That was a fun evening! And it really felt like we were back to Poppy's good times. Sherburn Bartley Sanders entertained us thoroughly on with their excellent musicianship and their friendly and comfortable banter. It was like having three good friends round for a music session and a good natter.
Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals and guitar) had been playing together for over 20 years, as a duo and with ‘Last Night’s Fun’. More recently, bringing Emily Sanders (fiddle and vocals) to the mix has added an extra dimension to their vocals, and introduced more English folk into their repertoire.
Among the songs were folk standards like ‘William Taylor’, ‘Sheep Stealing (The Brisk Lad)’, and ‘Adieu Lovely Nancy’ (this one led by Emily); along with a lovely rendition of Cyril Tawney’s ‘Sammy’s Bar’ and the classic ‘The Old Triangle’. Chris sat back and watched as Denny and Emily performed a beautiful ‘Bright Blue Rose’ together.
The band had a lovely rapport with the audience - a ‘full house’ under our current limits - many of whom were new or rare visitors to the club attracted specifically to see and hear their favourite musicians. It was great to see a good crowd having a great time.
A big thank you to Jim Hellewell for his quickfire harmonica tunes to start the first half, and to Patrick Gray (fiddle) and Kate Perrey (whistle) for starting the second. Patrick and Kate were asked up to the stage by Sherburn Bartley Sanders to join them in their encore tune set - a lovely finish to a really enjoyable concert!
(Thanks to Nick Murphy for the sound, and to Paul Carroll for the lighting and photography)