Songs and Music night - April 2017.
April's singaround/club night brought a very good turnout - boosted by a visit by the massed musicians and singers of the Trent Navigation Company - and quite a few newcomers. We also welcomed back a number of performers who we only get to see from time to time.
The Trent Navigation Company, who seem to have grown in number every time we see them, gave us several rousing chorus songs as a band (Spanish Ladies, Hanging Johnny, Strike the Bell/Ranzo), but also a couple of nicely performed solos: Les sang 'The Waterford Boys', while Claire gave us a lovely rendition of 'The Water is Wide'.
First timers at the club, Richard and Sheila played and sung very well, including a nice set of tunes and the songs ''Red is the Rose' and Ed Pickford's 'Ah Cud Hew'. Another couple who have been to the Poppy concerts in the past (but I think this was their first time at a club night) sang two lovely songs to guitar accompaniment - I'm sorry, I didn't catch their names. And it was good to see another new face at the club, Steve Cartwright, who has been on the folk scene for many years.
We were delighted to be treated to a visit by Derbyshire's very own Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham who brought with them the traditional singer Liz Dyer and a friend from Pennsylvania - Riggy Rackin. Great singing and playing from all!
Dave and Julia Taylor, who run the club at Seagrave near Loughborough, are always a treat to hear, and tonight's delights included 'Pokemon' - one of Dave's very many clever and funny songs - and Julia's lovely singing of 'One April Morning'.
Tim Dakin is another very rare visitor to the club, but sang us a rousing 'Salvation Army Band' which got us all singing along.
Great to see a good number of our more regular performers of course. We had songs and tunes from Marc Block, Jenny Bell, Wil Walker, Catherine Soubre, Dave and Andy, Steve and Julie Wigley, Ian Price, AJAR, Trevor Marriot, Brian Franks (story), Ann Franks and friend, Mick and Val Scott, and Yvonne Dyer and Steve Cooper.
There were so many musicians in the room that the Poppy organisers only had time to squeeze in one song from Julie ('Ronnie my Lad') and one tune from the superb Claire Halliday.