close our night at The Swan. Thanks everyone BCW