Setanta CD launch

An open invitation to our friends and fellow musicians at The Swan in Addingham to come with instruments and join Brian , Kath , and JP at The Taps In Otley to join in a session and help us introduce our CD to an unsuspecting public. Sunday 13th Jan at 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Posted on January 8, 2019 .

And now the end is near,so we sing the final songs

My friends we make it clear we’ll sing them on and on

Kath

Kath

We’ll sing country, pop and blues and even Irish rebel songs

The blogs they show,we sing these songs and do it ourway.

Well tonight Brian started first even though he had managed to pass the blogging duties to me; possibly he’d heard my Kitchen extension was eventually finished

and I was now out of excuses.

Brian  

Brian  

The first song he chose was ‘Gaudete’ (Latin for Rejoice) recorded by Steeleye Span but nicely sung by Kath with a bit of joining in by others.

Then ‘The Flower Seller’ by Harry O’Donoghue a clever song about flowers and what they stand for.

Lastly ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ a great song recorded by Gerry and His Pacemakers.

Now John with a couple of self written songs

‘Mushroom’ John says this was a song partly about regrets. Not sure if this was about a mushroom shaped hill/mountain or one growing on the top of one, but it is true if you sit on top of a mountain top for any length of time you do a lot of thinking.

Next ‘The Silence’ a song about people, who lived through a war but do not wish to speak about what they saw. This I can well imagine.

Blogger James was up next. Having been perusing through some old music sheets I came across ‘Farewell She’ a traditional song I first learned and played in the seventies, but had never played since. Went ok I think? Next was ‘Louise’ by Paul Seibel. I first played this song about 6yrs ago here, but played it badly I thought.

Well tonight was ok but somehow I got lost near the end. I will try again in 6yrs.

I might just get it right. It’s a good song though.

Barry minus Cowboy hat and spurs was up next. The first song was ‘In My Time of Darkness’ a fitting song for a talented but seemingly troubled Gram Parsons who died

aged 26, perhaps he shouldn’t have hung round with Keith Richards.

Second song ‘Slow Moving Train’ by Matt Harlan

Graeme played the first Christmas song tonight. ‘Shaking These Christmas Blues’ by Brooks Williams. A nice bluesy jazzy style of song that Graeme plays well followed by ‘Stranger On The Shore’ I love this tune but it took me till the end to guess it, I was trying to sing the words in my head all along and obviously this was no help.

Footnote; I loved this tune so much I put my name forward to play Clarinet at school.

Unfortunately it meant buying my own as the school only had two. My dad wouldn’t oblige so that was that.

Mike now all Christmassy with ‘Santa Bring My Baby Back’ recorded by Elvis

Then ‘If It hadn’t of Been For Love’ by Chris Stapleton. He is a new name to me but he certainly looks like a county singer. Both sung well and Mike’s guitar was sounding good as usual.

Drinks refilled, Round two.

Brian. ‘She Was a Prize’ by Gaelic Storm a good song from Brian and a phrase I have surely heard in one of Roddy Doyle’s books

Then a classic song ‘King Of The Road’ written by Roger Miller.

John

John

John. ‘The Sun Goes Down’ another self penned song. John’s songs are often thought provoking and cover many areas or aspects of life. The subject on this one ranged from a Football Hooligan to a Soldier both with the sun going down on merry old England. Next a Joni Mitchell classic ‘Both Sides Now’

Stewart  

Stewart  

Next we had a visit from Stewart (The man from Low Mill) with the pub guitar.

Rocking and a rolling with ‘Let’s Stick Together’ Canned Heat and ‘Summertime Blues’ Eddie Cochran’

James

James

Blogger. One of my Favourite Christmas songs ‘The River’ Joni Mitchell and another sad Christmas song ‘So Much Wine’ by The Handsome Family a country song with the usual ‘too much drink’ theme. You may have noticed I don’t do happy Christmas.

Barry  

Barry  

Barry. I think this song was ‘Where Do You Go’ Google says; Cotton Eye Joe? Or Where’d You Go Country Music. All I can say is it sounded fine from what I can remember. Next was ‘Bringing Mary Home’ by The Country Gentlemen. A spooky song about girl killed in a road accident.

Graeme. ‘Can’t Keep My Eyes Off You and Me’ by Lifehouse’ A new song to me.

graeme

graeme

Then another puzzler to me. Graeme announced this as an instrumental from a West end show. I thought My Fair Lady, West Side Storypossibly but I suppose that’s Broadway. I knew it, knew it, knew it but couldn’t name it until someone said

‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ then it hit me ‘JC Superstar’

Mike

Mike

Mike. Sounding great with ‘Morning Blues’ a tradition Blues song.

Then ‘Pay Me My Money Down’ another traditional song. Done in the Bruce Springsteen Style. This was the first song I learned when I went to Night Class, again Itwas in the seventies, to try and learn finger picking, thumb strum thumb strum

Well a medley of Christmas songs to finish mainly sung by Graeme from his ipad

and there we have it another year over and a new one about to begin.

I would just like to say I love the variety of songs that are played here each week, so thanks to everyone concerned especially Brian who does the blog more than anyone and keeps the site going even though he’s in 27 different bands most of the time.

Also a special thought to our old MC David Brimacombea nicer man you couldn’t have wished to meet.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

See you in the third week of Jan.

James. P

Posted on December 23, 2018 .

Don’t Drink and Drive

Brian

Brian

Andy

Andy

Kath

Kath

Barry

Barry

Phil

Phil

Graeme

Graeme

John

John

James  

James  

Ian

Ian

Well it was a cold night and wrapped in winter coats we set off for our December session at The Swan in Addingham. Ten  of us had ventured forth tonight and as we ensconced and parked in the snug room. There was a mixture of new and old faces and by that I mean people we hadn't seen for a while.
Blogger up first ably accompanied by Kath on Mandolin " You couldn't have come at a better time" a song by Luka Bloom the somewhat vastly under rated brother of Christy Moore. Next up was Kath ably assisted by the Blogger, " The Wishing Chair " a song written by Peter Lane from Halifax.

One of our old faces next up as Ian Pucknell picked up his guitar and entertained us with an Allan Taylor and as they say " that lad was big in these ere parts" Ian's next offering was an Ewan Carruthers song " Rubenstein Remembers " a new one to me but handled adeptly by Ian. Well done.

Our resident jukebox next as James Porter gave us a reggae classic from Bob Marley " No Woman No Cry" we then dropped onto the Sixties and a Woodstock classic by Matthew Southern Comfort " Woodstock"

The baton was then passed to John Caven  who gave us a love story from the blues giant Robert Johnson a story of how love can go bad very quickly. John then entertained us with " Kind Hearted Woman"   Next was " For The Blue Planet" a self penned number very topical song about sea pollution. A humourous song but with a very important message.

Next up was Graeme Morrell, our resident finger picker, who is usually the last to arrive in case we spam him for the blog. First off the rank for Graeme was a Mike and the mechanics number " Another Cup of Coffee" his next song was not a song but a tune, an instrumental. An Italian favourite " O Sole Mio" or if you are an Elvis fan " It's now or never"

The mantle snaked around to Phil our twelve string and jaw harp affecianado
And with a rhythm box on his strumming hand Phil gave us "Woodland Rock by T Rex, not one I was familiar  with but very raunchy and rocky and I could see Marc Bolan doing it. A topical song now a Christmas song. A very funny song and well performed and as "Santas Coming" brilliant.

Having been elected as a Green Party councillor Andy Wood was looking to pick a green song and "?For the Blue Planet"  was a very obvious choice. A self penned  number and as he explained it was originally a political song of long hot summer and winters of discontent, but instead became a song of an ex girlfriend " Long Hot Summer" Next up was a song about Elvis, " Walking in Memphis"

Our resident country player to round off the first half. It has just struck me that with ten off us each has a different strength and forte and speciality and makes you aware of the diversity that is music. However back to our country genre, Barry started with a cautionary tale about the folly of drinking and driving "Cold hard Facts Of Life" by Bill Anderson. Next up was another cautionary tale of demons, " Demons" another Bill Anderson a  very poignant tale of the demons people face on a daily basis. There ended the first half.

The second half begun with Blogger again  and this time it was my turn for a country song a Neil Young number ably accompanied by Kath on mandolin, " Four Strong Winds "this was  followed by an Irish  song made famous by Christy Moore and I believe pinched from Dick Gaughan " Black is The Colour"

Ian started with  my favourite song that he currently performs and I can never hear it  enough " Let him Roll" by Guy Clarke or the alternative Dallas Whore. Great song and well done Ian. To finish his second spot off, Ian gave a great rendition with vocal accompaniment from our assembled throng " Roll on the Day" by Allan Taylor

Back to our resident jukebox James Porter, this time we had, an Elvis number " I Forgot to Remember to Forget" this was rounded by a Paolo Nuttini song " The Last Request"  excellent stuff and I never cease to be amazed how many songs James can recant. Brilliant stuff.

