Feature Night with Anwen


After Dave had led the assembled throng in some tunes including Jack Robinson and Old Tom, and Dick had ceremoniously opened the singing with Let Union Be, we were treated to the unusual combination of Tabla, Harp and Cello. This proved to be, as the name Anwen implies, very beautiful. Anwen played some traditional Irish tunes (e.g. Planxty Irwen), some tunes written by France (e.g. Lover’s Moon), and we had a short and exciting burst of Bach played with cello & tabla. Many thanks indeed to France, Philippa and Tarseem for coming along and playing for us. We wish them luck in the future.

The rest of the evening was given over to our regulars Dick, Alan, Rosie, Dave, Steve, Karen, Roger and John, and also to two newcomers Fred and Sharon.

Fred began by using his “I Want to be an Elephant” song to create the spot where words or tune disappear and then this spot moves around the room – which it duly did – affecting Dave who started but didn’t finish his American Civil War song, and Philippa who blamed Fred for having to end a piece rather earlier than intended! Fred later played an amazing set of tunes on a willow whistle, namely Jack on the Green, Valley of Silence, Peg Ryan’s Polka and something Scandanavian like Ratjavillen.

Sharon came with a group of people who had heard about the club via the internet and she gave us a splendid rendition of Rock of Ages – and very well done to her as she hadn’t played a guitar for some considerable time.

Some, but not all, of the other songs in the evening were: Dave’s own “Harvest” and “Northern Geordie England”, Joan Armatrading’s The Weakness in Me, Richard Thompson’s “Waltzing’s for Dreamers”, Briege Murphy’s “Maid of Liosamhavagh”, the traditional “Twas on one April Morning”, “Daddy Fox”, and Steve’s American version of “Union Miners”.

With 13 audience and 11 musicians / singers as well as our 3 guests we had a very lively break with lots of tunes and chat whilst the raffle was going on.

We will be at The Belle Vue in High Wycombe on Wed 1st October and several of us will be at The Anchor, Friday St, Henley on Friday 3rd October for a song / tune session & roast potatoes apparently!

Please note that we will be at The Prince Albert, Frieth, for 2 weeks on a row in Oct – on the 8th and 15th, and at The Old Ship at Cadmore End on the last Wed in Oct – the 29th. Then we'll be on countdown to the Xmas season and, hopefully, a repeat of the club's Xmas dinner at The Old Ship on 17th December - to be confirmed, but put a note in your diary so you don't miss it!

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