2018 The Year Of The Dog
Well it was only February before we managed to get to our first session of 2018, with a virus and snow cancelling out our previous visits. It felt good pulling into the car park. Mike was there but as a First at Addingham was unable to perform due to a bad throat. Blogger, Kath, Andy, John, Graeme and a wonderful visit from two of our old friends who left for foreign parts (Down South) Richard and Lesley Quayle. A very pleasant surprise to see them and we have an invitation to go see them sometime and bring our Addingham religion to these southern souls. It was a busy meal night at The Swan so we let the clatter and Chatter die down before we started.
Blogger up first to set the bar, low as usual and a well loved song of mine “Mr Bojangles” I only ever play guitar to accompany myself on songs that I have always wanted to play and sing, and this was always going to be on that list. This was followed by “She was the Prize” a song form the band of the Titanic..........not the ship the film. In the second spot it was a Jon Allen number to kick us off “Joanna” and to round off another one form Celtic Storm (see titanic above) “Johnny Jump up” a song of warning for all you cider drinkers.
Next around the table was Andy Brown, now Andy is renowned for his self confessed “not Happy” songs and his first tonight was a question I would love to know the answer to as I wait a week and a half to type this blog up. Sandy Denny's “Who knows Where the Time Goes” A change from the norm as a Chuck Berry number “ Long Distance Information or “Memphis”Lively in this case from Andy, back on familiar territory for the Blogger as this time it was a self penned number “Pennies on your Face” and to finish off was another reference to Memphis, a touch of the Blues tonight Andy? A Mark Cohn song made famous by Cher and tonight performed by Andy. Great stuff Andy.
The Moving finger points to............John our comedic song genius whose parodies and self penned songs leave us squirming in merriement and wonder, as in we wonder who he is going to slate tonight. Well we didnt have to wait long for it was the Scots and not just the Scots but Glaswegian Scots, I'm glad that we are as far away as we are LOL. Big Arty frae Glasgae was the first song and with a great accent John relayed the story of how at Asda Big Arty Chokes two fer a Pound” I dont kn ow where he gets them from honest! Now it was the turn of the prudes as “Three Cheers for the Puritans” another rib tickler. His Third song was a personal favourite of mine that I am slowly learning on Ukelele and heard for the second time in two days having seen Joe Brown perform it at Ilkley the previous night “I'll see you in my dreams” a beautiful song and as well performed tonight!
Graeme was on the outskirts of the group tonight but was really centre stage for his performances tonight (Dont worry Michael you were featured tonight) an Alan Taylor song pinched from King Puck Ian Pucknell one of our itinerant members. “Lady take your time” and from that to a U2 song nicely finger picked as only Graeme can do “I Still haven't Found what I'm looking for” now at this point it is only fair to mention that Graeme is an affectionado of a certain Michael Chapman(who has been known to read this blog, so after a bit of an absence it is with great pride that I welcome the return of a couple of MC (as he is affectionately known in our group) numbers. First up was “only pretend” and after a bit of banter regarding the great man himself Graeme rounded his spot off with “Say it aint So” Well played as always Graeme, I will get to finger picking a song one night!
Our Dorset duo were our penultimate participants and as they were visiting family this was a rare occasion that it clashed with our night at The Swan. Richard and Lesley were regular members of our fore runner here at the Swan “Addingham Acoustic” set up by our good friend Tim Morning. It was a pleasure to welcome them back and to hear them again.first up was a song sung by Lesley and ably accompanied by Richard who is well renowned for his finger picking, a Steeleye Span song “Poachers” and as proof of this Richard then continued with a lovely tune picked out on the guitar “Borsalino” I hope I spelt that correctly. Lesley singing again and accompanied once more by Richard. A Doc Watson number now “Aint got no Sugar Baby” this really suited Lesleys Voice and where do we go to finish for the Dorset Duo? No less than a Rev Gary Davies Number “Marine Band” It really was lovely to see you both tonight and I hope it is not as long until we see you again . Just a small note next time have a quick look at our website www.swanacousticsession.com and our dates for the year are there and then plan your visit oop north lol.
Last and certainly not least was the Fragrant Kath, who was quietly ensconced in the corner and waited patiently to al had performed before giving us “Spancil Hill accompanied on guitar by her long suffering spouse (said with tongue firmly in cheek) and rounded our night off with a Randy Newman song also performed by Bonnie Raitt “Feels Like Home” excellent voice and songs.
That was the night that was and hopefully we will see some other performers for our next night on 20th of Feb