Onwards to John Caven, and this time it was a Carole King number also made famous by her partner in crime James Taylor " You Got a Friend " to round off his spot John gave us  a couple of tunes " The End of a Holiday "  written by Simon Nicoll from Fairport Convention this was followed by " Down to the Sea" a tune from Johns own fingers well done John.

Snaking around to Graeme again and a Christmas song again about drinking and driving, it always seems so poignant that a festive time of year can be spoiled in a split second for all concerned " Accident on Third Street" an Al Stewart number not previously heard by the blogger but a great story and song and another cautionary tale. To finish it was a Jim Croce number " Lovers Cross"  Well done Graeme.

Picking up the baton next was Phil and to complete his second spot we had another song about drinking, a bit of a theme developing here. "Boozing" very well themed messages tonight!  Finishing off with Clash number " Should I Stay or should I Go" Phil loves The Clash. Well Done Phil.

Andy to finish  his spot off and we had a Richard Ashcroft and the verve song and as Andy said a miserable song and a happy song . We started with " The Drugs Don't Work" and this was followed by the miserable song( only joking). Andy finished off with a Johnny Allan song also done by Chuck Berry " Promised Land "Well done Andy.


Back to  Barry to round our session off. What would he finish the night off with? Well we carried on the theme of a cautionary tale about the perils of Drink driving. A common theme tonight  "Golden Guitar" by Bill Anderson. To finish off we had another country song " He Stopped Loving her Today “ Well done Barry.
Well next session is our Christmas one, see you all there BCW 
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Posted on December 4, 2018 .

Let us play

 

Well it was like a seventies Bedroom Farce at the Swan last night, due to our band of players running from room to room trying to find a quiet place to play. We eventually ended up in the room we started in, after chatting with the remaining couple about their views on our playing some music. They said it was fine as they were not stopping anyway. Hope we didn’t spoil their night.

Only four players tonight, joined by Mandy who was not playing due to a heavy workload. We also had additional songs from Stewart who remains a bit of an enigma to me as I don’t know his surname or where he hails from,but he joins in with the pub guitar when he is in the mood or maybe when the drink puts him in the mood.

Brian and Kath absent which was due to Brian experiencing what they call ‘squeaky bum time’ watching Bradford city playing and actually winning on Penalties.

Well onto the music, Graeme offered me to blog, but kindly took down the song names on his trusty iPad.

James P

James

James

My Girl(written by Smokey Robinson covered by lots of people)

Me and Julio Down by the School Yard(Paul Simon)

Stewart

Stewart

Stewart

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)

Let’s Work Together (Canned Heat?)

Graeme M

Blowers Daughter (Damien Rice) really good version of a great song.

All of Me (John Legend) Graeme was inspired by this song whilst being on hold in a telephone Q

Barry L: good to see him back

Heart Trouble (Johnny Wright &Jack Anglin) Barry assured us it was emotional not medical, and he should know

I Give You Music (Dennis Adkins)

Phil

Logan Jack (Phil)

Phil

Phil

Getting Old (Phil) good song on getting older

James P

Besame Mucho! Or Kiss Me a Lot (consuelo velázquez)

Volcanoes(Damian Rice) Graeme put me in the mood for this one

Stewart

It’s All Over Now (Rolling Stones)

Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)

Graeme M

Where Are They Now (Al Stewart) I presumed this was about war but it’s about love

One Love (u2)

Barry

Barry

Barry L

The First Thing This Morning (Gary nun / Cisel Acklin)

I Don’t Remember Loving You (Harlan Howard) I first thought this must be about someone refusing responsibility for a child after an affair. It seems it was about someone driven crazy by a woman and her infidelities. (Scary)

Phil

Back in The Night (dr Feelgood) what a band they were

All I want is You (featuring Ruby Tuesday!) (u2) the second good U2 song tonight.

Finally

Honky Tonk Women. The fourth Stones song tonight. Everyone joining in on this one, nice Guitar solo from Graeme and harmonica from Phil.

And the Lord Be With You

Amen

See you next time

James P.

pS Brian missed the match due to being knackered from work duties

Posted on November 21, 2018 .

Lest we Forget

Well it was an unusual night at The Swan in Addingham tonight. We had new faces, old faces and songs with a theme. |We were a week away from the 100th anniversary of the end of a war that was to end all wars.

Brian

Brian

Blogger was first up with a couple of numbers in tribute to the fallen from the first world war. First up was a Reg Meuross song “And Jesus Wept” a song telling the story of the enlisted men who were shot for cowardice by their friends and comrades. I believe they totaled 309 in all and received their pardon in 2006, ninety years after they were excecuted. This was followed by “Sing for the Boys” the song for Jimmy Speirs a Bradford City cup hero and Rangers player who volunteered and joined up and was left where he lay in France. Written by Alan Brydon it sums up how everyman felt it was his duty to enlist. Carrying on this theme into the second half we had the classic first world war song “Willie Mc’Bride” by the Fureys. Blogger rounded offhis spot with “Gallipoli” about a young Dublin lad waved off by his family to die in the murderous sands of Gallipolli, their belief was he fought for the wrong country and for the wrong cause. Whatever your sentiment he died and was buried for what he believed, and remains imortal in this song.

Mike

Mike

Next up was Mike Craig, a pleasant surprise this evening and |Mike never disapoints even if he had the blogger correcting himself with the wrong title. “Morning Blues” was his first offering, this was followed by “Moonshiner and not as the blogger thought The Mountain….. Better luck next time. Mikes second half spot began with a song”Hadnt been for Love” by the Steel Drivers this is said with more confidence than his final number “Broken” by John Craigy at least that what my notes still me. I will await the correction (Sorry) Well Played Mike and thanks for continuing to support S.A.S

Phil

Phil

Another surprise was the return of Phil which I had predicted not five minutes before he turned up. With his harmonica, twelve string, and percussive hand strap and self penned songs you never know what you are going to get. First up was “Red at Night” which my sources say was The Gaslight Anthem. This was followed by “Oklahoma Home”Oklahoma Home was pulled mainly from Springsteen's Seeger sessions album.

Originally a Woody Guthrie song.   Strapping on his percussive wrist band regaled us with one of my favourite artists songs and probably the first song I heard Phil sing, “Hot Love” by T Rex. . If this wasnt great then to finish a song from a great American Irish band “Faraway Boys by Flogging Molly who hail from Los Angeles. Well done Phil and another correction to wait for.

 

James

James

Our resident jukebox next in the form of James who never ceases to amaze me with his anthology of popular music. A Dire Straits number was first up “So Far Away” and then totally confused me by following it up with another song by the same name but this time it was the Carole King Number “So Far away” James next song initiated a debate as to who wrote it “I Need your love so bad” which I was surpised amongst others to find out was a Peter Green song, he of Fleetwood Mac Fame. A final number from James which had me on more familiar ground, an Incredible String Band. “Empty Pocket Blues” Great stuff as always James.

John  

John  

The return of the happy wanderer in the form of John Waller. John performs a mixture of his own stuff and an eclectic taste from all over. A self penned number to start “Grandad 2050” Resonates with me and our 5 Grandchildren. Another self penned number “Red Man, White Man” In the second half John expanded on his self written portfolio with “Tapestry” not the Carole King song but a song on the richness of life. John then rounded off his spot with “Cartway” It has been a long time Mr Waller so please dont leave it so long next time.

Graeme  

Graeme  

We moved on round the circle until Graeme unpacked his guitar and complete with Ipad, dialled up his first song, “IF” made famous by quite a few artistes but written by David Gates from Bread and here given the treatment by Graeme. Onto a great classic by Joe Jackson “Is she Really going Out with Him” A bit of class in the second half with an Eric Clapton number “Lonely Stranger” another debate ensued as to who was the artist. A name we havent heard for a while and to be truthful it was Graeme that introduced us to the mighty Michael Chapman “It’s that time of night” a great number to round a spot off with. Well done Graeme.

Rachael  

Rachael  

A new face and an old friend next as Rachael Crolla and guitar joined us for this nights session. I had the privelige to both know and play with Rachael’s Father Dave, and spent many a year being entrtained by his witless banter and great musicianship. Now she is carrying the baton and tonight was an opportunity to hear her perform. First up was a couple of self penned numbers “Mossdale” the harrowing tale of a caving disaster near Hawes in 1967. “The Borderless woman” a feminist tale straight form the Reivers. A travellers song next with Christy Moore’s version of “Go, Move , Shift!” A sad tale of the sensless harrassment meted out by ill guided miscreants on the travelling people both here and more violently back in Ireland.

Rachael finished her spot off with a Bob Dylan song “Hard Rains Gonna Fall” Well done Rachael, it was lovely to see you and even more to here you perform on your da’s guitar. I’m sure you made him proud.

Andy

Andy

Our resident councillor next up in the shape of Andy Brown, we do have al augh with Andy in regard to his self depreciation with his in his own words “miserable” songs. Tonight we had a  self penned song but  first up “Ask me no Questions” by Bridget St John  and a second song self penned  “Moving on” not quite a love song but had a certain sentiment. Andy then gave a Paolo Nuttini number his treatment “Candy” both performed  in his inimitable style. What would he finish his spot off with……………………………………..”The Night They Drove old Dixie Down” Well done Andy.

