Straight into the most recent event, and Hilary's erudite comments on the content of the evening.... but with a slight difference, in that this was scheduled to be the last session before Peter & Hilary passed over the running to the Jurassic Junta, who will take over from September. And just to remind you that photographic evidence of the night can be found at http://eastdevonfolk.jalbum.net/ So with that in mind, read on....
JURASSIC FOLK AT THE DOLPHIN 16 JULY 2014
Peter began with his usual announcements about the mailing list and exits in case of emergencies and making the most of our excellent summer holiday time, he opened the proceedings with Zoom Zoom Zoom, a story about a little boy (or girl). The chorus was robustly joined in with indicating that many in the room have been coming to Jurassic Folk for a long time thus being familiar with the song.
The Amycrofters next with a song they have not done for about four years, The Mobile Phone Song, and Andrew gave us the story of how they came across it on a CD given to them whilst they were on holiday. They then had a change of instruments and explained that it was a special night for them as June's sister was over the from South Africa. They then sang May the Road Rise Up (or it could have been Until We Meet Again??) Thank you very much Andrew and June - more later.
Peter then called upon Nick with his guitar and tamborine (his rhythm section tonight) and a song about a man with a poorly paid job but it gives him everything he needs to look after his wife but he ends up living in the pub. Next a song by Chris Wall about a certain kind of lady and called (I think) I Like My Women a Little on the Trashy Side? Wonderful, thank you very much Nick.
Our refugee from Covent Garden, welcome to Doreen who has recently been in hospital having had two major operations she tells me. Her first song was written in 1724 and has been sung by Sarah Brightman among others and called Water is Wide. Her next piece she sung quite a lot when living in Scotland called Down in the Glen. Wonderful Doreen and Peter exclaimed that he didn't know what operation she had had done but it did a lot of good !
Next Mr Memory Man aka Mr Cool aka Mike New. He began with a Bob Dylan song sometimes sung by Adele (again among many others) called To Make You Feel My Love. I hadn't realised Bob Dylan wrote that. Then Adrian joined in with a song Ted sung and is really good, Wide Wide River to Cross. Thank you both.
Persuaded to do one on her own next we had Annie the Colyford Nightingale with Banks of the ? written in about the 7th century in honour of St Patrick and she was singing it for Linda who unfortunately is not present so Annie will have to sing it next time as well. She accompanied herself on her Apalachian dulcimer. More from Annie later.
In which case from the sublime to the sublimer Graham, not with his dance troupe but with a guitar ??? A special occasion as it is the first time he has played it in public. He sung Over and Over, or Umbilica. Next The Dream by John Glover, a simple little tune (i.e. very short), thank you very much Graham.
Peter then explained that he had received instructions from the "junta" to give them a spot at 8.30 precisely but as there were a couple of minutes to go he thought he would give an airing to a song he composed last for Beer Regatta, hasn't been played since but would again be performed on Beer Regatta Day. It has a chorus, a simple one and we all joined in. With still a few moments to go Peter gave us some of his bon mots - notices from the Church Notice Board which are actually quite enjoyable.
Then it was time for Andrew to have his spot ..... chaos ensued when he was joined by his "junta", i.e. June, Annie, Fran, Anita, Mike, Adrian and Gerry (with Jolly in the background) and lots of nice words and appreciation to Peter and me. The most wonderful cake was presented depicting a perfectly crafted Jurassic Folk Logo. In due course the cake was taken away and cut up and passed around - all beautifully organised. I was then presented with a HUGE bunch of flowers and Peter a sample bottle of beer which proved to be part of a large stash which found its way into our car. We also had a most magnificent card depicting a photograph of nearly everyone who has ever performed at Jurassic Folk, assembled of course by our ace photographer, Jolly - I don't know how he did it. Anyway it was duly signed by a great many people and will be a special keepsake. A specially written song by June and Andrew was sung and enjoyed by us all. They then presented Peter with a framed copy. Peter responded to all this attention with a very short speech...
Whew .... back to sanity .... Peter then called upon Harry who has not been here before. He brought his ukelele and fearing he might be lowering the tone he sang a song to do with the motor trade called Buggy Ride which was great. He explained that they are staying in Lyme and happened to visit Beer the evening before and whilst eating they had the pleasure of being entertained by the church bells. This inspired him to sing Blushing Bride. Thank you very much Harry.
To close the first part of the evening none other than the Bard of Seaton, Ted Dowse before he does a Cinderella act and disappears off. He began with a very strange poem turned song sort of in Japanese full of Japanese wisdom and requiring lots of concentration. Very clever as ever Ted, who tells us it will reappear in about 15 years time. Then a song he last sang at Peter's 90th (??) birthday called The Folk Singers' Song - he explained that he and Peter had been playing folkie stuff for a long long time. Wonderful Ted, thank you.
Calling a halt to the interval Peter asked that we give a warm welcome to Vanda. She produced another song out of her loft which she wrote in 1971 and hoped would make everyone laugh. It was very good and she followed that with a concerto in B. Thank you very much Vanda.
Country and Western time with Dave and whilst getting himself organised Peter gave us a few more Church Notices. After a bit of trouble with his "roady" Dave thanked Peter for allowing him to bring his country and western music along each month but this time he thought he would do a couple of folky numbers, Broken Heart Penny Arcade. His foot orchestra only comprised of one peddle to give a beat tonight. His second folky song was Christy Moore's Nancy Spain. Thank you Dave.
