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Firstly it was great to see Dave and Norma, Ryan (Vicky's guitar playing friend) and Annette who is no longer doing something else on Wednesdays so might be able to get along more often.  However, we hope Bob will continue to do his own songs as well as accompnay Annette's lovely singing.

Dick surprised us all by singing the Wild Rover, and then delighted us all with She loved a Portuguese.

Vicky and Ryan performed Baby Now That I've Found You (originally performed by the Foundations &  later by Alison Crauss, A Ghost in my House (Alison Crauss) and Vicky sang Dog and Gun unaccompanied.

Rosie played the 3 Around 3 set, the Kerry Polkas and sang the lovely Grandma's Hands by Bill Withers.  Alan was away but Rosie has got used to lack of accompaniment due to Alan's broken thumb and sprained wrist!  She was also spied joining in with various tunes and songs.

Shaky things were also used throughout the evening at appropriate points to add percussion.

Bob accompanied beautifully for Annette who sang Behind Blue Eyes (The Who), the bluesy Need Your Love (Little Willie John - which spawned a variety of jokes/puns!), Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce), The Blacksmith, and the more upbeat Buddy Holly's, It Don't Matter Anymore. 

Bob treated us to his wonderful version of Burn's Black is The Colour and rounded off the evening with Will the Circle be Unbroken.

Dave joined in various tunes with his melodeon and sang us his new Christian Knihts song (only it's 2nd outing, so very well done with remembering the words), another we hadn't heard before - Smuggler's Moon - very evocative, and Cliper Ships which had everyone joining in the chorus.

Steve sang Santa Claus (did he write it?) - pity Martin wasn't there as he loves it, and Speed of Loneliness (Nanci Griffiths).  He also accompanied John on Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound.

Karen and Steve sang Cornish Lads and Bonnie Bessie Logan.  The Scottish theme creeping in because of the proximity of Burns' Night.

Karne and Roger did Where Are You Tonight and Follow The Heron.

Simon, excellently accompanied by Roger, played My Love is a Lassie Still (?), a version of Ten Penny Piece with a different time signature and in Em, The Manchester Gallop, Cunuanulla Stocktons Jig, Down The Road and The Gaspe Reel.

John contributed Burns Westling Winds and the highly amusing parody Nolans Away.

Altogether a lovely evening.  See you all next week!

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