|The Liver Building, Liverpool|
At one stage the topic of conversation turned to raffles, and in particular folk club raffles. John said that he is very unlucky with raffles and the last but one time he won one was in the 1960s. The prize on that occasion was a 45rpm record of the Maple Leaf Four singing Old Shep. Derek told of a folk club which was sponsored by a butcher, and the raffle prize was always a huge tray of meat - not much good to him as a vegetarian! He proceeded to sing a song about "A ticket for the meat draw".
Paul was very nervous, having played only once (two weeks ago) in the last twenty years outside his own bedroom and to an audience. Like many of us he needs some practice playing in front of people and that will bring confidence. He played one tune inspired by Irish dance music, and another which was a tribute to John Martyn, called "Martynize".
Simon sang a song from a previous session where we were all encouraged by Mike to write a song. Simon's song, called "The story of John Twigg", was the true story of a Lincolnshire eccentric to the tune of Villikins and his Dinah.
Derek contributed at least one of his trademark long ballads. Colin on the other hand, singing In my Liverpool Home, seemed to be embarrassed by how long he had sung, and omitted several verses (it was rather longer than the version I have linked from here).
A fine evening was had by all. Next week it is Good Friday, but a little thing like that doesn't stop the Dragon Folk Club. We will meet as usual with an optional theme of Easter.