20th March 2011
We are in the bar this afternoon for our monthly Club in the Pub session. Our guests are
The Jones Boys but one is definitely not a boy. Their music posted on the internet is
excellent and they sound brilliant during the sound check, so we are in for a great
Margaret is our compere this afternoon and starts with a Guy Mitchell number - Singing
The Blues. She follows with a sheep shearing song - I'll Never Find Another You. She is
then joined by her pupil Maureen for a double uke rendition of The Campdown Races and
There is a Tavern in the Town.
Norman is next (we have an abundance of ukelele's this week), back from his travels down
under. He starts with an old favourite T.T. Races. He follows this with Our Sergeant
Major. Nice to have you back, Norman.
Len is our final floorspot this session. He starts with a song that could be a tribute for the
previous artist - Bound For South Australia. He follows this with a Richard Thompson
song - Keep Your Distance. Len must have been practising, I haven't heard him play either
song before. Great stuff, Len!!!
Our main guests The Jones Boys are next for their first session. Their first tune, Jack
Broke the Prison Door, was followed by an explanation of its origin leading to their second
set, this time three jigs. I understand they play in different formations but this afternoon
there are two members a male named Gordon and female Sam. The instruments used in
the first tunes were a mandolin and an melodeon A song next, Tipping It Up To Nancy
with Gordon accompanying himself on the drum. Some reels next, one of them coming from
their latest CD. A traditional song next from around the start of the 20th century called
William Taylor. Sam adorns a concertina for this song. Gordon has a rich traditional voice
which really complements his choice of songs. Two tunes follow, Dennis Murphy's and
O'Keefes. Toe Tapping stuff!!! We are told Sam is 2009 / 2010 melodeon champion - what
an achievement. Sam sings us a song next - The Fields of Athenrie. A solo song next from
Gordon - The Fouler - about a young Norfolk man who shot his lover by mistake (Should
have gone to Specsavers). They finish their first set with three reels, to keep our toes
tapping well into the break. What a great session!!
We take our break at this point where raffle tickets are sold and comfort is sought.
Joe starts off the second half, and with the aid of his well worn squeezebox he sings a
traditional song - Unconstant Lover. Well sung, Joe. As he is so good he is allowed a
second song. He changes instruments for this song and uses an appellation dulcimer for a
Barry Dransfield song - Up To Now.
The M & M's sneak a second spot with Travelling Light.
Norman gets a second shot with Save The Last Dance For Me - I didn't know you cared!
Helen is next with All Things That Fall Silent.
Len recounts the tale of Cousin Jack.
Moriarty is in the house and gives us all a quick one (how does he play those notes so
It is time for The Jones Boys to return to the floor for their second session. Gordon starts
by singing us The Star of the County Down, followed by a jig. He plays a large whistle on
this. The drum comes out again for two jigs and a reel. A song next - My Son John - about
a soldier who returns from the wars legless (must watch those cannonballs). This is
followed by more tunes to allow the percussion to partake. Three polka's from County
Kerry are next followed by a Scottish Ballad in broad dialect - Twa Corbies - a song about
a discussion between two crows as to how to eat a dead Knight (with a knife and fork I
would have thought). Quite a short song which caught us a little by surprise when it
finished. The rattles come out again for the next set of four jigs. A Richard Thompson song
next, with Sam playing the trumpet in a very bluesy fashion on a number called Al Boley
(not sure of the spelling). Two sets of tunes next, one being a well deserved encore to round
off a fantastic afternoon. I counted at least 6 instruments being played by the duo during
the afternoon, not more than two at a time though. Such a great sound!!!
Next week, Sunday 27th March, we are in the function room for a get a floor spot session.