Next Fran and Anita, our very special girl band, with a song popular rather a lot of years ago but one they felt appropriate given events in Seaton - Pete Seeger's Little Boxes and they added a special verse about building/sinking on sand especially for us. Needless to say we were all familiar with it and able to sing along. That was followed by a Percy Trench number Abdul Abulbul Amir.
Espied at the back of the room a very tall and very old friend who used to visit Jurassic Folk regularly in the early days, since when he has been back and forth living in other countries etc. etc. known as Big Tim. He had a guitar with him which he bought in Germany. He is getting a children's book published and he sang a song to go with the book called All Aboard. For his next song we were asked to pretend the fellow with the deep voice is with him called One of These Days I Hope This Song Will Take Off.
Peter then said he would like to bring back Doreen, this time with Ted. They sang Danny Boy together and Ted had added a special verse of his own which was very good - Doreen was very enthusiastic. Thank you both.
Rob next who we are very pleased to see when he is able to come and he sang one of his own Born To be Wild with apologies to accountants and Stephen Wolf. Then in response to the programme Tomorrow's World a song called Tomorrow's World 1978. Peter then asked if he would do a third which was a good old favourite called The Festival Song. It was good to see you Rob, thank you.
Annie assembled her orchestra, i.e. Annie, Mike and Fran with James Taylor's Lonesome Road. Then Adrian joined them with his mandolin. Annie then told of how in 2007 she had been playing to herself in her closet when she saw an advertisement which was the start of something new. So for Peter they performed So Here's To You in appreciation and friendship. She also said she hoped Peter would come back and play as he had started something really special and she also paid tribute to our lovely audience without whom it could not be done. Hear, hear!
Last thing tonight and to finish off the evening the Amycrofters and all those envigeled - a medley mudley and here I have something odd about it being played by the children when they come out of church. Anyway, Andrew, June and her sister, Adrian and Anita, Fran with her rattle in the background. Rag Time Annie, general dance tune and Joys of Quebec. That's probably all wrong.
Thank you so much to everyone for coming and for coming over the last seven years but Peter pointed out that he was not so much retiring as evolving ..... so watch this space is all I can say. See you all in September - the date will be 17th at the Dolphin and I think Andrew said the start time will be 8 oclock - giving everyone time to have supper !
Well done, Hil, and thanks for all your shorthanding during the evenings for all these years. However, I think we shall look forward to less swearing in the house during those evenings when she is transcribing her report for you.... peace will reign.... or will it???
And so now on to......
JURASSIC FOLK Come All Ye 18 JUNE 2014
Despite my resolution to type my report IMMEDIATELY (due to loss of memory rather than diligence) here it is Sunday evening ..... what does happen to time ?
Before I forget, whilst in Beer this morning I saw a notice in the car park behind the Dolphin, saying that short term parking within the yellow lines is free from 6.00pm until 8.00am - so that is official and something some of you may already know.
Peter opened the evening with his usual introductions and welcome and to get things under way he sang an old favourite Sixteen by Richard Starkey (aka Ringo) and it was jolly good, everyone was able to join in so putting us all in a good frame of mind.
He then introduced Mike New who began with Capture My Heart. This was a request by someone at a celebration in the New Inn in Honiton so he had to learn it and was trying it out on us having only briefly rehearsed.He followed that with another he claimed not to know.This time at the request of Fran who joined him to sing a country song called Shop Full of Love.Thank you both very much.
Next, another "junta" member, Adrian, on his own for a change. He told us that he does not usually do protest/peace songs but as it is 70 years since D Day and 100 years since the beginning of WW1 he decided to sing a 1950's song by Ed McCardy called Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream. Then a song called The Lakes of Pontrachain, inspired by the definitive Paul Brady version.
Graham came next with his bodhran and a Ewan McCall number called Dark is the Grave in the Cumberland Mine which was very dramatic. His second song was called Lost Child.
Before calling upon Harry, Peter gave us a few of his special wise bon mots to help with life. Harry usually likes to sing positive songs but decided on debauchery and death tonight. He had been revisiting a Leadbelly book which his father had given him many moons ago and chose House of the Rising Sun - he even had the T shirt - and followed it with Brady and Duncan. Both great, thank you Harry.
Annie next with her guitar (not dulcimer) and began with Ramble Away and followed it with Long Live the 5th Brigade from the Spanish Civil War. All excellent.
Then came Itchy Feet, that is Jo and Olly. They performed a Woody Guthrie (a favourite of Olly's) Doe Rae Me - Jo is wonderful (well, so is Olly of course). Then an old time song they do quite a lot called Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss. Quite amazing, thank you both.
At this point, very unusually but very much welcome, Peter chose to chime in and allow himself another song, so as it is more or less mid summer, sang Summertime which was so wonderful, (.. aw gee... thanks Hil..).
Dave next with a local song by Steve Black called The Way in the World. He has recently discovered Elvis (you will have to get together with Ted, Dave) and sang Got a Lot of Living to Do. With both these songs he accompanied himself with the foot peddle/drum.
One more fantastic spot before the interval but in the meantime Greg had something to say about Ox Jam at the Quay in Exeter on 18 October. The aim is to raise £15,000 for Oxfam. Anyone who would like to take part and/or play please let Greg know.
