On a warm summer's evening when the survivors of the Sun Ra Arkestra were performing at Glastonbury, Drogheda United playing Sligo Rovers in the All Ireland Premiership, and Radio 3 doing a live broadcast of Jongen's Harp Concerto, it is scarce wonder that so many Dragon regulars were missing this week. This included your regular Scribe; so again you are subject to the musings of the Substitute Scrivener.
our numbers were swollen by a couple of brand new visitors, and a couple of
slightly used ones – Roger and Carl who both made appearances last week. And as
usual when the singing is Brevis, the craic was distinctly Longa – beginning
with a long discussion led by Carl (Grandfather for the first time 3 days ago)
and Mike (about to become a first-time Great Grandfather) on the cost of
servicing other people's babies.
Our new couple
included John B who, although only having come to listen, was persuaded to sing
and gave us a Portuguese folk song, and a round which he had learnt from his
father. His name inevitably led to Mike's concluding the evening with the only
Bahamian folksong to regularly appear in the repertoire of the Beach Boys. How
fortunate our visitor was not called Danny Boy. His partner had the misfortune
to win the wine – Maggie's protestations that 'This week it's a good one' met
with the usual derisive howls.
been hijacked into singing with Simon's guitar last week, brought his own, and
his contributions ranged from Davey Graham's Angi to accompanying Mike singing
Summertime in a key so low that Paul Robeson would have been forced to loosen
his underwear. His friend Paul returned for a record second week running to
play some of his own tunes and trade insults with our MC.
always provided a variety of unusual material in a variety of unusual keys.
Undoubted highlight this week was a nineteenth century song of technology in
the Potteries, the obscurity of which gobsmacked both Mike and Derek.
included Following the Binder Round, correctly identified by Colin as by the
Singing Postman, and Roar of the Crowd, correctly identified by Mike as by
Denis Kevans with only the tiniest clue from Derek that it was by a member of
the Australian Communist Party who had also played First Class cricket.
Finally a word to alert you to the fact that
this year's celebration of Maggie S's 21st birthday is imminent. One
of Maggie L's legendary buffets is promised. Stand by your phones for an
invitation in the next few weeks.
[Thanks go to "Substitute Scrivener", Derek, for his excellent report this week]
There are only three songs in the YouTube playlist this week. Normal service should be resumed next week.