Tuesday February 4th
It was a star- studded evening at Chiddingly. - But instead of studying the stars, we decided to play some music and sing some songs.
I began with one of my own songs, 'Runaround', which gives advice about avoiding the type of woman that might be trouble. "That girl's just a Runaround - She's gonna bring you down - She's gonna fool around with all the boys in town." This song has a guitar solo in the middle, but I chose to play the solo at the start, as an extended intro to the song. Have I ever mentioned that all my songs are available on line? Yes I have. ( Search Clive Woodman).
My second effort was a song that I was going to do two weeks ago, but I had a problem. - I wasn't here two weeks ago, so I couldn't do it!
This was 'The Weaver and the Factory Maid'. a song done by Steeleye Span, as well as by many others. In my video choices I have put the Steelye Span version, with Maddy Prior singing it as it should be done.
Some of you will have heard my story of Maddy Prior giving me first aid. Some years ago,Kate and I went up to a three day music workshop run by Maddy at Stone Barn. On one of the days, I fell down some steps in her house, and cut my knee quite badly. Maddy leapt into action, and kindly bandaged me up. I wonder how many other people could make such a claim?
There was a new face tonight, in the shape of Derek Walmsley. - Although he said later that he had been here years ago. Brave man to come back a second time!
He gave us a cheerful cover of the Bobby Darin song -'Things.' He managed to immediately engage us in audience participation, and we echoed the lyrics in the appropriate places, and 'Things'. - It's not often we get audience reaction so early in the proceedings.
Derek followed this with the song done by Gene Pitney 'Twenty four hours from Tulsa'.
My research tells me that the quickest time from Gatwick to Tulsa is 15hrs 40mins. (with 2 stops). If you add to this the time from Chiddingly to Gatwick, and check-in time etc. - you could still get to Tulsa with plenty of time to spare.
Mark Lynch took to the floor now, with delicious 'Milk and Honey', a song from 1965 by Jackson C. Frank. Then Mark told us of the influential style of Lonnie Johnson, who at one time played in Louis Armstrong's band. Mark did a cool version of the Johnson song 'Tomorrow Night'.
But this is still tonight, and next up, we heard Jim A'Court, with two of his own compositions. Jim told us some sad news about his bass player Gyn. She is very seriously ill, and he dedicated his first song to her. - 'Turning my heart'. He followed on with his 'Get out of here'. Thanks Jim, but we'll stay a bit longer.
Another new face tonight. Christine Halpin. Others have seen her before, but this was her first time here, and she gave us a couple of her own songs, 'Don't call me Baby ' and 'Not until the deal is done' A very nice pure voice, and guitar, and some clever lyrics.
The 'Grand Master' was next on the list. Simon Watt always gives us a cool and assured performance. 'Beauty Way' by Eliza Gilkyson was his first offering, followed nicely by Gillian Welch's 'Bar room girls'. Simon assured us that he knows very little about bar room girls.
Lance Maleski has kindly been on the sound desk tonight, but I think he was relieved to have a break from it when his turn to sing came up. He gave us two of his songs, the poignant 'This is war' came first, then 'No going back on love'. I think he might now want to compose a song called ' No going back on desk' !
Lisa Jackson and Jason Loughran make a very nice duo, with their calm vocals and gentle harmonies and pure guitar notes. We heard their take on Bob Dylan's 'Tonight I'll be staying here with you', and then changing instruments for Mick and Keith's 'Ruby Tuesday', Jason took Lisa's guitar, and Lisa, instead of picking strings, was bonging a Bongo.
Manus McDaid was back with us tonight, and with one of his fine guitars he accompanied Helen Hall as she sang the Bill Withers song 'Ain't no sunshine', followed by Curtis Mayfield's 'People get ready'. Manus then stayed on to do his version of 'Singing the blues'.
Patiently waiting in the wings was Keith Willson,this time without guitar or piano, to read from his own book of poems. He performed two of them with great gusto, 'Double bass seeks love', and 'The Jazz drummer'.
Keith stayed on the floor to be joined by Helga Dittmar playing flute to accompany his reading of 'Day job shoes'. This was followed by an over - long preamble to introduce
herself singing 'Take heart', a song in German ( 'Ermutigung'), with Keith on guitar now to accompany her. Although having waited rather long for it, we actually did enjoy it.
Luckily, there was still some time left before the end, so I invited Christine Halpin back again, and she gave us another of her own songs,' Partners in crime', and then I wanted Manus to do another, which was his version of 'Murrays bar'. Helen also did an extra song, unaccompanied , -'The ballad of Lucy Jordan.'
To end the evening, Derek took the floor again, and managing to get audience participation once more, he sang the Ben E King song 'Under the boardwalk', with us joining in with the lyrics of the title.
So, a star -studded night, and a moonlit journey home.
Thanks to everyone who came tonight, and the usual admiration to all 'The Crew'
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