As the evenings shorten and the nights draw in we once again find ourselves singing with our friends in a room with darkness outside. Somehow this seems right to me. Fortunately at the Six Bells crowd control is not an issue and each performer was allowed three songs.
As MC I started the evening off with You got a friend in me, Girl from the north country and Love is the sweetest thing. Manus, having joined our committee ran the desk and, having been given much conflicting advice, gave us a great sound.
Chris Martin came next with his self penned songs Xeroxed Armies, Ghosts and Standing room only. Manus left his sound desk work to follow Chris and gave us Woodstock, Gone with the wind (Joanie Mitchell) and, at the end of the evening, his own composition Dr John.
Mary & George were next up and from them we learned that Bob Dylan’s Don’t think twice its alright was based upon an old English ballad called “Who will buy my chickens when I’m gone?” sadly, they performed the former so that question remains unanswered. This was followed by Ian and Sylvia’s hit song Four strong winds and John Prine’s The glory of true love.
Terry Lees played an interesting selection, Blind Blake’s Police dog blues, The Ballad of Long John Dean and Mark Knoffler’s In the Heartland.
Sylvie was in singing mode this evening (instead of Poetess mode) and gave us Danny Boy and Sing me a song Mr Bloom, which she told us was used in the cult American series “The Twilight Zone”, I can’t imagine a sinister version of this song but I am assured that is the case. Weird!
Clive always comes up with some good tunes so we started off with I could walk 500 miles followed by John Barleycorn (Yes a real Folksong at the Folk Club, a rarity these days).
Ella took to the piano with Love me like a man followed by the Neil Young song Like a Hurricane. Sorry your picture is a bit out of focus Ella, it must be the Twilight Zone.
Mike started off normally enough singing Big Bill’s Midnight Special then the performance seemed to be taking on an ornithological theme when he started by telling us all about his attempts to photograph waders . This in turn led to Diving Duck followed by Poisoning pigeons in the park. Mike is running the night next time.
Thanks to everyone who came along and played.
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