Friday, March 26, 2010

Being The Twentysixth of March 2010...

The Lamentation of the Lost Prophet: David
Girl: Paul
Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy: Roger
When Morning Breaks: Lynda
?: Jane
Come a Little Bit Closer: Bill 1:2
?: Colin/Ken
The Green Banks of Grain: Mave
North, South of the River: Mike
I Gonna Sit Right Down/You Always Hurt The One You Love: George
Living ?: Jasmine
The Girl With April In Her Eyes: Dave
The Seven Virgins: Colin
The Brag of the Evil Twin: David
Dela and the Dealer: Paul
I'm Not Afraid To Die: Roger
Raglan Road: Lynda
Your Ghost: Jane/David
The Band Played Waltzing Matillda: Bill 1:2
The Manchester Rambler: Mave
My You Never: Mike P.
She Moved Through The Fair: George
Fields of Athenry: Jasmin
A Punker Just Like Me: Dave
Pawn In The Game: Jane/Dave
Here's a Health To The Company: Colin

Maggie Ann's Tune ...

Here's a tune I'd like to share ...

Mr. Laurenson (Charlie - 1) is a Shetland fiddler and a distant relative of my wife, Jane.
This manuscript (without obvious copyright) is a much-treasured gift to her.
Maggie Ann was Charlie's late wife.

Charlie would be delighted if his music was to be heard on the South Coast.

I believe this is a 'St. Bernard's Waltz'.
Dance if you must!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Coming-up in the Folk World (West Sussex & South-east Hants division)

A selective (i.e. biased) view of forthcoming events - in reverse order!

June 6th Woolston & Bursledon Folk Club: PETE COE "One-man folk festival. Integrity personified. Miss him and regret" - Ken Hobbs
Saturday 29th May: Janet Douglas is organising a folk day. She writes:
"Hi, I am organising the music and dance side of the Chichester Mayfest run by the Rotary Club (for charity). We want dancers, musicians or singers and mummers. Are you or your members able to come along and help? At the moment we have recorded music - but how marvellous if we could manage some live music.
One of the 'happenings' I am trying to orchestrate is a folk music jam. If everybody who has an instrument can bring it along, hopefully they will join others to make music (somewhere near the beer tent)."
(See earlier blog with pretty picture: click here: Mayfest)
To contact John or Janet: ask Colin for their email address
27th May ASHCROFT ARTS CENTRE, Osborn Road, Fareham 01329 223100 DAVE SWARBRICK
23rd May Woolston & Bursledon Folk Club: "DYLANFEST" with THE ZIMMERMEN (George Wilson & Jeff Henry)
17th May: Forest Folk, North Boarhunt: CHRIS WOOD. "A mesmerising performer of traditional and contemporary songs, many his own - miss him and regret" - Ken Hobbs
16th May Regis Centre, Bognor: FAIRPORT CONVENTION.
Wednesday 5th May Willows, Arundel: SUPER SHOWCASE SPECIAL featuring ANNE WINTER and others.
3rd May Brighton Acoustic Music Session: PAUL DOWNES. "A superb guitarist and singer, with intriguing treatments of trad and contemporary music - miss him and regret" - Ken Hobbs
April 6th: Chichester Folk Song Club: LYNNE HERAUD & PAT TURNER "Superb harmonies, beautiful/thoughtful/wickedly-funny songs: many trad. and some of their own. Miss them and regret" - Ken Hobbs
April 2nd-4th Gosport & Fareham Easter Folk Festival, including 'Hampshire Songs' at Lysees Hotel, Fareham on Sunday 4th 8pm Askews Sisters and ANNE WINTER. Also in the festival: KATHRYN TICKELL; SPIERS & BODEN; CHRIS SHERBURN & DENNY BARTLEY; ALAN BURKE and many others. See
March 31st Willows, Arundel: Showcase Special with Ray Hedges, Peter English & Magda Taylor (we hope Mary Hedges will be well enough for Ray to be able to do the gig - check with Chris Davis
Sunday, 28 March Woolston & Bursledon Folk Club: THORN & ROSES "Unaccompanied song trio from Cornwall - simply superb" - Ken Hobbs

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thousands or More ...

Off the top of my head I sang this on Friday.
Everybody joined in the repetitives and made a glorious sound.
Thank you, everyone.

Two people asked me for the lyrics, so I feel it expedient to publish them here.

