Well the world has survived the week since the momentous news that the Donald is now the most powerful man on the planet. Back at the Six Bells it was business as usual, no mass extinction here.
The joy of any folk & blues night is that you have no idea who will turn up or what they will do. This was a particularly good night,
Mike brought Andy, Duncan and Monica along, we had a new talent in the form of Jeff to appreciate, Dr Mark made one of his flying visits and Ray turned up to take photos (thanks Ray - see above). Clive ran the desk without issues, Jim and Pete came up with a stunning new song, Derry played the Moonlight Sonata and Ella was her usual helpful and industrious self. Whats not to like?
Worth a special mention is the JP's song about a returning WWII bomber crew trying to get back to base - very appropriate for November. I would like to hear that one again at some point. I also enjoyed Andy's "Irene Wilde", an evocative coming of age song by Ian Hunter. Jeff rose to the challenge of Tom Waits "Temptation", a brave choice but one that worked well (unlike Mr Waits original version you could actually understand the words). Ella came up with Joni Mitchell's "I think I understand" another song that is rarely performed, with its faintly paranoid lyrics, well played on the bouzouki.
Have you noticed that the person who runs each night selects three YouTube videos to go on our home page (the idea being to introduce you to something new - perhaps an artist you have missed). This week I have chosen a song about suicide, another about child abuse and lastly something to cheer you up. Eliza Gilkeson's drummer Woody took his own life and that is what the first song is about, Luka was a big hit in the US for Suzanne Vega in the 80's and lastly I love the energy of Mary Chapin Carpenters "Down at the Twist and Shout". I hope you will enjoy them.
Ray has uploaded some of his video's of the evening onto his YouTube channel here so you can watch some of these performances for yourself.
Thanks to everyone who came and played and to the two people who came to watch. If I did not mention your song above it does not mean it was not brilliant, just that I am lazy. Have a great couple of weeks until we convene again with Clive at the helm.
All the best
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