This was a different and delightful evening, largely because Angela occupied the MC's chair.
Angela is much prettier than the usual incumbent.
Here she is:
(Photo courtesy of Mr. B. Greene, cropped by dogsbodyphotoediting.com, and published by permission.)
Two new ladies turned up, Catherine and Patsy.
They rapidly got the idea of what goes on, and contributed admirably to the music and our entertainment.
Down to business promptly ...
A Mole in the Ground: Angela
The Green Grove: Roland
Whatever Happened to Saturday Night: Lynda
Castle of Drumore: John
[A song by Ralph McTell]: Catherine
Aunt Tessy's White Horse: Lorna
Time Drags by Real Slow: Berry
In the Mood: Mick W.
Baby Take Your Time: Mick T. & Marion
I'll Lay You Down: Eddie
The Musical Lovers: Colin
Yellow Roses: Angela
The Flying Cloud: Roland
Never, oh Never Again: Lynda
Lay Me Down Lowly: John
Chocolate Song: Catherine
Lord Franklin: Ken
The Rope Waltz: Lorna
Mull of Kintyre/Together/Sailing my Balloon: Berry
(Accurately described by Lynda as 'a compote of Berry's'!)
When the Ship Comes in: Ken
I Live in Trafalgar Square: Mave
My Darling Asleep/Walls of (?): Mick W.
Hard Times: Mick T. & Marion
The Night is Young: Eddie
Dancing at Whitsun: Colin
Little Boy Billy: Angela
Ship in Distress: Roland
Dainty Davey: Lynda
I Cannot Come to the Banquet: Catherine
(Enigmatically, this offering contained the lyric: 'I have married a cow and bought me a wife!')
Only You: Patsy & Catherine
Captain Pugwash: Lorna
Don't Think Twice: Berry
Poisoning Pigeons in the Park: Ken
Last Train from Bacup: Mave
When Kings Come Home: Mick W.
You Are my Sunshine: Mick & Marion
Very many thanks to Angela.
Her experience at dealing with unruly children ably equipped her for keeping several adult (?) reprobates in order.
Nineteen delightful people attended the City Folk Club, including one new participant, bearing a ukelele AND a banjo! Allan was warmly welcomed.
Here's what we heard:
Blue Harbour: David
I'm Only Sleeping: Paul
Lord Franklin (parody): Ken
The Big Ship: Mave
Kiss Me Mother: Angela and a collection of angelic reprobates
Brave General Wolfe: Roland
Next Time Around: Eddie
Down Where the Drunkards Roll: Lynda
Crazy Love: Mike
Pie in the Sky: Tony
Grey Funnel Line (Caribbean version): Jenny
Afraid of Loving You Again: Phine
Tunes of Glory: John M
Inisheer/Sir Sidney Smith: Allan
Drink Old England Dry: Colin
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles: David
His Eye is on the Sparrow: Paul
Indian Tea: Ken
Man of the Flying Trapeze: Mave
Our Town: Angela
Bold Princess Royal: Roland
Ain't no Grave: Eddie
Only Wonder Why: Lynda
Tobin's Jig/Lark in the Morning: Mick & Mike
Annie's Song: Mike
The Way You Look Tonight: Tony
Dirty Old Town: Jenny
Too Late, Baby: Phine
The Minstrel Show (?): John
O'Carolan's Draft: Allan
Thousands or More: Colin
In the absence of two much-loved mutual hecklers it was a quietish evening at the City Folk Club.
Here's what Ken and Berry missed ...
Oh, Balloon: David
Searching for Lambs: Colin
Journey of the Sorcerer: Mick
April Come She Will/Kathy's Song: Mike
Lord Franklin in (C-sharp!): Roland
The Yorkshire Couple: Angela
Jumping Joan: Lorna
Brown Adam: Laura & Colin
Letiing Go: Les
Mollymauk: Jane W.
Behind the Wall: Lucy
I'll Be There: Paul
Ukulele Lady: David
The Grenadier and the Lady: Colin
Maid of Culmore: Lynda
Breton Gavottes: Mick & Mike
Oh Good Ale: Roland
East Virginia: Angela
Road to Boston: Lorna
Lady Came from Baltimore: Laura
Trashy Woman: Les
Once I had a Sweetheart: Jane W.
Merrimack County*: Lucy & Paul
Twenty-four Hours from Tulsa: David
Long Pegging Awl: Colin
Bound for the Mountains and the Sea: Lynda
Rag (?): Mick
Miss Ohio: Mike
No Sorrow There: Angela
Farewell Shanty: Paul
Everyone sent healing vibrations to Jane R, and wished her well for a speedy recovery from her recent surgery.
*Those of you who were regrettably absent were denied a stunning performance.
It can be viewed by clicking this link: David's track of the week.
Jane Renshaw is in St. Richard's, likely undergoing an operation. On behalf of the City Folk Club, I'd like to wish her a speedy recovery, and a swift return to singing at the Club. I sent her good wishes on behalf of the club over the Hospital Radio this evening, but I don't know whether she was able to hear them. She's on Fishbourne ward. Visiting hours on wards at St. Richard’s Hospital are: 3pm to 5pm, and 6.30pm to 8pm each day. Phone your request to 01243 788122 x3000, email email@example.com, or drop a note through the Studio door (next to the West ward block). Ken Hobbs.
There are still four spaces left for our voyage aboard MV Richmond on 25th June, and I eagerly await money from some of those who have said, “Yes!”
If you would like to join this expedition into unknown territories, please let Colin know ASAP – tel: 01243 574021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I warned you in an earlier post that there will be a quiz concerning all things nautical.
It’s a hard quiz, so I propose to publish some pictorial clues.
Here’s the first:
Twenty-one jolly people turned off their TV sets and attended The City Folk Club. Several accepted the challenge of wearing something in keeping with the celebratory atmosphere of the day. Here they are …
(The fact that individuals willingly posed for these images assumes consent for publication of these photos, courtesy of Mr. Beresford Greene.)
The absence of the usual MC was much lamented, and Bill took the chair with considerable aplomb.
Here’s what we did …
Master of the Revels: Bill
Clementine (Cwm Rhondda): Colin
You Do Something to Me: Brenda & Berry
White Dress: Ken
The Last Train From Bacup: Mave
Fall in Love: Berry
Flying Cloud: Roland
Yes, Sir, That’s my Baby: Angela
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying: Jane 1.2 & Colin 1.2
I Must Get Married Today: Jane 1.2 & Colin 1.2
Lavender’s Blue: Yvonne
Please Don’t Call Me Louise: Mike
False Bride: Lynda
The Bold Fisherman: Jane R.
Love is Come Again: Duncan
Dancing With You: Eddie
Going Nowhere: Mick
Bay of Biscay: Roger
Maggie Watson’s Polka: Bill
On One April Morning: Colin, Ken & Bill
Standing in the Church: Mave
It Had to be You: Brenda & Berry
All I Want is You: Angela & Roland
Bushes and Briars: Jane 1.2
Blame it on the Moon: Jane 1.2 & Colin 1.2
Don’t You be Foolish, Pray: Ken
I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper: Yvonne
Butterflies: Mike & Yvonne
Peggy Gordon: Lynda
If No One Ever Marries Me: Jane R.
The Water is Wide: Duncan
Next Time Around: Eddie
Some observations about all things patriotic, royal and theological: Berry
(This offering was deemed to be an incontinent display of naked emotion. It was quickly interrupted by our astute MC. Poor Berry! Perhaps he can be persuaded to complete his dissertation in a blog post?)
Rambling Pitchfork: Mick
Farther Along: Roger
Come Write Me Down: Bill & Colin