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Havering Folk Club

Contents
Embedding Videos from Facebook
Haverfolk Newsletter Andy Roberts feature evening
Adrian Nation Plays Romford
Rowan Tree Folk Song
Yellow Boat
Cajun Music, Cajun Food
Mozambique at Havering Folk Club

Embedding Videos from Facebook

If your video camera operator (thanks to Linda) has turned their apparatus sideways, the resulting portrait styled video works better uploaded to facebook and embedded than it does on youTube.

As discovered over on http://andyroberts.me/havering-folk-club/the-rowan-tree-song-at-haverfolk-for-cloudstreet-guest-night

 

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Haverfolk Newsletter Andy Roberts feature evening

HaverFolk News

26th January, 2012

Hi all,

Newsletter time once again with a report of last nights’s Andy Roberts feature evening from John the Fox.

Havering report 25 January:

A splendid turnout for our guest artist Andy Roberts (Haverfolk’s Andy not the Liverpool Scene one) meant the number of floor spots was restricted (the guv’nor Simon Oliver led by example and stood down, despite having practised something special for the evening).

Proceedings were opened by our Hillbillies Pep and Terry playing a quick bluegrass piece then leading all-comers in the songs You Ain’t Going Nowhere and Worried Man Blues.

MC for the night Smolovik formally opened proceedings with Down By the Riverside then called on Foxen who performed Freewheeling Days, their tribute to the late Suze Rotollo, Bob Dylan’s girlfriend who is pictured on the front of his Freewheeling album.

Our own Thief of Dadgad, Graham Harrison, marked Burns Night by singing Archie Fisher’s Lindsay.

Concertina and guitar duo Bernie and Maureen Pilgrim gave us Grandfather’s Tune and Uncle Bernard then violin maestro Richie Barratt made a welcome return, accompanying Micky Brown on a song we think was called Can’t Wait Till the Weekend Comes.

Newcomer Di Russell accompanied herself on mandolin for a Mumford and Sons song, Awake My Soul and Ray Spillman, recovering well after his recent stay in hospital sang Norwegian Wood.

Poetess Carol read us a brief ode written during a workshop she went to on hands and Peter Walters sang Gypsy Rover.

Then it was time for the main event. Andy has a growing reputation as a songwriter and treated us to an hour and three-quarters (with a break) of mostly his own compositions. [ full setlist ] Old favourites such as London Bridge (which Haverites insist on calling the Cormorants) and Winter In Andalucia jostled with newer compositions such as Never Was to Be (an online collaboration with lyricist Daryl P Hall) and Clean Living Woman Blues (lyrics by Andy’s partner Linda Hartley).

As it was Burns Night he gave us two of his Scotland-inspired numbers The Last Nail and The Rowan Tree (not to be confused with the Scottish ballad written by Lady Nairne).

We also got a version of his epic, Gernika, inspired by a visit to the Basque city on the anniversary of its bombing by the Luftwaffe.

He finished off with his song Cajun  Music Cajun Food and invited Pep on banjo and Richie Barratt and John Foxen on fiddles to join him.

He was called back for a well deserved encore and aptly provided The Last Subway Home, reminding us it was time to take the last train.

A fine end to a fine evening. – John Eason

Local Round-Up:

This Sunday, 29th January the FaB Club has a “Club in the Pub” session featuring Al Neville & Friends. www.fabclubgrays.com

There is a singaround at Waltham Abbey Folk Club on Monday, 30th January; all welcome. www.walthamabbeyfolkclub.com

This coming Tuesday, 31st January sees a guest night at Romford Folk Club with C’est la Vie; the compere & commere are Mick & Nora. www.romfordfolkclub.com

Also on Tuesday, 31st January the Hoy at Anchor Folk Club has a guest evening featuring Tony McManus. I quote direct from their website: ”Tony McManus is the Jeff Beck of the acoustic guitar”; ”His guitar playing is faultless…atmospheric and evocative…consistently appealing” just two of the many glowing reviews attributed to this guitar virtuoso. In the course of his relatively short career Tony has established a reputation as the best Celtic guitarist in the world…the man whose fellow guitarists would aspire to and are in awe of!”  www.ridgeweb.co.uk

On Thursday, 2nd February, Loughton Folk Club has guest Josienne Clarke; again I quote direct from the website: “Josienne Clarke is now one of the leading lights in the current folk revival movement. Her music is borne from sincere and succinct songwriting, distilled through traditional folk, executed with skill and dexterity. Come and see!”  http://www.loughtonfolkclub.btck.co.uk/   also   www.josienneclarke.co.uk

Back to Haverfolk:

Our next open session is on Wednesday 1st February when all are welcome to claim a floor spot. The first 15 to give their names to the night’s MC are guaranteed at least two songs. After that, it depends on how many we have, but we’ll try to fit you in for two if we possibly can.

That’s it for this week – a rather shorter-than-usual newsletter, but not so much happening this time. Make it a date- Wednesday at eight!

Cheers – Peter Walters

HaverFolk, The Function Suite, The White Horse, 118 High Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM6 6NU

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Adrian Nation Plays Romford

The good news today is that Adrian Nation has been confirmed to play Romford, The Golden Lion,  with myself, Andy Roberts as support. So I’m really excited by this, having seen Adrian play a few blinding songs a short while back when he visited Havering Folk Club briefly. It will be great to have the chance to watch him play a complete set to see the full range of what he can do with that amazing acoustic guitar technique. And I have the great privilege of getting to play an opening set of my own on the night, so I can start worrying about my setlist already!

