A welcome return of our skippers (se) after they had an enjoyable sounding island (Ireland) hop two weeks ago.
Last times blogger advised the congregation of my blogging promise last time and I taketh up the challenge.
Captain Brain kicked off with a Gerry and the Pacemakers number (Not the Walk On, Walk onetc. Kop Anthem) but the long titled. Don’t let the Sun Catch You Crying’. This was written by Gerry & Co in 1964 and produced by Beatles legend George Martin. It was a top 10 in both the UK and USA.
This was followed by Closing Time by the beautifully names Goat’s don’t Shave an Irish Folk Rock Band from Donegal. Great as always Mr. Wylie.
A New person to me (but an old colleague of Brian) Mr John Daure gave us an excellent version of the Chris Rae song Road to Hell. This song was written whilst in a traffic jam on the M4. I believe it was a 2 part song and was released in 1989.
This was followed by Dylan’s don’t think twice it’s alright. Great Stuff John. Hope to hear you again sometime.
Up next was John Nixon who was on great form. Candy a 2009 song by Paolo Nuitini from his album Sunny Side UP and then a stones classic its Only Rock n Roll from the 1974 album of the same name. I have this one at home amongst my Cat Scratched LP covers. I remember the iconic soapy video which appeared on Top of the Pops.
Next up was Graham (AKA the blog grass) who again was on top form. Elton’s classic your song which was released in 1970 and was top 10 in the UK and USA. This was followed by an excellent version of the Beatles All My Loving which appeared on the 1963 Album with the Beatles. I have this on EP with Picture sleeve at home. I was a very young Beatles fan.
Next up was Blog Man (Phil) with my sentimental song which I sing to my 2 little Grandchildren. (Logan Jack and Lennie Mac) the tune based on Bruce’s Pony Boy (about his son) this was followed by Cadilac (spelling was not Bolan’s best attribute) which was on the Flip of 1972 No. 1 Telegram Sam by T Rex.
Our Country Gent next on Barry with a song called (I think?) The Last Thing I Needed, First thing this morning. It was released as a single by Willie Nelson in 1982.Next was when I call your Name by Vince Gill an American Country singer. Released in 1990. A new name to me but a good song.Consistent as always Barry.
Our resident Author and Politician (no booing please) Andy on next. I have started reading Andy’s book after hearing about the excellent Amazon review (thanks’ Mr Porter). Kicks off with Dreams Catch Me an Excellent song by Newton Faulkner, from his debut album Hand Built by Robots in 2007.
This was followed by Elton John Classic hit single Daniel which was a top 5 hit in 1973. It was on Elton’s album don’tShoot Me I’m only the piano player. Well done Andy always original and always brave enough to sing without the words.
James the Jukebox (and book reviewer) Mr. Porter sung a great number called surprisingly What’s Up? This was by the Danish band 4 Non Blondes and had an International Hit with this in 1992. This was followed by I Can’t Help it if I’m still in love with you by Hank Williams (1951) the song was covered by Johnny Cash and Elvis later. James is blessed with a good memory as he doesn’t use the words.
Back from her 3 Island tour was Kath who started with the Old Wishing Chair after a popular tourist destination in Ireland. This was by Bridie Gallagher. This was performed by Brian and Kath’s band on their recent CD release. Next up she performed I wish I had someone to love me by Imelda May. I believe this originated from a 1930’s song The Prisoner. Voice on form Kath.
The half time whistle went , piddle and a pint. We decided not to change ends as it was snug. 2 audience members squeezed in amongst the performers and enjoyed their evening (I think)
Brian kicked off with a song by Lolila in the 1950’s. Our google search stopped immediately as a porn warning popped up. The wrong Lolila no doubt.
The song in question was sung by Petula Clark and called Sailor and got to number one in the UK in 1961.
Next was a song called John Condon (Trad arr) which was about the youngest allied soldier killed in World War 1. Aged just 14 of Irish origin and from Waterford. Great stuff Mr. W.
New Old Boy John on next with the classic Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohen in in 1991, one of those songs everybody knows but can’t remember who sung it. This was followed by a song from American Folk Singer Hoyt Axton which Top 20 in 1977 was called Della and Dealer. Nice stuff John.
John Nixon’s classics were continued with I Shot the Sherriff1974 by Clapton which was written by Reggae king Bob Marley. Next was Kings Beauty Lola for 1970. A controversial song at the time about a transvestite. It has since become one of their revered most popular songs.
Graham next with Garth Brooks the US country singer from 1989. This was the song that got Garth a record deal. It urges listeners to tell loved ones how much they feel about them. Graham’s next song was by Fred Wedlock who is known for his song the Oldest Swinger in Town. This song was from the 1960’s and was called the Wealth. (I think). Graham always performs at a high level and appears to be always on the lookout for new material.
Next Phil (the Blogger) self-penned song Getting Old (WhoMe?) And T Rex Classic No 1. Hot Love
Which was their first and biggest No. 1.
Barry Next with Bringing Mary Home which was released in 1965 by a band called Country Gentleman (writers Duffey and Knight. Next was he stopped loving her today written by Braddock and Putman and was released in 1980 by George Jones. Nobody does sad like Barry.
Andy on Next with self-penned. I thank you for lasting for so long. Excellent and original. Followed by George Ezra’s Classic Budapest from 2014 which reached No. 3. Nobody does the Gloom like Andy.!
What’s James doing No bloody Guitar. A poem by the Punk Poet John Cooper Clark. Excellent and amusing. He told me the title which was fairly unforgettable (but I forgot it!)
Back on the Elton Fest, The new film appears to have re-ignited interest. An excellent version of Rocket Man for 1972 from the Honkey Chateau album wrapped the evening up.
A good mix and good night.
Thank you all.
See you all in 2 weeks hopefully.