In January 2014 we relocated ourselves to a marvelous new venue, the Dolphin Hotel, Beer, and so a new era starts....
Straight into the most recent event, and Hilary's erudite comments on the content of the evening....
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!