Just as we were preparing to wind up Stuart our resident itenerant folk singer had tuned up the pub guitar from the pub wall and finished our night off with two numbers. despondent with the politics in the songs tonight and making us aware the Elvis was not political, a fact debated by our assembled throng, Stuart gave us two belting numbers”Thats All Right Mama” and to finish “Wild Thing”

That finished our night off and a very pleasant night it was. Until next time BCW

Posted on November 13, 2018 .

Maltese Falcon flies the nest

David

David

Arriving late as usual I walked in to a sea of new faces not the usual suspects. No Brian & Kath (Bradford City at home? - quick check on Google confirms that this is not the case!) and Barry had reported in sick earlier in the day. Unfortunately not one of the assembled throng had pen or paper to hand so yours truly  volunteered to provide an abridged version of events.
From the start there appeared to be an early 40’s and 50’s theme to the night. Not sure if there was anything before this but the first song I heard was  David Kilvington playing Love is The Sweetest Thing followed by Write Myself A Letter.

It later transpired that John had played before my arrival and I am told it was very good but I have no idea what it was!

Next came a vaguely familiar face (James said he recognised it from the first ever time he came to SAS when he played accordion) playing ukulele and singing Derry Jones.

Derry and Jovica  

Derry and Jovica  

You’ll Never Know If You Don’t Know Now and Sentimental Journey were delightfully sung by Alicia Lugg

Jovica Jones sang Your Simple Dreams followed by Malaika - both beautifully performed and very different to the usual SAS fare.

Hi I am, Derry and Alicia

Hi I am, Derry and Alicia


Alicia, Derry and Jovica combined forces to sing Xxx (written  by Derry) in 3 part harmony.

More familiar ground next with James Porter and Iris Demense’s You Done Something Wrong and then I Don’t Want To Talk About it (Rod Stewart?). Excellent as always.

Blogger now with Paul Simon’s 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover and Will Young’s Leave Right Now.

It was agreed to have a quick round of one song each before the break and John kicked off with an excellent version of Train I Ride.

David slowed things down with I’m Losing You.

Alicia now sang Mary Hopkins’ Those Were The Days (with lots of La La Las! And with Derry’s ukulele and David’s guitar accompaniment)

Country Girls was played by Derry again accompanied by his trusty Uke.

Jovica Sang an unaccompanied traditional song Oh No John No.

James now with Richard Thompson’s Beswing. I’ve not heard James sing RT before - more please!

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James 

 Hi 

Blogger to finish off the round on trusty Michael Chapman ground with It Ain’t So.

Jovica, Alicia and Derry left at this point for their journey back to Harrogate. We all enjoyed their offerings immensely- please come back again soon!

 

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John

John kicked off the next round with a Nick Drake song featuring some complicated rhythms Things Behind The Sun.

Vincent was beautifully played by David - Don would have been impressed!

James next with Spider and The Fly followed by blogger with Mary Gautier’s How You Learn To Live Alone.

John now departs so David starts the next round with another lovely jazz style song Ain’t Miss Behavin.

James P changed the mood completely with his version of Christine McVie’s Song Bird (a la Eva Cassidy)

Following James P’s mixing up of Blogger’s last song with Randy Newman’s Feels Like Home it seemed as good a reason as any to sing that particular song!

I suspect that James P had a hand in the choice of David’s next song as he played Sting’s Fields of Gold (again a la Eva Cassidy).

James again with Little Sparrow which I believe is the first song he ever played at SAS.

Blogger finished the evening with Pancho and Lefty.

Another really good night and it was lovely to see some new faces - please come again soon. Next SAS on Tuesday 6th November and I hope to see you then.

Graeme M

Posted on October 17, 2018 .

Early Start

Brian  

Brian  

Brian started us off tonight a bit earlier than normal as we had a request for our friend Rachael, so first up was " Black is the Colour" Rachael then left to get back to the kids and this was followed up with a NittyGritty Dirt Band number " Mr Bojangles".


James

James

James up next a little bit surprised at the early start, James first number was a classic Blues number by Ben E King " Stand by Me" this was followed by a lesser known number by Kirsty Mc Coll "We Will never pass this way again" Great couple of songs James


Barry next and straight into country mode with " The Lost Highway" from last sessions lap steel to a Gibson J200 as played by Elvis in Lovin you. The next offering was "Keep on The Sunny side" an olde timey number from the states. Still going through the anthology of country music and featured in a carter Family album and also features in O Brother where art Thou. Good stuff as always Barry.


I hadn't seen our next muso for a while so it was nice to welcome Andy Brown back to our session and although he found it hard to follow Barry, we had another piece of Americana albeit from a more modern age and it was made famous by the Monkees" Day Dream Believer" but tonight we had the original version by John Stewart. Next up we had a sixties hit from Joan Baez " There but For Fortune" first released 1964. If James is our Human Jukebox and Barry the Country Wikipedia, then Andy is our" Love the one sad song specialist. Well done Andy and welcome back.


Brian back again with "Star Of The County Down" This was followed by a rebel song just recently covered and released by Rod Stewart " Grace" a song of love eternal from the Easter rising.


James up again with a Mike Heron, " A Maker of Islands" Mike plays with The incredible String Band. James next number was " Careless Love " featured in a Stephen King Film as well as covered by no less than Bessie a Smith , Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Well done


Barry next again with a Glen Campbell number " Kentucky means Paradise" a Merle Travis song but made famous by Glen. An 1854 number to continue with " Hard Times" a classic by Stephen Foster and recorded in 1905

Andy

Andy


Andy up again with a Joan Baeznumber " Diamonds and Rust from 1974 and released in 1975 and alludes to her relationship with Bob Dylan. We then continued with " Love the one your with " by Stephen Stills.

Graeme

Graeme


Graeme up next with a few numbers beginning with " Who knows where the Time Goes" sung by Sandy Denny and also performed by her with The Strawbs who she joined just a short while before joining Fairport Convention. Judy Collinsheard the original demo made in 1967 by Sandy and put her version out as a B side to her hit " Both Sides Now"

Next up was a great bit of jazz/ Blues a nice instrumental piece "Georgia" Well done Graeme and worth waiting for.


Back to Brian who continued with a Christy Moore number " Black Jack County Chain" and finished with a trad Irish number" Here's a Health to the company"


Now back to our jukebox James " Way over Under " by Carole King. " You been That Friend to me " by The Carter Family was James lastoffering for tonight, quite a cross section of genres from James. Well done.


Barry

Barry

Back to Barry again for another story song tonight " Waiting out The Storm" by Kate Mackenzie and to round off another country story song, " 21" a sad country song about a young man dying at 21.


Andy on his last lap and his penultimate number to be given the Andy treatment was a Journey number " Don't Stop Believing" A Dylan number to round his night off One too many Mornings. well done Andy.


Back to Graeme now with a John Hiatt number " Blues can't even find me" released in 2012 a gentle finger picked instrumental to finish with " Granpas lullaby" by Pat Kirtley


We then finished with a combined couple of numbers. Until next time BCW



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Posted on October 3, 2018 .

A Dobro in the Snug

A Dobro in a Snug!


Well another first for S.A.S tonight in the snug we had a dobro, Barry brought another of his collection along this evening to get an airing.


As the usual suspects trickled into the bar and ensconced themselves in the snug for a private but altogether satisfying session. We moved tables made space to ensure we didnt bash any of our precious intsruments and Ian Pucknell who had sauntered in for a quiet pint oined us for the session.


First up was the Blogger who was mindful that it was the first anniversary of the passing of our MC David Brimacombe, who will always be remembered with fondness by our Muso's This weekend Davids Grandaughters opened the railway line at Northcliffe Park in Shipley, this was a model railway line David designed but sadly never got to see completed. I'm sure we would all like his wife Ann to be aware of the high regard David was held in by S.A.S.

Brian

Brian

“When Apples still grow in November” and “Dark Eyed Gal' were the first of the songs tonight this was followed by a song written in Ireland about the politics of the day and how we blindly follow our political masters and their cronies into oblivion “Oblivious” by Mick Blake a grerat song writer and bard. Next offering was from a bit closer, Halifax to be exact as Pete Lanes “Oh Mary” a follow up to “The Mountains of Mourne” with “O Mary O Mary Forgive me I lied when I told You this London was a wonderful sight” a great song. The Blogger then rounded off his efforts with a Canadian/Scot Song from Bobby Watt “The Call” written by Bobby to remind us of that terrible moment in any immigrants life when the get the call from home to inform us of the passing of our parents.


John 

John 

John was next in line tonight as we moved round the room, he has a penchant for humourous self penned songs and country music. And his first effort by Box, Cox and Carr was “The Wheel of The Wagon is Broken” also recorded by a great country singer |Patsy Montana in 1936.

A more modern song next even if only by a few years with Jeepers Creepers” a 1938 song written for the movie “Going Places and premiered by no less than Louis Armstrong. Two self penned numbers from John that always make you laugh, smile! “Sporting Life Blues” and “Yorkshire” and to round off his spot for the evening was a Folk song from Spencer the Rover or the Copper family if wikipedia is to be believed “Spencer The Rover” as the song informs us was apparently sitting by a river near a mountain in ….......... wait for it................... Rotherham! Now which mountain would that be? Great songs none the less and all done with that wry smile! Well done John.


