A Dobro in a Snug!
Well another first for S.A.S tonight in the snug we had a dobro, Barry brought another of his collection along this evening to get an airing.
As the usual suspects trickled into the bar and ensconced themselves in the snug for a private but altogether satisfying session. We moved tables made space to ensure we didnt bash any of our precious intsruments and Ian Pucknell who had sauntered in for a quiet pint oined us for the session.
First up was the Blogger who was mindful that it was the first anniversary of the passing of our MC David Brimacombe, who will always be remembered with fondness by our Muso's This weekend Davids Grandaughters opened the railway line at Northcliffe Park in Shipley, this was a model railway line David designed but sadly never got to see completed. I'm sure we would all like his wife Ann to be aware of the high regard David was held in by S.A.S.
“When Apples still grow in November” and “Dark Eyed Gal' were the first of the songs tonight this was followed by a song written in Ireland about the politics of the day and how we blindly follow our political masters and their cronies into oblivion “Oblivious” by Mick Blake a grerat song writer and bard. Next offering was from a bit closer, Halifax to be exact as Pete Lanes “Oh Mary” a follow up to “The Mountains of Mourne” with “O Mary O Mary Forgive me I lied when I told You this London was a wonderful sight” a great song. The Blogger then rounded off his efforts with a Canadian/Scot Song from Bobby Watt “The Call” written by Bobby to remind us of that terrible moment in any immigrants life when the get the call from home to inform us of the passing of our parents.
John was next in line tonight as we moved round the room, he has a penchant for humourous self penned songs and country music. And his first effort by Box, Cox and Carr was “The Wheel of The Wagon is Broken” also recorded by a great country singer |Patsy Montana in 1936.
A more modern song next even if only by a few years with Jeepers Creepers” a 1938 song written for the movie “Going Places and premiered by no less than Louis Armstrong. Two self penned numbers from John that always make you laugh, smile! “Sporting Life Blues” and “Yorkshire” and to round off his spot for the evening was a Folk song from Spencer the Rover or the Copper family if wikipedia is to be believed “Spencer The Rover” as the song informs us was apparently sitting by a river near a mountain in ….......... wait for it................... Rotherham! Now which mountain would that be? Great songs none the less and all done with that wry smile! Well done John.
Our resident country historian next in Barry who tonight was the responsible for the title of the blog by bringing along his Dobro. This for the uninitiated is played across the lap and is picked and a Metal bar is used to Barre the strings it has a very unique sound and Barry played “Steel Guitar Rag” from back when he played this in the country Band ( he didn’t tell me their name) but we have photograhic evidence seen here of him playing said Dobro. Back with normal guitar then with a Bill Anderson number “Demons” There is always a story to Barry's choice off song and not only that but the songs are Stories in the Country Vein and next up was a Jimmy Driftwood Song “Do My Time” Jimmy never charged an entrance fee but preferred to pass the hat around at his gigs relying on peoples good will. A penultimate song that caused a bit of discussion next as “Make you feel my Love” started a debate between the less older members of our troupe who weren’t aware it was a Dylan song and related it only to a modern day singer Adele! Actually it was released on Dylan's Time out of Mind album in 1997 and was commercially released by no less than Billy Joel. How better to finish off with a classic dont drink and drive song as “Dont tell Mother” rlates the story of a young man desperate for his mother not to find out he was going to meet his maker with whiskey on his breath. Well done Barry and loved the Dobro!
James up next, if barry is our home grown anthology of Country Music then James epiomises the “Human Jukebox” title he has inherited as he never ceases to amaze us with his random selection of songs from his head! As a nod to Barry whom he followed on from was a Hank williams Number “You Win Again” and up to the late seventies with my friend Benny Gallager and Graham Lyle song from said era “Heart on my Sleeve” great songwriters and great song performed with aplomb. Benny came from Largs where my great Aunt Julia lived and was from Irish parents, both him and gGraham wrote hits for Mary Hopkin who was acommpanied on guitar with another friend of mine Brian Willoughby of both Mary Hopkin and The Strawbs. A Leonard Cohen song to stretch the Genres tonight with “Dance me to the end of Love” which was released in 1984 by Cohen. To finish off his set James rounded his spot off with a classic folk song from the pen of Ewan Macoll who realising that his real name James Miller was never going to get him anywhere? Reincarnated himself as Ewan Macoll and his song written after the Kinder scout Trespass by him”Manchester Rambler” he himself was a rambler and member of the young communist league and campaigned long and hard for mRamblers rights. James did him credit with this version of a classic song.
Last but not least was Graeme, as previously mentioned James the Jukebox, and John the Comedy Singer and Barry The Country man, and now Graeme the Fingerpicker. Titles by the way I have bestowed and no offence intended and these stylised names do not infer that no other player does not have these attributes. Graeme started off with a Coldplay number “The Scientist” a great song and performed brilliantly here tonight by Graeme. A finger picked tune now and a personal favourite of Blogger “A Nightingale sang in Berkely Square” written in 1939 by Masscwitz and Sherwin. Graemes next offering was another Coldplay number “In my Place” Now we wondered what has happened to our Graham Chapman reportoire as he seems of late to be taking a back seat of late. An Amy Winehouse number up next as “Back To Black” was given the Graeme treatment and if that wasn't enough that classic Manchester band to finish off as an Oasis hit “Wonderwall” and that rounded of a well rounded and well performed session at Swan Acoustic Session.
R.I.P David Brimacombe.