With that Anita and Fran our very favourite girl band were next and their first song was a traditional and cheerful little number about King Arthur and throwing servants out of the house for various reasons. In Good King Arthur's Days for us all to join in with. Then a number from Australia caled Drover's Dream. Brilliant as usual.
Back from the interval and at this point I would like to say how much we have been missing Doreen, our special soprano. She has not been too good and this particular evening she was in hospital recovering from an operation. However, her lovely and faithful husband, Morris, was with us with his friends and we send our love and very best wishes to Doreen who, she tells me, is determined to be with us next month.
Also at this point Wendy had something to say about an RNLI event. On the 27 June at Winstons's there is to be a 12 hour music marathon which will include various folk spots like the Amycrofters. She would be very pleased to see lots of people there.
Vanda, our brilliant key board player, and Chris began the second part of the evening with Sunny Afternoon and another song I did not get the name of. Then Vanda did one on her own which was written in 1970 and something to make us laugh, in the end, and was about her budgerigar called You're My Friend. Then a song written in 1984 The Show Goes On. Thank you very much Vanda.
Our brilliant Greg next with a song about being kinder to ourselves when we screw up called One to Ten. Next a song with a bit weird title Baby's Head which came about as the result of a challenge between him and a friend to write a song each - Greg explained the story but I am unable to relay it adequately I am afraid, sorry. Anyway the song was wonderful and very moving about the various conflicts in the world and certainly brought me to tears. Thank you very much Greg and we wish you well with Ox Jam.
Next, our very own special Bard of Seaton, Ted Dowse. He claimed it was lovely to be back ( he missed last month ) and came with a new song he felt he just had to write because he feels so strongly about having to pay car park fees after 6.00pm . The song was EDDC Gone Jurassic (this MUST be sent to EDDC) - who says protest songs are dead ? It was absolutely brilliant (of course). He then did a funny joke about tentacles and octopusses before singing one of his favourites about Elvis is Still in the Building.
Ted had come along with his grandson, Ben, who we see from time to time, together with his friend Darren Sparkes and it was he who introduced us to them under the name of Godbrothers. We should all know the lyrics of their first song Talk Like You, Darren sang while Ben played the guitar. It was a wonderful and quite extraordinary performance. Their second number was Easy Come Easy Go - Darren's range was huge, from very high to very low and they provoked a standing ovation from some members of the audience I noticed. Amazing, thank you both.
Very reluctantly Vic had to follow that with one of his monologues which came from Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe called Not Night Mare (?). Thank you so much Vic.
Nick who had been waiting patiently all evening came next with a song about a slow running river and the finding of coal called Paradise by John Prine. His second song was about an ex prisoner with a tatoo called Blue Wing by Tom Russell. Thank you very much Nick.
A warm welcome to our local thespian cum performer of all sorts, Tony Reader (plus beard) and who know what he will come up with. To begin with he was promoting a new musical called The Day we Played Brazil being performed at the Northcott Wednesday 16 - Sunday 27 July and in which, of course, Tony is taking part. It is a story about love and hope, an Exeter story 1914 to 2014. He then performed The Grand Old Duke of York which was excellent - it was the shortened version apparently.
Then Adrian and Mike with Grandfather's Clock. What better ?
That's the end Jurassic Jam next on 2 July in the Long Bar of the Dolphin at 8 o-clock and then .... our Come All Ye night on 16 July at 7.20 in the Function Room at the Dolphin. This will be the last before September. Hope to see you all there, enjoy the sunshine.
And now back to May's extravaganza.....
JURASSIC FOLK COME ALL YE, 21 MAY 2014
A warm welcome to everyone on this May evening. Peter began the proceedings with Liverpool Lullaby which is always popular. He was then able to introduce Honiton's best band, namely The AmyCrofters. Andrew explained that their first song was by George Coburn and that he had only known the chorus until he recently discovered some verses which I have to say are quite funny. Anyway, the song was called Two Lovely Black Eyes and was excellent. Andrew and June then called upon the assistance of Adrian and Gerry to make the AmyCrofters Plus and they all performed Wildwood Flower. What a treat to see Gerry (Adrian's wife for those who do not know) join them.
Now to introduce a Jurassic Virgin, a warm welcome to Nick. He apparently came last month to watch and case the joint before braving the "stage". His first song was about getting a little bit older called Like I Used to Be. And his second, along a similar theme, a story about retirement and the wife then deciding to go out to work, and called 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses. No excuse now Nick, not to come again.
Peter then called upon the Nightingale of Colyford, Annie, who
has been a bit absent of late due to Australian trips and being under the
weather. She gave us an explanation of
the Spanish song she was going to sing which was called Zandunga. Her second song we were all able to join in
with called In the Morning When we Rise.
Next, Vanda's second most keen fan, Vic, came next with a recitation called Just in Case by Charlotte Mitchell which was very funny story about going on holiday and deciding what she might need to take for a long weekend, just in case - how recognisable is that?? He then did a monologue done many times over the years, in many places, by Billy Bennett called A Soldier's Farewell to a Horse which was also very funny.
Then Mr Cool himself, otherwise known as Mike New whose first song was one he had heard sung by Ted called A Wide Wide River to Cross. He then called upon the ever versatile Adrian to join him with a little number called Galway Girl by Steve Earle, an excellent choice.