Adrian Nation, Romford Gig Details

Who: Adrian Nation
Date: Saturday 24th July* (POSTPONED – Check back later for actual date)
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: The Golden Lion, 2 High Street, Romford, Essex RM1 1HR
Admission:  £6-8
Support: Andy Roberts

Adrian Nation – Five Finger Rapids Video

At the recent Regional Final of Live and Unsigned Adrian went through to the next stage, the Area Final, and is now just one step away from performing at the O2 Arena in London.

Adrian Nation at Havering Folk Club on Sat Jul 24, 2010

Adrian Nation at Havering Folk Club on Sat Jul 24, 2010

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Rowan Tree Folk Song

The Rowan Tree

The little wild rowan tree (sorbus aucuparia) in my front garden is looking great at this time of year, although half the berries are gone already thanks to hungry blackbirds. I planted it there about ten years ago, and it’s taken its time to grow upwards in the shadow of a great big sycamore, but in the last two years it has managed to get itself firmly established and is turning into a mature specimen tree. I was told that its not uncommon for people in Scotland to plant rowan trees in front of houses, partly from sentimental attachment to the wild Scottish countryside, and also to help keep the witches away. I didn’t know anything about that at the time, but it does seem to have worked.

Rowan Tree Song

So I wrote my song about the rowan tree, whilst I was in Scotland as it happens, and then worked on the music and finishing off back home. Motivated by the approach of Halloween, which tends to get celebrated at Havering Folk Club, I’ve tried it out twice now, once at the regular Tuesday Evening 7.00pm webcast and once at the folk club last night, where it was encouragingly well received. There’s no video from the session last night, but the early prototype from the webcast is embedded below, followed by some form of the lyrics. Sometimes called the mountain ash, this is a native rowan tree, not a cultivar, and the berries glow a light red colour in the autumn sunlight, making for welcome food for blackbirds and thrushes, although they always leave the more difficult bunches at the end of delicate branches until last, due to the danger of falling off.

Lyrics of The Rowan Tree

Lyrics to “The Rowan Tree”, a folk song by Andy Roberts

Come hear my story, it’s a tale of four witches
but I could have added three more
And heed my advice if you’re troubled by witches
Just plant a Rowan tree outside your front door

And the branches sway in the faintest of breezes
the berries are red bright and fair.
And I’ve not had much trouble with those witchee witches
Not since I planted my Rowan tree there

Well the Witch of the West was cunning and sly
She had me always on the run
And I never knew which way her nose was pointing
Not until after she’d been there and gone.

And the branch tips dance…. planted my Rowan tree there

The Witch of the East was just counting the years
and somehow that three became five.
Then her time was up and she vanished away
Now nobody knows if she’s dead or alive.

And the branches sway…. planted my Rowan tree there

The Witch of the South was trouble from the start
Her fancy was playing with fire
The anger rose up as the coals glowed white
and the smoke billowed higher and higher

And the branches sway…. planted my Rowan tree there

The Witch of the North is not like the rest
She uses her powers for good
As the Rowan tree watches and nods in approval
and keeps us both safe from the dark witchee wood

And the branches sway…. planted my Rowan tree there

So that was my story the tale of four witches
I could have mentioned three more
Now heed my advice if you’re troubled by witches
Just plant a rowan tree outside your front door

And the branch tips dance in the faintest of breezes
The berries are red, bright and fair.
I’ve not had much trouble with those witchee witches
Not since I planted my rowan tree there.

Rowan Tree Berries

Rowan Tree Berries

The Rowan Tree – Live

Updated with Higher quality video:

Here’s a version of the Rowan Tree performed live by Andy Roberts at the Halloween party, Havering Folk Club 2009

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Yellow Boat

yellowboat

If I had a yellow boat I’d sail it to St Martins
Moor it off the white sand bay
Bobbing in the turquoise sea.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sail around the island
Twice afternoon and once again
as the sun goes down.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sail it to St Martins
Moor it off the white sand bay
Bobbing in the turquoise sea.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sit out on the deck at night
Listening to the curlews
and watching the stars go round.

If I had a yellow boat I’d sail it to St Martins…

If I woke up on a yellow boat
early on a misty morning
I’d land a silver fish and fry it there
Bobbing on the turquoise sea


Yellow Boat

Originally uploaded by Andyrob

Yellow Boat on the Weekly Podcast

Yellow Boat Live at Havering Folk Club

Here’s the new song Yellow Boat performed live at Havering Folk Club

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Cajun Music, Cajun Food

The first clip on youTube from the Havering Folk Club Andy Roberts Night DVD is a song about Cajun Music and Cajun Food:

“This is a man who know his onions”

What’s it all about? Well you see, I once worked in a canteen cooking dinners…
cajunmusiccajunfood

(First time I uploaded from a .mov it the synchronisation was messed up so I had to unpublish, redo it from mp4 and publish again. Sorry for any confusion that may have been caused by that.)

Song by Andy Roberts
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Mozambique at Havering Folk Club

Havering Folk Club – Mozambique

Well, here’s a funny thing. Peter Walters from Havering Folk Club has started putting up some live performance videos on youTube and here’s one of me singing “Mozambique”, often a popular song from Dylan’s Desire album of 1976.

This would have been recorded on September 3rd 2008 according to this entry on my music blog

I think the visuals survive the youtube compression OK and the sound quality is simply what you’d expect from the built in mic of a video camera. Thanks Peter for taking the trouble to do the editing and format conversion etc.

Andy Roberts Night at Havering Folk Club – 1/4/09

By the way, if anybody is in the East London/Essex area for April 1st 2009 that’s when I’ll be doing a whole set of my own songs and others as a featured member of Havering Folk Club for the evening and any support would be appreciated. It would be great to see you there in our quaint little pub, The Golden Lion, Romford where the club meets Wednesdays at Eight.

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