Well it was an unusual night at The Swan in Addingham tonight. We had new faces, old faces and songs with a theme. |We were a week away from the 100th anniversary of the end of a war that was to end all wars.
Blogger was first up with a couple of numbers in tribute to the fallen from the first world war. First up was a Reg Meuross song “And Jesus Wept” a song telling the story of the enlisted men who were shot for cowardice by their friends and comrades. I believe they totaled 309 in all and received their pardon in 2006, ninety years after they were excecuted. This was followed by “Sing for the Boys” the song for Jimmy Speirs a Bradford City cup hero and Rangers player who volunteered and joined up and was left where he lay in France. Written by Alan Brydon it sums up how everyman felt it was his duty to enlist. Carrying on this theme into the second half we had the classic first world war song “Willie Mc’Bride” by the Fureys. Blogger rounded offhis spot with “Gallipoli” about a young Dublin lad waved off by his family to die in the murderous sands of Gallipolli, their belief was he fought for the wrong country and for the wrong cause. Whatever your sentiment he died and was buried for what he believed, and remains imortal in this song.
Next up was Mike Craig, a pleasant surprise this evening and |Mike never disapoints even if he had the blogger correcting himself with the wrong title. “Morning Blues” was his first offering, this was followed by “Moonshiner and not as the blogger thought The Mountain….. Better luck next time. Mikes second half spot began with a song”Hadnt been for Love” by the Steel Drivers this is said with more confidence than his final number “Broken” by John Craigy at least that what my notes still me. I will await the correction (Sorry) Well Played Mike and thanks for continuing to support S.A.S
Another surprise was the return of Phil which I had predicted not five minutes before he turned up. With his harmonica, twelve string, and percussive hand strap and self penned songs you never know what you are going to get. First up was “Red at Night” which my sources say was The Gaslight Anthem. This was followed by “Oklahoma Home”Oklahoma Home was pulled mainly from Springsteen's Seeger sessions album.
Originally a Woody Guthrie song. Strapping on his percussive wrist band regaled us with one of my favourite artists songs and probably the first song I heard Phil sing, “Hot Love” by T Rex. . If this wasnt great then to finish a song from a great American Irish band “Faraway Boys by Flogging Molly who hail from Los Angeles. Well done Phil and another correction to wait for.
Our resident jukebox next in the form of James who never ceases to amaze me with his anthology of popular music. A Dire Straits number was first up “So Far Away” and then totally confused me by following it up with another song by the same name but this time it was the Carole King Number “So Far away” James next song initiated a debate as to who wrote it “I Need your love so bad” which I was surpised amongst others to find out was a Peter Green song, he of Fleetwood Mac Fame. A final number from James which had me on more familiar ground, an Incredible String Band. “Empty Pocket Blues” Great stuff as always James.
The return of the happy wanderer in the form of John Waller. John performs a mixture of his own stuff and an eclectic taste from all over. A self penned number to start “Grandad 2050” Resonates with me and our 5 Grandchildren. Another self penned number “Red Man, White Man” In the second half John expanded on his self written portfolio with “Tapestry” not the Carole King song but a song on the richness of life. John then rounded off his spot with “Cartway” It has been a long time Mr Waller so please dont leave it so long next time.
We moved on round the circle until Graeme unpacked his guitar and complete with Ipad, dialled up his first song, “IF” made famous by quite a few artistes but written by David Gates from Bread and here given the treatment by Graeme. Onto a great classic by Joe Jackson “Is she Really going Out with Him” A bit of class in the second half with an Eric Clapton number “Lonely Stranger” another debate ensued as to who was the artist. A name we havent heard for a while and to be truthful it was Graeme that introduced us to the mighty Michael Chapman “It’s that time of night” a great number to round a spot off with. Well done Graeme.
A new face and an old friend next as Rachael Crolla and guitar joined us for this nights session. I had the privelige to both know and play with Rachael’s Father Dave, and spent many a year being entrtained by his witless banter and great musicianship. Now she is carrying the baton and tonight was an opportunity to hear her perform. First up was a couple of self penned numbers “Mossdale” the harrowing tale of a caving disaster near Hawes in 1967. “The Borderless woman” a feminist tale straight form the Reivers. A travellers song next with Christy Moore’s version of “Go, Move , Shift!” A sad tale of the sensless harrassment meted out by ill guided miscreants on the travelling people both here and more violently back in Ireland.
Rachael finished her spot off with a Bob Dylan song “Hard Rains Gonna Fall” Well done Rachael, it was lovely to see you and even more to here you perform on your da’s guitar. I’m sure you made him proud.
Our resident councillor next up in the shape of Andy Brown, we do have al augh with Andy in regard to his self depreciation with his in his own words “miserable” songs. Tonight we had a self penned song but first up “Ask me no Questions” by Bridget St John and a second song self penned “Moving on” not quite a love song but had a certain sentiment. Andy then gave a Paolo Nuttini number his treatment “Candy” both performed in his inimitable style. What would he finish his spot off with……………………………………..”The Night They Drove old Dixie Down” Well done Andy.
Just as we were preparing to wind up Stuart our resident itenerant folk singer had tuned up the pub guitar from the pub wall and finished our night off with two numbers. despondent with the politics in the songs tonight and making us aware the Elvis was not political, a fact debated by our assembled throng, Stuart gave us two belting numbers”Thats All Right Mama” and to finish “Wild Thing”
That finished our night off and a very pleasant night it was. Until next time BCW