Well… Perhaps not dirty as such, in fact, you could say our twelve musicians cleaned up in terms of approval from an appreciative audience in the ‘comfortably full’ function room.
Richard Ruthin showed a clean pair of heels. getting the evening off to grand start singing “Across the Great Divide” with Tom riding shotgun on his trusty dobro.
Making an appearance after a few weeks absence, Jim Cole imparted a Scottish flavour with the ‘Margaret Waltz’ on the fiddle, followed by Dave Ryder who performed “In My Time on Earth” from the Waterboys latest album.
Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” was Pete Kirkham’s opening song and Glyn Hudson was in an a-Cappella kind of mood with the traditional folk offering “Bunch of Thyme”.
Lynda Degney took us over the Irish Sea with the Tim O’Brien song “Colleen Malone”, and we know it must be true because Tom followed up with “It’s a Sin To Tell a Lie”.
Joe Lyon “Tried To Tell Us We’re Too Young”, before “Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon”. Geoff Durno sang “About Mary” and then recruited Richard and Tom into his impromptu band for “First you lose the Rhyming”.
“Mr Bojangles” and “Need Your Love” were my contributions, the latter with added Degney Dobro.
Robin Spreckley gave his recently updated mandolin it’s first airing since being worked-on by Geoff Rowlands, by opening his set with a fine instrumental. Then he was joined by Pete Kirkham for “I Shot the Sheriff”.
We were taken up to the break with two lovely ballads from Cath Bryan, “Blame It On The Sun” (Stevie Wonder) and “I Am Titanium” (David Guetta).
Another song each in the second half took us cleanly up to finale time and the honours fell to the hastily formed Geoff Durno Band – comprising Tom, Robin, Richard and Geoff – who sent us heading off into the night to the “Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia”.