Well it was a busy night at The Swan tonight Kath and I were first in and we couldn’t get a seat. We settled in the snug and as our ragged band swelled we pounced on a table vacated and unloaded our guitars.
Blogger up first with a song Christy Moore pinched from Hamish Imlach.” Black Is The Colour” Kath was coerced into singing and the request was for a Randy Newman song “Feels Like Home” Fast becoming a favourite here at Addingham. Well done Kath
Next up Barry with our weekly dose of Country, first up was “Last Train from Poor Valley” this was written by Norman Blake. Barry’s next offering was straight up to date and very topical “The Human Race” by mense, Phillips and Dobbins,a hard hitting song to make us aware of the crisis in the world today. Great stuff Barry.
Next up was Graeme Morrell fresh from missing our last couple of sessions with a raunchy rocker “Hound-dog” by the late great Elvis, which drew diners to the door to listen this was followed by a Beatles instrumental “ Till There was You” it sounded great as only Graeme can pick this fantastic tune.
James up next with a BeeGees number “To Love somebody” straight from the human jukebox who never ceases to amaze us with his encyclopaedic memory of songs and tunes.This was followed by a favourite of mine, a Paul Simon song “ Slip sliding away” great stuff James
An old familiar next, though not the spooky kind but rather an old face who we haven’t seen for a fair while, Mr John Nixon, fresh from some holiday or other and doing a recce on the pub for the return of his band Valkyrie who were playing this Saturday. Having muttered some excuse about not having played solo for a while he launched confidently into “ The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” a Shel Silverstein number made famous by Marianne Faithful. Johns next offering was a bit of blues from the Boss, “ Wreck On The Highway” Welcome back John.
The blogger back after our break with “ Mr Bojangles” made famous by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band this was followed by a song from my home town of Belfast” Black Velvet Band”
Barry up again and this time it was a Hugh Moffat number “ He Drove All The way to Texas” this was followed by a song that has a first line I know to be a lie” Well I don’t drink as much as I used to” but anyway the song was a “A Song For Life by Rodney Crowell
Graeme back up again and pinching country songs from the Barry Lane songbook “Summer Wages” by Ian Tyson. This was followed by an Otis Reading song “ Dock of The Bay” Great variety Graeme.
James up again and had us wondering if he was going to tread on Barry’s toes?
Well that didn’t go as planned as we had another soul number, this time a Sam Cooke number “ Bring it on home to me” and the second was an Elvis number “All shook Up” Quite an eclectic mix tonight, Brilliant stuff!
How time passes when you are having fun we came back round to John again, and this time we had a low soulful version of a Bernie Taupin and Elton John “Texas love song” and how do you round up a set why with a classic “ Wish You were Here” by Pink Floyd.............. Perfect!
Finish with a classic or two” Brown Eyed Girl” and “Satisfaction! a classy end to a great night.