Sunday October 19th 2014.
October - shouldn't it be Autumnal by now?
On a very balmy evening the club room welcomed at least four new faces and a very broad range of performances. Recently moved to Nottingham to attend the University, Claire sang a very nice self-penned song accompanying herself on guitar; Paul and Ron (alias Jake in the Box) gave us several Jake Thackray songs - with very nice guitar work incidentally; and - speaking of guitarists - we were treated to nice Spanish guitar work from another newcomer.
There were some interesting developments from some of our regular supporters too. Dave Collins introduced a well crafted and funny poem which he told us was looking for a tune - sneakily titled 'Where are you now, Sweet Melody?' (as well as singing his terrific Aberfan tribute). Regulars Ali, Juliet and Rick had been rehearsing some songs together and performed as a trio at the Poppy for the first time, including Lal Waterson's 'Midnight Feast' and a lovely 'Dimming of the Day' (Richard Thompson).
Melodeon tunes from Claire Halliday and Catherine Soubre demonstrated the lovely sounds the instrument can produce in the right hands; while Jim Helliwell played a great set of Will Atkinson tunes on the harmonica. Jim also sang a rollicking version of 'Nelson's Blood', and the seafaring theme being picked up by Trevor, John, and Juliet (with a very nice 'Grey Funnel Line').
Other delights included a lovely rendition of Paul McCartney's 'Blackbird' from Tim, and Julie Palmer's singing of 'Linden Lea'; but my Gold Stars for the night go to Ali Turner for her lovely singing with the trio and solo, and Dave Collins for his excellent and prolific songwriting.
Many thanks to all our singers and musicians, regulars and newcomers alike. We can't do it without you!