Saturday, January 28, 2012

Being The 27th of January, 2012 ...

Berry was MC.

(Ignore Ken in the background of this image. Ken was elsewhere in pantomime.)

Berry was charming, (as always,) and he deserves to be congratulated for handling such a busy evening particularly well.
Berry did not use the word 'mellifluous', but he skillfully directed us using words of not more than two syllables.
Going the risky way around the tables, here's what we heard ...

Musn't Grumble: Berry
Bar-room Girl: Max & Sylvia
Ten Thousand Miles: Jane W.
A Man's a Man for all that: Nigel
When the Green Man Walks the Forest: Mave
The Angels have taken my Racehorse Away: Bill
Changes: Mike
In My Life: Roger
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Jane R. & Roger
The Drovers: Colin
Song of the Chanter: Lorna
Never Grow Old: Richard
Mole in the Ground: Angela
King of the Fishes: Roland
(?) 2-Step Mystery: Dave
Louisiana Way: Les
Lucy Cartwright: Jimmy
Whatever Happened to Saturday Night: Lynda
What Goes on in Your Mind: Lynda & Paul
Those Memories: Lucy, Max & Sylvia
Almost Persuaded: Max, Sylvia, Paul and others
(Something Scottish - not Burns!): Jane W.
Now Westlin' Winds: Nigel
The Barley Mow: Bill
I Told You: Mike
When I was on Horseback: Jane R. & Roger
Leave Her Johnny: Colin, Angela & Roland
Star of Kintra: Lorna
Canaan's Land: Angela, Roland & Richard
Big Tree: Dave
Blue Night: Les
What am I to You?: Jimmy
Died for Love: Lynda
You are my Sunshine: Paul & full cast
Your Cheatin' Heart: Berry & full cast

Some of us lost the plot in Bill's rendition of 'The Barley Mow'.
For future reference, the final refrain might accumulate the following in some sort of order:

Here's good luck to the company, good luck to the Barley Mow ...
  • Company
  • Slavey
  • Daughter
  • Landlady
  • Landlord
  • Barrel
  • Half-barrel
  • Gallon
  • Half-gallon
  • Quart-pot
  • Pint-pot
  • Half a pint
  • Gill-pot
  • Half a gill
  • Quarter gill
  • Nipperkin
  • ... and the round bowl
So ... remember all that for next time.


London Apprentice and Special Bitter said...

When one is born with a name like I have, you find yourself very wary of using too many syllables. However I did try to grunt "inimitable" and "idiosyncratic" all in single breath at one point. Of course I had no idea of Colin's word "mellifluous" and since my dictionary gets no further than "melic" I seem set to settle for that. Now that seems to mean "grass of genus" which is probably a drug! Around the same area is the "melodeon." This is a kind of fruit that grows on the melodius plant.

Hey wasn't old DSW going to publish details of next Tuesday at the Arundel club? Am is missing something here - as in "not all there?"

For those of you that know nothing of pantomime I feel only jealousy. Some of us spend all our lives living in one. I am that soldier, but there is one other! A clue to his identity can be gleaned from the photograph. Subtle that!

Thanks to everyone for making it such a nice evening.

Dogsbody, Scrivener and Wretch said...

Re: para 2 of the above...
I believe Berry refers to The Amberley Acoustic Music Club, (not Arundel,) on Tuesday, 31st.
Think Beheld and be there!

Jane said...

(Something Scottish - not Burns!) was - with apologies for having been indistinct and for not having sung it as well as it deserves - The Tryst, by William Soutar (Dave Whyte's setting).

Jane W