Well we attended the session tonight with a sad and heavy heart, as we had been informed that our M.C.friend and stalwart of the Acoustic Session in Addingham in all its guises had sadly lost his battle with his illness and passed away. David Brimacombe was, if I may use the vernacular the epitome of a gentleman! He would help in any way he could, he would go out of his way to make things work and always with a smile. He has personally helped me with a few engineering issues and his wealth of knowledge was unfathomable, he always had a solution to any problem I brought to him. On behalf of Addingham Acoustic and Swan Acoustic Session We would like to pass on to his family and friends our heartfelt condolences at this sad time. He will be fondly remembered and forever enshrined in our memories for his gentleness, humour, wit and friendly banter. R.I.P. Dave.
We had a mixed bunch tonight all eager to remember in some small way and play some form of tribute to David and as an idea for the blog was to pass the sheet around for people to put their music down with whatever details they had on the particular piece of music performed. This works of course, however someone still has to type it up and not only decipher the umpteen scribbles of people who have not only been performing but also drinking. So this blog for this session will appear as a list of material with the title of the performer.
Brian was up first and had brought his Mandolin and Whistles “The Big Four” which as the name suggests was 4 tunes played one after the other that have become a set piece . Later on Brian played “Raglan Road on the Low Whistle, which was getting one of its first airings. A song for David followed and one I’m sure he would have appreciated “The Funeral Song” which he had heard and liked. Brian was then joined by Kath to perform “Lowlands of Holland” which is a mixture of a song and a tune. Brian then played a tribute tune to David a tune played in memory of people who had passed “Roddy McCourt” a sad but fitting lament to finish this spot off.
Phil, our 12 string aficionado on whose suggestion we started what became rapidly “The Scribbler Notes” was also on form tonight. His first effort was a self penned song titled “ No Justice” and then went back to the seventies with a Marc Bolan song “Spaceball Ricochet” and replete with a shaker on his wrist gave us his version, and a dam good one of “Bony Moronie” before rounding off a great list with “Foggy West Country” Well Done Phil strident as always.
James was next and as he is now known as “The Human Jukebox (Named by David) and his first song was a Leonard Cohen Song and more than appropriate for the tone of the evening “Dance me To the End of Love”this was followed by perhaps an unintentional but no less poignant link by Gallagher and Lyle’s “When I’m dead and gone” I’m sure David would have smiled at that one! A rock and Roll legend next with a Ricky Nelson number “Lonesome Town” and to finishwith a classic number that everyone of us could learn and live with a Sandy Denny Number “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” a fitting end tothis performance. Well Done James.
Graeme up next with his Collings and trusty Ipad that always appears to be as a pandora’s box of material. First up was a Willie Nelson number “Crazy “ made famous by Willie and a favourite of mine Patsy Cline. This was followed by a little known song of Ralph McTells “Let Me down Easy” One I will have to research. Another country number from another recently passed star next as Glenn Campbell’s “By The Time I get To Phoenix” Graeme then rounded off his spot with a classic “60’s” number by The Fortunes “You’ve Got Your Troubles” that was the first time I had heard Graeme do this one and it was a great version. Excellent as always Graeme.
Barry Lane was next up, Barry was as surprised as any of us to hear the sad news of Davids Passing as they shared an interest in Scale Model train engines and I don’t mean “00” gauge as David built ride on trains and engines. Barry is our resident country aficionado and first up was “Another Lonesome Morning” by Wendy Thatcher. If James is the Human Jukebox then Barry is the Wikipedia of Country as quite a few of the numbers he performs I have never heard off and end up researching for my own satisfaction. His next spin up was “Far side of Jordan” by Terry Smith. Another song from Wiki was “Not so Far Away” I wasn’t sure whether this might be a reference to David but I’m sure he was there this evening and hopefully many evenings in spirit. Barry then rounded off his spot with another country number played in his inimitable style “Last Train From Poor Valley” I think I have already got my ticket for that train. Excellent Barry and as always an education in country music.
Our penultimate artiste next and our councillor friend who still manages to attend our sessions in amongst his busy schedule as Andy with his hand made Fender Lookalike hit us with first a self penned number “I Know That I Shouldn’t Want You” Andy has a penchant for sad songs or songs with a dark side and next up was “Birmingham Jail” a Trad tune in the style of Burl Ives. A little bit of Rock n Roll next with a Chuck Berry Number “Long Distance Information” and to finish off a number that had everyone talking about a oft forgotten but still great act I Am Kloot and their “Northern Skies” Well done Andy!
Mandy had wandered in at some point and was coaxed into singing for us and gave us “Time” I think this was a self penned number.
At some point in the night a bearded stranger wandered in with a guitar case and went to the bar on our side. One of our band made me ware and he was duly invited to perform. I recognised him as John Birkby a performer I had watched and heard over more years than I care to remember. John has a great voice and was back out performing and going round sing-arounds/open mics and had in fact popped in from one in Silsden. John gave usa trio of numbers and first up was a Mary Chapin Carpenter number “Grand Central Staion, all done in his inimitable style and followed this with a song about an Australian farmer “Ben Hall” there was a request for “Pirates” a song John does brilliantly but this had eluded him tonight so we finished our night off with “The Dusty Diamontina” another Aussie song nowadays performed by Christy Moore amongst others.
So ended a session although tinged with sadness and regret but buoyed with fond memories of our friend David. Until next time BCW