The missing!

well what a great night seems to have been missed by yours truly. I was busy as an elve in my Grotto making Christmas  presents and missed a great night. Thanks to Graham for the pictures though you can get a feel for the evening. Last session of the year is on 19th. We will be there!

 

 

 Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like …. - Blog 5thDecember 2017

As Kath & Brian were unavoidably detained due to their annual Elfing duties, a small gathering of just 15 performers + supporters muddled through another sparkling SAS.

Barry

Barry

Barry - Opened the proceedings and introduced us/me to the works of Hugh Moffatt, a country singer/song writer, opera librettist, and playwright. ‘He rode all the way to Texas’ and ‘Carolina Star’, two fine, well performed examples

John

John

Paul

Paul

John – ‘The Saga of WPC Sadie Stick’ (Mike Absalom) and ‘Rope Stretching Blues’ (Blind Blake) Excellent stuff.

Paul –‘Simple Twist of Fate’ & ‘High Water’well appreciated and played the Dylan way with acoustic guitar and neck racked harmonica.

Mockingbirds (Pam & Cath) –self penned ‘Desert of Your Love’ & ‘Bright Star’ with now expected flawless harmonies, followed by ‘Dragonfly’ a delightful Boo Hewerdine composition perfectly interpreted.

Phil

Phil

Mike – ‘Catch the Wind’ (Donovan) loved it, & ‘Half the World Away’ (Oasis) a crowd pleaser.

James

James

Phil – 12 string & neck braced harp‘Knocking on Heavens Door’ &‘Fit in Here’. Phil never fails to impress.

James (Juke) – ‘Take Me to the Mardi Gras’ a real foot tapper & ‘Everybody’s Talking’ which Nilsson wrote for James.

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme–‘Marion theChatelaine’ a fine Al Stewart composition relating to Marion Davies, long term mistress of William Randolph Hearst. ‘Better Leave Right Now’ a Will Young song followed. Interesting choices, beautifully performed.

Andy

Andy

Andy – Well known for ‘moody’ songs, this time about a dead horse ‘Ride On’ & ‘See your face again’ a cracking  song.

 

Gloria

Gloria

Gloria –‘Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear’ a Randy Newman song now ‘owned’ by Gloria. Next a Robbie Burns song –forgive me, unfortunately I didn’t catch the title! Both songs performed in Gloria’s original and highly imitable style.

Colin (Acoustic Bass) & Richard (Acoustic 6 string) 2/3 of Alabama, the local Ilkley blues rock band. ‘Red House’ & ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ Great stuff, just sat back and absorb the music.

A wee break. Unfortunately two of our colleagues Gloria & John had early starts the next day, we look forward to their company in the very near future.

Round Two – Due to time restraints all entertainers rationed to one song each.

Ian – ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’

Ian

Ian

Stuart   

Stuart

 

Stuart – ‘Lets Stay Together’, a great 12 bar anthem performed with the passion it deserves.

Barry – ‘He stopped Loving Her Today’, a George Jones number

Paul – Tom Petty’s ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’

Pam and Kath

Pam and Kath

Cath & Pam (Mockingbirds) ‘Christmas in Paradise’ from Mary Gauthier, & the self penned ‘No One Does Christmas Like We Do’

Mike

Mike

Mike – Sam Cooke’s ‘Bring it on home to me’ with full SAS backing.

 

Phil – ‘Mole in the Ground’ a strong rhythmic song, ideally suited for leading the SAS Jug Band.

 

James – ‘Redemption Song’ with now standard SAS orchestral support.

 

Graeme – ‘Up the Junction’, a Squeeze number from the late 1970s, everybody knew this one.

 

Andy – Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, the SAS singers didn’t disappoint.

 

Colin & Richard (Alabama) – a great rendition of ‘Black Magic Woman’

 

And to finish, a stripped down version of ‘Streets of London’ with just acoustic bass, a couple of harmonicas, rhythm, lead, and harmonised guitars, and three part harmonies from the SAS choir, ably assisted by the bar staff and the civilians in the back snug.

 

I know of no better way to spend a chill December night, or any other night for that matter.

 

Until next time.

 

Ian P.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 8, 2017 .