Well I arrived exceptionally early (for me!) to try to disprove the myth that arriving early means you get roped in to blogging duties only to find that it is fact not myth!
At 8.30pm it was just Andy Brown and myself joined around 5mins later by The Juke and that appeared to be the extent of willing participants this evening.
After a short chat putting the world to rights Andy kicked things off with Me And Bobby McGee after which it was decided to do one song each in rotation. This meant thatJames was following on straight away with Gallagher & Lyle’s Heart on My Sleeve. Blogger played his version of Taj Mahal’s Statesborough Blues.
Round Deux started with Andy in Elton John mode with Daniel
Due to the small numbers and a nearly empty pub it was unilaterally agreed not to applaud each performance ( even though everything was exceptionally good!).
James again, still in G&L mode with Jesus Saved Me.
Blogger followed in Moody Blues vein with Forever Autumn.
We fairly hastily arrived at round three which comprised Andy with George Ezra’s Budapest, James with Way Over Yonder (but played very close by) by Carole King and yours truly with Wonderwall by Oasis.
Andy now with Lying In Your Loving Arms Again by Etta James. James (not the Etta type of James this time), rather taken aback by how quickly his turn had come around again, with a Gerry Rafferty song made famous by Finbar and Eddie Furey (and now by James P) Her Father Never Liked Me Anyway. Blogger next with John Hyatt’s Icy Blue Heart ❄️ 💓
Don’t Give Up The Day Job was written and performed by Andy. James in BeeGees mode with To Love Somebody (with three part harmony!). This round completed with blogger and Jim Croce’s Lover’s Cross.
Last round before “comfort break”. Andy with They Don’t Own Me by Richard Ashcroft (he of The Verve fame). Damian Rice’s Delicate was performed by James. Back in the Moody Blues theme blogger finished Part 1 with Nights In White Satin.
Suitably refreshed and relieved the opening shot of the second half was Andy and Damian Rice’s Cannonball (pun intended!). Man of The World is a phrase often associated with James P, on this occasion we are referring to the Fleetwood Mac song. This prompted firstly blogger into Oh Well Part One and then Andy into Need Your Love So Bad.
James back to Gallagher and Lyle with Willie. Pretty Woman by The Big O by blogger.
I have not heard Andy play a Drifters song before but as we all know there is a first time for everything hence Under The Boardwalk. Dirty Old Town (obviously not Addingham!) was played by James and written by Ewan McColl. Blogger next with Jolene by Ray La Montagne.
Final round with the theme being “all join in songs”. Andy with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. James with Bring It On Home To Me and blogger finished things off with Buddy Holly’s Everyday. Well as it turns out not quite finish things off as we still had a rousing version of Oh Boy to come!
It is now well past eleven and we have had a great time. Andy and James were both on top form tonight. Nobody volunteered to take my photo so you can’t see my new guitar (that nobody here noticed!)
See you at the next SAS on 19th June.