Swan Blog 20/2/18
After a hit & miss start to the New Year due to adverse weather the Sessions were back up any running with a full squad. (sort of)
The finger of fate was pointed in my direction to be the blogger, this despite my last effort been out of sync. ( a bit late due to the extensive research on the playlist.?)
Our Skipper kicked off on flute then Banjo with fine support from Kath on the Mando with a couple of fine Irish tunes , Dunmore Lassies which I believe was done by the Cheiftansand Farewell to Erin,
This can be found on an interestingly titled Old Hag You Have Killed Me by the Bothy Band in 1970.
Next up was the excellent Gloria whose song by the popular “TradArr” called The Overgate (I could not guess that title) it was a boy meets girl story in an area of Dundee called The Overgate/ This was following by a lively and amusing composition by Jake Thackeray called The (Frigging) Brigadeer which had one line about kissing bums.?
Next was the Human Jukebox Mr Porter (James) with an excellent Paulo Nutini song Last Request off his album These Streets which I am sure have got a copy in my collectionsomewhere. This was followed by with Midnight Special which I believe James may have based on a Billy Bragg version (Shine A Light Album of American Railrowad Songs)
Mike Craig made a welcome return to the fold with a couple good of songs. Unfortunately blogger blipped slightly and could only read the words Moonshiner and “TradArr” Ifanyone could shine a light on the missing bit that would be good.
Graemeon next with a superb version of Paul Simon’s Slip Sliding away and his version of Myself at Last by Graham Nash from the album This Path Tonight. As ever,excellently done Graeme.
We then had a surprise star guest appearance of Uton who is king of the blues. Great Versions of Little Red Rooster (Howlin’ Wolf/ or Stones) and You Gotta Move which is a traditional African/American spiritual song. It can be found on the classic Stones Album Sticky Fingers. I own a copy of this LP which has an actual zip on the sleeve.
Next up was the self proclaimed master of Doom. Andy B. who rattled of Van the Man Classic And it Stoned me from the album Moondance. Andy then proved he has soul by rattling off at Otis Redding number Try a Little Tenderness, which I believed was sung by Bing Crosby as far back as 1933.
El Blogger Next (Phil)
A Rockabilly song by Vince Taylor which was covered by The Clash on their classic London Calling album.I havn’t done this for a long while. Assisted by my “ R. Monica.”
And then my song “Gravy Train” which was written on the back of the M.P.’s expenses scandal a few years ago. Artistic licence has been used on the lyrics.
Quick half time break and off we go.
Kath rattled of a fine tune called Maple Leaf. Which is likely to have Canadian origins followed by Skipper Brian who did a fine tune called Man of Aran which is on a Soundtrack by British Sea Power.
Gloria on form again with a song about Napoleon called “The Green Linnett”. Always interesting tunes by Gloria who likes to delve into the “TradArr” catalogue.
James next with a nice song Rosemary Lane Trad. Couldn’t find any info on this except a TV Series which I doubt has any connection whatsoever. Please put me straight James.
Great tune from Mike called Got Me A Woman which is by Ben Caplan and the Casual Smiles which is a new one to me.
Graham does a five version of Tracy Chapman’s Baby Can I Hold You Tonight.
Andy next who does a good song by the talented Newton Faulkner called Dream Catch Me from the Album Hand Built by Robots.
El Blogger (Phil)
Mr Zimmerman’s Knocking on Heaven’s door complete with another run out from “R.Monica”
A Good Night had by all finished off with a wee jam.