Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bellowhead - Best Album, 2013 ...

Bellowhead have been regularly exposed on BBC Radio 2 during recent weeks leading up to yesterday’s Folk Awards, 2013.
The band won an award for best album, 'Broadside'.

Their recording of ‘Roll the Woodpile Down’ is energetic and exciting; I like it ...

All the band members are competent musicians with creditable careers in their own individual rights.

I have to ask, however, would the late Stan Hugill recognise this heavily orchestrated performance as the shanty he noted being sung by West Indian seamen?

One interpretation is that the word ‘roll’ actually should be ‘row’, and the ‘woodpile’ is a derogatory term for the ship that, being becalmed, is being towed downriver by rowers in small boats.

Interesting, eh?

Now, let me be contentious ...
The so-called 'folk' music you hear presented on radio is commercial, popular music, performed and promoted by those who are in it for profit.
Our heritage is being hi-jacked by capitalism.
That is my humble opinion.
Discuss in less than 2000 words ...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Being Friday the 25th of January, 2013 ...

A quiet evening ...
We blamed the continuing inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

Even though we didn’t quite manage to pay the rent, we got on with our usual music of supreme quality.

The company.

The death count was minimal: only one in questionable circumstances to the benefit of an employee by the name of Jimmy, and one crucifixion followed by miraculous resurrection.

There were two trains, one green man, a kingfisher and a scarecrow with no brain.

How long before we arrive in Glory?
Did you know that flies with blue tails
have 3D-panoramic vision?
'A flashing dart of turquoise... '
Has anyone seen my keys?
Well, errr ... dunno!
Sir Dick, 1066.

Berry gave an erudite and authoritative dissertation on this piece of music ...

Later, Berry passed on the following enlightening explanation ...

The last song I sang - rather under-rehearsed - was called "The Anniversary Song". It was "stolen" by Al Jolson & his director Saul Chaplin for the 1946 film of his life in which Larry Parks took the leading role. They added the words. I have always thought of it as very Jewish, as indeed it may still be, because of the way it was played in the film, but in fact its composer was a certain Romanian-Serbian military band-leader called Ivanovici, a picture of whom is attached. He called the much longer piece "Waves Of The Danube" which is what I heard Brenda playing on her piano.

Mr. Ivanovici

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Weather Forecast for Friday 25th January, 2013 ...

Will the City Folk Club meet tomorrow?


Doors open 7.30pm.
(Central heating: ON!)

Start? Some time at the MC’s discretion after 8.00pm.

The weather forecast is reasonable for Friday evening ...

  • The outside temperature will increase during the evening to reach a tropical +4oC. as we leave in silence at 11.00pm.
  • Moderate visibility.
  • The probability of heavy precipitation and a southerly wind of 20 mph., so please close the outer door as you leave.

Here’s what Mrs. Dogsbody did last Friday …  

"Oh dear, my left eye has just fallen out!"

Friday, January 18, 2013


This evening's (Friday, 18th January) activities are cancelled.

You'll guess the reason ...

The snow continues to fall, it's very slippery, and we are advised not to make non-essential journeys.

OK, this will turn to rain later.
Then it will freeze ....
Not good!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Being Friday the 11th of January, 2013 ...

Sorry this post has taken so long.

We enjoyed an evening of significant intellect …

  • Two songs with Shakespearean content.
  • Something about J. R. R. Tolkein.
  • A discussion about which came first: the lawn or the lawn-mower?
  • What do you call an eating utensil that has a fork at one end and a spoon at the other?
  • Someone mentioned hormones; Dogsbody is not sure why.
  • What is the plural form of the word crocus?
  • Only one reference to politics, and a smattering of holiness.

Here are this week's clues ...

Is that a tree walking in Fanghorn?

Croci, or crocuses?

A tribute to a stargazing ex-resident of Selsey.

We all wanted to know Mave's milliner.

Count this lot

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Being Friday the 4th of January, 2013 ...

First we swept the floor ...

Look who turned up ...

 Is further commentary necessary?
Well, alright then ... 

Vive la France!
Lucy's shapely, blue instrument.
Who's a bonny Earl, then?