The Christmas Fayre
Well what a shock as we entered The Swan on our last Session of 2017, it was Rammed! It was so full we had to congregate at the bar and our instruments had to be placed in the hallway. The waitress informed us that one table was on the Sweets and would be gone soon, so we ordered a few drinks and then had a catch up. The previous session had been a bit busy and we were expecting a low turn out for the final session…………. Nope! One by one they all came in with the same bewildered look on their faces as they wondered why we were all stood around the entrance. Gloria, JP, Kath, Brian, Mand, Barry, Phil, Graeme, Ian, Nigel, James and Stuart all queued at the bar awaiting some space.
After about 40 minutes aforementioned table was still talking and making no signs of leaving we decided that the favourite option was to make a bit of space in the side room and after a bit of bullying to an old friend Darren and his pals, they very kindly made some room for us and we settled around the edge of the room. Well allof us except Barry who having found a space in the main room was patiently awaiting the diners leaving. That unfortunately was the last we saw of Barry as he never came into the side room and one can only speculate as to why he left.
We decided to go round the room whereby everyone did a number and passed it on, so this blog will give a brief indication of the general theme of the night Gloria was first up with a Beatles classic “Ive just seen a Face” a brilliant Beatles song that she introduced me to a long time ago with those famous words “come on Brian join in if you want” She chose probably the only Beatle ‘s song I had never heard before and my blank expression belied that! (I have learned it now) JP was next accompanied by Kath and Myself with “Bright New Rose” made famous by Mary Black and Christy Moore. We moved onto the Eighties with James who gave us the late departed George Michael number “Faith” James is known as the Human Jukebox due to his seemingly anthological collection of material! Mand was next in our round and as she usually joins us late in the evening it was a pleasant surprise to see her here so early and complete with guitar she gave us a Joni Mitchell number “River” Blogger was next with a Goats Don’t Shave Number “Closing Time” and then the baton was passed to Nigel who had left his sick bed determined to make the final session of the year. Nigel is new to performing in front of people and was a bit reticent about what song to perform, so he chose an old favourite of both he and myself. Harvey Andrews “Writer of Songs” from the album of the same name. Harvey lives in Hull and was a very prolific writer of Songs! Phil next with a Cheesy Christmas song self penned “Santa’s Coming” complete with harmonica. Ian and his sidekick Babs were next, Babs didn’t sing but accompanied Ian to the night to allay fears that she had been planted under the Patio by Ian. We had a favourite of Ian’s “Lady Take Your Time” The hands of the circle pointed at Graeme next and as I was writing a little ahead of myself, to my shame I didn’t note what Graeme performed but I’m sure this will be corrected soon! Kath then was given her annual outing to perform her favourite Christmas song along with some dodgy guitar accompaniment from yours truly and “Gaudete” was given its long awaited airing to raucous voices from the assembled throng. Back to JP who now along again with Kath and Blogger did a U2 number “Running to Stand Still” and yet more from James as “Cant Help Myself” (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) to give it its full title by The Four Tops. Mand then as a result of being here at the beginning of the session was able to give a second number The Scorpions “ Always Somewhere” back to Gloria who gave a rendition of a Rabbie Burns number “Ca the Yowes” a song I first heard from Dougie McLean. Back to the Blogger with a couple of tunes aided and abetted by Kath on Mandolin and JP on Bouzouki “Maple Leaf & Man Of Arran” Yet more to come as the hands moved once again to Phil and another Beatles number “Let It Be” we then had an interjection from our resident bar player Stuart who complete with the pub guitar gave us “That’s all right Mama” with chorus provided by the merry band of muso’s Ian was next up with a classic Christmas song originally called “Stille Nacht” but more commonly known as Silent Night. Graeme in keeping with the Christmas vein then gave us a Prince number “Purple Rain” (at least I remembered that one Graeme) Moving on again to Kath and friends we had a mixture of a song and tune “Lowlands” Jp then kept the 3 of us busy with a Steven Fretwell Number “Run” James then picked his guitar up for a song that my notes say “Chinese Wine”? Mand gave us a very rare third number “What if I’m Right” before passing onto Blogger for a “Heres a Health to the Company” We were on the last roundup now as Phil gave us “This Train” again with Harmonica accompaniment, Ian let us have an” ode De Toilet “ and Graham finished off with an Adele Song.
Now normally I would comment on the individual performances as and when the happened but tonight was different as it was the final session of 2017 and as a special thanks to those that make it happen i.e YOU! I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to ALL of the people who have attended throughout 2017 whether it have been one visit or every visit. You all collectively and individually have contributed to the ongoing machine known as Swan Acoustic Session and as we are an open session, all standards of playing ability are welcomed and made comfortable and that is one of the things I admire most about you all! Thank you for all the music and Craic and comments and corrections. At this time of year please spare a thought for David Brimacombe’s Family as they end the year with their and our first Christmas without a perfect gentleman, he will be truly missed and remembered.
See You all in 2018! Stay safe BCW