It's folk music Dick, but not as we know it


As we say on our web site, we welcome all styles of acoustic music. This week, it showed. Whether it was because we have mics, amps and a bass guitar at The Belle Vue, or because of the particular combination of attendees, we had an eclectic selection, much of which could not be classified as 'folk music' (whatever that means). In particular:

Gerry: Layla (Eric Clapton)
Rosie and Alan: That Ole Devil Called Love (Billy Holliday), Across the Universe (Beatles), If Love Is A Red Dress (Maria Mckee)
John the melodeon player: American Patrol (Glen Miller)
Martin: Top Yourself (The Raconteurs), Rock and Roll Nerd (Tim Minchin)

Probably for the first time at the club, someone sang the song currently at number one in the singles charts: John C with Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Rumour has it that John is auditioning for the next series of the X Factor, perhaps singing Sloop John A, his other song of the evening.

At Karen's request, Steve sang his own song Santa Claus. This was timely because it isn't a Xmas song at all - its theme chimes nicely with 2009's 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and this week's launch of the Atheist Bus.

Closer to 'folk club' territory, we had the following:

Dick: Let Union Be, Limehouse Lass, Dido Bendigo
Karen & Roger: Follow the Heron Home (Karine Polwart) Give Yourself to Love (Kate Wolf)
Karen, Roger & Steve: Lowland (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) - this one with Steve too
Roger: Boys of the Bluehill & a planxty I didn't catch the name of
Steve: West Coast Highway & Talk To Me When I'm Listening (both Nanci Griffith),
Rosie and Alan: Valse Eric Rocher
Rosie, Alan & Steve: Keep On The Sunny Side
Gerry: The Wind (Cat Stevens), Bonnie Please Don't Go (Jim Ed Brown) - another fine but unfamiliar song
Martin: Goldwatch Blues (Mick Softley via Donovan)
John: Centenary March

We're at the more intimate Price Albert next week. we'll be without amplification but, I hope, with the variety to which we've become accustomed.

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