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Welcome to the official blog of the Dragon Folk Club, which meets for a singers night every Friday at The Bridge Inn, Shortwood, Bristol. Everyone is welcome whether you sing, play or just listen.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

EF-in saints and sinners

Glendalough (Photo: Allan Henderson)
This week's report is going to be slightly shorter than usual but you will find that a remarkable count of 34 of the 35 songs we sang have been found on YouTube, so there's plenty to listen to behind the link at the bottom of this report.

Colin was MC as usual and started off the evening with John Dory (Roud 249, Child 284).

Geoff went to the song catalogue of the Eagles for Jack Tempchin's Peaceful Easy Feeling.

Derek headed to the antipodes with Jim Jones At Botany Bay (Roud 5478) while Simon took us to Newfoundland for Lukey's Boat (Roud 1828).

Mike continued the tour of his 1988 songbook on the E and F leg of the journey, stopping off with the Enniskellen Dragoons (Tommy Makem, after Roud 2185), Farmer's Boy (Roud 408, Laws Q30), The Smuggler's Song (words by Rudyard Kipling, tune from the singing of  Peter Bellamy and often attributed to him but possibly by Christopher Le Fleming: "Five and twenty ponies") and the Farewell Shanty.

Geoff gave us a second song from the pen of Tommy Makem in the Town Of Ballybay.

Colin's rendition, possibly the first ever at the Dragon Folk Club, of Tom Bowling (Roud 1984) caused some discussion. Mike initially described it as Victorian, but it was soon found to have been written by Charles Dibdin, who died in 1814, twenty three years before Victoria came to the throne.

Geoff was surprised to hear that the name of The Glendalough Saint was Kevin but Derek and Simon confirmed it, Simon having visited the remains of his cathedral in County Wicklow not once but twice.

Colin sang two songs from the repertoire of our good friend Gary, first it was Gary's own Elsie, and later Brighouse On A Saturday Night (Roger Davies).

It was interesting to find in my research for the blog that Geoff's song, Joseph McHugh (Dermot Kelly) is about a real pub in Liscannor, County Clare.

It fell to Derek to send us off at the end of the evening singing loudly to Salonika (Roud 10513).

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

(Number of people present - 5, of whom 5 performed)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

CDs, rakes, doffers and marbles

Outside the pub at Tinsley Green, Sussex, 1936.
The singer George 'Pop' Maynard
is seen on the right of the picture.
(Photo from Keith Summers Collection)
It was good to welcome Geoff back into the fold last Friday after his sabbatical, so he made us quorate once again, which is always a good thing.

Colin was MC and started us off with Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel (Dan Emmett - Roud 12153). The first two lines of the song, at least as Colin sang it, are "Rain forty nights, gonna rain forty days,
Gonna rain on the Allegheny mountains" which inspired Derek to sing the First World War song, Raining, Raining, Raining.

Geoff's first song after his recent break from the club was Far Away In Australia (Roud 25792) although I'm pretty sure that's not where he's been.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

There's no B in Liverpool

Liverpool's "Three Graces" (Photo: Simon Meeds)
I'm afraid I have to keep the report fairly short this week, would you believe because I'm planning to go out and hear more music, and maybe sing a bit too. But first there are some significant parish notices.
With one exception as you will read in a moment, we meet every Friday and usually you can sing whatever you like at our sessions but sometimes we have an evening with an optional theme, and we happen to have a few of those coming up. You don't have to follow the theme with all of your songs, but it's nice if you can bring something to the party.

26 October - Halloween theme (All Saints, All Souls, ghosts, witches, etc.)
2 November - Campfire theme (camping, fires, fireworks, Guy Fawkes, etc.)
9 November - No session (if you come to the pub you may find yourself in the middle of a charity Ladies' Night)
16 November - Remembrance theme (war, anti-war, remembrance, etc.)

With that out of the way, let's get on with the report.