We had some visitors from over the Irish Sea tonight at The Swan, my older brother and his wife were visiting for the first time in 25 years, and yes despite the ribbing he is older. Brian started as per tradition. First up was a Christy Moore Song "Only our Rivers run Free" written by Michael McConnel, this ran into an anti war song from Donovan " Universal Soldier" still a classic!
A new face tonight in the form of Nigel who used to live inAddingham 10 years ago. Nigel carried the Christy Moore torch. With a great version of "Ride On" a nice bit of finger picking led onto a John Martyn number " Cocaine Blues" two cracking numbers and well done Nigel.
A old performer next as in one who used to attend regularly and was back and what a night to pop in, Ian's first number was a self penned number being performed here for the first time" Leppings Lane" was a powerful song about the Hillsborough football tragedy. A great song capturing the emotion not only of the day but the aftermath, well done Ian a great song. Ian rounded his first spot of with " Patience Of Angels" by Boo Hewerdine who I believe ian played with not so long ago.
Our resident councillor next Andy who due to his commitments had been missing for a few sessions. Back with a vengeance with yet another guitar, gave us "The Drugs Don't Work" by the Verve and on the back of the Manchester atrocity gave us an oasis song. " Don't Look back in Anger"
Our finger picking expert Graeme up next, and tonight to our surprise he let us have a Bee Gees number "How deep is your Love" promoted by the recent appearance of Barry Gibb at Glastonbury. To finish his first spot we were entertained by an Ed Sheeran classic " Thinking Out Loud " New and well performed well done Graeme
Our resident country picker next Barry, Barry has a great collection of instruments and tonight he brought his Blueridge guitar, Armed with this he let us into the world of Kevin Brandt with "Let It Roll" and rounded the country experience with a Bill Anderson number a cautionary tale" Cold Hard Facts of Life" Well done Barry.
Phil and his mouth harp and Twelve string were next up, Phil has a penchant for Marc Bolan numbers and tonight we had an archive number"Life's an Elevator" we were then entertained with a Flogging Molly number" Faraway Boys" an American Irish Navvie Song. Well done Phil
Stuart our folkie lookalike grabbed the pub guitar and rattled out "That's All Right Mama" a great raucous version.
Mand then rounded our first half off with " Colour my Blues" this is only the second time I have heard Mand play and sing and it was quite a few years ago. Excellent variant.
We had a quick Break and in the Meantime were joined by Pam, and Ian
"The Long Ryder's" with "If I were A Bramble and you were a rose" this was followed by "One Last Time" which started life as a limerick in a songwriting workshop. Excellent stuff. As a duo they elected to tag Ian's spot onto theirs and we had a Guy Clark number "Desperados Waitibg for a train" great harmonies, well done!
Mand then gave us a second offering on her Ovation "Dim Sunday's" we need more from Mand!
Nigel was pressed into service as we changed direction and flow to facilitate everyone getting an opportunity to play " Sitting on Top Of The World "by Doc Watson a great rendition.
Brian up with another Christy Moore song"Black Is The Colour "
We moved around to Phil "Ain't Got no home" a Woody Guthrie song and still relevant today!
On to Barry now who elected not to get his mandolin and continued on guitar " Ten Degrees and Colder" Getting round the group we moved onto Graeme with another classic "Vincent" a Don McLean number one, given the Treatment here. Stuart with a Rock nRoll number " Summmertime Blues
In true democratic fashion our resident councillor next, "Andy with his Ibanez from a classy era and a song for our Irish contingent a Van Morrison number " And It Stoned Me"
A finale number "Shitty White Wine" a great Finale
That just about rounded up our night and as we headed off home I wonder what Sammy and Mary thought of our own Swan in Addingham?