The time passes over more cheerful and gay
Since we've learnt a new act to drive sorrows away
Sorrows away
Sorrows away
Since we've learnt a new act to drive sorrows away

Bright Phoebe arises so high in the sky
With her red rosy ckeeks and her sparkling eye
Sparkling eye
Sparkling eye
With her red ...

If you ask for my credit you'll find I have none
With my bottle and friend you will find me at home
Find me at home ...

Although I'm not rich and although I'm not poor
I'm as happy as those that's got thousands or more
Thousands or more ...

I have transcribed from memory, but I acknowledge my original source -
The Copper Family Song Book.

God bless, and RIP, Bob!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Being The Ninteenth of March 2010...

The Stars In Your Eyes: David
The Foggy Dew: Colin
The Last Farewell: Les
The Mermaid: Eddie
Three Babies: Jane
Jimmy Allen: Lorna
Sea of Heartbreak: George
Aged and Mellow: Jasmine
As Tears Go By: Shenna
Scarboro Fair/Greensleeve: Mick
Blackwaterside: Anne
Sun's Gonna Shine In My Backdoor Someday: Angela
8 More Miles to Louisville: Roland/Angela
Wild, Wild Country: Paul
Positively 4th Street: David
Dirty Old Town: Colin
I Wanna Hold Your Hand: Les
The Sailor's Prayer: Eddie
Joleen: Jane/David
Portsmouth: Lorna
Besame Mucho: George
Cold, Cold Heart: Jasmine
Red Rubber Ball: Sheena
Julia Clifford's/Din Tarrent: Mick
Lord Gregory: Anne
The Snow It Melts the Soonest: Lynda
Anything That's Part of You: Paul
The Drowned Lovers: David
Thousands or More: Colin
Some Beach Somewhere: Les
The Grey Funnel Line: Eddie
?: Jane
Making Whoopee: George
Heartaches By The Number: Jasmine
Bridge Over Troubled Water: Sheena
?: Mick
Rolling Home Drunk In The Morning: Anne
?: Lynda
I'm So Lonesome Every Day: Paul

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

City Folk Club
Consumer Survey

We at the City Folk Club seek, nay, strive continually to increase the level of customer satisfaction experienced by those attending our little 'soirées' - we employ the Japanese 'kaizen' principle of continuous improvement. We would gratefully appreciate it if you would take just a few minutes to answer the following questions.

Where indicated, please mark your ratings* from 1 (low) to 0 (high).

Your responses will be fed into our data-processing complex's statistical evaluation engine (SEE), and the results given quite serious consideration, before being filed-away and forgotten.

Please read the Club Mission Statement and 5-Year Vision before you start.

* this is not an invitation to tattoo sailors

Remember: your opinions are important to us, and you are being held in a queue.

Thank you for your time (tick one: 3/4; 4/4; 9/8).

1. What do you consider is the chief reason for the existence of the City Folk Club?
a) a serio-comic forum for the exchange of populist cultural material dealing with the social issues of the day
b) an antithesis to the dithyrambic effulgence of daily life
c) a cheap night out/brief respite from the squalor of my living accommodation

2. What should the CFC 'blog' be used for?
a) serious debate on the future of serio-comic popular culture and its place in a contemporary anarcho-syndicalist economy
b) swipes at anyone I don't like
c) a vehicle for my more obscure ramblings on threats to workers' rights in the nineteenth century
d) an opportunity to recycle old jokes
e) all or none of the above

3. At the City Folk Club, I'd like to see more of:
i) politically-motivated singer/songwriter material in the country-and-western style
ii) deeply personal ballads, voicing the angst of the upper-middle classes' struggle to find a decent authentic polenta
iii) melodies played on exotic instruments, or spoons
iv) time for socialising/making new friends/soliciting
v) strippers (either sex)

4. What's missing from the City Folk Club is:
1) a really good castrati tenor
2) poetry, especially Patience Strong
3) club ear-plugs
4) a four-colour logo I wouldn't be ashamed to have on a t-shirt
5) free beer
6) strippers (either sex)

5. I'd like to see the City Folk Club improve:
1) the lighting
10) the sound
11) the speling on the blog
101) the use of binary numbering in the surveys

6. Please rate your overall experience of the City Folk Club:
o 5 - highly satisfactory
o 5 - very satisfactory
o 5 - quite satisfactory
o 5 - almost satisfactory
o 1 - I don't wear overalls


The more observant among you will notice a new bit to the right...
This will give you quick access to the given categories:
Song lists (The weekly listings of songs performed)
Song Lyrics
Moving Pictures
Inconsequential Nonsense
Children In Need
City Folk Club Abroad
etc. etc.

