‘Tis often said that music can take you anywhere. Well, just by looking at some of the songs performed at this week’s Singers’ Night, you can see just how true that is.
Joe Lyons’ journey took him down a “Long and Winding Road” in search of that “Elusive Butterfly” – and he ended up in the “Black Hills of Dakota”.
Tom’s went by the sound of “Clickety Clack” as the wheels flattened pennies laid on the track. But when he arrived at the “Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia”, sadly there were no “Left Over Biscuits”.
Lynda’s journey started “Ages and Ages Ago”. She was heading for the “Northern Plains” because someone had said “Plant Your Fields”.
Someone told Chris: “Unchain My Heart” and go in search of the “Harvest Moon”. You’ll have the “Time of your Lives”, they said.
Mike Whittaker journeyed “Underneath The Waterfall” singing “My Old Man” (both self-penned).
And even though he was very much part of the Tom, Dick and Harry Band, and in the company of our brilliant bassist John Rowell, Richard’s lament was “Oh, Lonesome Me” as he sailed off on the “Sea of Heartaches” at the “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”.
Harry Robertson, on the other hand, said “Don’t Think Twice” mate, I’m off to “Memphis Tennessee” …and I’m “Going Down Slow”. Why…? “Just Because”.
Tonight’s audience would have half filled a 44-seater bus for sure, and I’m certain they would have gladly had a whip-around for the driver because they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy their musical journey. A journey that ended the way it began, with the aforementioned Tom, Dick and Harry Band belting out an excellent encore at the final stop.
The last word, however, has to go to the irascible Harry Miller, guitar luthier extraordinaire.
Harry spends his days making strings sound sweet but tonight he didn’t play a note. Instead, in his finest Glaswegian accent, he treated us to two spots of stand-up comedy that took our ribs almost to breaking point!
Next week’s journey takes us to Wildest Wigan. We have the highly entertaining Jon Brindley coming along to give us a half-hour showcase performance mid evening – and possibly and encore or two in the finale.
There will be ample opportunity for floor spots so please bring your instruments as usual.
It’s going to be another grand night out — and all for £1.50 🙂