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Leader:  Mike Stow - musicapp@ashbyu3a.co.uk - 01530 469152

Future programme

Wed 6th Mar10:00 amNev's at 26 Homecroft Drive, Packington
Wed 3rd Apr10:00 amSteve's at 2 Mill Street, Packington LE65 1WL
Wed 1st May10:00 amNeil's at 40 Willesley Gardens
Wed 5th Jun10:00 amTBA

3rd Jan at Sallie’s

This month we met at Sallie’s house for the first session of the new year.

Brenda started us of in fine style with Fred Astaire singing “Putting on the Ritz” while Janet reminded us of the time in the 60’s when income tax was 98% for the highest earners with The Beatles song “Taxman”.

Sallie also reminded us of a similar period in time with BJ Thomas’s hit “Raindrops keep falling on my head” from the wonderful film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

Nev brought us back to The Beatles with “I'm only sleeping” from the same Revolver album as “Taxman”.

Sid had a very funny song by the great Ella Fitzgerald, “Waiter with the water”. Great verbal gymnastics.

Mike’s first choice of the year was Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the soles of her shoes” with great backing from Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Yogi brought us our first classical piece of the day “The girl with the flaxen hair” by Debussy. Very relaxing. Heather speeded us up a bit with the “Skater’s waltz” by Émile Waldteufel who despite his name was actually French.

For round two, Brenda chose Dianne Warwick and “Walk on by”, a classic of the 60’s.

Staying with the sixties, Janet had chosen another Beatles piece - “Here, there and everywhere” also from the Revolver album.

Sallie offered for comment Placido Domingo singing “Over the rainbow” which we all agreed was nice but a strange choice for an older man to sing.

Nev continued with his love of Joe Brown songs, this time choosing the excellent instrumental version of “Brother can you spare a dime” played on acoustic guitar.

Sid’s next choice was the uplifting “Shiny happy people” by REM. A great song which they apparently hated performing!

Mike then played Emmylou Harris and the lovely but thoughtful song “Lost unto this world”

Yogi offered us the Choir of St Johns Cambridge singing “The lamb” by John Tavener, a beautiful choral piece.

Heather changed the mood with the great Willie Nelson and “For the good times” a song written by the actor and singer Kris Kristofferson, while Nev continued in a similar vein with Eric Clapton and “How deep is the ocean”.

Sallie closed the session with a fun piece – Eric and Ernie singing “Bring me sunshine”. A great way to end another great session.