To celebrate our 7th Anniversary Peter introduced Graham who was with us at the beginning of Jurassic Folk and now comes and goes. He sings unaccompanied and his first song was written by the Great Jake about a cockerell with rather a lot of ambitions! excellent. Then it was Over the Hills and Far Away which is a Morris Dance tune and in true fashion he gave us a brief demonstration complete with flags which was wonderful. In the early days he did bring along his dance side, perhaps they could come again.
For country and western fans Dave came next with a newly learnt Johnny Cash song from his last CD called Out Among the Stars - and Dave had learnt all the words, no crib sheet ! He had just come back from the Bideford dance weekend which was apparently lovely and sang a Ballad of the Working Man.
Pressing on to Anita, without Fran who was away, so she did some recitation, the first of which was about going green and how we used not to ?? So good Anita. Then it was The Dog for Sale. Thank you so much.
Before the interval and because we have had so many defections this evening Peter decided that he would step in with a second song and chose Tom Lehrer's Rickity Tickity Tin for us which goes down a treat.
To begin the second half Peter was very pleased to welcome a young lady who has been wowing us with her keyboard playing, Vanda. She gave us a song called Song for the World which she wrote in 1982 and was accompanied by Chris on his guitar. Next, unaccompanied, a song called Apron Strings about children and grand children. That was followed by a tune on the piano and with guitar. Thank you, thank you.
Then welcome to Chris with a miserable one first to be followed by a less miserable one (his words, not mine). Don't Think Twice it's Alright by Bob Dylan then Sunny Afternoon by Ray Davis. Great, thank you Chris.
Next Tony who has been before but not for a long time. He sung unaccompanied and his first was Little Eyes which he sung with great gusto. He followed that with a darker tune about Dublin City in the rare old times called Ring a Ring a Roses - we all sang along, wonderful.
Nick to give us another a little bit naughty called The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness. Well, Vanda and Vic certainly found it a bit of alright as they were dancing away at the back and I could have joined in for two pins.
Annie and her orchestra, i.e. Annie, Adrian and Mike set themselves up next while Peter did some of his bon mots (which get worse). Annie had her Apalachian dulcimer and a song called Simple Love. Then a song called Some Day Soon. Thank you Annie.
Peter requested that Adrian stay on "stage" in order to do one on his own and Adrian chose Every River.
As we had a little bit of time Peter asked Vic to do another. It was about Aunt Anna passing away and called Brown Boots. It was wonderful and Peter asked Vanda to bring Vic again.
Another from Dave after a couple more bon mots. He did a short medley of various songs and accompanied himself with his foot drum.
To finish off the evening the AmyCrofters - just June and Andrew this time, June on her keyboard and Andrew with his accordian and they began with Beautiful Beautiful Brown Eyes. But then Anita joined them with her bodrhan and they played Shades of Joplin, Jonathon's Reel and The Unicorn and this time June played her ukelele. Then they finished off with an unexpected mudley, an Israeli circle dance praying to a rain God then a new circle dance. June was back on her keyboard for this.
Jolly good end to the evening.
JURASSIC FOLK AT THE DOLPHIN 16 APRIL 2014
Peter gave his usual opening introductions and then began the proceedings with Natural Girl by Tom Paxton who is always to be relied on when stuck for a song. That went down well despite the loss of a verse, (remembered as soon as he sat down...) it can happen to the best of them (or the worst...).
He then called upon the most famous orchestra to come out of Honiton, the AmyCrofters who began with what was apparently a square dance about a mother's choice of bride for her son, called Billy Boy which I haven't heard for a very long time and is so good to join in with. June then explained the connection of their next song to their wedding. It was called I'm Going to Marry a Far Nicer Boy and it was all oh so romantic.
Peter then invited Mike New, otherwise known as Mr Cool, up who told us that he should be singing his song with Annie. We were missing Annie who was not well and Mike was left knowing some of the words and some of the chords and was hoping for the best. It was an Eagles (?) number called Saturday Night and in my notes I have put in brackets "a bit obscure" but I have also put "very good". His second song was a Bobby Darren one called Things which we were all able to join in with.
As Peter puts it, now for something completely different, a bit of class, a refugee from Covent Garden, Doreen. Her first song was Scottish called "My Ain Folk" and she asked us to join in with the chorus. Her second song was by Sydney Carter called Lord of the Dance which we all know. Very appropriate for the season, thank you very much Doreen.
Now for country and western fans, Dave with his foot operated percussion but meanwhile Peter gave us some of his dreadful bon mots. His first song was Gypsy Woman and his second Lay Your Head on my Pillow (or Good Time).
Peter then called upon a young lady who was visiting us for the second time, and who we were very pleased to see again, Acacia. Her first song was a new one she had written about a month ago called Stars Now Baby. Her second was a Stevie Nix song, but I didn't get the title.
Moving on to Chris Smith who we last saw in October and welcomed back. He began with a Tom Paxton number first sung in 1965 at Cambridge Folk Festival and is a song from that era, My Son John which was great. Then something totally different, something to sing along with, I'm Going to Sit right Down and Write Myself a Letter - excellent. Chris then introduced the next act which was his wife and her best friend, Diana and Mandy who sang I Love You in the Morning which Chris accompanied on his guitar and was very lovely, thank you very much all three.
Peter then called upon an old warrior we havn't seen for some time, Graham who sings unaccompanied. His first song had a chorus and was called Hey Ho Come to the Fair. As April is an important month in Australia he chose to sing The Band Played Waltzing Matilda which we all joined in with.
