Well tonight was our prelude to the panto season as Grumpy, Sneezy, Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Happy and Sleepy took their places in the large room at The Swan in Addingham. I will let you name them as they appear below! The fire was on and although welcoming at first the heat made sure no one sat at it for longth. However we settled in and around the big table and tuned and fettled out instruments out.
Blogger was up first and was on a solo mission tonight as Kath was at home nursing a very bad chest infection and was truly gutted when informed she had missed Gloria who popped in tonight. Jon Allen’s “Joanna” was the first song of the night followed by a rasping (due to same cold passed on with love to Kath) version of “Black is the Colour” In the second half Blogger sang the story song of “Michael Conway” an American Irish worker in Bute Montana working in the Copper mines and ends up being killed by the crooked Sheriff, some times don’t change as we fast forward a hundred and forty years! To finish off his spot the Blogger sang a song from an up and coming song writer being currently feted by no less than Christy Moore Mick Blake’s “Oblivious” although written about the political state in Ireland could be transposed to our current Brexit State here in the U.K
On with the remainder as the talking stick was passed to the left and Barry our resident country singer, Barry is a unfathomable hoard of country music at his fingertips and can dredge songs from the Almanac of Country music and will regale the audience with a potted history but even Barry can get it wrong as his hastily typed e-mail to me after we got home to correct a previous statement. Barry gave us “Last Thing I needed First Thing This Morning” Written By Gary P Nunn and Donna Farar and made into a hit by Willie Nelson. This was followed by a George Jones Song Written by R V Braddock and Curly Putman. Barrys second half contained “Ride Me Down Easy” bybilly Joe Shaver and more often than not attributed to Waylon Jennings incorrectly. And to finish off we had my anthem “I’m going to live forever” another Billy joe Shaver number. Thanks Barry and I love the historical facts that come with the material you perform.
Next up was our returning minstrel Ian Pucknall aka “King Puck” who by the wat is a hairy goat that is lofted onto a stand in Ireland as part of a festival! I wonder if Addingham Parish Council would be interested in something similar in the Green as Ian is now retired and at a loose end? Anyway it was a Merle Haggard Song that brought Ian back into the fold as “Kern River” rattled around the walls of The Swan. This River is sometimes called The Killer Kern due to the amount of lives it has claimed. A John Prine number up next as “Hello in There” a story of what happens when we reach that certain age where loneliness beckons and was a call to at least ask the old person if they are ok and reach out to them. Another John Prine number in the second half with “Killin The blues” and to round off the second spot Ian resurrected an Allan Taylor Song “Los Campaneros” Well done Ian and welcome back.
James our resident jukebox up next, I last saw James as we sat through the final farewell service to our friend and M.C David Brimacombe and tonight yet again a lot of the talk was to do with David and his sad passing, I think he will be forever remembered by our merry band for his humour and wit and his Bon Homie. R.I.P David. James first number washis take on an old Irish classic “Whiskey In The Jar” which sounds refreshing when sung in this style. “If I were a carpenter “ was next up a Tim Hardin song and given the treatment by James. An Elvis Costello number in the form of “Watching The Detectives” and a great version it was. To round off this weeks show from James was a new one to me and one I had never heard him perform “Paris” from 2005 album by Clive palmer. Great stuff James and I am envious as to how you remember all the lyrics as my head is too rammed with tunes to fit songs in as well!
Our “fingerpicker in residence” was next up as Graeme unpacked his guitar and carried on from the last time with another Ralph McTell number( I think Graeme is currently revisiting this particular artiste) we had his version of “Nettle Wine” and then a return to more familiar territory in the form of a Michael Chapman number “You Say” Graeme is a great exponent of M.C songs and tunes and always does them Justice(He reads our blog) From one era to another next with a Nick Lowe number “I’m a Sensitive Man” before rounding off with another M.C tune “Full Bottle Empty Heart” I’m glad that we had a few M.C numbers as we haven’t had some for a while. Well done Graeme.
A welcome return to Gloria our penultimate artiste to night resplendent as always. Kath was really annoyed she missed her and sent me a Raging face emoji via text after I informed her Gloria had turned up. Gloria’s first offering caused a bit of a stir and created a debate asd to who we thought had written “Simon Smith’s Amazing Dancing Bear” which was written by Randy Newman and performed by Alan Price and performed for us tonight with much Aplomb by Gloria! From the sublime to the ridiculous as we jump to another classic given the Gloria treatment the Beach Boys “Without You” (God Only Knows) Gloria is adept at alternative tunings and another debate surrounded her particular tuning used tonight. A couple of Shakespeares Sonnets put to music by Gloria and as she mentioned, it was a little bit of culture for the masses and well performed it was! I then had a request for a song which was very quickly dismissed by Gloria as she was focussed on a particular song to finish off her spot with and I wasn’t disappointed at all as She finished off with a belting version of “Lazy Sunday Afternoon” complete with audience participation. Well done Gloria and you better pop in soon and see Kath!
To finsh off our night in style we had our resident stalker “Mand” who this week rather than ensconce herself to the rear and listen politely to the mutterings of our party had brought along her guitar and gave us her version of “Lights on Broadway” Please keep bringing your guitar Mandy!
That wrapped up our session for the night and was a nice early finish and I was in bed just before midnight, which is good as I turn into a raving loon after this time (when I’m awake)
I hope you completed naming our famous Seven tonight!