Summer's here and time is right for music at The Prince Albert


If you weren't there, you missed a really good evening of great songs and fine musicianship at The Prince Albert. As usual, we had to make some space before starting. Some customers even moved to the other end of the pub to help us fit. They stayed for the rest of the evening and even joined in with a few choruses, so obviously weren't offended.

As usual when there's an audience, Dick sang some 'greatest hits'. Tonight's were Limehouse Lass, Teenage Cremation and She Loved a Portuguese (this being a new entry to the list).

Stuart W brought along his Maton guitar signed by Tommy Emmanuel and duly played Tommy's nifty instrumental Angelina. He later sang James Taylor's Carolina in my Mind and Sting's Fields of Gold.

Summer's allegedly here, so Alison was able to join us. She accompanied herself on duet concertina on Drinking Man's Wife and joined Dave in a great selection of songs: The Robin and the Wren, plus Elvis Presley Blues and Red Clay Halo, the last two both by Gillian Welch.

The '4th July band' of Karen, Rosie, Steve, Roger and Alan also gave us a Gillian Welch number, I'll Fly Away, plus, in various combinations, Circle Game, Machine Gun Kelly, Oh Cumberland, Fishing Blues, Looking Through the Eyes of Love, This Old Town and Night Rider's Lament. Anyone like to guess the set list for 4th July?

We have a little-known club rule that anyone not yodelling along to Night Rider's Lament has to buy a round of drinks. Simon narrowly avoided being the first person to fall foul of it. His contributions were Walter somebody's 1+2, plus The Fiery Clockface/Uncle's Jig.

I guess that there aren't many songs inspired by The Antique Roadshow…. However, Bob wrote his song 'Little Bowl' after seeing an episode in which someone brought some porcelain that had been fused by the Hiroshima bomb. His other songs were Needle of Death and Cuckoo She's a Pretty Bird.

Martin had finished his new song 'Losing the Gift', about the times when his voice isn't in tip-top condition, in time to sing it. He also gave a first outing for Richard Thompson's Needle and Thread.

We didn't have time for a comedy song from Martin, but John compensated with Rough Justice, and later added Kris Kristofferson's Casey's Last Ride.

Roger played a couple of solo guitar tunes: Le Caffourdle and The Belgian Polka. We also had Silver Spear/Sally Gardens and a schottische, the name of which we can't remember, from Rosie and Alan.

We're back at T J O'Reilly's next week (25th June) and then start our new rota at The Nags Head on 2nd July. See the panel on the right for details.

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