To lead up to the interval we were very pleased to welcome back Steve Waters. His first song was Keep Giving, Keep Giving which was very wonderful (Ted said "sing it again"). His second song was one he wrote inspired by watching his son grow up and called Try asking the question about they way we are messing up the planet. Classy stuff.
To start off the second half the AmyCrofters gave us Rakes of Marrow, Liverpool and Burrow Boy - well I think that is what they said ! Adrian and Anita then joined June and Andrew with a set Hillside House, Back Up and Push and Pearly Gate and Marching through Georgia.
One of our stalwarts from our very beginnings put in an appearance out of the blue, Big Tim, very welcome. With a bit of persuading he sang a blues number All Your Love is in Vain, totally acappella, but with lots of people joining in.
The only person to follow that is Mike G. He began with Railroad Blues which was not what he was going to sing but following Tim he thought it appropriate and it certainly did liven us up. Then a Pete Seeger song Where Have all the Flowers Gone?
Our famous girl band, Anita and Fran, next. Always good with a quip, Anita said they had done better than forgetting their lines, they had BOTH forgotten their glasses. As it is St George's Day coming up they chose a song going back to 1797, gave us a potted history of Britain before it became Britain, called Tight Little Island. Their second song something to do with Ansak Day next week, an English version of Waltzing Matilda, Walking the Bulldog which was oh so funny as one would expect from these two.
Ted needs to go home so instead of finishing off for us as usual he came next with one song at 78 instead of 33 1/3. A song about his most favourite movie in the world, in black and white starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and called Casablanca. Thank you very much Ted and we are sorry it was only one.
Harry who came for the first time last time in order to see Ted for a reunion after 40 or so years. He claimed we were a very welcoming and forgiving audience and sang a song with a difference (he said) called Let Me Fly with his metal guitar. Next Hey Good Looking by Hank Williams. Thank you very much Harry.
Now time for a rather amazing and now regular performer, Vanda. She said instead of making everyone miserable with her environmental songs she was choosing something for all to join in with, Soup Stone and Oh Would You like to Sing on a Star. All fascinating stuff.
Another one please from Chris as he comes such a long way, meanwhile a few more bon mots from Peter to fill the gap. A song by Eric Bibb called You May Slip, You May Slide. Thank you Chris, and don't leave it so long for your next visit.
To finish with some very good finishers. Mike and Adrian who should have been joined by Annie, but wasn't as she was poorly, first sang a Steve Earle number, Galway Girl and second Copper Head Road, both lively and jolly songs which gave Adrian's mandolin an opportunity to shine.
That was it for another month .... it is amazing that each month is so different. Thank you all for coming, whether to listen and watch or to perform.
Thanks Hil, fotos of the evening are up on the album website.
...and now to....
JURASSIC FOLK AT THE DOLPHIN 19 MARCH 2014
Peter welcomed everyone (5 minutes late) with the usual compulsory notices about exits and so forth and opened the evening with a song featuring the popular folk theme of lust and murder, Bye Lady Bye ( actually it is called The Two Magicians - Peter)- it has lots of choruses.
Then also to get things going, Mr Cool aka Mike New was invited up. He explained that in his day it was not so cool to like country and western and his first song was by Mr Travers For Ever and Ever, Amen. His second song was called Take It To the Limits. All jolly good.
Now, a warm welcome home from their world tour Annie and Gerry. Whilst Annie, our Colyford Nightingale, was getting ready with her dulcimer Peter very quickly took the opportunity to give us some of his special bon mots, this time with a medical flavour taken from Glasgow Hospital. Annie then sang ???? (couldn't catch the name) She followed that with a French song called Ah!Si mon moine voulait danser. She tells me that Moine is a play on words as it mean a top, as children would play with, or a monk and this song is about a girl offering various gifts to a monk. Thank you very much Annie and it is good to have you back.
Next Dave who told us he loves country and western. His first song which was new to him is by Alan Jackson called Living on Love. His next song he heard Hugh Moffat sing called I Know.
Now for our classical spot, dear Doreen with a very favourite and lovely song: Moira Keen's Homeward Bound. She and I (among others) sang this with our choir in Seaton (any one interested, we meet fortnightly on Fridays at 6 oclock in the URC church hall, it's very good) and Doreen had hoped I might sing it with her but practice time proved a problem and having heard her, I am jolly glad I didn't - much too high for me! But well done Doreen, I love it. Then she sang the Irish version of the Gypsy Rover which we were all able to join in with.
Then a very warm welcome to Harry who apparently played with Ted rather a lot of years ago. He had spotted Ted's face on Facebook, recognised him and thought a visit might be a good idea, we think so too. His song was by Bob Dylan and called I See My Light come Shining. He declined a second song as this was this first time he had been out to sing for many years (and he only lives in Honiton, what's the excuse??). Please come again, despite the fact the three lovely ladies you met on the way didn't appear.
Fran and Anita, our famous girl band, came next with an Irish song called Kelly the Boy from Killarne written in 1878 to commemorate the 1778 rebellion - a grim story indeed. Their next song was a bit more cheerful and by Luke Kelly, a "wham bam" song called The Night Visiting Song.
