Brian was first up as is the norm, and an old chestnut from the Nitty Gritty Band " Waiting on a Dark Eyed Gal" this was also covered by Nanci Grifiths. This was followed by a self penned number for my wife Kath. A song that after my behaviour earlier in the day was required to remind me that anger is flash and fast but love and loving is slow and grows and erases the anger, and to stop being a Jerk.
Barry was next in the round, "I Give you Music" by Dennis Atkins, now Barry is our Country affecianado and an old song from my growing up was next and a great country version of "Nobody's Child" by Ci Coben. It is always an education in country music when Barry plays country. Barry is rapidly becoming our country jukebox to rival James with his encyclopaedic knowledge. Well done and nice to see you back.
Graeme was in the inner circle tonight and this meant being further up the pecking order dictated by our seating arrangement. Graeme is also our resident finger picker and we waited with bated breath for our entertainment and tonight it was a female edge with a Joni Mitchell and "Both sides now" and a really tasty version it was, beautiful finger picking. A Mary Gauthier number "That's how you learn to live alone" This was a first for Graeme and our assembled throng. Great stuff as always.
Ian Pucknell was our next victim' sorry artiste and having not been since our last session of 2017, brought us up to date with his recently acquired narrow boat. His first number was a revolutionary song from Ian as they fought with Fidel and Che, Che Guevera was I suppose most of my generations folk hero and I dread to think how many T shirts emblazoned with that charismatic face we went through. I have one still. As "Los Campeneros " melded into a exercise of finger picking. Well done Ian.
The turn of our human jukebox James, "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" by Yorkshires own Robert Palmer,And his bob ship. James did a great version of this number. A 60's number to finish and " You Better Move On" by the Stones, and Arthur Alexander.
Second to Last but certainly not least was last sessions blogger Phil, with " Boozin" and I had to photograph him with his pint. This was a song warning of the evil of drink in excess and was a self penned number for a friend of Phils whose drinking habits nearly cost him everything.( poetic licence used in abundance) R Monica was loaded up for his second number and we had "Ain't got noReason" by the clash.
Kath rounded off our first half with accompanied by the Blogger, and we had a faultless version of Patsy Clines "Crazy"
Brian then rattled off a vocal song " Here's a health to the Company" and followed this with another raucous ballad and as was pointed out our first Trad Arr of the evening " Ye Jacobites by Name" A song referencing 1745 rebellion, I feel drawn to songs with a rebel edge. I don't know where that comes from.
Back to Barry, with a Hugh Moffat song "Slow Moving Freight Train " another Hugh Moffat number "Loving You" to round his country spot off. Again well done Barry. Country music and history of same in one night.
The finger of fate points to Graeme who was decidedly off piste tonight and we were more than curious as to what was to come, oh dear no more girly stuff so it was back to his newly found Allan Taylor, "For What it's Worth" a song asking the question what we would do if we could go back to our young self and would we make the same mistakes again. Our final offering was a classic Oasis number " Don't Look Back in Anger" perfect!
Round we go to Ian who with badly bashed thumb and breathing problems still had to perform". Leaving At Dawn" another Alan Taylor number. To round of his spot Ian gave us " Save the Last Dance Me" By The Drifters. Great stuff Ian.
Last spot for James,a Ewan Macoll number " My Old Man " and followed by Ewan's daughter Kirsty " Other Peoples Hearts" Great stuff James and apologies for the interim chit chat on the Mc Call dynasty. Great stuff as always
Phil was our penultimate artiste this evening " Jack Of All Trades" which his notes informed me were the Album Version by The Boss! To finish Phil gave us his self penned anti drug song" who do you think you are" great stuff
Back to Kath to round of another pleasant evening with an Edwina Hayes number " Feels Like Home" Both went down great.
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