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Don't buy it because I produced it, buy it because it's really good...
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Beresford Greene Speaks: Eighteenth Fit...

From The City Folk Club

A woman in a hot air balloon, realizing she was lost, reduced altitude and spotted a man below. She descended further and shouted to the man "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet her an hour ago, but I don't know where I am"

The man below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

"You must be in IT," said the balloonist.

"Actually I am," replied the man, "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct but I've no idea what to make of your information and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."

The man below responded, "You must be in Management."

"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my ****ing fault..."

Friday, March 12, 2010

Being The Twelth of March 2010...

The Race Is On: David
Dives and Lazarus: Roger
Memories of ?: Mark
I've Got You Under My Skin: Brenda/Berry
Time, Time, Time: Mave
These Cowtown Days: Ken/Colin
?: Anne
Lavender's Blue: Yvonne
Hound Dog Blues: Mike
Hushabye Mountain: Lynda
I Don't Know Why I Love You: Berry
I Came So Far For Beauty: Jane
Puff The Magic Dragon: Daryl
Engineer 143: Angela
It Takes A Worried Man: Roland/Angela
Roses In No Man's Land: Eddie
Devoted To You: Lucy/Paul
Here, There and Everywhere: Les
The Verdant Braes of Skreen: Colin
What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?: David
Pilot of the Airwaves: Paul
Romeo and Juliet: Roger
Music of the Night: Mark
Moonlight Serenade: Brenda/Berry
The Hour That The Ship Comes In: Ken
Grey Cockerel: Anne
I Want To Marry A Light House Keeper: Yvonne
Lucky The Man: Mike
The Brisk Lad: Lynda
There's A Hole In My Bucket: Brenda/Daryl
She Cut Off Her Long Silken Hair: Jane/David
I'll See You In My Dreams: Berry
Galway Shawl: Eddie
Island of Dreams: Les
Take a Message To Mary: Lucy/Paul
John Bull: Colin

Up to date...

I do apologise for the lack of activity over the recent weeks...
There's been a few 'adjustments' made in the back room of the blog...
That, and sitting in my shed, suppin' tea...
From The Inexplicable World of Outa_Spaceman...

Being The Fifth of March 2010...

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles: David
Mr. Rock And Roll: Paul
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor: Roger
Not A Matter of Pride: Jasmin
Wild Mountain Tyme: Eddie
Our Mother the Mountain: Jane/David
Ain't no Grave: Duncan
Old 97: Roland
Silver Dagger: Angela
Love In Vain: Sheena
Vesta Pol: Mick
Bright Eyes: Les
My Flower, My Companion And Me: Mave
Spencer The Rover: Colin/Ken
The Trip Over The Mountain: Bill 1:1
The Mole Catcher: Colin
The Lost Prophet: David/Colin/Bill 1:1
North Country Fair: Paul
Hobo's Lullaby: Roger
Little Ol' Wine Drinker Me: Jasmin
The Night Is Young: Eddie
Boulder To Birmingham: Jane/David
Ain't No Grave: Duncan
California Dreaming: Sheena
SpellBound: Mick
Blue Days turn to New Days: Les
Don't You Be Foolish Pray: Ken
Cadgwith Anthem: Bill 1:1
Row On: Colin

Being The Twentysixth of February 2010...

Positively Forth Street: David
To Soon To Know: Paul
Sweet Mystery: Dave
The Spotted Cow: Jane/Dave
How Can I Keep From Singing: Lynda/Colin
St. John The Gambler: Jane/David
Seashore: Mick
All I Want: Eddie
Wildwood Flower: Roland/Angela
Blowing In The Wind: Josie/Jerry/Heather
Traveling Light: Berry
Stately As Two Galleons: Mave
Masochism Tango: Ken
The Bold Princess Royal: Bill 1:1
Ye Mar'ners All: Colin
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens: David
Very Young: Paul
Lady of Leisure: Dave
Wild Horses: Jane/Dave
Peggy Gordon: Lynda
New Partner: Jane/David
Boulie House Jig/The Night Old (?) Got Stretched
Galway Shawl: Eddie
De Los'Alamos Venqo: Josie
Four Strong Winds: Josie/Jerry/Heather
A Poem (!): Berry
The Chickens In The Garden: Mave
Lumbered: Ken
Time To Ring Some Changes: Bill 1:1/David
Benjamin Bowmaneer: Colin

Being the Nineteenth of February 2010....