At this point of the evening Peter took the opportunity to make announcements about forthcoming stuff. On the 2nd April, Jurassic Jam in the Long Bar of the Dolphin at 8.00, on the 9th April Tim Edey at 8 oclock here at the Dolphin (NOT to be missed), 16th April our monthly Come All Ye night at 7.30 and .... then .... on the 23rd April the Exmouth Shanty Men are coming to Beer, also at 8 oclock. So a very busy month ahead. He pointed out that there is a mailing list at the back of the room for anyone new who would like to keep in touch to sign their name.
Now for a complete change, Olly and Jo to entertain. Meanwhile Peter gave us a couple more of his specials. They came with a couple of songs all to do with the weather - Jo with her dancing and Olly with his banjo for the first one, then Olly on his mandolin with a tune dedicated to Mulchenney. Jo is amazing and this time came prepared with her own bit of floor.
Rushing on with one more act before the interval from Rob Wheaton. His first song was to do with Tomorrow's World 1978 and his next one, which was rather less angry, called the Valley Song was really very nice, thank you Rob.
To open the second half, a warm welcome to one of our stalwarts, Adrian and his special guitar, with a Richard Digence number called Washer Woman. Only one song tonight he said.
The highlight of the evening - Peter said how lovely it was to be able to welcome Jess McAllister to Beer. He explained he has been trying to get her to Jurassic Folk for a couple of years but arrangements had gone awry. Jess said the atmosphere suggested something quiet and gentle and she successfully sang us a couple of brilliant songs before a string broke on her guitar ....she would return later.
Next our refugee from the stage who can be found on the casting list of all performances in the south west, Tony Reader. He sang a song which was sung on his wedding day and came from the Copper/Waterson family - it was very good.
Another newcomer, Acacia, whose friends have been persuading her to come and give it a go. It turns out that Mike New and Acacia sometimes play together. Her first song was called Blinded By Your Love and her second song was called Don't Have to Worry. Very excellent, please come again.
Next Greg Hancock, otherwise known as Jess's roady (he was replacing the string for her). He came with a story about Friends Reunited from which a song came about called King of Rome by Dave Sudbury which was very lovely. His next song was written after a day of senior moments and the last time he sang it, he forgot the second verse. It was called Peaches and Cream. Thank you very much Greg - always a treat.
Welcome to Vanda with her keyboard and a song she wrote about 30 or 40 years ago but about life this time, rather than the environment (her more familiar topic). Her next song was about Indians and Aboriginees. Thank you very much indeed Vanda and for making the effort of bringing your keyboard.
With a now complete guitar we were able to welcome Jess back with another song she wrote - something to do with a house and brothers and sisters living by the water ? Thank you so much for coming Jess. It was all very lovely for me.
To finish off the evening we were very pleased to see the Boys from Melbourne Street. We have seen them before at the Grove so it was good to see them back with all their instruments here in Beer. Their first song was dedicated to general mismanagement and our children's children etc. (that's what is in my notes). A couple of guitars a box with cymbal, drum, brushes and foot operated bells - a most wonderful lot of percussion plus a ukelele. Their second song a bluesy one about something and sex I think (it was getting a bit late for me) Thank you very much Boys from Melborne Street, it was good to see you.
And ..... thank you to everyone for coming and see you all again soon.
and now back to......
JURASSIC FOLK AT THE DOLPHIN 19 FEBRUARY 2014
Peter, having welcomed everyone,announced that on the 16th March there is an Emily Smith concert in Budleigh Salterton and Peterhas been given a pair of tickets to be "raffled" (no money involved) for anyone who would like to go. On top of that, tickets booked through Jurassic Folk would be entitled to a 10% discount. It promises to be a very good evening. The raffle to take place during the interval. A reminder that Jurassic Jam would be happening in the newly revamped Long Bar on the 1Wednesday of the month at 8 oclock and Andrew and Adrian would welcome anyone who would like to come along and take part - or even just to watch and listen. Peter also reminded everyone that there is a mailing list form should anyone not already on it, like to be kept informed of Jurassic events.
All that done with, Peter started off the evening with a little ditty he first heard as a child while living in India called Granny's Old Armchair. He then invited Honiton's famous Amycrofters to follow him which they did with Keep on the Sunny Side. Adrian joined them for their second song called Galway Girl by Steve Earl and written in 2000, but it was explained that Adrian rehearsed one version and June and Andrew another! However, in the event all was well. Then, my word, a very special treat, George accompanied by Margarita (who we hadn't realised sang) came up and performed Can't Live Without You which was very lovely indeed, thank you both. Must do more.Peter then invited Dave to do a turn but whilst getting organised Peter gave us some of his famous bon mots - I think he must have found a fresh supply from somewhere. Anyway, Dave sang a song by Raymond Sprogett called Teach me Pa and followed it with a Dolly Parten song called Old Flames.
Next, for our classical spot, Doreen sang a song by Diana Irving called Lights of Home. She followed that with a song written in the 1940s called Look to the Rainbow. Thank you so much Doreen.
Mr Cool, Mike New, came next with a Buddy Holly from the 1950s called It's so Easy to Fall in Love and his second song was by Gordon Lightfoot called Rainy Day People.
New to Jurassic Folk but first seen at Jurassic Jam, a welcome to Vanda with her keyboard. She explained that she usually writes happy songs but her first one would be a miserable one (we are used to those) about the environment and a stranded whale. Her second song she saved from the attic and was a bit of a combination of poem, song and sound effects. It was all very excellent, thank you Vanda and please come again.
