This week we had the whole band: Tom, Richard and Harry were joined by John Bass and Raphael to give us a rhythm and bluesy first set of favourites including “Walking Cane”, “Drift Away”, Delia Gone” and “Just Because”.
It was good to see Raphael at the club again and we didn’t let him get away without doing a solo spot in which he showcased a couple of his own fine Compositions.
Aside from the T, D & H Five, there were ten regulars plus one ‘new face”, making a total of sixteen performers.
The new face belonged to Sue Bargh who had a really nice voice and guitar technique. She sang the Joni Mitchell classic “Morning Morgantown” and one of her own songs “Roselle”. Why haven’t we seen Sue before? – and let’s hope we see her here again soon.
In fact we had more than our fair share of songstresses this week. Cath gave us Dylan’s “Man in a Long Black Coat” and “We Are Young”; Glyn sang Joan Baez’s “Donna Donna”, and Ros sang “Joline”.
Tom was kept busy as usual, accompanying his wife Lynda who also did a Joan Baez song “Rock Salt and Nails” (written by Bruce Duncan Phillips). Tom also obliged by jumping onto the sound desk while I was up front.
The sixth of our ladies was Enid who responded to a request from audience members Mark and Andrea who are about to move to Portugal and wanted to take with them, memories of “Calon Lân” being sung live. Enid obliged, leading the singing and was joined by pretty much everyone in the room for the rousing chorus.
There were ‘rousing choruses’ echoing through from the main bar too, where the Liverpool fans were enjoying their team’s four-nil win over Villarreal on the big screen. Our ‘football correspondent’ Joe Lyon kept us in the loop with frequent updates.
And when it came Joe’s turn to do a floor spot, it was a case of “you can take the singer out of Liverpool, but you can’t take Liverpool out of his songs”, for Joe took us down to the corner of Bevington Bush for “The Ballad of Seth Davy” and then across the city to “Strawberry Fields”.
Tim Eastwood was in fine finger-picking form with a couple of traditional folk tunes on his nylon string guitar – and was in fine joke-telling form too!
Bob Neal gave us “Long Way Home” and Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing on My Mind”.
Then before you knew it, it was finale time. So we brought back the band to do “Baker Street” with Richard on vocals and with Raphael making that harmonica sound every bit as convincing as the saxophone was on the original.
For an encore, Harry took lead vocal on “All of Me” to round off another splendid night of live music.
Next week, Peter Leslie will be hosting the evening, which means he’ll be doing a couple of extra numbers and telling the jokes instead of me – so that’s a double bonus. We’ll bring in extra seating! 🙂
See you all then!