Sunday, September 22, 2013

Being Friday the 20th of September, 2013 ...

This is an anniversary ...
On this day in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan embarked upon the first successful circumnavigation of world.
He commanded two ships: Trinidad and Victoria, with a combined compliment of about 270 crew.




Magellan did not survive to complete the expedition. He was killed in battle in the Philippines in 1521.
The circumnavigation was completed by Juan Sebasti√°n Elcano commanding Victoria with a surviving crew of only 18 men, arriving back in Spain on 6th September, 1522.

Of course, all that foregoing has nothing whatsoever to do with The City Folk Club, but such historical intelligence might engage the imagination of those who sing/play folk songs/music ...
Maybe, not!
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One participant announced that she had recently attended a meeting of CAMRA, thinking it was a photographic club ...




Marian couldn't understand why everyone was drunk!


Angela, as MC, was weary from the outset ...

Let me rest ...


Eddie sang Home Lads Home.
We remembered Sarah Morgan who composed the tune ...


R.I.P, Sarah.



Elayne enchanted us in a foreign language ...



Les feuilles Mortes.


 
One polyglot said that he was particularly enamoured of Russian folk songs ...



Who needs an orchestra when you've got Elayne's sublime, unaccompanied voice?

Thereafter, Berry appeared somewhat morose, regretting that his woman has gone off with another man.
His other offerings included the words 'melancholy' and 'blue' in their titles.
We tried to reassure him ...





Dogsbody rounded Cape Horn losing only two gallant tars on the way ...

By angry seas the ropes we threw
from their poor hands was torn.

Paul educated us about a conflict between Andrew Jackson's American troops and the British Army in 1815 ...


We fired our guns and ...

 Connor sang about this magnificent form of river transport ...

On the Vicksburg run.


Many thanks to everyone who came along to share this enjoyable evening of music and benign interpersonal abuse.
We managed to pay the rent without bringing in extra seats.
Thank you to Angela for ... staying awake to look after us all!

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By the way, did you know that Ferdinand Magellan had a penguin named after him?


sphenicus magellicanus


 



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