Next Mike G with a couple of songs apparently requested by Ted. Mike is usually very good and supplies me with a piece of paper telling me what he is performing. That didn't happen and the combination of time elapsing before reading my notes and my lack of concentration means I am not sure of his tunes but Finance for Ladies came into it and Wolsey's Wild from the 1530s also came into it - the Wolsey one we are now nicely familiar with and can almost sing along which is something you cannot usually say about a 16th century tune.
Then only one half of our very own girl band, Fran. Her first one she has done before but not for quite a while and was about a man who accidently shot his true love, mistaking her for a swan, performed by Peter, Paul and Mary called Pollyvon. Her second one she had not done before was written in 2000 by Pete Morton. Fran heard it sung by Sally Barker when she was singing with the Poozies.
Peter said he has a new resolution to bring the first half to a conclusion earlier than ten minutes before the end of the evening and so ... Ted to do us the honours which he did with a song about all those people we know - with a chorus - if you are stuck in a groove move on, you have to move on when you are stuck in a groove - very good Ted, thank you.
The second half opened with the Amycrofters with a German love song from World War 2 and sung by Vera Lyn called Lili Marlene. They followed that with one of their famous medley mudlies which included Marianne.
Next welcome to the Bard of Beer, Frances who had a nice new one for us and then an old one. The first about a cat called Arthur, her husband Steve and a dongle and the poem was called Dongle Dangle and was very good and like all Frances' poems, funny. Her old one was about when her daughter was 12 and needed a new bed and her other daughter 9. It arrived as a flat pack and proved quite an experience but the 12 year old daughter solved the problem.
The raffle for the tickets was drawn and won by Ceri who seemed very pleased as it was going to be Malcolm's birthday.
Next Adrian with a lovey dovey one as Valentine's Day has just passed. It was written by an Irish lawyer, Adrian Manning, called The Lovers. Mike New than joined him for a song by Steve Earl called Copper Head Road.
Malcolm began with an Eric Bogle song called Somewhere in America. His second song was called Fancy Me, Fancy Free. Appropriately to follow Malcolm, Ceri came with a love song and a rose in her hair. Her first song was called Plesire d'amour but she collapsed before the end which was not a problem as it had a very good beginning. Then .... I don't understand my notes but Cal in the Run and You are the Night to ? the Day. I really must try and write my report IMMEDIATELY after the event!
Then Chard's most famous folksinger, Nic Parsons who said he had been singing unaccomplished all weekend so he would continue that way, but his songs would have nothing to do with being cheerful or Valentine's Day. The first was called The Ballad of Bruton Town. Next, a tribute to Pete Seager reminded him of a song by Cy Carn Let the Waters From the Mountains.
Now thespian Tony Reader with a "joke"and a very long story about his experiences with auditioning for Brazil, Oh What a Lovely War, The New Jerusalem, Padstow Festival......? Then there was something about pigeons and Sally Garden and depression and a Leonard Cohen poem called Prepare Now (which wasn't about Tony) suitably depressing all followed by a Joseph Grimaldi song called Good Ale. Thank you so much Tony, always something different.
Now for the last spot of the evening, none other than Ted Dowse who gave us a story of King John and the Abbott of Glastonbury and to finish off Elvis is Still in the Building, a good old Ted (and our) favourite.
So to the end of February's Jurassic Folk. Our next one will be on the 19 March at 7.30 in the Dolphin and we look forward to seeing you all then. In the meantime Jurassic Jam will be on Wednesday 5 March at 8 oclock in the Long Bar of the Dolphin.
Well done, I don't think you've upset anyone this month... and you will find the usual photographic evidence and mugshots on the album site, eastdevonfolk.jalbum.net
Next we go back to.....
JURASSIC FOLK AT THE DOLPHIN 22 JANUARY 2014
Without further ado, straight to Hilary's expose ( sorry, I don't where the acute e is on the computer) of the evenings events....
Well, well, well - what a turn out, how very brilliant and a very warm welcome to everyone to our opening night at the Dolphin in Beer. Peter began with words of welcome and, to comply with Ivor's stipulations, he pointed out the fire exits in case they might be needed. He also gave advance notice of Andrew and Adrian's Jurassic Jam sessions starting on 5 February in the Long Bar of the Dolphin at 8 o'clock. They will be happening on the first Wednesday of each month. He also gave notice of a singer /songwriter called Hugh Moffat from Nashville appearing at the Dolphin on 25 February at 8 o'clock. And, a great many thanks must go to Mr Chairman, Ivor, for being such a real help with setting up and going to great lengths to ensure everyone had a chair.
To get things going Peter sang a song he hasn't done for ages and ages, with a chorus, called Daisy a Day - one of my all time favourites so thank you, thank you. (Hmm... she's after something...) He was then able to introduce Honiton's very own Amycrofters who reiterated the information about the Jurassic Jam monthly sessions in the Long Bar. Everyone and anyone will be made welcome with the idea of joining in with each other but spots will be made available should anyone want one. Time will be 8.00 until 10.15. They then performed Tom Dooley for everyone to join in with and followed it with something I didn't get the name of - sorry Andrew and June.
Then we welcomed Dave who came without his "orchestra" and whilst he was finding his capo Peter took the opportunity to give us some of his special bon mots. Dave began with a Colin Ford song called Broken Heart Penny Arcade. His second one was from a Kimbers Men CD and as he is a "Beer Boy" chose the Mingulay Boat Song which proved very popular.
