Well it was a nice summer evening, just right for the roof down on Kath's MX5 and a little buzz along the dual carriageway for our bi-monthly jaunt to Swan Acoustic Session. Now normally the car park at the Swan is choc-a-bloc on the first Tuesday as the ghostly metal detetctorists have their monthly meeting(I say ghostly as we never actually see them) but tonight we had the pick of the spaces. Taking that this was showing all the signs of another quiet night but assured that Rob Watkins at least was turning up we entered the bar. Brian ordered the drinks much to Kath's chagrin and was questioned on his choice, instead of the normal blonde beer that she was expecting, Brian rather stupidly had ordered “Boltmakers” from the Timothy Taylor stable. A delightful vintage but not her normal tipple so suitably chastised we sat to await the nights performers.
One by one they tripped in, Rob, Phil, Stan and Sandy, followed by James and last but not least Graeme back from his trip to Europe. So there we have the Seven Samurai! We sat round the big table near the fire where Rob felt the heat more than most as he sat next to it(have I mentioned it was a balmy night?)
Brian was up first with a self penned number “Gotta Get The Monkey off your Back” a song written in a fit of pique for a friend who was going through an alcahol and drug fuelled spiral. Thankfully he made it through and still lets me sing the song even though the sentiment is now lost. Brian followed this up with a Vin Garbutt number “Wings” whose opening line is “I could have been a giant said the Bonsai Tree” what an opener. The talking stick was then passed to the left as per society rules(joke) and Phil who just happened to be sat next to Brian was prodded into action.
Phil has a penchant for an eclectic mix of seventies anthems and self penned numbers and tonight we had both. First up was “Break your Heart” by Gas Light Anthem. This band and song was a new one to me! Phil's next offering was a self penned song reflecting the changes in life titled “I Remember When I was Young” he must have a better memory than me! Good stuff and a bit of harmonica as well I believe.
Round the table to Stan, who normally travels with a sidekick Sandy who we shall hear shortly. Normally Stan sits to sandy's right so Stan usually follows her-but not tonight. Tonight Stan got to go first, and what better way to come in with a bang than with a Bob Seger Song “Turn The Page” the immortal lines “Here I go up on the stage, playin the star again” wasn’t much of a stage but we got the full effect from Stan! From one star to another a gentleman we saw recently in concert was Marc Almond and Stan gave us a great rendition of“Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” Well done Stan a good mix of material!
The aforementioned Sandy next up, Sandy has a portfolio of country songs and tonight it was a Debbie Boone number to get us in the country mood. “Are You on The Road To Loving Me Again from 1980, another new one for the blogger. Sandy then rounded her first spot off with “Suds in a Bucket” from Sarah Evans. A great brace Sandy.
Our resident juke box Mr James Porter was next up and although sat on the edge of the proceedings held us enthralled with two cracking songs. First up was a Rod Stewart number “Tonights the Night” a great sentiment but he never explained what he was particularly alluding to tonight. Now in the last blog I was chastised for suggesting that James was a Yorkshire man apparently he is from that dark region of North West of England, I think they call it Lancashire! James then headed further North for his second song and we had a Paulo Nuttini number “Candy” Well done James(I hope you don’t have any trouble at passport control)
An old familiar face now and I use the term old in that we have known him for many years. Rob Watkins made a rare appearance (due to work I hasten to add) A country aficionado Rob didn’t disappoint as we were treat to a Crosby, Stills and Nash number “Wasted on the Way” a little touch of Americana to finish off his spot, with a Tom Petty number “Stories We could Tell” a couple of diners at this point quite taken with Robs voice offered to buy our merry throng a pint-another first for Addingham. Good stuff Rob.
In our last spot of the first half was our finger picker Graeme, whose Ipad holds a wealth of Material and tonight we had a 1945 song “Love Letters” from the film of the same name and a great version it was. Not to leave me without a Michael Chapman number Graeme rounded off our spot with Michaels “Sometimes You Just Drive Me” We then broke to the bar to take up Steve and Cas who were just visiting from Welwyn Garden In Herts kind offer of a drink. So Round two will commence when round one had been supped.
We kicked off the second half with the Blogger, it was a Jon Allen number “Joanna” and this was followed by a Leonard Cohen number “The Sisters Of Mercy”
Going round the table again Phil was next up and here we had a classic “Get It On” by T.Rex a personal favourite and given a slight twist here by Phil Segwaying into another track. To Round off |Phil finished with another self penned number the body of which was something that comes to us all “Getting Old” We then focussed on Stan and another new number for me “Mariner “ by John Powell and then just to show his versatility Stan finished his spots for the night with an Oasis number”Half The World away” Having to follow that was Sandy,who was more than capable ofpulling something out of her folder. That was a Rodney Crowell number “Till I gain Control Again” which was originally recorded by EmmyLou. Another Country song to finish a cracking spot was a Loretta Lynn number “You Are Looking at Country” and we certainly were! Well done Sandy, You are both a welcome duo to our music nights.
Picking up the country theme now was Rob in a contemporaneous way with a Steve Earle song “Over Yonder” and finished his spot off with the |Boss a Bruce Springsteen number “Youngstown”
We then all looked to Graeme to round off a very pleasurable night. The Beatles “In My Life” was his penultimate offering and then to put the seal on it we had a classic guitar song from the hand of Mark Knofler “Romeo” That brought our session to a close........... but wait a minute not only was our guest from down South a benefactor towards us poor Muso's it turns out he also had been learning guitar. Steve and Cas gave us a great version of “Valerie” by The Futons. Now we have two things to remember them by. A quick look at the watch told me that we had a bit off time for a quick blast of something, so with Rob leading we all joined in “Tulsa Time” not to be out done we had a bit off a rocking Jam before we all headed off into the night. Until next time BCW