Here Comes My Baby: David
Dublin City: Lynda
I Only Want To Be With You: Yvonne
Vincent Volvo and the Scrapyard Angels: Mike
Unaccompanied; Mike P.
The Black Bird: Bill 1:2
Folsom Prison Blues: Donald
Wildwood Flower: Angela
Planxty Irwin: Lorna/Natalie
Lanagen's Polka/Swallow's Rest: Natalie
Bhoura: Mick
When A Man's In Love: Colin
Jesus Met The Woman: Margaret
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles: David
Desperado: Lynda
Till The Stars Fall From The Skys: Mike/Yvonne
Then We Take Berlin: Mike
Johnny Reb: Bill 1:2
Staggerlee: Roland
Storms Are On The Ocean: Angela
Donkey Riding/Wave Torry: Lorna/Natalie/Mike P.
Morpeth Rant/Roxburgh Castle/Soldiers Joy: Natalie
Chicago Jig: Mick/Mike P.
The Unfortunate Tailor: Colin
Sweet Little Mystery: David
Black Is The Colour: Margaret
Please Don't Call Me Louise: Mike
She Moved Through The Fair: Lynda
Meet Me On The Corner: Mike P.
Then I Kissed Her: Bill 1:2
Weeping Willow: Angela
The Tun/?: Lorna/Natalie/Mike P.
Mason's Apron: Natalie
Bouree : Mick

Being The Twelth of February 2010...

Bottom of the Bottle: David
I'm A Loser: Paul
The Air That I Breath: Lynda/Paul
Picture of You: Les
Lady of Beauty: Eddie
Valentine's: Bill 1:2
I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way: Angela
The Blacksmith: Anne
Winter Wood: Berry
Man of War: Mike
Rose of Annandal: Claire
The Female Highwayman: Bill 1:1
The Braes of Yarrow: Colin
You & Me: David
All the Goodtimes: Paul
Amoreuse: Lynda
Rocky Top: Les
See That Rainbow Shine: Eddie
Kelly: Bill 1:2
Good Ale: Roland/Angela
I'll Fly Away: Angelea
Abroad As I Was Walking: Anne
Ain't She Sweet: Berry
Let Me Be: Mike P.
Fields of Athenry: Clarie
Captain O'Neil: Bill 1:1
Bergen: Colin
In The Smoke: David
Dainty Davy: Lynda
Dancing With You: Eddie
Part of the Union: Bill 1:2
Ay Ay Ay (Sing and Your Heart Will Be Happy): Angela
Rolling Home Drunk In The Morning: Anne
Living Doll: Berry
Knocking On Heavens Door: Mike P.
This Land Is Your Land: Claire
Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet: Bill 1:1
The Bergen: Colin

Being The Second of February 2010...

Between The Lines: David
King William And His Keeper: Colin
Charming Molly'o: Ken
All I Want: Eddie
Rainy Days and Mondays: Sheena/Paul
The Dutchman: Bill 1:2
Copper Kettle; Margaret
Annabel: Lynda/Mike
St. John The Gambler: Jane/David
Making Woopee: George
Who Will Stop the Rain: Jasmin
Maggie Mae: Mike P.
Classical Gas: Mick
Itali Neeennan (?): Jenny
Polly On The Shore: Bill 1:1
Gone With The Wind: Lucy
The Battle of New Orleans: Paul
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens: David
A Fair Maid Went Walking In Her Garden: Colin
Cry Me A River: Lucy/George
Roses In No Man's Land: Eddie
Summertime: Sheena/Paul
I Wish I Was In Liverpool: Bill 1:2
Careless Love: Margaret
Sailing To Philadelphia: Lynda
New Partner: Jane/David
Island In The Sun: Jasmin/George
2 Breton Gavottes: Mike P./Sheena
Brewer Laddie: Bill 1:1
Tennessee Waltz: Paul/Bill 1:1

Being the Twentyninth of January 2010...