Next Peter called upon the Larry Adler of Chard, Johnny Gudge. Johnny has not been with us for a long time as his wife has not been at all well so he thanked everyone for all their good wishes and said his wife was improving a bit. As this weekend would be a great one for the Scots he began with a Scottish medley of very familiar tunes and followed it with the Dashing White Sargent dance tune.
Straight from Covent Garden, our very own special soprano Doreen was next and her first song is one by John Douglas and sung by Edi Reeder, Scottish folk singer, called Wild Mountain Side. Her second, another Scottish song called I Know Where I am Going.
Peter then called upon a gentleman who was one of the sneaky people to give him a shock on his birthday, Mike New aka Mr Cool. His first song was one of Tom Paxton's and one which he first heard Peter singing, Bottle of Wine. Being a bit of an old rocker, his next song was not a folk song but one of Tommy Steele's called Singing the Blues and being a bit of an aged audience we all knew it and joined in - absolutely brilliant.
The velvet throated Ceri came next with Once I Had a Sweetheart which is a song she knows very well and one we have become familiar with. Then Malcolm joined her with his banjo and they did East Virginia together - very excellent. Malcolm then did one on his own, letting us know that banjos are half the time being tuned and half the time being out of tune. He gave us Rambles of Spring and being Malcolm he gave the history behind his second song which I cannot retell but it was called Aint it Hard (I think).
Our most famous and foremost exponent of medieval rock, Mike G came up and gave us a John Dowland song called Come Again. But, turning away from the medieval he performed with great gusto a blues Leadbelly song, In the Pines, but, as Peter pointed out, not quite how Leadbelly would have sung it.
Peter then introduced "smelly feet and itchy fingers", Olly and Jo who are really called Itchy Fingers and Twitchy Feet. They began with Rain and Snow and Jo managed to perform brilliantly as usual in a somewhat confined bit of floor space. Next they did a Bob Dylan number called Walking Down the Line. It was so good to see you, thank you both.
Approaching the interval Peter invited another miscreant who nearly gave him a heart attack last Sunday, Adrian with a Tom Paxton song I Wonder Where I am Bound and followed it with a calypso song called Down South in New Orleans but Adrian doesn't know who wrote it or who sung it.
The South West's arguably most famous singer/songwriter Robin Nancarrow next with a song called Heart and Soul. He then talked to us about 1200 years ago and the Anglo Saxons and the Syrians and the homeless and sang his song You Better Get Moving, very thought provoking, thank you, as ever, Robin.
To start off our second part of the evening, the Amycrofters gave us one of their mudley medleys, all a bit Scottish and Gay Gordons, and were joined by Adrian and Anita on her bodhran.
Then we had the Bard of Beer, Frances, who we havn't seen for ages and it was really good to see her again. She gave us a couple of her latest poems, the first about a dog expecting puppies called Commador Capers about giving birth and Mollie and Golly and nine pups. Her second poem was called Senseless, vintage Frances stuff!
Then we had pleasure in welcoming a singer all the way from Taunton, Dave Carrett. First with one of his own based on the present craze of looking into our ancestry and sitting on his tractor and wondering if he could change his mum and dad and have Simon Cowell, Nigella Lawson and Russell Crow as his family - and needless to say it was very funny. His next song was about a bad experience at a folk club. Then, as an extra, he sang a James Taylor's You Got A Friend, a very particular favourite, and performed exquisitely.
Peter then anticipated introducing our famous girl band, Anita and Fran, but it turned out that Fran was not performing tonight so Anita on her own gave us some of her very special pieces of prose which are soooooo funny - the first about a conversation between two apparent flotillas sailing towards each other and the second a short one about David Cameron visiting a serious burns unit in a hospital. You are absolutely wonderful Anita!
Welcome to another fine local singer/songwriter, Greg Hancock. His first song was a little bit sad and his second song was a little less sad ..... so he said. He began with a song about disasters and our response them called Collective Mind Freeze. The next was on a Nick Jones recording called Rose of Alendale - possibly making everyone cry.
Next a gent most versatile, who else but Tony Reader - not so much a musician, more of a technician ?? First a poem by Orlando Gibbons and the second a song called Course is Broad - the two might get muddled up. I certainly seem to have got muddled up with Joseph Grimaldi, clowns, Acrington pals and songs about baked apples (coddlings). Anyway, I think I understood that he is performing at the Teignmouth Theatre in June/July - that should be exciting.
To finish off the evening, non other than the great Bard of Seaton, Ted Dowse, who we have not seen for three months - we did miss you Ted. He began with part poem, part song and again, he told us a story I am not able to accurately relay but the blues down in Missippi and the devil and souls came into it. Sing a Happy Song. His second song was one for us all to join in with and one for Peter's birthday - a very Ted special, thank you so much Ted.
So .... that was it .... our very first Jurassic acoustic evening at the Dolphin and it wasn't so bad .... in fact it was absolutely brilliant - audience and performers alike, thank you all for coming. Do please join us if you can next month when we will be returning to our normal 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30, which makes it 19th February.
Brilliant reconstruction of the night, Hil, and you will find the usual photographic evidence and mugshots on the album site, eastdevonfolk.jalbum.net. Roll on February!