Our resident country historian next in Barry who tonight was the responsible for the title of the blog by bringing along his Dobro. This for the uninitiated is played across the lap and is picked and a Metal bar is used to Barre the strings it has a very unique sound and Barry played “Steel Guitar Rag” from back when he played this in the country Band ( he didn’t tell me their name) but we have photograhic evidence seen here of him playing said Dobro. Back with normal guitar then with a Bill Anderson number “Demons” There is always a story to Barry's choice off song and not only that but the songs are Stories in the Country Vein and next up was a Jimmy Driftwood Song “Do My Time” Jimmy never charged an entrance fee but preferred to pass the hat around at his gigs relying on peoples good will. A penultimate song that caused a bit of discussion next as “Make you feel my Love” started a debate between the less older members of our troupe who weren’t aware it was a Dylan song and related it only to a modern day singer Adele! Actually it was released on Dylan's Time out of Mind album in 1997 and was commercially released by no less than Billy Joel. How better to finish off with a classic dont drink and drive song as “Dont tell Mother” rlates the story of a young man desperate for his mother not to find out he was going to meet his maker with whiskey on his breath. Well done Barry and loved the Dobro!

Barry

Barry


James up next, if barry is our home grown anthology of Country Music then James epiomises the “Human Jukebox” title he has inherited as he never ceases to amaze us with his random selection of songs from his head! As a nod to Barry whom he followed on from was a Hank williams Number “You Win Again” and up to the late seventies with my friend Benny Gallager and Graham Lyle song from said era “Heart on my Sleeve” great songwriters and great song performed with aplomb. Benny came from Largs where my great Aunt Julia lived and was from Irish parents, both him and gGraham wrote hits for Mary Hopkin who was acommpanied on guitar with another friend of mine Brian Willoughby of both Mary Hopkin and The Strawbs. A Leonard Cohen song to stretch the Genres tonight with “Dance me to the end of Love” which was released in 1984 by Cohen. To finish off his set James rounded his spot off with a classic folk song from the pen of Ewan Macoll who realising that his real name James Miller was never going to get him anywhere? Reincarnated himself as Ewan Macoll and his song written after the Kinder scout Trespass by him”Manchester Rambler” he himself was a rambler and member of the young communist league and campaigned long and hard for mRamblers rights. James did him credit with this version of a classic song.


James 

James 

Last but not least was Graeme, as previously mentioned James the Jukebox, and John the Comedy Singer and Barry The Country man, and now Graeme the Fingerpicker. Titles by the way I have bestowed and no offence intended and these stylised names do not infer that no other player does not have these attributes. Graeme started off with a Coldplay number “The Scientist” a great song and performed brilliantly here tonight by Graeme. A finger picked tune now and a personal favourite of Blogger “A Nightingale sang in Berkely Square” written in 1939 by Masscwitz and Sherwin. Graemes next offering was another Coldplay number “In my Place” Now we wondered what has happened to our Graham Chapman reportoire as he seems of late to be taking a back seat of late. An Amy Winehouse number up next as “Back To Black” was given the Graeme treatment and if that wasn't enough that classic Manchester band to finish off as an Oasis hit “Wonderwall” and that rounded of a well rounded and well performed session at Swan Acoustic Session.


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Graeme

 

R.I.P David Brimacombe.



BCW

Posted on September 16, 2018 .

Six in the snug

Well a bit of a strange night really with Brian watching Bradford win and Graeme on hospital duties, it could have been quietone but it turned out ok as 6 eventually gathered and sang many songs.

So another good night began and as I had pen and paper I wrote down the songs.

Barry

Barry

But due to me being busy painting a kitchen at the moment this will probably be more of a ‘list of songs’rather than the normal Blog.

Barry.

Carolina Star, Ready For the Time To Get Better, Nobody Knows But Me, Honky Tonkin and two personal favourites, I Cant Help It (Still In Love With You) and Hard Times.

Andy

Andy

Andy.

Me and Bobby MGee, I Need Your Love So Bad, Tell it Like it is by the Neville Brothers, two of his own, Freedom, Long Hot Summer and As if they WereStill Lovers by The Human League, but nicelydone by Andy.

James

James 

James 

Rosemary Lane, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, Candy, Paris(thanks for the added guitar Graeme) and my nod to Aretha, Natural Woman/Man.

Mandy

Mandy

Mandy

Who gave us a collection of her own songs; Lights on Broadway, Time, Janie and the poignant Sad Violin, all done on Barry’s lovely guitar.

john

john

John

A great rendition of one of my favourite Carol Kings song, It’s To Late, with nice guitar licks originally played by Danny Kooch.

Bogies Bonny Belle, a Scottish traditional tune, Shoe Fly Pie and Apple Pie Dowdy a jazzy bluesy song, Dinah Shore’s version seems to be a favourite.

A nice version of the Beatles Blackbird then Doctor Blues which I think was one of his own as it was a bit comedic.

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme

A late arrival but he still managed a number of good songs.

The Dance by Garth Brooks (new to me) When The Girl In Your Arms, a Cliff Richard song I loved as a young lad. Sweet Caroline, Nights In White Satin with nice guitar bits and finally to finish us off Buddy Holly’s Everyday.

Back to my Painting

James P

Posted on August 23, 2018 .

Whistle while you Work

Kath & Brian

Kath & Brian

Barry 

Barry 

Graeme

Graeme

Whistle while you work  Well after our holiday sojourn we actually set off for The Swan at Addingham and were actually half way here before Kath said " it's the 31st" Well those that are in the know we only attend on the first and third, and this month is a five week month DOH!

James 

James 

John

John

Well back on track here tonight and after the fish and chip crew had left we  happy six sat in the corner at the big table. Blogger kicked off the night with a Irish standard that reached number 1 for Thin Lizzy in 1971 " Whiskey In The Jar" ably accompanied by Kath on Mandolin. This was followed by " You couldn't Have Come At a Better Time" written by Barry Moore, Christy Moores  younger brother.

Next up was our resident country singer Barry Lane, first up was " It's Sad" written by Wyatt McBinn and given the Barry treatment this was followed by a song brought to these shores by a luminary as Lonnie Donegan " Nobody's Child" a very emotional song that made number 1 in Ireland. Well done Barry.

Graeme next up and tonight we had a blast from the past a 1949 " Release me" made famous by Englebert Humberdink and hereby given a great airing! Next up was a classic eighties song from Hazel O'Connor " Will You" and it was a great version and a hit with our audience. Well done Graeme.

James our jukebox was next up with a PAUL Simon number " Slip Slidin Away" a crackin song and a great version of Paul Simons best. A Carter family song to finish his first spot off "You been That friend to Me"

John our resident comic songster which is not a slight on his ability to perform but more a  nod to his penchant for writing and performing great comedy songs. First up was a Richard Thompson song" Waltzings For Dreamers" was not an example of what we normally expect but was instead was a finger picked number and a great version of this song. Johns next number was one not to let me down. With an American drawl we had a great song  about Kissin Cousins "  Happy Family" A great comedy song and ably pulled of by John, Brilliant
A quick break and then onto the second half, this time the blogger  started with a self indulgent song by Gordon Lightfoot song " in The Early Morning Rain" and was followed by a Scottish rebel song " Ye Jacobites" with Kath on harmonies.

Barry next again,  but this time with a mandolin, not just any mandolin but a beautiful Gibson Mandolin. A tune to start us off with " Bluegrass Breakdown " Back on guitar now and loaned behold a U2 song from Barry. Bloody hell " And I still haven't found what I'm looking for" Well that was a definite first! Well done Barry

Back to Graeme now and during the interval we were joined by Phil to bring us up to 7
Graeme gave us " Forever Young " by his Bobship. Good stuff Graeme. To finish his spots off we had  a song he had  doubts  about. These were unfounded as he launched into a Bobby Gentry number " Ode to  Billy Joe" a great version and well worth airing despite his initial concerns this was a great version.

Back to James now and  a Kirsty Macoll song " We'll never pass this way again" and a roundup song by  Robin Williamson " October Song " written by a member of the Incredible String Band. Well done James, a wide spectrum of material as usual.

Our latecomer now Phil who having taken a place in the group was given the signal for three as he was given a yellow card for a late appearance. First up was another U2 Song " Cradle to The Grave"  complete with a neck harness for his harmonica. More publicity for this struggling band! Well we have to do our bit for these burgeoning bands. " Soldier Boy " a self penned number. Phil must have missed the signal as the mantle was passed to John to round our night off and he started with a great blues classic " Baby please Don't Go" a fantastic version of a great song  Gerry Cooper eat your heart out, and to round up our spots John gave us a story on the falling of the Bridge of Tay " The Tay Bridge disaster"

A great night and a varied night! Until next time BCW

 

Posted on August 7, 2018 .

