Don’t Drink and Drive

Brian

Brian

Andy

Andy

Kath

Kath

Barry

Barry

Phil

Phil

Graeme

Graeme

John

John

James  

James  

Ian

Ian

Well it was a cold night and wrapped in winter coats we set off for our December session at The Swan in Addingham. Ten  of us had ventured forth tonight and as we ensconced and parked in the snug room. There was a mixture of new and old faces and by that I mean people we hadn't seen for a while.
Blogger up first ably accompanied by Kath on Mandolin " You couldn't have come at a better time" a song by Luka Bloom the somewhat vastly under rated brother of Christy Moore. Next up was Kath ably assisted by the Blogger, " The Wishing Chair " a song written by Peter Lane from Halifax.

One of our old faces next up as Ian Pucknell picked up his guitar and entertained us with an Allan Taylor and as they say " that lad was big in these ere parts" Ian's next offering was an Ewan Carruthers song " Rubenstein Remembers " a new one to me but handled adeptly by Ian. Well done.

Our resident jukebox next as James Porter gave us a reggae classic from Bob Marley " No Woman No Cry" we then dropped onto the Sixties and a Woodstock classic by Matthew Southern Comfort " Woodstock"

The baton was then passed to John Caven  who gave us a love story from the blues giant Robert Johnson a story of how love can go bad very quickly. John then entertained us with " Kind Hearted Woman"   Next was " For The Blue Planet" a self penned number very topical song about sea pollution. A humourous song but with a very important message.

Next up was Graeme Morrell, our resident finger picker, who is usually the last to arrive in case we spam him for the blog. First off the rank for Graeme was a Mike and the mechanics number " Another Cup of Coffee" his next song was not a song but a tune, an instrumental. An Italian favourite " O Sole Mio" or if you are an Elvis fan " It's now or never"

The mantle snaked around to Phil our twelve string and jaw harp affecianado
And with a rhythm box on his strumming hand Phil gave us "Woodland Rock by T Rex, not one I was familiar  with but very raunchy and rocky and I could see Marc Bolan doing it. A topical song now a Christmas song. A very funny song and well performed and as "Santas Coming" brilliant.

Having been elected as a Green Party councillor Andy Wood was looking to pick a green song and "?For the Blue Planet"  was a very obvious choice. A self penned  number and as he explained it was originally a political song of long hot summer and winters of discontent, but instead became a song of an ex girlfriend " Long Hot Summer" Next up was a song about Elvis, " Walking in Memphis"

Our resident country player to round off the first half. It has just struck me that with ten off us each has a different strength and forte and speciality and makes you aware of the diversity that is music. However back to our country genre, Barry started with a cautionary tale about the folly of drinking and driving "Cold hard Facts Of Life" by Bill Anderson. Next up was another cautionary tale of demons, " Demons" another Bill Anderson a  very poignant tale of the demons people face on a daily basis. There ended the first half.

The second half begun with Blogger again  and this time it was my turn for a country song a Neil Young number ably accompanied by Kath on mandolin, " Four Strong Winds "this was  followed by an Irish  song made famous by Christy Moore and I believe pinched from Dick Gaughan " Black is The Colour"

Ian started with  my favourite song that he currently performs and I can never hear it  enough " Let him Roll" by Guy Clarke or the alternative Dallas Whore. Great song and well done Ian. To finish his second spot off, Ian gave a great rendition with vocal accompaniment from our assembled throng " Roll on the Day" by Allan Taylor

Back to our resident jukebox James Porter, this time we had, an Elvis number " I Forgot to Remember to Forget" this was rounded by a Paolo Nuttini song " The Last Request"  excellent stuff and I never cease to be amazed how many songs James can recant. Brilliant stuff.

Onwards to John Caven, and this time it was a Carole King number also made famous by her partner in crime James Taylor " You Got a Friend " to round off his spot John gave us  a couple of tunes " The End of a Holiday "  written by Simon Nicoll from Fairport Convention this was followed by " Down to the Sea" a tune from Johns own fingers well done John.

Snaking around to Graeme again and a Christmas song again about drinking and driving, it always seems so poignant that a festive time of year can be spoiled in a split second for all concerned " Accident on Third Street" an Al Stewart number not previously heard by the blogger but a great story and song and another cautionary tale. To finish it was a Jim Croce number " Lovers Cross"  Well done Graeme.

Picking up the baton next was Phil and to complete his second spot we had another song about drinking, a bit of a theme developing here. "Boozing" very well themed messages tonight!  Finishing off with Clash number " Should I Stay or should I Go" Phil loves The Clash. Well Done Phil.

Andy to finish  his spot off and we had a Richard Ashcroft and the verve song and as Andy said a miserable song and a happy song . We started with " The Drugs Don't Work" and this was followed by the miserable song( only joking). Andy finished off with a Johnny Allan song also done by Chuck Berry " Promised Land "Well done Andy.


Back to  Barry to round our session off. What would he finish the night off with? Well we carried on the theme of a cautionary tale about the perils of Drink driving. A common theme tonight  "Golden Guitar" by Bill Anderson. To finish off we had another country song " He Stopped Loving her Today “ Well done Barry.
Well next session is our Christmas one, see you all there BCW 
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Posted on December 4, 2018 .