7:30pm, Sunday 15th April 2012
It has been a while since the Poppy Folk Club had a 'normal' club night - January in fact! Since then we've had concerts by The Young 'Uns, Will & Bryony, and 4-Square. All great nights, but hard work for the organisers! So, April's song and music night was a chance to sit down and listen to some of our talented regulars, sing a few songs and have a pint!
It's great to see so many people now making the Poppy club a regular part of their lives, and we had about 40 folks turn up to sing, play, tell a story or just listen. There are too many to mention everyone by name, but a big thank you to you all. Phil ran the night like clockwork, as usual, and managed to fit in at least two spots from the twenty or so performers - 39 songs/tunes in all!
A notable feature of the night was the musical collaborations that seem to have developed since our last club night. We had a traveller-themed song/story combination from John & Sheila Bentham; a lovely version of 'The Parting Glass' from Ali with Juliet playing concertina and adding vocal harmonies; a couple of sets from a 4-piece grouping featuring regulars Andy & Dave (as yet a nameless group); and a nice French song from Catherine with Dave Collins conscripted at short notice to add the guitar accompaniment.
Other highlights for me were Annie Smith's version of Sandy Denny's 'White Dress; Dave & Andy's 'I can jump puddles, written by Huw Williams; Lyn Cooper's self-penned 'Take your time'; Claire's Andy Cutting tune; and James Strawbridge's clever 'Hallelujah!' spoof in praise of Theakstones Old Peculier! Dave Collins' songs also never fail to impress, and I really liked his song 'The sun goes down'.
Marc Block has been a regular visitor to the club since the start, but for this meeting he brought along his band - The Breezes - who have been playing together around the local venues for some time. Phil gave them a couple of feature spots to show off their excellent talents, and it was Marc and the Breezes who finished off the excellent night with 'Take me out waltzing tonight'.
Next month is the club's first birthday and we have a Feast of Folk lined up, with no less than three concerts on Sunday 20th May! Be there, or spend the rest of the year listening to everyone else talking about how good it was!