Capt Wylie has disappeared this week (somewhat like the blog from the last SAS session) but the general consensus was that he was in Ireland “on tour” with Kath and the band (unlike the notes for the last blog that appear to have vanished into thin air).
In the absence of any other volunteers I got saddled with blogging duties tonight.
It was good to see John Nixon back again following his extended absence until the last SAS. He kicked things off with Tom Petty’s Free Falling which went down as well as it always does (I.e. well - as if there was any doubt!). A little confusion now as John burst into one of Barry’s specialities Long Black Veil by “a couple of Canadians”. Queue Barry re-ordering his song sheets for tonight!
James “Jukebox” Porter now with Every Breath You Take - I have not heard him do this before. Really good version from James - I know that I always find the wide vocal range to much of a stretch but James coped admirably. Me and Julio we’re down at the Schoolyard for James’ second song a la Paul Simon. Definitely heard him do this one before be great all the same.
Barry Lane took centre stage now cradling his lovely blonde Gibson J200 and playing a song the lyrics for which he only got at 3.00pm today These Old Blues - a traditional song. Where Do You Go by Ed Penney Junior (you must all have heard of him?!). Great country songs from the Sutton in Craven cowboy!
Phil up now resplendent with guitar and harmonica support, Just a pity that the harmonica is at home on the sideboard! Regardless Phil persevered with a self penned song Walk On Rock On. Unusually a capo was required for the second song Oklahoma Home
Blogger next with a Ralph McTell song about the story of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads in exchange for stunning guitar abilities - The Ghost Of Robert Johnson. This was followed by a (what I thought to be) Nick Lowe song Don’t Dream It’s Over. There was some debate about who wrote and recorded the song and it turns out (with the help of Google) to be written by Neil Finn of Crowded House - you live and learn.
Fresh from what sounds like endless council meetings Andy Brown had to borrow John’s guitar to admirably perform Len Cohen’s Sisters of Mercy and then Oasis’s Wonderwall and what a nice way to lead us into the intermission. On this occasion Kiera was not available in the foyer!
Paulo Nuttini in the shape of John Nixon brought our short break to a close (I sense and early night in the offing). Candy was the song. A new song to me next - Hotel Chamber Maid by Graham Parker and The Rumour, a name that brought back many happy memories for quite a few of the audience.Great stuff John as always.
James The Juke with a Clive Palmer (Incredible String Band) song Empty Pocket Blues. The Beatles next with Chains (from Please Please Me)and this certainly please pleased the audience.
Paying Your Dues by Carl Jackson started Barry’s second slot. Following a tale about an injured wrist, a piece of cheese and a rat (which I am still not sure whether to believe or not!) Barry finished off with Waiting Out The Storm by Kate McKenzie - a real crowd pleaser.
Lady Madonna was sung by Phil (not flat like Madonna at Eurovision - but also for a lot less money!). I Remember When I was Young was another of Phil’s excellent own foot tapper songs.
Blogger played another Ralph McTell song - The Girl From The Hiring Fair and then Lucinda William’s East Side of Town.
Andy now to complete the official allocation of songs. Firstly the traditional Galway Bay (which Andy informed us he had only half learned - not sure if he had learnt the top half or the bottom half but it sounded fine. Stoned Me by Van Morrison completed things.
A quick jam rounded the being of nicely.