Table Turning at the Prince Albert


Prince Albert, February 9th

I wonder if it has occurred to anyone that Folk Night at the Prince Albert starts with table-turning and follows on communing with spirits? If you wanted to push the metaphor, there are a lot of words from dead people... maybe even a "message" here and there.
Dick Frost sang "Drink Old England Dry". We got a good harmony going on the chorus.
Fred played "Miss Bowl's Minuet" on a Low F whistle.
Delia sang "The Three Sisters" (not the Chekov version). Once we got the hang of the chorus, the harmony started coming in. Karen & Steve performed "At the Dimming of the Day", with Steve on Guitar. Steve decided it was safe to sing "Galway Girl" as there was no sign of Simon.
Alan and Liz performed "Cold Blows the Wind to my True Love" . Alan played guitar, and Liz played a bowed Alto Psaltery. That was the biggest Psaltery I've ever seen, outside of a Hogshead Psaltery, which is rather different instrument. Liz's Psaltery gave a lovely sound.
Liz and Alan also sang The Knocker-up Woman (by Martin Graver).
Alan & Rosie played "O'Carolan's Welcome". Then Rosie sang "You keep her in your pocket " to Alan's guitar accompaniment. This was in honour of the White Stripes disbanding. I'm not into those fizzy energy drinks.
Martin played and sang " To hear the Nightingale Sing". Debbie played and sang "To make you feel my love", a tune currently popularised by Adele, but with lyrics by Bob Dylan. (They tell me Dylan is not dead. I remain unconvinced. I've seen him.) Stewart sang "Bound for South Australia". Good chorus, but no harmony. It doesn't really admit of harmony on the chorus. It's a belter!
Simon Dave & Alison (DAS) played The Glendeburgh. They followed that up with Ciel d'Automme and concluded their set with Darkness. Assistance was provided by Delia's music stand.
Commercial break for the purchasing of beer and raffle-tickets. Fred won, and chose a CD. Karen still has to lug the three bottles of beer around...
Dick Frost sang "Fair Rosamund". Fred played and sang "The Arkansas Traveller" now a children's rhyme in America. Delia & Stewart performed on melodions a set comprised of "The Mucking of Geordies' Byre", "Nancy Dawson " and "The Oyster Girl". There were big smiles and wild applause.
Karen & Steve performed "Across the Great Divide". Steve played and sang " Speed the Sound of Loneliness". Lyrics by John Prine, if my Google-fu is accurate...
Alan & Liz performed "The High Part of the Town", a song by Jez Lowe. They followed that up with a lovely bit of close harmony on "The Keys of Canterbury".
That shifted us into a more pastoral mood, so Alan & Rosie sang "Lovely Joan". Martin gave us "The Vale" a song with lyrics by Steve Knightley. Debbie played and sang "Get Here " – an Oleta Adams song. Delia got us singing along to "Bury Me beneath the Willow". John sang us "The Lakes of Ponchartrain".
Topping the Bill, as it were, Dave, Alison and Simon looked around and decided it was safe to play "the Poor Struggler" and allow everyone to join in the chorus. More chorusing with "Time to Ring some Changes". Alison did a solo with "There's a long long trail a winding" and had us chorusing again. There was just time for an encore from Simon on his accordian, playing "The Prince Albert "!

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