Less ancient and more modern at The Belle Vue, Wycombe


Our numbers were somewhat depleted because several of the usual number were recovering from The Bottom Line gig at The Dog & Badger on Tuesday. We managed without them and had an eclectic mix of material.

We hadn’t seen Jeremy for a while and, true to form, he was initially reluctant to play. He changed his mind and sang Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine (1971). Later on, again true to form, he added Neil Young’s Helpless (1969).

There’s an Acoustic Open Mic session at The Belle Vue on the second Sunday of each month, run by Clive who came along this evening to encourage some of us to go along to his sessions. These are amplified and start around 3:30. Clive was persuaded to sing Dirty Old Town for us.

We’re getting to see Glen quite often now. She started with the lovely Looking West to the Close of Each Day, and contrasted that later with Derek Jolly’s My Grandfather’s Ferret. Her final song was Brian Boru, which we usually hear sung by Dick, who was sitting next to her. Dick himself sang Limehouse Lass, The Innocent Hare and The Lusty Smith.

Debbie is new to this folk thing, but has sung in choirs before. This being her second week, she now has a repertoire of two songs, both from Kate Rusby and both sung tonight: The Good Man and Underneath the Stars.

David and Simon started with The Lakes of Shilin, an Irish song with only one death, known by David from Nic Jones’ playing. They followed that with the tunes Sir Patrick Spens (also recorded by Nic Jones) and Woodland Revels. Their other contribution were more contemporary: I Live This Life (Big and Rich - 2004), Fisherman’s Blues (Waterboys – 1998), My Old School (Steely Dan – 1973) and Let it Be (Beatles – recorded 1969).

Martin also sang a Beatles song (It’s Only Love – 1965), as well as James Taylor’s Something in the Way She Moves (1968, and released on the Beatles’ Apple label) and Tom Paxton’s When You Shook Your Long Hair Down (60’s?).

With a St Patrick’s themed gig coming up on 14th at The Four Horseshoes, Stokenchurch, Rosie and I managed some tunes: The Kerry Polkas, Off To California/Tomgraney Castle (hornpipes) and Silver Spear/Sally Gardens (reels). Our songs were So Far Away (Carol King – 1971), You Go To My Head (1938), Your Cheating Heart (Hank Williams – 1952) and The Weakness in Me (Joan Armatrading – 1982).

It’s The Prince Albert at Frieth next week where there will be the usual pressure for space, despite the absence of Rosie and me.

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