First session of the new year found us already into the third week of the year. We staked our claim in the main bar area to regale the diners who were unfortunate to still be finishing their meal. Blogger was up first as we cracked open our first session of 2019. " Only our Rivers" a song from Ireland and the sadness that only her rivers run free. This was followed by a Jim Croce number " Lovers Cross" a song for all men who won't be martyrs to love!
Graeme Morell next up with a beautiful Martin twelve string, ( you missed it Barry)first up on this beauty was a Springsteen number " Born to Run " that awakened everyone to the fact that there was a twelve string in his hands. What better song to follow than a classic twelve string song " Mr Tambourine Man" Sounded great and had us singing the chorus.
Andy Brown next and having swapped a Setanta CD for a copy of Andys' book "Contrast and Compare" a book comparing and showing the contrast between Bradford and Bradford in Avon ( available from Andy) His first offering tonight was Love minus zero no limits" a Dylan number never heard by the Blogger. In the Dylan groove Andy then gave us another Dylan classic " Tangled up in Blue " Great stuff Andy and looking forward to reading the book. Can't help thinking we got the better out of the swop.
Phil up next without his trusty twelve string but replete with his neck harness and harmonica. His first song tonight was " No Justice a self penned number" with harmonica interlude. Phils second song was " Oklahoma Home a woody Guthrie song covered also by Bruce Springsteen, and tonight by Phil. Great stuff.
Our resident Mr Jukebox in the form of James Porter was up next, a veritable musicologist with a fantastic catalogue of music who never ceases to amaze us with his recall from said catalogue. James first number was, a Leonard Cohen Song " Dance me to The End of Love" written by Leonard in 1984 for his album Various Positions. James led us into our break with a Fleetwood Mac number " Songbird". Great recall James I don't know how you do it.
We had a quick break and gathered ourselves for the second half.
Blogger up for round two with a little known Waterboys number " In Search of A Rose" this was followed by a raucous Make way for The Molly Maquires a song of the American Irish pit men.
Back to Graeme and his beautiful twelve string and " As Tears go By" a Rolling Stones number and it sounded like a band accompanied him on this number. To round up his second spot we got a Michael Chapman number " Girl On a Train " Well done Graeme and the guitar sound brilliant.
Andy Brown up next now Andys forte is the melancholic songs that really suit his voice and second spot was started with "One to Many Mornings" and what better to round up with another Dylan classic to round the quartet of songs off than " Lay Lady Lay"
Phil up again with another self penned number " Getting Old" and to finish a T Rex Mega mix. Phil is the only person in my circle of musical friends who does Marc Bolan and very well too. Well done Phil!
james up next to round the night off with his penultimate number a Gallagher and Lyle number “ Jesus Saved Me “ and not to be left out of the Dylanesque night , James gave us “ Corrina Corrina.
Our resident guitar was then seconded by Stuart to finish with “ love in vain “ by Robert Johnson a great end to a great night.