Holiday Time

 I’m writing this short message from the beach in Santorini where I am in the second week of my annual holiday, Graeme has very kindly sent me the pictures of this weeks musicians at The Swan in Addingham.

Graeme, Barry, James, Phil and John  and Andy and I will post when WiFi allow

 

 BCW

As Our Skipper was away on holly’s I suddenly found myself with a pen and paper in hand and was morally obliged to do my duty.

With the aroma of fish and nerks wafting around the main arena the small team tightly was camped in t’uther room.

Graham took up the Skipper’s mantle this week and kicked off with a Ralph McTell number called The Girl from the Hiring Fair which I believe he originally wrote for Fairport Convention. This was followed by a song by Steptoe & Son, or was it the Rag and Bone Man “Only Human”. This was a superb version by Graham. He really did it justice.

Next on track was our King of Country Barry singing a “Whispering“Bill Anderson song Chasing Demons. The was Followed by an excellent version of the Elvis Song Mystery Train which was written by Junior Parker in 1955 and recorded in Sam Phillips studios.

John

John

Next was John who was on seriously good form with James Taylor’s You can Close your Eyes which can be found on the album Mud Side Slim and the Blue Horizon.(1971) , The song has also been covered by Linda Ronstadt and Carly Simon over the years. Next song needs no introducing Beatle George’s classic Here Comes the Sun from the classic Abbey Road Album. Cockney had a major hit with this in 1976.

Next was the Human Jukebox Mr J Porter. He rattled of a couple of goodies. I wish I never saw the Sunshine by The Ronette's in the 60’s or alternatively covered by Beth Orton in the 90’s.

This was followed by a 1973 single by Gallagher & Lyle - Jesus Save me. Well done James.

Next on was Andy withan Elvis Costello number –theclassic Shipbuilding. This was written by Elvis during the Falklands war in 1982 and appeared on the Punch the Clock album which is in my record collection somewhere. Robert Wyatt also did a well-known version of this song. Andy’s Anti-Drug song next with the Verve’s classic Drugs Don’t Work which you can find on the album Urban Hymns.

Phil

Phil

Yours truly (Phil) next debuting a song Freedom which is a follow up to No Justice about a friend of mine who had a bad time a few years ago. This was followed by my song The Gravy Train which was based on the expenses scandal a few years back, but with some artistic licence.

End of Round One- Phew

Back on for round two was Graham with Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Waistcoat off his 1971 Album Songs of Love and Hate. The king of country requested a Michael Chapman instrumental which Graham expertly obliged albeit with aUNnamed but different one by the same.

Next on the Country King Barry told us to Ride down Easy written by Billy Jo Shaver and covered by various country artists including Waylon Jennings in the 1970’s. Followed by Live Forever (not the Oasis song).

John had now disappeared after his tiring day in Morecambe (I believe). Graham managed to snap him on the way out but it appears as though wasn’t vain enough to do a selfie. Barry need not apply though for the photographer’s job after not doing himself justice previously!

Andy

Andy

Andy played an excellent self-penned number I Found My Freedom followed by Mr Cohen’s classic Suzanne.

Next On was James who to my delight was on Elvis C duty again with the classic watching the Detectives. He is a great songwriter and I enjoy delving into his old work on Vinyl.

James

James

Yours truly next with my “Monica “version of The Clash Rockabilly Song - Brand New Cadillac which written by Vince Taylor in the 1950's. This was followed by my own anti-drugs song who do you think you are?

And then to round 3

Graham. - A Great Version of the Bellamy Bros hit from 1976 Let Your Love Flow which Tom Jones covered in the 90’s

Barry

Barry

Country King Barry with Rodney Crowell’s- Song for Life from the Album Aint Living Long Like this in 1978. Good stuff again B,

Andy- Grammy Award Winner Marc Cohen’s classic Walkingin Memphis from 1990. Great Stuff.

James- Kept me happy with Bolan’s One Inch Rock of which I have many versions of. It is a short song and James does a fine job.

Phil-Mr Zimmerman’s Knocking on Heaven’s door.

Graham led the final singalong with Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit In the Summertime.

An enjoyable night had by all and watched by Guitar lessMand.

Cheers.  Hope Mr & Mrs Skipper had a good holly. And see you all soon

Posted on July 19, 2018 .

Great little night

Well the car park was very busy as we turned into it in Kaths soft-top having enjoyed the ride over, it was time to extract the guitar from the boot and mosey into The Swan for one of our bi-monthly sessions.

The diners were in full throng and there was nowhere for us to settle so spotting birthday boy Ian Pucknell we went for the first time ever into the snug. Not having been in there previously for any length of time it was made quite apparent very quickly that standing in front of the ladies toilet door was not a good move as one after another flocked to the toilet and I felt like i was engaged in a ceili dance moving backwards and forwards. Anyway the normal snug persons then came to claim there perches and gave up the large table in the lounge, and we filed out and took our places.

There was Barry, John, Graeme, Ian Stuart and Blogger a relatively quiet night but beset with talent and humour.

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First up was the Blogger setting the bar low as normal. Tonight it was a mixture of Irish Classics and a quirky number. "Black is the Colour" a song nicked on admission by Christy Moore from his time touring Scotland, Followed by a number one from Ireland 1981 in fact for a band called The Wolfetones and "The Streets of New York tells the tale of another Immigrants story. Achance to do a modern number was not to be spurned so a hit from the seventies was rattled out as Slade's "Cum on Feel The Noise" was given the acoustic treatment. This was followed by a Neil Young song "Four Strong Winds" and finally one of the few songs I know about street girls "Raglan Road" A very much mixed bag and done in bloggers inimitable style.

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Our resident country archivist was next Barry and if James is the jukebox the Barry is The Old Oprey almanac of country music. Resplendent with his trusty Gibson Barry gave us a plethora of Country songs and stories with any historical background that was needed. First up was "I'll Give You Music by  Dennis/ Atkins. I originally thought that was the authors name but I think it was Chet Atkins and some fella called Dennis? Anyway great song. This was followed by "Dont this road Look Rough and Rocky"? Barry had obviously come over the same road as Kath and myself from Bradford! We then had a short song from Barry about "Burglar Man" which started a debate re how old this particular song was, it was definitely written by Frank Hutchison in 1928 as I am reliably informed. A song last performed quite some time ago was next as Barry keeps a log of songs he has performed in order to avoid duplication in a relatively short time. "Golden Guitar" was given another airing and tells the story of a wall mounted guitar owned by a young musician who tragically died by Bill Anderson. Barry's final offering was "Losing The Human Race" I have it as by Randy Travis but will await correction. Well Done Barry and we are glad you are over your recent illness that prevented you from attending the last session.

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Next up was John a prolific writer of humerous songs and I stand amazed as to his ability to get so many words in a line and still make it rhyme. First up was a song I have heard previously by Rich Hall "Women Call it Stalking" with that classic line she called it a hearing and I called it a Date! Great stuff. Another self penned song was next "Talking Superman Blues' which read like a Marvel anthology of Superheroes! Amazing list. Back to a Classic now with a Richard Thompson number "Taking my business Elsewhere" Now the last twlo form John I may have got confused as "Home Made Wine and "John Barley Corn. I hope I havent sold him short on these as both were very well done and John Barley corn story has morphed a thousand imposters!

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Graeme was next around the table and had brought his new to him Collings and I have forgotten how many he said he had, but this model I beleive was a 1981 dreadnought model. It certainly had a lovely sound that was certain and with Gremes finger picking style I'm sure it will get a lot of airings. A great  song from Graeme i.e from the seventies as Joe Jacksons "Is she really going out with him was performed on said guitar, sounded sweet to me. a little bit later for the next one 1976/77 for a Justin Hayward number "Forever Autumn" form that fantastic album "War of The Worlds" and given grace here by Graeme. Same era for our next song which leads me to beleive that Graeme may have been listening to Johnny Walker last Weekend. "Heart on my Sleeve from Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle a fantastic duo and Benny is one of my face book friends who still posts humorous stories on FB. Well done Graeme I have already downloaded the chords for that one as it is a personal fave of mine. A Creedance song was next "Down on The Corner" from the pen of the mighty John Fogerty a CLASSIC! Rounding off his spot with an Adele Song was genius "Someone Like You" a great set Graeme

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Birthday boy Ian Pucknell next who was promted into attending by a facebook message. We heard stories of house and boat tribulations prior to the session and the ubiquitous "I havent touched a guitar in ages" prior to him commencing. Tonight after a verse of "Happy Birthday" we had a Willie Nelson Song "You were always on my Mind" not heard Ian perform that one before, but the next one he has made his own! Ufortunately I dont know who wrote it "Lady Take your Time" { Ah! Allan Taylor} a Tom Waits song was next (He obviously had been practising) "Closing Time" and then another Allan Taylor Song "Roll on the Day with Pam on harmonies. Rounding off with a Steve Earle song "Goodbye" Great stuff Ian and welcome back from your trips on the high seas on Leeds Liverpool canal.

