Sonny and the Harp triumph at Christmas event
It was a rock and roll extravaganza at Orpington Liberal Club on 18 December as the normally fairly sedate OFB staged their Christmas bash in front of a packed audience who enjoyed their mince pies and mulled wine whilst listening to some scarily good music.
First up was John Edwards on guitar with the Orpy String Band with Rik Lawson on mandolin. With banjo player Matt absent, Jenny Barnett filled in with ukulele and vocals plus the talented multi-instrumentalist Grahame Hood.
Inevitably the set included “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” as they gave way to the welcome of return of #Hashtag who performed “Prickle Eye Bush” and concluded with “Deck The Halls”. Richard Thew (vocals, mandolin and guitar) and Dave Harper (vocals, guitar, whistle and harmonica) were supported by vocalist Gill Roberts. Here is the trio performing Prickle Eye Bush. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6vdmcQJAZs
Frank Bigham travelled up from Cornwall to give a few foot stomping numbers, aided by Jenny Barnett on her custom built washboard before the main act.
Santino Fabbricatore (Sonny) on vocals and guitar along with John James Appleyard (Johnny Boy James) on guitar and harmonica have been playing together professionally in South East London and Kent as “Sonny and the Harp” for quite a while – see https://www.facebook.com/sonnyandtheharp/
They were joined by three other talented musicians on double bass, lead guitar and drums for a near-deafening first half of rock and roll, plus R&B. “Whisky In The Jar” and Galway Girl” were also featured along with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecelia”
Their second half had the audience dancing at the back as they rocked the night away, concluding an epic night with “Bye Bye Love”.
No it wasn’t folk but it was a barnstorming performance by the quintet and a great way to finish 2018.
We shall put up some more video links hopefully later today.
Spinners Legends Treat
Those of you who were lucky enough to come to the Spinners Legends gig on 8 September will be interested to know that there is a double CD just out featuring the songs based on that concert.
You could of course order copies from The Chantey Cabin http://www.chanteycabin.co.uk/Legends.htm but there will be a limited number available on 13 November at Orpington Folk & Blues at £10 saving on p&p.
Our Liverpool friends, the Button Street Badger Band kindly provide a list of musical numbers at their weekly get togethers at the White Star.
Here is our list of songs at our September 9 evening that was much quieter than expected:
John Edwards, Grahame Hood and Rick Lawson – Sail Away Ladies
Tony Field – Mrs Skeffington and the Thunder Rose
Graham Hood – The Lonesome Boatman and Country Gentleman
Nick Matthews – Three Jovial Tailors and Spanish Ladies
Jenny Barnett – You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive and Summertime
Robin Slater – Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway and Oh No John
Carol: Stand By Me and The Tick Tack Song
Dave Harper – Hard Case and The Bonny Ship The Diamond
Les from Hungary – Two harmonica solos
Pam and Paul – I’m In Love With You and Georgia
Rick Lawson and John Edwards – Get Along Cindy and Black Eyed Susie
Richard – Come On You Maidens Fair and Morningtown Ride
Heather – Harvey and Sheila, Lucy and The Cow
Tony Field – It’s Hard to Be Humble
Graham Hood – Song of Vitamins
Nick Matthews – Walter Waltzing
Jenny Barnett – Mule Skinner Blues
Robin Slater – She Wears Black Clothes
Dave Harper – In My Liverpool Home
Les from Hungary – Harmonica Blues
John Edwards, Pam and Paul – This Heart of Mine and Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Richard – Durham Town and Take Me Home Country Roads
Leo – Bolan Beau
Graham Hood and Leo – Wake Up Little
Jenny Barnett – Perfect Day
Les from Hungary – Harmonica tune
Dave Harper – Jamaica Farewell
Pam and Paul with John Edwards and Richard – 8 Days A Week
One of our fun trips involves a midweek visit to Liverpool. Our next visit in on 30 and 31 October as it doesn’t clash with either Grand Ole Orpy or our Folk & Blues evening.
Dave Harper, John Edwards, Pauline Llewellyn will be playing at the Everyman Folk Club on the Tuesday evening at the Cross Keys pub in Earle Street before hitting the White Star pub (just round the corner from the Cavern) on Wednesday for the noon singaround session hosted by the Button Street Badger Band. This gives us an opportunity to sing up to five songs each as well as indulge in some pies and sandwiches.
We were pleased to see Susan Turner and her husband Mark act as host and engineer respectively on 8 May. A quieter night than of late, possibly due to being the fag end of the Bank Holiday but a late showing by Paul Brown who sang Boom-Bang-A-Bang was very welcome. The evening closed with the Orpy String Band – see video below.
Our last OFB on 24 April saw another great night. It was a warm welcome back to Angela McCarron who performed some new songs and finished by talented musician Paul Brown who gave us his take on Hi-Ho Silver Lining.
We also saw Frank McConnell return after a too long absence. The evening was opened by the Orpy String Band but one casualty of war with a sore throat was Robin Slater who sat back and enjoyed the evening.
Looking forward to our next event on 8 May, our hosts are expected to be the Gillies with Jackie Santo on the door and John Edwards at the sound controls.