Great little night

Well the car park was very busy as we turned into it in Kaths soft-top having enjoyed the ride over, it was time to extract the guitar from the boot and mosey into The Swan for one of our bi-monthly sessions.

The diners were in full throng and there was nowhere for us to settle so spotting birthday boy Ian Pucknell we went for the first time ever into the snug. Not having been in there previously for any length of time it was made quite apparent very quickly that standing in front of the ladies toilet door was not a good move as one after another flocked to the toilet and I felt like i was engaged in a ceili dance moving backwards and forwards. Anyway the normal snug persons then came to claim there perches and gave up the large table in the lounge, and we filed out and took our places.

There was Barry, John, Graeme, Ian Stuart and Blogger a relatively quiet night but beset with talent and humour.


First up was the Blogger setting the bar low as normal. Tonight it was a mixture of Irish Classics and a quirky number. "Black is the Colour" a song nicked on admission by Christy Moore from his time touring Scotland, Followed by a number one from Ireland 1981 in fact for a band called The Wolfetones and "The Streets of New York tells the tale of another Immigrants story. Achance to do a modern number was not to be spurned so a hit from the seventies was rattled out as Slade's "Cum on Feel The Noise" was given the acoustic treatment. This was followed by a Neil Young song "Four Strong Winds" and finally one of the few songs I know about street girls "Raglan Road" A very much mixed bag and done in bloggers inimitable style.


Our resident country archivist was next Barry and if James is the jukebox the Barry is The Old Oprey almanac of country music. Resplendent with his trusty Gibson Barry gave us a plethora of Country songs and stories with any historical background that was needed. First up was "I'll Give You Music by  Dennis/ Atkins. I originally thought that was the authors name but I think it was Chet Atkins and some fella called Dennis? Anyway great song. This was followed by "Dont this road Look Rough and Rocky"? Barry had obviously come over the same road as Kath and myself from Bradford! We then had a short song from Barry about "Burglar Man" which started a debate re how old this particular song was, it was definitely written by Frank Hutchison in 1928 as I am reliably informed. A song last performed quite some time ago was next as Barry keeps a log of songs he has performed in order to avoid duplication in a relatively short time. "Golden Guitar" was given another airing and tells the story of a wall mounted guitar owned by a young musician who tragically died by Bill Anderson. Barry's final offering was "Losing The Human Race" I have it as by Randy Travis but will await correction. Well Done Barry and we are glad you are over your recent illness that prevented you from attending the last session.


Next up was John a prolific writer of humerous songs and I stand amazed as to his ability to get so many words in a line and still make it rhyme. First up was a song I have heard previously by Rich Hall "Women Call it Stalking" with that classic line she called it a hearing and I called it a Date! Great stuff. Another self penned song was next "Talking Superman Blues' which read like a Marvel anthology of Superheroes! Amazing list. Back to a Classic now with a Richard Thompson number "Taking my business Elsewhere" Now the last twlo form John I may have got confused as "Home Made Wine and "John Barley Corn. I hope I havent sold him short on these as both were very well done and John Barley corn story has morphed a thousand imposters!


Graeme was next around the table and had brought his new to him Collings and I have forgotten how many he said he had, but this model I beleive was a 1981 dreadnought model. It certainly had a lovely sound that was certain and with Gremes finger picking style I'm sure it will get a lot of airings. A great  song from Graeme i.e from the seventies as Joe Jacksons "Is she really going out with him was performed on said guitar, sounded sweet to me. a little bit later for the next one 1976/77 for a Justin Hayward number "Forever Autumn" form that fantastic album "War of The Worlds" and given grace here by Graeme. Same era for our next song which leads me to beleive that Graeme may have been listening to Johnny Walker last Weekend. "Heart on my Sleeve from Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle a fantastic duo and Benny is one of my face book friends who still posts humorous stories on FB. Well done Graeme I have already downloaded the chords for that one as it is a personal fave of mine. A Creedance song was next "Down on The Corner" from the pen of the mighty John Fogerty a CLASSIC! Rounding off his spot with an Adele Song was genius "Someone Like You" a great set Graeme


Birthday boy Ian Pucknell next who was promted into attending by a facebook message. We heard stories of house and boat tribulations prior to the session and the ubiquitous "I havent touched a guitar in ages" prior to him commencing. Tonight after a verse of "Happy Birthday" we had a Willie Nelson Song "You were always on my Mind" not heard Ian perform that one before, but the next one he has made his own! Ufortunately I dont know who wrote it "Lady Take your Time" { Ah! Allan Taylor} a Tom Waits song was next (He obviously had been practising) "Closing Time" and then another Allan Taylor Song "Roll on the Day with Pam on harmonies. Rounding off with a Steve Earle song "Goodbye" Great stuff Ian and welcome back from your trips on the high seas on Leeds Liverpool canal.



Stuart:  was up last with the pub guitar hastily tuned and throughly thrashed with a Led Zeppelin classic "Rock n Roll" he managed to bugger his fingers up so it was just the one from Stuart. Mand had come into watch and listen and declined an opportunity to perform. So that was it for our second visit in June. Roll on July


Posted on June 22, 2018 .