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Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter 2015

Charmian Bernays, aged 8,
Toowoomba, Queensland in 1922
We were a bit thin on the ground this week. Not least because, as we heard last week, Maggie has been in the wars, and I heard that Lesley may also be suffering (unconfirmed report). Get well soon ladies and come back to us. Friday was Good Friday, so there were Easter-themed songs about though we didn't all step up to the plate in that respect.

Colin was MC and he asked Derek to start us off. Derek started as he meant to go on, taking us almost on a stations of the cross tour of Easter, his first being A Week Before Easter (Roud 154). He followed that up with Maundy Thursday in the shape of Judas (Child 23), then on to Good Friday with Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.

Finally on this strand Easter Day, or rather the Easter Rising, was represented by The Women of Cumann na mBan, (The Soldiers of Cumann na mBan). Derek picked this as being the most difficult to spell in the log book for MC, Colin, who had headed him off at the pass earlier by singing his original choice, The Foggy Dew (Canon Charles O’Neill).

Colin continued in a more religious vein with songs including Jesus Christ (Woody Guthrie) and Now The Green Blade Riseth (John Macleod Campbell Crum).

Mike gave his only Easter Song, The Pace Egging Song (Roud 614) before offering another take on resurrection with Stan Rogers' The Mary Ellen Carter.

It was good to see Tom after a three month break from the club. It's always good to be able to link to videos of him singing, such as Tequila Sunset (Ralph McTell) and White Trash.

Among Roger's offerings was As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld), sung of course by Dooley Wilson in the film, Casablanca. No, it's not folk music, but anything goes at the Dragon Folk Club. His wife, Chris, on the other hand was perfectly folky with Scarborough Fair (Roud 12, Child 2), although it did spark some conversation on different verses that may or may not be included in the song.

Phil's final sing of the evening was Wreck Of The Old 97 (Fred Jackson Lewey and Charles Noell).

Colin finished off the evening with another of his Easter songs: Where You There When They Crucified My Lord.

Here's a selection of the songs sung during this session.

(Number of people present - 8, of which 8 performed)

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