Whistle while you work Well after our holiday sojourn we actually set off for The Swan at Addingham and were actually half way here before Kath said " it's the 31st" Well those that are in the know we only attend on the first and third, and this month is a five week month DOH!
Well back on track here tonight and after the fish and chip crew had left we happy six sat in the corner at the big table. Blogger kicked off the night with a Irish standard that reached number 1 for Thin Lizzy in 1971 " Whiskey In The Jar" ably accompanied by Kath on Mandolin. This was followed by " You couldn't Have Come At a Better Time" written by Barry Moore, Christy Moores younger brother.
Next up was our resident country singer Barry Lane, first up was " It's Sad" written by Wyatt McBinn and given the Barry treatment this was followed by a song brought to these shores by a luminary as Lonnie Donegan " Nobody's Child" a very emotional song that made number 1 in Ireland. Well done Barry.
Graeme next up and tonight we had a blast from the past a 1949 " Release me" made famous by Englebert Humberdink and hereby given a great airing! Next up was a classic eighties song from Hazel O'Connor " Will You" and it was a great version and a hit with our audience. Well done Graeme.
James our jukebox was next up with a PAUL Simon number " Slip Slidin Away" a crackin song and a great version of Paul Simons best. A Carter family song to finish his first spot off "You been That friend to Me"
John our resident comic songster which is not a slight on his ability to perform but more a nod to his penchant for writing and performing great comedy songs. First up was a Richard Thompson song" Waltzings For Dreamers" was not an example of what we normally expect but was instead was a finger picked number and a great version of this song. Johns next number was one not to let me down. With an American drawl we had a great song about Kissin Cousins " Happy Family" A great comedy song and ably pulled of by John, Brilliant
A quick break and then onto the second half, this time the blogger started with a self indulgent song by Gordon Lightfoot song " in The Early Morning Rain" and was followed by a Scottish rebel song " Ye Jacobites" with Kath on harmonies.
Barry next again, but this time with a mandolin, not just any mandolin but a beautiful Gibson Mandolin. A tune to start us off with " Bluegrass Breakdown " Back on guitar now and loaned behold a U2 song from Barry. Bloody hell " And I still haven't found what I'm looking for" Well that was a definite first! Well done Barry
Back to Graeme now and during the interval we were joined by Phil to bring us up to 7
Graeme gave us " Forever Young " by his Bobship. Good stuff Graeme. To finish his spots off we had a song he had doubts about. These were unfounded as he launched into a Bobby Gentry number " Ode to Billy Joe" a great version and well worth airing despite his initial concerns this was a great version.
Back to James now and a Kirsty Macoll song " We'll never pass this way again" and a roundup song by Robin Williamson " October Song " written by a member of the Incredible String Band. Well done James, a wide spectrum of material as usual.
Our latecomer now Phil who having taken a place in the group was given the signal for three as he was given a yellow card for a late appearance. First up was another U2 Song " Cradle to The Grave" complete with a neck harness for his harmonica. More publicity for this struggling band! Well we have to do our bit for these burgeoning bands. " Soldier Boy " a self penned number. Phil must have missed the signal as the mantle was passed to John to round our night off and he started with a great blues classic " Baby please Don't Go" a fantastic version of a great song Gerry Cooper eat your heart out, and to round up our spots John gave us a story on the falling of the Bridge of Tay " The Tay Bridge disaster"
A great night and a varied night! Until next time BCW