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Lovely Gig at FourPenny Shop


On Saturday I done a gig with lots of other people for a local charity Myton Hospice. It was at The Old Fourpenny Shop which is also where the session is on Thursdays. It has nice landlord Sean who often gives us drinks and sandwiches because he likes us to play. Fourpenny6

Anyway this gig was in the main bar and very crowded with lots of lovely audience hooray. Fourpenny1







First went on Jonathan Waller who is excellent guitar player and mandolin player and is organiser of session what I told you about already so no need to say it again. I joined in him seeing as I brought my keyboard.




Then on with Pete Willow who I haven’t seen for ages except on Facebox which doesn’t count as a real seeing because Bookface is not real it is just pretend. And not all of them are actually your real friends. He played with his friend John MacIntosh who was playing the bass. They done a favourite song of mine by Ry Cooder called ‘Trouble You Can’t Fool Me’ the next line is ‘I see you behind that tree’ a good song which I once learnt. Anyway very good.




Fourpenny8Fourpenny9Then who next but John Wright who is a friend of mine and his new playing-pal Hilary Wilson who writes songs. Very good with nice harmonies and everything. The pub was very loud though which made the quieter songs harder to hear – I know all about this myself! Anyway of course I joined in with them for ‘Ride On’ (a favourite song in John’s family who were there waving) and a James Taylor song ‘You Can Close Your Eyes’. All very good.



Fourpenny14Fourpenny12Then next was me. Because it was a somewhat rowdy audience I played the old trumpet and accordion thing ‘Reckless Blues’ which is actually a Bessie Smith song totally corrupted and changed by me onto accordion. Of course the audience got to do trumpet noises which they seemed to like.
Then ‘Zero Inches’ which is one of my own on accordion, Fourpenny13followed by ‘Stormy Weather’ with Jonathan on electric guitar and Mick Cox on laptop snare – this song had a technical problem which I shan’t tell you about but resulted in me having to suddenly play the trumpet at the same time as the piano. (Hint: See above to ‘No stuff on here’ photo)…Very exciting.
Fourpenny11After this ‘Fly Away’ on piano – a song I wrote when my daughter Oonagh went off around thee world to do adventuring and finding-out about stuff. I had to go ‘sshhhhhhh’ cos it was a quiet song! The audience were very obliging.
Then I got Noel Le Long up on guitar, Mick Cox on cajon and Jonathan again on electric to be my band in my Aretha Franklin type song I call ‘All We Want’ where the audience (very professional) joined in on BVs with ‘love’ on the chorus. Wish I’d recorded it! PS if you wanna hear my stuff go here. You can also go to my shop.

Fourpenny10Anyway after that ‘Under The Influence’ who are Mick Cox and Steve Boyer who are well-known in the area and often turn up at the session. Steve’s songs are catchy and hooky and we all like singing along with them.

Then on to the last turn – Chris Tobin and Dave Cook who played blues type stuff – very good to finish the night – I got up with them for the last couple of numbers on keyboard. Everyone really enjoyed them. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos but you can see them on Boxface.

In fact it was a great night all round thanks to Sean the landlord who absolutely loves the music and brought sandwiches round for us, and to Jonathan who organised the musicians and took trouble to set up PA and lights in a cramped corner for us musos, and also to Maggie Coleman for organising too (and lots of others involved see here.) Lots of dosh was raised and it was a fun event plus I had a great time hooray and hoorah.

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