After numerous Tuesdays packed with diners, drinkers and musicians the car park was virtually empty and the bars were even less busy. Besides 5 dedicated participants there were just 3 other people in the whole place. I find it intriguing that last time the whole place was absolutely packed and yet tonight it was deserted for no apparent reason.
True to form the Wylies (Brian & Kath) kicked off with a banjo and mandolin duet Farewell to Erin followed by a tune written by Mr Wylie The Taggyman. I hope their married life is as harmonious as their playing!
Barry was up next, firstly with a song that he has only played “out” once before Summer Wages by Ian Tyson - one he needs to play out more often! According to Barry’s records he last played the next song last September - The First Thing This Morning by Gary Nunn and Cisel Acklin (no that is not a typo).
Blogger next with a Beatles themed duo - firstly Ringo’s photograph then an instrumental version of Oh Darling which was followed by much discussion about how similar Of Donna (10cc) appeared o be.
Andy completed round one with his version of Try A Little Tenderness (very upbeat for Andy) which was actually written in the early 1930’s and recorded by many others prior to Otis Reading (and Andy) getting their hands on it. A self penned song So Glad You’re Mine finished his spot - a really good song too.
Part 2 commenced with The Wylies playing another toe tapping jig (or is it a reel) starting slowly and getting faster and faster - a bit like the Sea Shanty at Last Night of the Proms! This one was entitled My Son’s a Prawn (and if you don’t recognise that title you have not been to SAS often enough!). Morrison’s Jig completed their second spot. All good stuff.
Following admonishment by Brian for not using SAS standard 14 font Barry admirably played an ol’ bluegrass standard Little Maggie. Bill Anderson’s Close The Door Lightly came next which had Barry venturing we’ll up the neck of his guitar. Great stuff.
The first time blogger came to SAS (12 years ago?) he performed Jennifer and Kate by Tom Paxton and this was repeated tonight. This brought comment from the (albeit small) crowd that you never hear people play Mr Paxton any more. This was obviously seen as a challenge as the next song was Jimmy Newman about an injured US soldier who almost made it back from Vietnam but didn’t quite.
Andy took over the Tom Paxton mantle and played Last Thing On My Mind and although this particularly song was exactly that when he set off to SAS he executed it very well. It was followed by Long Hot Summer - another self penned and well performed number.
Time for one more from each participant, starting with Brain & Kath with The Siege of Ennis Set. Then Barry with I’m Going To Live Forevever by Billy Joe Shaver. Blogger with Bob Dylan’s Just Like A Woman which once again nudged Andy into playing something he had not planned on which was Jon Baez’s Diamonds and Rust.
A nice early finish and a good most enjoyable evening. We should all get home by the time the next storm rolls in!