Joining the Poppy organisers tonight were a good number of regulars and at least three first-timers.
We enjoyed some excellent singers (and songs), and a few lovely fiddle tunes, although they were perhaps just a few more guitars than was strictly good for us (come on, all you melodeon and concertina players!).
Poppy crew regulars were Dave, Ian, Wilma and Mary as well as Ally, Juliet and Ric (as AJAR). We were joined by Leicestershire singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve Cartwright, who came with his friend Paul Graham; Helen and Chris Morris; Trevor Marriott, Dorothy, Jenny Bell, Samir Goswami, Malcolm Goodall, Wil Walker, Nigel Bull (playing fiddle solo for the first time at the club), Sheila, and Loughborough singer Steve Parry.
Great to welcome Richard, a newcomer to Nottingham but originally from the Isle of Man. Richard sang a Manx sea-faring song and played a couple of lovely Manx tunes. Also, singing for the first time at any club, newcomer David bravely sang a couple of Neil Young songs.
There was a great variety of styles again, and some lovely singing and playing. Highlights for Peter Poppy were a lovely Celtic sounding tune played on guitar by Samir; a beautiful Vera Aspey song ‘The Testimony of Patience Kershaw’, sung by Helen Morris; and two rousing songs towards the end of the night: Jonny Dyer’s ‘Friends’ sung by Chris and Helen; and Jess Arrowsmith’s ‘All the Salt’ sung by Steve Parry.