After a quiet folk evening last time due to fuel worries, we saw a distinct bounce-back this time going from 7 performers to 17. It is good to know that our music is alive and well at the Six Bells.
Chris started us off with his own songs (surprise!) "Dangerous Moonlight" and "Cry". Only two songs for PRS, no wonder he played Cry. Chris also did fine work on the sound desk. I followed Chris with a Danny Schmidt song "Firestorm" and the Beatles "Honeypie" accompanied by Greg on Sax.
Manus was up next with "Misty" and "Careless Love" as arranged by guitarist Davy Graham, for himself with Long John Baldry. Manus and Greg (along with Keith) are our jazz mainstays. Then it was the turn of our first duo of the evening Jason and Lisa. They sang "Southeastern Breeze" and a joint composition "Cats Cradle", a lovely ballad with some interesting harmonics on guitar at the end.
Helga had just completed a half marathon at the weekend but still had the energy to come along a play the flute. She started with a classical piece and then, with Lisa supplying guitar and vocals played "Black is the Colour of my True Loves Hair". Clive came next and although it hasn't been, sang "It's been a Good Year for the Roses". This piece of fake news he followed with "Let Her Go Down" a shipwreck song.
Jayne, (our local queen of country) followed Clive. she sang Townes Van Zandt's "Tecumseh Valley" and Kate Wolfe's "Across the Great Divide". Jayne was joined by Becky and Terry for tub-thumping versions of "Love The One You're With" and "Black is Black". Becky and Terry then continued alone with the gentler songs Norah Jones' "I Don't Know Why" and "If This is Goodbye" a Mark Knofler/ Emmylou Harris number.
Next we had Beverley and John who started with a song that was new to me "Diane" by Cam. This was followed by "Old Black Dog", I missed the details of that but I am pretty sure it is not the Led Zeppelin number. Beverley and John were followed by the serene Steph who gave us a Mary Hopkins song "The Coming of the Roads" and the traditional "John the Rover"?
Helen's songs were "When I was in my Prime" and a funky Joe South "Down in the Boondocks" both sung acapella. Heather finished off a busy evening with the trad song "The Water is Wide" followed by James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" and, because she had waited patiently (and as there was still time), she got a 'Six Bells bonus track' and gave us Melanie's "Brand New Key". A lovely finish to very nice evening.