 

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Stuart:  was up last with the pub guitar hastily tuned and throughly thrashed with a Led Zeppelin classic "Rock n Roll" he managed to bugger his fingers up so it was just the one from Stuart. Mand had come into watch and listen and declined an opportunity to perform. So that was it for our second visit in June. Roll on July

 BCW

Posted on June 22, 2018 .

Missing in action

Well I arrived exceptionally early (for me!) to try to disprove the myth that arriving early means you get roped in to blogging duties only to find that it is fact not myth!


At 8.30pm it was just Andy Brown and myself joined around 5mins later by The Juke and that appeared to be the extent of willing participants this evening.


After a short chat putting the world to rights Andy kicked things off with Me And Bobby McGee after which it was decided to do one song each in rotation. This meant thatJames was following on straight away with Gallagher & Lyle’s Heart on My Sleeve. Blogger played his version of Taj Mahal’s Statesborough Blues.


James   

James

 

Andy

Andy

Round Deux started with Andy in Elton John mode with Daniel
Due to the small numbers and a nearly empty pub it was unilaterally agreed not to applaud each performance ( even though everything was exceptionally good!).
James again, still in G&L mode with Jesus Saved Me.
Blogger followed in Moody Blues vein with Forever Autumn.
We fairly hastily arrived at round three which comprised Andy with George Ezra’s Budapest, James with Way Over Yonder (but played very close by) by Carole King and yours truly with Wonderwall by Oasis.
Andy now with Lying In Your Loving Arms Again by Etta James. James (not the Etta type of James this time), rather taken aback by how quickly his turn had come around again, with a Gerry Rafferty song made famous by Finbar and Eddie Furey (and now by James P) Her Father Never Liked Me Anyway. Blogger next with John Hyatt’s Icy Blue Heart ❄️ 💓
Don’t Give Up The Day Job was written and performed by Andy. James in BeeGees mode with To Love Somebody (with three part harmony!). This round completed with blogger and Jim Croce’s Lover’s Cross.
Last round before “comfort break”. Andy with They Don’t Own Me by Richard Ashcroft (he of The Verve fame). Damian Rice’s Delicate was performed by James. Back in the Moody Blues theme blogger finished Part 1 with Nights In White Satin.
Suitably refreshed and relieved the opening shot of the second half was Andy and Damian Rice’s Cannonball (pun intended!). Man of The World is a phrase often associated with James P, on this occasion we are referring to the Fleetwood Mac song. This prompted firstly blogger into Oh Well Part One and then Andy into Need Your Love So Bad.
James back to Gallagher and Lyle with Willie. Pretty Woman by The Big O by blogger.
I have not heard Andy play a Drifters song before but as we all know there is a first time for everything hence Under The Boardwalk. Dirty Old Town (obviously not Addingham!) was played by James and written by Ewan McColl. Blogger next with Jolene by Ray La Montagne.
Final round with the theme being “all join in songs”. Andy with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. James with Bring It On Home To Me and blogger finished things off with Buddy Holly’s Everyday. Well as it turns out not quite finish things off as we still had a rousing version of Oh Boy to come!
It is now well past eleven and we have had a great time. Andy and James were both on top form tonight. Nobody volunteered to take my photo so you can’t see my new guitar (that nobody here noticed!)
See you at the next SAS on 19th June.
Graeme M

Posted on June 6, 2018 .

Parade Ground

Bradford City are at home tonight so for some inexplicable reason Capt Wylie chose the terraces of Valley Parade rather than SAS. All was not lost however as we still had the pleasure of Mrs Wylie who presumably did not get an invite to the game but anyway chose to grace us with her presence rather than spend an evening in front of the TV.


Blogger took on the Captain’s traditional role and started things off with a song that I first heard on Junior Choice on the Light Programme over half a century ago - Messing About On The River which, according to my iPad, was written by Tony Hatch. This was followed by an instrumental version of Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Barry was next up with two Jimmy songs. The first being Jimmy Driftwood’s Got To Do My Time and this was followed by Jimmy Skinner’s Honey You Don’t Know My Mind. Two well played songs that perhaps only Barry had heard before.
Now it was the turn of James “Juke” Porter who started with Paul Simon’s Come On Take Me To The Mardi Gras Stay Young.
Paul Simon made another appearance with an excellent version of America being given the Gloria treatment. Simon Smith also made an appearance with his amazing dancing bear in an amazing version by Gloria.
Keeping an eye on the score at Valley Parade, currently 1-1 with 15mins to go. Mrs W thinks it could go either way at the moment so maybe she will look forward to going home, maybe not.
Round two starts with blogger playing Dr Frankenstein by Jack Savoretti (as introduced to blogger by the absent Mr W). This was followed by a Michael Chapman number A Cowboy Phase which was a last second choice and would probably have been better had it been played at some point in the last year!
Country time again with Barry and Ed Penney Junior ‘s Where Do You Go - perhaps asking what happened to Ed Penney Senior? Don Reno’s I Could Cry completed Barry’s excellent round 2.
Man of the World was next up on the Juke box followed by Mike Heron (of Incredible String Band fame) Maker of Islands. Good stuff as always from James.
Final score 1-1. Phew! Mrs Wiley doesn’t have to rush home to make sure the cat is out of harm’s way.
The Poor Old Weaver’s Daughter was an SAS first for Gloria - don’t let it be a last! A total change of direction now with an excellent version of Bob Dylan’s Things Have Changed.

Short break (with tales of Gloria’s escapades in the Arctic) followed by round three - just one each this time.


Bloggers first with Randy Newman’s Feels Like Home To Me (apologies to Kath for pinching her song!)


Barry next with John Hardy by The Carter Family which was written in Bflat but Barry skilfully transposed it i to A#.


James completed his evening’s work with In The Early Morning Rain by Clive Palmer (also of Incredible String Band fame).


Gloria to round things off with Sunday Afternoon by the Kinks


Not too many in the audience or performer list but a great night all the same - certainly better than sitting in watching tv or a 1-1 draw at The City!


Next SAS on Tuesday 15th May.

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Posted on May 2, 2018 .

Da do Ron Ron da doo Ron ron

No April Fools Night tonight as 8 trusty performers turned up to play, as usual we seemed to be our own audience but that matters none to us, we just enjoy the music.

Abandoning normal protocol when the Blogger (me) normally starts Brian opted to play first as he will often do being the regular scribe.

First song was ‘The Man From Connemara’ by Sean Keane and was accompanied by Kath on mandolin. A new song to me but this man in the song travelled the world and his life achievements were told in his songs.

Next an old favourite ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ by Gerry Marsden,a song with a good message about resolving arguments before sleeping.

 

Pat

Pat

Next up Pat Sherry a newcomer but an old friend of Brian’s (I have lost count of how many musician friends Brian has and there are probably many more) Pat who was obviously a seasoned performer had also been in a band with Brian.

He started with a favourite of mine Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ and his strong voice and his competent guitar work showed a few years of experience.

‘Raglan Road’ was his next offering, an Irish song from a poem about a dangerous love affair.

Barry

Barry

Now Its Country time again, with Barry.

First was ‘Big River’ a song that was released in 1957 by Johnny Cash and ‘Ballad Of A Teenage Queen’ by J.C but written by Jack Clement. Both songs had a nifty bit of guitar picking from Barry.

James

James

Bloggers turn now. A Mike Heron song ‘Maker Of Islands’ This is a song about hoping to find a partner to help guide you through life.  Saw Mike about 4 years ago playing with his daughter and a band called Trembling Bells. They covered all of his old band’s (The Incredible String Band) songs really well. Next my favourite Bob Marley song ‘Redemption Song’ that is surprisingly not a Reggae song.

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme next (Michael Chapman log out now as you seem to be out of favour tonight)

Dave Artiss

Dave Artiss

Now Graeme has a friend Dave Artiss,a competent player singer who has visited us twice, I think. Now it appears he is also a competent songwriter and Graeme performed 4 of his songs tonight

His songs appear to reflect his life and his travels not unlike ‘The man from Connemara’ the first one ‘Blues For You’ was about a player who sings songs to please the crowd but one wonders what he likes to play for himself.

The second ‘The Ringleader’ about a man he met in New York who’s Grandfather a Banker sometimes performed as a clown. Nice Bouncy guitar on this one befitting a circus clown.

 

Andy

Andy

Andy Brown next with a version of Palo Nutini’s ‘Candy’ Nice to hear a different version of this song as Andy added, what I would describe as a bit of Folk Rapping.

A Self written song next ‘Some Days It All Goes So Easy’ a really nice song I have heard Andy do a couple of times.

Mike

Mike

We had an overdue visit from Mike Craig next with some country rock ‘Hometown Blues’ by Steve Earle with some nice sounding guitar. I don’t own much of this

Genre of music but I always like all the stuff Mike does.

Next was ’Midnight Special’ a great song I have seen P.McCartney do live.

I had this song many years ago in a book that came with my first guitar.

Kath

Kath

I had never heard it (no internet then) but played along anyway, some say it’s a good way to approach a song.

Kath next, recovering from a chest infection but still in fine voice with ‘Wishing Chair’ a Pete Lane song.

