Well it was a wild and windy night as we came across the valley to our Swan Acoustic Session and shortly after arriving and getting our drinks and After hearing the sad news it seemed a fitting tribute to do a Vin Garbutt number after his passing today. Vin was a folk hero and comedy genius who will be sadly missed. His song "Wings" I had only heard and learned four weeks ago! This was followed by a Ronnie Wayne Davis number"Waitin for a dark eyed Gal"
Phil up next on his 12 String with a self penned poem now a song "God Looked Around His Garden" a tribute to his dear departed mother. Phil then gave us a trad song"Johnny Comes Marching Home" complete with harmonica refrain. Well done Phil and not a bad first airing of the tribute.
Graeme up next with an unusual choice for him a Jim Reeves song a la Springsteen " I Love you Because" Graeme's next song was "Jack of all trades" and that is the first time I've heard Graeme swear but then again it was another Springsteen song. Graeme is a renowned finger picker and there was plenty of scope in these songs for picking. Well done Graeme and welcome back.
James Porter our resident jukebox up next with a Paulo Nuttini Number " Last Request" It never ceases to amaze me the breadth of James encyclopaedic array of material. James next number was"Redemption Song" a Bob Marley classic more often performed by his son these days. A chalk and cheese duo of songs but well delivered. Well done James.
Stan up next with yet another neck harp, and what would it be but a classic Bob Dylan number"She Belongs To Me" and not one of us could remember the bloody title Lol. Stan continued in his second offering with"All my Days"" by John Power from the LA's great stuff Stan
Sandy up next, Sandy has for the short time she has been frequenting our S.A.S Session regaling us with her array of good country material and her first song was"Every Little Thing" by Carlene Carter. A new one on me but a great song none the less. A Dixie Chicks number to round off her Spot" Travelling Soldier
Well done Sandy keep them coming
Kath up next with a local song penned by Pete Lane from Halifax, "Wishing Chair" a cracking song telling of a beauty spot in Ireland. Sadly that was our only offering from Kath
Barry our other resident country story teller and tonight Barry gave us "The Troubadour "
by Walker and Cash and recorded by Johnny in 1962. Barry then gave us a song to do with the amount of water we had today "Muddy Water" At That point we had a quick beer and Toilet break, must have been all that talk of water!
We had a new face here tonight and to our shame I thought he had just come in for a drink but with the help of the pub guitar Stuart gave us a classic 70's number by Bryan Ferry "Let's Stick Together" and immediately gave as a follow up Rock and Roll classic "Summertime Blues" Great stuff
Brian up again with. Goats Don't Shave number" Closing Time" then he followed up with an unaccompanied number" Here's A Health To The company" a song unrehearsed and getting its first airing.
Phil then loaded up his twelve bore... I mean Twelve string and gave us "It's Time For Me To Come Home" a self penned number to round off his spot we had Frees "The Hunter and Bad company's "Can't Get Enough"
Graeme back on familiar ground with a Michael Chapman number( he does read the blog you know)" Girl On A Train" a la classic Michael and to round off another MC number " Blue Season". A proper finger picker. Well done Graeme.
James up next for his second spot and as we waited on the selector switch settling it was a Damian Rice song "Delicate" and a very good version it was. To round off his spot James gave us his version of "Faith" as George Michael intended it, raunchy and raucous! Great stuff and a George Michael first at The Swan.
Stan up again with a sad song of love" Love Song" by The Cure and to round off what better with the election 48 hours away "The Eve of Destruction" was more than apt! Great choice Stan!
Sandys final spot for the night and "It Ain't Me Babe" which sounded sweeter than his Bobship! What to round off with?...... Easy! "In A Town This size" by John Prine A gentleman once introduced to Kath who only found out 6 months later who she had been talking to. Great version Sandy!
Barry to close the night off and what did he give us?................A Gibson F Series mandolin and what followed was great country picking " Bluegrass Stomp" and to finish off a great night of friends and music " I'm going honkytonkin" by The Stanley Brothers.