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 - 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 – ‘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.
Mike – ‘Catch the Wind’ (Donovan) loved it, & ‘Half the World Away’ (Oasis) a crowd pleaser.
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–‘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 – Well known for ‘moody’ songs, this time about a dead horse ‘Ride On’ & ‘See your face again’ a cracking song.
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’
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’
Cath & Pam (Mockingbirds) ‘Christmas in Paradise’ from Mary Gauthier, & the self penned ‘No One Does Christmas Like We Do’
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.