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Brian again with ‘She Was The Prize’ by Gaelic Storm, a new song to me but with heartfelt lyrics. Then ‘Dr Frankenstein’ by Jack Savoretti  a song I only know from Brian, strange title but some good lyrics and always done well.

Pat now singing a self written hilarious song about a ride on a bus, or buz if you are from Lancashire. I think it was titled ‘The Life Of A Bradford Metro’ it was atouch Victoria Wood but ended up as David Bowie’s A Space Oddity catching the jazzy

Bill Bailey Wont You Please Come Home on the way.

Then ‘The Rose Of Allendale’ an Irish Standard song.

Barry again with Hank Williams ‘The Lost Highway’ a good song but a sad one actually written by Leon Payne. I have a lot of Hanks music, he was a great songwriter and I did think it was his song.

Then ‘California Earthquake’ by Rodney Crowell but somehow I kept thinking of Aleister Crowley the English Occultist who I used to have an album by, it was a very weird album.

Blogger again with the Christine Perfect or McVie classic song ‘Songbird’

Then the old Sam Cooke song a definite favourite of mine ‘Bring It On Home’

Graeme again playing Dave Artiss songs ‘Time For Wonder’ or possibly wander

Again drawing inspiration from his life, this time from when he was as a teacher.

Next ‘Railway Man’ a tale of, presumably someone he had met, who had worked on the Malaysian Railway as a war prisoner then met up and became friends with one of his captors. I have some knowledge of this period after been given a book by my wife’s Grandfather who had also worked on that railway.

Andy again with another self written song ‘Coming Home’ then the brilliant

‘After The Gold Rush’

Mike country rocking again with ‘The Last Of My Kind’ by Jason Hisbell and the more bluesy brilliant ‘Good Night Irene’ 

Finally a nice rendition of Stevie Nicks ‘Landslide’ from Kath then a rousing

‘Da Do Ron Ron’ started by Pat that went a bit Acapella

See you next time

James P.

Posted on April 18, 2018 .

April Fool

APRIL FOOL ?


It was the beginning of the month as I sat waiting for others in the rather quiet Swan in Addingham at 8-25pm.

Half an hour later I was still the only one and thinking that I was some part of an April fools joke.... but I was there on the 'right' night this time. 

As I was ready to go back home, Rob arrived toting two guitars and our conversation dwelt on the past years like when he was the opening act in Nottingham on the same billing as Martin Carthy and I had done the same with my Levin and mouth organ at the Bradford 'Topic' folk club.  I booked Martin several times but that was before Rob was even born !


A majority vote was them made (all two of us with no dissenters) to go over to Silsden where a full house was in session at the Kings Head.  Even joining in at 9-45pm, allowed us to get two songs a piece.


Barry C. Lane

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Barry 

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Posted on April 5, 2018 .

A Quiet night on the Town

Stuart and Rob

Stuart and Rob

Well a few new faces tonight at the Swan tonight with Bob and Stuart who tonight breaking with tradition started us off tonight with aSeth Lakemansong "The White Hare". We then had " times like these "by TheFoo Fighters, Bob and Stuart had popped in a few weeks in for a beer and were intrigued to find us sitting in the corner. we then explained what we were about and our format and they promised to pop back, /and tonight was that night. They had a very nice way with the songs in spite of the varying styles and genres. well done boys and what are we having to finish your initial set with?  What! aJohn  Mayernumber " Gravity" Setting the bar a bit high here!

Barry was next up, for the uninitiated, Barry is our resident country picker and tonight we had for our first offering from the country scene, a farming country song " Devil On the Plough" Barry had married the original song with some self penned verses. A Rodney Crowle song next up " Song for Life" by Merle haggard. Well done Barry

Barry

Barry

Kath was next in our circle of muses  and we had a classic for us long suffering spouses "You Suffer so Well " by Eleanor McEvoy Well done, and spontaneous applause from through the pub. Brian up next with a couple of numbers, a Luka Bloom number " You Couldn't have come at a better time" and a old standard Irish Song " Raglan Road"

James

James

Our Human  jukebox James was up next with a Billy Bragg number also covered by Kirsty McColl  "21". Then a new one to our assembled throng, "Death of a Clown" written by one of the KinksRay Davies. A new one James and they just keep on coming.

Rob

Rob



Our late entry next up Rob although late in he more than made up for this with his first offering a John Martyn number "Over the Hill" he did say just prior to starting that he wouldn't do it as good as John but guess what he did it better and those who remember JM at the Leeds Concert will remember that song. We then carried on  up to our beer and toilet break with  a self/penned number "Blindfolded" Excellent stuff Rob and we will definitely have a go on that song "Clementine"


Back for the second half with Stuart an Bob who shocked us by informing us all the had only been playing together for a few weeks! Well that wasn't the impression we all had. There second spot began  with them having to cut short their set but because Rob was late in we begged them to give us a repeat of an earlier number so Rob could appreciate what we had heard.

Back to Barry for our shot  of country material, "On Your Way Home" by Matraca Berg, whom Barry informs me is married to one of the Nitty Gritty  Dirt Band. A first Airing for another song " Not so FarAway" Garth Fundus

Kath up next with a classic Irish number "Spancil Hill" and then at a request from Barry as he missed it last week we had a Randy NewMan song  "Feels Like Home" A cracking song. Well done and sorry for the guitar playing!

Brian next up with a Rebels song " Rising of The Moon" and followed this by "She Was The Prize"

James up next with " Cry to Me" by  the Stones, this was followed up with a classic number or as James said a song that thinks it's Irish and written by a man who thinks he's Scottish "Dirty Old Town" excellent and sorry for the dodgy accompaniment.

Rob to round off off our session for tonight "Darling  NolaClementine" written for his two year old daughter. A cracking song bristling with emotion as only a dad can know.
"I Am The Captain"  was our last song and that rounded off a quiet but selective night. See you next time BCW

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Posted on March 20, 2018 .

Another great night

Brian 

Brian 

Brian was first up as is the norm, and an old chestnut from the Nitty Gritty Band " Waiting on a Dark Eyed Gal" this was also covered by Nanci Grifiths. This was followed by a self penned number for my wife Kath. A song that after my behaviour earlier in the day was required to remind me that anger is flash and fast but love and loving is slow and grows and erases the anger, and to stop being a Jerk.

Barry 

Barry 


Barry was next in the round, "I Give you Music" by Dennis Atkins, now Barry is our Country affecianado and an old song from my growing up was next and a great country version of "Nobody's Child" by Ci Coben. It is always an education in country music when Barry plays country. Barry is rapidly becoming our country jukebox to rival James with his encyclopaedic knowledge. Well done and nice to see you back.

Graeme 

Graeme 


Graeme was in the inner circle tonight and this meant being further up the pecking order dictated by our seating arrangement. Graeme is also our resident finger picker and we waited with bated breath for our entertainment and tonight it was a female edge with a Joni Mitchell  and "Both sides now" and a really tasty version it was, beautiful finger picking. A Mary Gauthier number "That's how you learn to live alone" This was a first for Graeme and our assembled throng. Great stuff as always.

Ian 

Ian 


Ian Pucknell was our next victim' sorry artiste and having not been since our last session of 2017, brought us up to date with his recently acquired narrow boat. His first number was  a revolutionary song from Ian as they fought with Fidel and Che, Che Guevera was I suppose most of my generations folk hero and I dread to think how many T shirts emblazoned with that charismatic face we went through. I have one still. As "Los Campeneros " melded into a exercise of finger picking. Well done Ian.

James       

James 

 

 


The turn of our human jukebox James, "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" by Yorkshires own Robert Palmer,And his bob ship. James did a great version of this number. A 60's number to finish and " You Better Move On" by the Stones, and Arthur Alexander.

Phil

Phil


Second to Last but certainly not least was last sessions blogger Phil, with " Boozin" and I had to photograph him with his pint. This was a song warning of the evil of drink in excess and was a self penned number for a friend of Phils whose drinking habits  nearly cost him everything.( poetic licence used in abundance) R Monica was loaded up for his second number and we had "Ain't got noReason" by the clash.

Kath 

Kath 



Kath  rounded off our first half with accompanied by the Blogger, and we had a faultless version of Patsy Clines "Crazy"

Brian then rattled off a vocal song " Here's a health to the Company" and followed this with another raucous ballad and as was pointed out our first Trad Arr of the evening " Ye Jacobites by Name" A song referencing 1745 rebellion, I feel drawn to songs with a rebel edge. I don't know where that comes from.

Back to Barry, with a Hugh Moffat  song "Slow Moving Freight Train " another Hugh Moffat number "Loving You" to round his country spot off. Again well done Barry. Country music and history of same in one night.

The finger of fate points to Graeme  who was decidedly off piste tonight and we were more than curious as to what was to come, oh dear no more girly stuff so it was back to his newly found Allan Taylor, "For What it's Worth" a song asking the question what we would do if we could go back to our young self and would we make the same mistakes again. Our final offering was a classic Oasis number " Don't Look Back in Anger" perfect!

Round we go to Ian who with badly bashed thumb and breathing problems still had to perform". Leaving At Dawn" another Alan Taylor number. To round of his spot Ian gave us " Save the Last Dance Me" By The Drifters. Great stuff Ian.

