Our Easter-themed music night featured what must rank as the easiest Easter Egg Hunt in history. Nobody had to look very far, as there was a basket of choccie eggs on every table.
Nobody actually wore an Easter Bonnet, although Lynda Degney did wax lyrical about one in her cover of Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade”.
The evening’s musical eggs-travaganza began with a cracking performance by Fuchsia Jones singing Laura Marling’s “Rambling Man” and Billy Bragg’s “A New England”.
We had Tom wishing he could “Shimmy Like his Sister Kate” before launching into his “Dr Jazz” medley and Joe Lyon harked back to the days of vinyl 45s with “Dansette Dreams”.
Chris went all Beatles and Penni Neale got by with “A Little Help From her Friends”, before getting all starry-starry-eyed with Don McLean’s “Vincent”.
“Peace Love and Understanding” was the message from Neil Martin, following it up with a rather tasty version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s 1968 song “Mr Bojangles”.
We are used to Robin Spreckley’s lively performances on his trusty mandolin and tonight we saw him mastering the ukulele – not just any old ukulele, but a rather beautiful old example that had once belonged to his grandfather.
Glen Hansard’s “Falling Slowly” was the first song from Alan Thompson and his sister Linda. Then they were joined by their former ‘Red Hill’ bandmate, John Evans, for Alan’s lovely composition “When My Time Comes Around”, recorded by the band back in 1996.
Tom, Dick and Harry were up next. Harry singing the Darrell Scott song, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” and Richard, “The Moonshiner “. Then they were joined by Enid Toft for “Sea of Heartbreaks” and “Raining In My Heart”.
It was almost home-time before we heard from Chester band, The Time Bandits, comprising Ian, Jamie, Katrina and two Helens. They played a huge variety of instruments, swapping them between songs (and occasionally mid-song) in a lively set of traditional folk songs that included “Bedlam Boys”, “Sweet Lemeney”, “The Shepherd and the Shepherdess”, and a traditional folk song in which nobody actually dies.
And then, when it came time for us to all go rolling home, the band sent us on our way with the John Tams song “When we go Rolling Home”, our heads full of beautiful music and our bellies full of chocolate.