Well having missed the last session here I was flying solo as Kath was suffering with a virus. Mike had informed me he was on his way but tonight we had a glut of guitars.
First up was blogger with a Glen Campbell number" Gentle on my Mind" this was followed by " Black is the colour" Made famous by Christy Moore but pinched unashamedly from Dick Gaughan whilst touring folk clubs north of the border.
Mike was next up with a great upbeat blues number" If it Hadn't been for Love by The Steel Drivers. A mix of Blues and Bluegrass very able married here tonight by Mike! His next offering at The Swan Altar was " Hometown Blues " a Steve Earle Number.
An old favourite next in the form of Gloria whom we haven't seen for a while, she had brought her recently finished book with her. A look back at 35 years of Whitby festival week. Gloria kicked off her set with a beautiful old song " She moved through the Fair" Her next number was a first for her at The Swan was a Beatles number " With a little Help from my Friends " A great couple of numbers, well done Gloria.
Another literary person up next, Barry who also had recently finished and published his own book. His first number was an Elvis number" You were always on my mind" This was followed by a Leonard Cohen song " Sisters of Mercy"
The baton was then passed to Phil with his twelve string and harmonica but minus his percussive wristband. His first song was " life's an Elevator " a Bolan number. A track from one of my favourite bands next "Back in The Night" by Dr Feelgood.
Our Human jukebox next in the form of James who possibly latched on to a Beatles vibe and " Strawberry Fields" a classic and classically done here by James. To round off his first spot James gave us a song new to the blogger " Carrie" a Joni Mitchell number.
Barry is our resident go to country player and tonight was no exception, Barry regaled us with how he got into country music from rock and roll and Skiffle. A Johnny Cashnumber and possibly one of his first popular songs. "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" next we had " The Troubadour". Co written by Johnny Cash .
That concluded the first half.
Second half starts with a quick update on tonight's soccer, the blogger then kicked off with a cautionary tale of drinking cider " Johnny Jump Up" this was followed by a Jon Allen number " Joanna"
Back to Mike who started with a great song " Come up to the house" and what better to finish your spot with than " Morning Blues" an American Trad song. Great stuff Mike and welcome back.
Gloria now again with a lovely Irish song " Lovely Glenchesk" finger picked in altered tuning, a lovely song and performed as only Gloria can. A Robbie Burns number to round up her final song " A mans a man for all That "
Andy now with his own slant on life with a self penned number, " Pennies on your face"
A song about rock stars dying far to young. To round off his spot Andy sang a Johnny Cash song " Walk the Line" a classic and well done Andy.
Back to Graeme and his finger picking, " Annie's going to sing her Song " a Tom Paxton number and what better to finish your spot off, exactly how you started than with an Eric Clapton number " Old Love" a really great version Graeme well done.
Phils last spot now with a self penned song about his uncle " Military Man" and to round off with a Seeger session number Ol Dan Tucker" well done Phil.
James the juke box and our penultimate turn tonight with a beautiful classic song " The first Time ever I Saw your face" a Ewan Macoll song and to finish his spot for the night he chose a Goffin and King " Chains" great finish James
It fell to Barry to finish this session at The Swan off and he chose " Don't This Road look Rough and Rocky" by Flatt and Scruggsand to finish Barry chose " Demons" by Bill Anderson. Well done Barry!
That brought our session for February to a close and we will see you all in March