5th December 2010
What a week we have had - weatherwise. Heavy snow, freezing cold ….how unseasonal- it
is only November. The snow has now started to melt and the roads are fine for driving but
I hear we are due for some more of the same. Never mind, we have a few regulars here
already so we are sure to be in for a great afternoon.
Our ( volunteer? ) compere for the afternoon is Liz. She recites one of her poems that she
has forgotten she has written with the title of The First Snowfall. A very seasonal beautiful
Len is up next, earlier in the proceedings than usual. He says he wants to warm up - it is
pretty cold in the room. He starts of with an old favourite - You Don't Know What It's
Like. A new one to me next, at least a new one sung by Len - Bound for South Australia.
Two great singalong songs to get us off the mark. Thanks Len!!
Bernard and Maureen are next and are in their usual good form. They give us two sets of
tunes - Bernard on his concertina and Maureen accompanying him admirably on her
Norman is called upon next to give us a couple of tunes. He brings along an instrument he
has only had for a month or so, a friend of his discovered it in his loft. An original
banjolina, it is about 90 years old and as such is a collectors piece. It is in its original
condition and still has its original vellum facing. Norman starts with Save The Last Dance
For Me. This is followed by Please Release Me - Englebert eat your heart out!!!
Clive (one half of ploughman's lunch) is next and he sings a seasonal Hampshire song
about winter. How does he remember all these songs. The second song is about tradesmen -
It All Makes Work For The Working Man To Do. Both he and Linda have experienced a
recent upheaval in their flat during a kitchen re-fit
Rocking Bob Cash is next looking very dapper today (see photo). He starts with an old
song with a distinctly Spanish rhythm - La Palermo. He follows this with a 1935 song I
Never Say Never Again Again. It is great to hear Bob's unique voice again.
Linda is next and introduces herself as one short of a picnic. She sings another song about
tradesman involving lots of drink -Jones's Ale. This is followed by another drinking song
from the Cotswolds - We Shepherds Are The Best Of Men.
We take our break at this point to allow us to have a chat, refresh our glasses and make
ourselves more comfortable.
Joe is our act after the break. He has set up his electronic organ to give some carols. He
starts with In The Bleak Midwinter played excellently on the organ and moves on swiftly,
with the aid of an assistant in the form of Kathy for the harmonies, and a guitar to his
second carol Glorier in Excelsis (is that how you spell it?). We expect great things from Joe
and we certainly got them this time, but I would like to congratulate Kathy on her vocals.
She should sing more often.
Helen is next with a couple of sad yet pleasant songs. The first is about a man who drowns
his partner named Omni, with the title of Omniwise. Her second song is also about death -
Bonny Suzy Clelland - we really must consider having St Johns Ambulance on standby at
these sessions for the benefit of the audience.
Liz is next with a poem called Winter Dreaming - another new one to me.
Len follows with I Always Thought I Would See You Again and Cousin Jack, a Show of
Bernard and Maureen return with another couple of jolly tunes.
We take another short break - this time for the raffle.
Then we have Norman who sings Fanlight Fanny and Leaning On A Lamppost.
From one sandwich short and a bit of a pickle we have a whole plateful next. Ploughman's
Lunch give us Two Sisters.
Rocking Bob sings us Melt Your Cold Cold Heart.
Helen returns with a chorus song Donnadonnadon, which has nothing to do with a kebab.
Our afternoon is completed with a fine piece of guitar picking and singing by Joe with two
of his self-penned songs One Stop and Rip It Up Joe. What a way to finish. Don't forget
we are back in the function room next week for our Christmas Party, so get there early
with a plateful of food to share and you will have the best afternoon. See you there!!!!!