Well after the bumper session last time at The Swan we were certainly due a quiet one. When we arrived at The Swan the dining room was buzzing and we took up residence in the side room to await the Muso’s to enter. There were four protagonists this eveningBrian, Graeme, Andy and James or “The ~Pot o’ Four”
Brian Started the evening off as is the norm and sets the bar low enough to step over. His first offering was a recently heard song that was heard only that day and not even rehearsed, “Wings” by Vin Garbutt. This was followed by a Plain White T-Shirts Number “Hey There Delilah” a song introduced to Brian by the lovely and Fragrant Kath
. It was now James turn and after a brief deliberation his first number was a Classic “If I were a Carpenter” a Song from the vast repertoire of Tim Harding and covered by Bobby Darin, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez to name a few and this evening carried off brilliantly by James.Our resident jukebox then entertained us with a classic Paul Simon number “Me and Julio Down by The School Yard” Great stuff as always James
Andy Brown next up with his cutaway Acoustic and With Andy’s inimitable Style Songs of Misery come naturally and Leonard Cohen really lends himself to this genre, so Andy covered “Sisters Of Mercy” and followed this with I believe a self penned song “Some days it all goes so Easy” Light and shade that’s what sets us up differently and a great contrast Andy.
Our resident finger-picker up next now as Graeme Morrell grabs his Collings from its case and gave us a brand new song from his rapidly expanding ipad library, “Through The Barricades” by Spandau Ballet. Not the simplest of songs musically but deft fingers and a svelte voice, did the job here. From modern to Classic next as Graeme launched into “Moonriver” an academy award winning song with music by Henry Mancini and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer-a timeless song and delivered deftly by Graeme, Well Done.
A short break then ensued before we continued without anyone else joining us with the exception of our resident new audience member “Mands”
Brian kicked off the second half with a self penned song written on one of the the many trips made by The Wild Geese to the West of Ireland and actually written on the Banks of Ireland’s only fjiord Killary Harbour. “Famine Song” which won an award as a runner up in the UK songwriting contest. Another self penned song written when a dear friend was at an all time low in their life, but pleased to record that they definitely “Gotta Get the Monkey off Your Back”
James then returned to the floor with another classic track by The Beatles, “Strawberry Fields”. James rounded his set off with a song that I comptemplated doing earlier Fleetwood Mac’s “Man of The World” I am glad I didn’t perform it as James had it nailed.
Andy now had the bit firmly between his teeth now and continued in Leonard Cohen Mode, perhaps in keeping with the mood of the low turn-out tonight, but whatever the reason “Suzanne” by the late lamented L Cohen was followed by a very poignant reminder”Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” and with matching pathios brilliantly delivered. Welldone Andy.
Graeme then to round our normal performance section off. First of the final set was
“Always on My Mind” which was an American country music song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Carson and recorded first by Gwen McCrae as (You were always on my Mind) and by Brenda Lee in 1972.
Graeme then rounded off his spot with “Green Manalishi by Fleetwood Mac ” (I hope I got that right), I didn't but was politely informed of its title and performers ,it sounded great anyway Graeme.
What then ensued can only be described as a hotch pot Jam Session, with bits and bats of all sorts lead by various members of the assembled group. We then finished our drinks off and headed off somewhat earlier than normal but no less satisfied after a good but different night. Until next time ~BCW