A full set of Ashes this evening, so thanks to Brendan on drums, Brian on bass, Eddie on harmonica and Tom on percussion. Thanks to those who lead on many of the numbers – LesB; Eddie; Donna, Anne, Diane and Margo , but mostly Donna were on the locomotion. Dave D; Ernie, Eddie and Donna said Hey to Good Looking, Steve McG loved to boogie (and appear in Boots hearing aids ads); Don walked the line; Graham P; Donna was second hand Rose once she found her note (honestly a lot of us tried to help her find it); Mark; Lee was goosed by a fox – warning here Dave is going to use this as the opener to U3A future meetings in place of either Froggie Went A Courting or You’ll Never Get To Heaven; Steve McG (again) played his ukulele as the ship went down; Dave D messed about on the river, and Brendan was alone again – naturally.
Thanks for a varied and entertaining (and videoed) STARTIME to
- Don sang She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (for her lover who was far far away). A US military song associated with the cavalry, and has also been used as Arsenal FCs Wembley song.
- Eddie gave us The Irish Rover. Made famous by the Dubliners and the Pogues, it took me back to the old days at the Crooke Hall Inn, when the song was sung by the local inebriate, who couldn’t actually carry a tune in a bucket, but left happily after he sang it on an almost a weekly basis.
- Mark sang Leroy Van Dyke’s Walk On By (1961). The song broke records in being on the US Billboard Country chart for 37 weeks, 19 at number 1. Leroy’s other famous hit was The Auctioneer.
- The Joe Balmer Trio (Dave D on lead uke, Brian on bass and Joe on lead vocals) gave us Try A Little Tenderness. The song was first performed in 1932, so it’s lyrics are a little dated, but the tune is still a good ‘un (copy attached). It has been recorded more recently by Percy Sledge, Michael Buble and Otis Redding amongst others and is featured over the opening titles of the film Dr Strangelove.
It is Diane and Dave do at the Crown, New Springs tomorrow, Thursday.
Brian is arranging for the printing of the gig books.
We are told that Carole’s operation was successful and she is recovering. Hope to see both her and Brian soon. Our best wishes.