Last spot for James,a Ewan Macoll number " My Old Man " and followed by Ewan's daughter Kirsty " Other Peoples Hearts" Great stuff James and apologies for the interim chit chat on the Mc Call dynasty. Great stuff as always


Phil was our penultimate artiste this evening " Jack Of All Trades" which his notes informed me were the Album Version by The Boss! To finish Phil gave us his self penned anti drug song" who do you think you are" great stuff


Back to Kath to round of another pleasant evening with an Edwina Hayes  number " Feels Like Home" Both went down great.
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Posted on March 6, 2018 .

New Year Blues

Swan Blog 20/2/18

Kath & Brian

Kath & Brian

After a hit & miss start to the New Year due to adverse weather the Sessions were back up any running with a full squad. (sort of)

The finger of fate was pointed in my direction to be the blogger, this despite my last effort been out of sync. ( a bit late due to the extensive research on the playlist.?)

Brian 

Brian 

Our Skipper kicked off on flute then Banjo with fine support from Kath on the Mando with a couple of fine Irish tunes , Dunmore Lassies which I believe was done by the Cheiftansand Farewell to Erin,

This can be found on an interestingly titled Old Hag You Have Killed Me by the Bothy Band in 1970.

Gloria

Gloria

Next up was the excellent Gloria whose song by the popular “TradArr” called The Overgate (I could not guess that title) it was a boy meets girl story in an area of Dundee called The Overgate/  This was following by a lively and amusing composition by Jake Thackeray called The (Frigging) Brigadeer which had one line about kissing bums.? 

James

James

Next was the Human Jukebox Mr Porter (James) with an excellent Paulo Nutini song Last Request off his album These Streets which I am sure have got a copy in my collectionsomewhere.  This was followed by with Midnight Special which I believe James may have based on a Billy Bragg version (Shine A Light Album of American Railrowad Songs)

Mike

Mike

Mike Craig made a welcome return to the fold with a couple good of songs. Unfortunately blogger blipped slightly and could only read the words Moonshiner and “TradArr”  Ifanyone could shine a light on the missing bit that would be good.

Graeme

Graeme

Graemeon next with a superb version of Paul Simon’s Slip Sliding away and his version of Myself at Last by Graham Nash from the album This Path Tonight. As ever,excellently done Graeme.

Uton

Uton

We then had a surprise star guest appearance of Uton who is king of the blues. Great Versions of Little Red Rooster (Howlin’ Wolf/ or Stones) and You Gotta Move which is a traditional African/American spiritual song. It can be found on the classic Stones Album Sticky Fingers. I own a copy of this LP which has an actual zip on the sleeve.

Andy

Andy

Next up was the self proclaimed master of Doom. Andy B. who rattled of Van the Man Classic And it Stoned me from the album Moondance.  Andy then proved he has soul by rattling off at Otis Redding number Try a Little Tenderness, which I believed was sung by Bing Crosby as far back as 1933.

El Blogger Next (Phil)

Phil

Phil

A Rockabilly song by Vince Taylor which was covered by The Clash on their classic London Calling album.I havn’t done this for a long while.  Assisted by my “ R. Monica.”

And then my song “Gravy Train” which was written on the back of the M.P.’s expenses scandal a few years ago. Artistic licence has been used on the lyrics.

Quick half time break and off we go.

Kath rattled of a fine tune called Maple Leaf.  Which is likely to have Canadian origins followed by Skipper Brian who did a fine tune called Man of Aran which is on a Soundtrack by British Sea Power.

Gloria on form again with a song about Napoleon called “The Green Linnett”. Always interesting tunes by Gloria who likes to delve into the “TradArr” catalogue.

James next with a nice song Rosemary Lane Trad. Couldn’t find any info on this except a TV Series which I doubt has any connection whatsoever. Please put me straight James.

Great tune from Mike called Got Me A Woman which  is by Ben Caplan and the Casual Smiles which is a new one to me.

Graham does a five version of Tracy Chapman’s Baby Can I Hold You Tonight.

Andy next who does a good song by the talented Newton Faulkner called Dream Catch Me from the Album Hand Built by Robots.

El Blogger (Phil)

Mr Zimmerman’s Knocking on Heaven’s door complete with another run out from “R.Monica”

A Good Night had by all finished off with a wee jam.

Posted on March 6, 2018 .

2018 The Year Of The Dog

 

 

2018 The Year Of The Dog

 

Well it was only February before we managed to get to our first session of 2018, with a virus and snow cancelling out our previous visits. It felt good pulling into the car park. Mike was there but as a First at Addingham was unable to perform due to a bad throat. Blogger, Kath, Andy, John, Graeme and a wonderful visit from two of our old friends who left for foreign parts (Down South) Richard and Lesley Quayle. A very pleasant surprise to see them and we have an invitation to go see them sometime and bring our Addingham religion to these southern souls. It was a busy meal night at The Swan so we let the clatter and Chatter die down before we started.

 

Brian

Brian

Blogger up first to set the bar, low as usual and a well loved song of mine “Mr Bojangles” I only ever play guitar to accompany myself on songs that I have always wanted to play and sing, and this was always going to be on that list. This was followed by “She was the Prize” a song form the band of the Titanic..........not the ship the film. In the second spot it was a Jon Allen number to kick us off “Joanna” and to round off another one form Celtic Storm (see titanic above) “Johnny Jump up” a song of warning for all you cider drinkers.

 

Andy

Andy

Next around the table was Andy Brown, now Andy is renowned for his self confessed “not Happy” songs and his first tonight was a question I would love to know the answer to as I wait a week and a half to type this blog up. Sandy Denny's “Who knows Where the Time Goes” A change from the norm as a Chuck Berry number “ Long Distance Information or “Memphis”Lively in this case from Andy, back on familiar territory for the Blogger as this time it was a self penned number “Pennies on your Face” and to finish off was another reference to Memphis, a touch of the Blues tonight Andy? A Mark Cohn song made famous by Cher and tonight performed by Andy. Great stuff Andy.

John

John

 

The Moving finger points to............John our comedic song genius whose parodies and self penned songs leave us squirming in merriement and wonder, as in we wonder who he is going to slate tonight. Well we didnt have to wait long for it was the Scots and not just the Scots but Glaswegian Scots, I'm glad that we are as far away as we are LOL. Big Arty frae Glasgae was the first song and with a great accent John relayed the story of how at Asda Big Arty Chokes two fer a Pound” I dont kn ow where he gets them from honest! Now it was the turn of the prudes as “Three Cheers for the Puritans” another rib tickler. His Third song was a personal favourite of mine that I am slowly learning on Ukelele and heard for the second time in two days having seen Joe Brown perform it at Ilkley the previous night “I'll see you in my dreams” a beautiful song and as well performed tonight!

 

Graeme

Graeme

Graeme was on the outskirts of the group tonight but was really centre stage for his performances tonight (Dont worry Michael you were featured tonight) an Alan Taylor song pinched from King Puck Ian Pucknell one of our itinerant members. “Lady take your time” and from that to a U2 song nicely finger picked as only Graeme can do “I Still haven't Found what I'm looking for” now at this point it is only fair to mention that Graeme is an affectionado of a certain Michael Chapman(who has been known to read this blog, so after a bit of an absence it is with great pride that I welcome the return of a couple of MC (as he is affectionately known in our group) numbers. First up was “only pretend” and after a bit of banter regarding the great man himself Graeme rounded his spot off with “Say it aint So” Well played as always Graeme, I will get to finger picking a song one night!

 

Richard

Richard

Lesley and Richard

Lesley and Richard

Our Dorset duo were our penultimate participants and as they were visiting family this was a rare occasion that it clashed with our night at The Swan. Richard and Lesley were regular members of our fore runner here at the Swan “Addingham Acoustic” set up by our good friend Tim Morning. It was a pleasure to welcome them back and to hear them again.first up was a song sung by Lesley and ably accompanied by Richard who is well renowned for his finger picking, a Steeleye Span song “Poachers” and as proof of this Richard then continued with a lovely tune picked out on the guitar “Borsalino” I hope I spelt that correctly. Lesley singing again and accompanied once more by Richard. A Doc Watson number now “Aint got no Sugar Baby” this really suited Lesleys Voice and where do we go to finish for the Dorset Duo? No less than a Rev Gary Davies Number “Marine Band” It really was lovely to see you both tonight and I hope it is not as long until we see you again . Just a small note next time have a quick look at our website www.swanacousticsession.com and our dates for the year are there and then plan your visit oop north lol.

 

Kath and Brian

Kath and Brian

Last and certainly not least was the Fragrant Kath, who was quietly ensconced in the corner and waited patiently to al had performed before giving us “Spancil Hill accompanied on guitar by her long suffering spouse (said with tongue firmly in cheek) and rounded our night off with a Randy Newman song also performed by Bonnie Raitt “Feels Like Home” excellent voice and songs.

 

That was the night that was and hopefully we will see some other performers for our next night on 20th of Feb

 

BCW

Posted on February 17, 2018 .