October sing and play. October 20th 2013.
We had another excellent night for our October club night, with so many singers and musicians present that we didn't quite get around the room twice before time had to be called. By my reckoning we had about 24 performers, including several new faces to the club. It was good to see so many people turning up just to sit and listen to the range of styles on show from the varied and talented performers who entertained us.
It was especially good to see a few more musicians in the room, and we had a melodeon-accompanied 'New York Girls' from Chris, a mandolin-accompanied song from Paul, and some terrific tunes on the accordion from Anna Pack - all newcomers to the club. Other new faces: George, Clive, Phil; and Sophie and James (with Dylan the Folk Dog), all sang - either unaccompanied or with guitar.
Regular Poppy-goers who performed included: James Strawbridge, Wil Walker, Steve Plowright, Jim Hellewell, Juliet, Jenny Bell, Corinne Male, Marc Block and his dad Tim, and a Ronnie Barker monologue from Neil. We also had a good turnout from Bingham Folk Club with regulars Annie, Dave and Trevor (as well as some of newcomers previously mentioned) and it was good to see Yvonne and her banjo again (normally seen at the Carrington Triangle). Claire and Dave from the Poppy organising team squeezed in two each, while the shortage of time meant Julie had one song and Phil only had time for a 30 second burst!
In a night of excellent songs and tunes, the stand-out moments for me were the melodeon playing of Anna Pack, Marc Block's 'Bonny Boy', a gorgeous Andy M Stewart song from Sophie ('Where are you tonight, I wonder'), and new man Paul's 'Open your Window', which was just lovely.