David: When The Spring Has Come
Oh Very Young: Paul
Sweetheart: Anne/Bonnie/Alan
The Deserter: Bob
The Little Fox: Mick
Charlotte's Jig: Lorna
The Blacksmith: Jane
O'caran/The Peacock: Anne/Bonnie/Alan
Think It Over: Berry
The Green Man: Mave
Give Me The Punch Ladle: Colin
Somewhere Along the Road: Anne/Bonnie/Alan
Flower of the Valley: David
Big Yellow Taxi: Paul
The Captain Cried All Hands: Bob
Boulie House Jig/Killiaugh Barn Dance: Mick
Elsie's Waltz: Anne/Bonnie/Alan/Lorna
Joan of Arc: Jane/David
My Blue Heaven: Berry
Both Sides Now: Anne/Bonnie/Alan
General Wolfe: Colin
T'was A Lover and his Lass: David
Heartbeat: Paul
Those Hampshire Downs Again: Bob
Cripple Creek: Mick
Charlotte's Jig: Lorna
So Lonesome I Could Cry: Jane
Abalene: Berry
Sweet Thyme: Colin

Being Twentysecond of January 2010...

Talking Lion Blues: David
Parcel of Rogues: Colin
The Golden Glove: Ken
Chickens In The Garden: Mave
Hold On Tight To Your Dreams: Berry
Nostradamus: Dave
The Other Side of the World: Jane
I Want to be Evil: Maggie
Think I'm Psycho Don't You Mama: Duncan
Talk To Me of Mendacino: Jane
It Had To Be You: Brenda/Berry
The Carnival Is Over; Lynda/Paul
If..: Aliss
When I'm Gone: Mike P.
Magarine's Waltz: Lorna
Who Will Now Sing Me Lullabys?: John
The Work: Bill 1:1
Black Coffee: Lucy
Michael In The Garden: Paul
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens: David/Paul/Mave
The Musical Lovers: Colin
The Old Bazaar In Cairo: Ken
You Win A Hen: Mave
Cruising Down The River: Berry
Fog on the Tyne: Dave
If I Lie Here: Jane/Dave
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing: Maggie
Banks o'Sicily: Duncan
Poor Wayfaring Stranger: Jane/Bill 1:1/David
Crazy: Brenda/Berry
Orphan Girl: Lynda
There's a Kind of Hush: Aliss/Berry
Love Minus Zero/No Limit: Mike P.
Holben March: Lorna
Galway To Graceland: John
The Chickens: Bill 1:1
In The Wee Small Hours: Lucy
Nowhere Man: Paul

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What is a Folk Club?

Many years ago, (yes – MANY years ago,) when I discovered folk clubs, the music we heard was recognisably ‘folk’. Amplification was a rarity. There was a good smattering of traditional material, cover-versions of American protest songs, and that quaint stuff we’d pinched from The Spinners and Val Doonican. Bob Dylan was considered to perform ‘folk’. We liked recordings of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Peter, Paul and Mary. We had heard of the Copper Family, but they were regarded as an acquired taste. Then, along came Fairport and Steeleye. Some of us went, "WOW!"

There were some die-hard, finger-in-the-ear purists around who opined thus:
“Unless it has been subjected to oral transmission, then it’s not ‘folk’.”
For a while I was one of those.
I repent!

Now, I detect that we have moved on since those heady days. In the present age of near-universal literacy, readily-available recordings and internet access, that opinion is surely unsustainable.

There were also those polydactyl instrumentalists who seemed to be mainly interested in demonstrating how clever they are, rather than presenting folk music. How I wish I’d had the skill to be one of those. Most of them moved on to make money. How I wish I had!

Come to our gathering on a Friday evening and you will be entertained with music and songs from a variety of genres. Some material is self-penned by those with more expertise than I possess. Beatles and Rolling Stones numbers are often heard. Buddy Holly (RIP) has been dead  long enough to be regarded as 'trad'. Occasionally you will hear a hymn from the pen of Charles Wesley, or an ancient carol. Some people perform jazz. (Some perform jazz without really intending to do so!) Music-hall songs go down well. There are some splendid instrumentalists. Then, there’s ‘unaccompanied corner’, occupied by those who find playing an instrument just something else that might go wrong. Once in a while we are serenaded by someone singing from a text on his mobile phone. Sometimes we even tolerate poetry!

Our club has become catholic, (note the lower-case ‘c’,) and all embracing. That’s fine by me. I enjoy being exposed to music that I would not otherwise engage.

My point is this: we call ourselves a folk club. Such we are, by virtue of the fact that we ARE folk. We are a congregation of people who, without any commercial agenda, like to share music - in excellent company.

So, what is folk music?
... It's what you hear at the City Folk Club!