Folk Evening - April 28th 2018
(Photos and review by David Trewin - click any image to enlarge)
A select audience of nearly thirty members and friends were entertained to a most enjoyable concert of Folk Songs by our own ‘Scratch Aliss’ (Scratch –Paul Thatcher and Aliss – John Harris) at the Club. Paul and John played and sang a wide repertoire of folk songs ranging from the traditional, the haunting and the amusing.
The evening commenced with The Irish Rovers’ ‘The Black Velvet Band” and “Fiddlers Green” both having origins from as far back as the 15thand 16thC respectively. This was followed by “The Fields of Athenry”, beloved of Irish Rugby fans and “Hymns & Arias” incorporating “‘Harry had an’orse” in deference to the Welsh.
Two songs by local musician, Pete Boddis (Old Ed), were also included in the programme – the highly amusing “Locket in Me Pocket” and the haunting “Say Goodbye to You”. We were treated to further favourites, such as “Dirty Old Town”, “Whiskey in the Jar”, Ralph McTell’s “Streets of London” and the enigmatic “Puff the Magic Dragon” and a rousing rendition of the Dubliners’ “The Wild Rover”.
Most of the songs were sufficiently well known to enable the audience to join in, certainly with the chorus, and song sheets containing the chorus lines had been helpfully provided to encourage participation.
Refreshment was taken at the interval with the usual splendid buffet provided by Tim and Tracy.
The concert concluded with several encores and President Roger Hadley expressed appreciation to Paul and John for their excellent performance and presentation during the evening and for the hard work, which undoubtedly had gone in to the preparation and rehearsal for the concert. It is good to hear live music.