So now I have the CD to go with the book! Tunes of a Troubadour is hot off the press – 14 ‘live’ songs – which are some of my favorites, a few really old ones, and few new ones and even a few written by me! Let me know if you would like a copy and we can sort out costs of postage etc….the starting price is around 10€, and then add postage……….the tunes are……
1. THREE JOLLY ROGUES OF LYNN 3:08
2. ‘VALAPARAISO’ (ROUND THE HORN) 3:18
3. SETH DAVY 3:12
4. BONNIE SHIP THE DIAMOND 2:48
5. RAMBLE AWAY 6:15
6. PREPARE TO FOLLOW ME 3:09
7. GENTLEMENS GAME 4:55
8. HORN OF THE HUNTER 3:25
9. POPPIES 5:04
10. HENRY MARTIN 2:46
11. MY SON JOHN 1:58
12. GENTLEMAN SOLDIER 2:38
13. A-BEGGING I WILL GO 4:10
14. THE GYPSY ROVER 3:52
Having planned for a break for a couple of months to prepare for the 3 month cruise from Athens to Singapore starting in November, I’ve been called into service on the Insignia from Dover to Malaga – yep, I get to fly away and be sailed home! So with 7 lectures ready and my ol’ guitar I’ll be off to Blighty in a few days to visit again Rouen, Guernsey, Lorient, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Corruna, Porto, Lisbon, Cadiz and finally Malaga. It’s one of my favorite trips as we overnight in both Rouen and Bordeaux and have wonderful river and estuary sailings to these cities plus Lisbon. We sail passed Cape Trafalgar (my lecture is ‘Trafalgar – I was there!)
And so packing and preparation is in full swing – but Los Fresones will be making another appearance in Canillas de Aceituno on the 24th September, so a little preparation by Blue and I is necessary for that one also…….no rest for the wicked!
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The evening came and it was beautiful weather, warm with no breeze to disturb the hair of the ladies or the music on the music stands! Manolo – the host of the Sociedad -looked exhausted before we started – 92 people had booked to eat – al fresco – and there would be more just coming for a drink or three! We set up the kit and waited for the other musicians – Aureliano and Manolo (accordian and guitar) to start the show. But this is Spain and they were late. so we took to the stage about 9.30pm. The ‘play-list’ was a varied selection and we worked our way through the songs, with an intermission for the ‘locals’ to do their bit with some flamenco music, popular songs and more flamenco. The play list looked like this, with Blue commencing the evening with a tribute to a local Danish friend who took his own life just a few days ago, and whose funeral was on Saturday. Blue had written an anthem and all were respectful and thoughtful as he performed this emotional piece……and so we did.. Willie Nelson’s classic, ‘On the road again’, then ‘Love is all around’, then we turned Manolo’s place into Rick’s Bar with ‘As time goes by’, followed by ‘Something’ and ‘The long and winding road’, and ‘Going home’, with ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ and finishing the first half with ‘Lady Madonna’. The second set started with Dylan’s ‘I’ll be your baby tonight’, then an Elvis medley – Love me tender – Fools rush in and Wooden heart – then Sting’s Fields of Gold, and I did a solo of ‘I hope you dance’, the Bee Gee’s entered at this point with ‘In the morning/I started a joke’, and then ‘Wonderful World, Lion Man, Part of the Union’ and from Les Mis, ‘I dreamed a dream’….as an encore, we did Manolo’s favourite – House of the Rising Sun ….and so we plan the next one for September!!! All guests happy…..
One of the great things in my life at the moment is being able to prepare and perform some music. I get to do this on the cruise ships – disguising a ‘lecture’ as ‘Songs of the Sea’ and giving the guests a chance to sing-a-long with some shanties and chorus songs. Sometimes they even let me do a ‘show’ – a full cabaret event – where I can tell some stories and do some songs, under the title of ‘Tales and Tunes of a Troubadour’. But now it’s getting ready for the next gig in town! With Blue Weaver and his keyboard we are rehearsing a range of tunes and songs to perform on Saturday (9th) in the Plaza del Castillo. We expect a good crowd of ex-pats, together with some local interest as our co-performers are both local to the town and play an accordian and a guitar – and so with a selection of songs ranging from Willie Nelson, Elvis, the Beatles and of course the Bee Gees we will try to entertain the masses…….I will report our progress!