Well a few new faces tonight at the Swan tonight with Bob and Stuart who tonight breaking with tradition started us off tonight with aSeth Lakemansong "The White Hare". We then had " times like these "by TheFoo Fighters, Bob and Stuart had popped in a few weeks in for a beer and were intrigued to find us sitting in the corner. we then explained what we were about and our format and they promised to pop back, /and tonight was that night. They had a very nice way with the songs in spite of the varying styles and genres. well done boys and what are we having to finish your initial set with? What! aJohn Mayernumber " Gravity" Setting the bar a bit high here!
Barry was next up, for the uninitiated, Barry is our resident country picker and tonight we had for our first offering from the country scene, a farming country song " Devil On the Plough" Barry had married the original song with some self penned verses. A Rodney Crowle song next up " Song for Life" by Merle haggard. Well done Barry
Kath was next in our circle of muses and we had a classic for us long suffering spouses "You Suffer so Well " by Eleanor McEvoy Well done, and spontaneous applause from through the pub. Brian up next with a couple of numbers, a Luka Bloom number " You Couldn't have come at a better time" and a old standard Irish Song " Raglan Road"
Our late entry next up Rob although late in he more than made up for this with his first offering a John Martyn number "Over the Hill" he did say just prior to starting that he wouldn't do it as good as John but guess what he did it better and those who remember JM at the Leeds Concert will remember that song. We then carried on up to our beer and toilet break with a self/penned number "Blindfolded" Excellent stuff Rob and we will definitely have a go on that song "Clementine"
Back for the second half with Stuart an Bob who shocked us by informing us all the had only been playing together for a few weeks! Well that wasn't the impression we all had. There second spot began with them having to cut short their set but because Rob was late in we begged them to give us a repeat of an earlier number so Rob could appreciate what we had heard.
Back to Barry for our shot of country material, "On Your Way Home" by Matraca Berg, whom Barry informs me is married to one of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A first Airing for another song " Not so FarAway" Garth Fundus
Kath up next with a classic Irish number "Spancil Hill" and then at a request from Barry as he missed it last week we had a Randy NewMan song "Feels Like Home" A cracking song. Well done and sorry for the guitar playing!
Brian next up with a Rebels song " Rising of The Moon" and followed this by "She Was The Prize"
James up next with " Cry to Me" by the Stones, this was followed up with a classic number or as James said a song that thinks it's Irish and written by a man who thinks he's Scottish "Dirty Old Town" excellent and sorry for the dodgy accompaniment.
Rob to round off off our session for tonight "Darling NolaClementine" written for his two year old daughter. A cracking song bristling with emotion as only a dad can know.
"I Am The Captain" was our last song and that rounded off a quiet but selective night. See you next time BCW
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