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Uncle Fester

Dick Gaughan at the Star Club 10th September

Hi Kiddies:

Dick Gaughan's gig at the Star Club last week was truly a night to remember.
I arrived early to add my bellow to the massed voices assembled for Hamish Moore and Arthur Johnstone's singalong recording of "Freedom Come All Ye" and "A Mans a Man". This attracted a big crowd on top of the usual good sized audience you'd expect for a Dick Gaughan gig. It was like a who's who of the Glasgow Folk Establishment, old guard department.
On the way in I passed Dick Gaughan sitting having a coffee with John McCreadie and Trish and kenny Caird. Tricia Johnstone and Gordon Joss were in the bar. Upstairs I spotted Doug Harrison, Kenny Campbell, Colin McAllister, Duncan Lunan, Jim King, and a whole bunch of other people who've been around the scene since at least the early eighties.
It felt like coming home and when we sang the songs we raised the roof.
The opening floor spot was a chap called Tom Clelland whose songs have won various awards. He's a lovely guy and he's very good, don't get me wrong, but his material and delivery were perhaps just a bit mild for me personally on this occasion. Maybe another time.
Next up was The Boss. "What you do with what you've got". Well when you go to see Dick Gaughan you know what you're going for, and we got it in spades. No surprises. Dazzling guitar, brilliant songs delivered with a punch, and you're left with a general feeling of having had a fucking good time. This feeling has moved on from the one I used to get when I saw Gaughan sing during the 1980s and came out of the hall wanting to stab the first Tory I saw.
A special and very pleasant surprise was the half time floor spot from David Stevenson, who sang some of his own songs and wowed everybody. Check him out!
All in all a terrific night. This week Iím going to see Bill Adairís show about the Auchengeigh Mining Disaster and Iím looking forward to that.

Uncle Fester

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Rid Sonja

I was there too Uncle F!  Like you, I was in the Mass Singing of FCAY and A man's a Man..for those who don't know, Hamish Moore wanted these two songs recorded so that a cd could be sent to every MSP with a request that the debate regarding Scotland's national anthem should be at least debated.  I was surprised that he didn't include Flower of Scotland, though.

After that, the crowd was nicely 'warmed up', and ready to sing.  But Tom Clelland proved to be not that kind of performer - at least not this time.  He's a quiet, introspective sort of singer - someone you listen to rather than participate with.  Pleasant but not overly inspiring, at least for me, though I know that others thoroughly enjoyed his act.

Then it was Dick himself and I must say right away that it was one of the best performances I've seen from him in a while.  I think that everything just gelled on the night.  From his opening song to 'Geronimo's cadillac' he  played superlatively.

David Stevenson started off the 2nd half.  He was a bit of a dark horse, having been born in Glasgow but lived in Cambridge for 25 or so years.  He sang songs about his growing up in Glasgow and it was really nice hearing people join in with him despite the songs being completely new to all of them.  A lovely performer whom I met a few times during the week because we kept banging into each other, and I found the man every bit as charming as the performer.  He's a great fan of Dick and felt very priviliged to play on the same stage as him.  But he also admitted to me later that the venue itself is quite an intimidating space for a newby to the Glasgow Folk scene.  But he says he'll be back again next year!

Then it was back to the Master Builder himself. What can be said about someone who's been doing it for 40 years other than that he left us all singing:

Oh boys! Take me back
I want to ride in Geronimo's cadillac.
Ohhhh Boys, Take me back......


Fantastic!!

flower
Onny

Rid Sonja wrote:
I was there too Uncle F! †Like you, I was in the Mass Singing of FCAY and A man's a Man..for those who don't know, Hamish Moore wanted these two songs recorded so that a cd could be sent to every MSP with a request that the debate regarding Scotland's national anthem should be at least debated. †I was surprised that he didn't include Flower of Scotland, though.

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I'd have been surprised if he had included Dour of Scotland. Hamish's years as a vet have ensured he knows bullshit when he smells it.
Rid Sonja

That wasn't the question, though.  The question he was wanting to put was to think about a SNA.  Thousands of people think that Fof S fits the bill admirably.  If so, then that song should be included in the deliberations, irrespective if one person thinks that it's cack or not.

That's all I'm saying here.  Personally I don't like F of S as a Nat anthem either, but if there's to be a debate about it, then let's do that rather than calling for a debate and excluding the ones we don't personally like.
Onny

Rid Sonja wrote:
         That wasn't the question, though. †The question he was wanting to put was to think about a SNA. †Thousands of people think that Fof S fits the bill admirably.


Thousands of people don't know any other 'Scottish' song.


Rid Sonja wrote:
†If so, then that song should be included in the deliberations, irrespective if one person thinks that it's cack or not.

That's all I'm saying here. †Personally I don't like F of S as a Nat anthem either, but if there's to be a debate about it, then let's do that rather than calling for a debate and excluding the ones we don't personally like.        


Flower of Scotland stands no chance of ever becoming the Scottish National Anthem because it's far too divisive politically. Any move to adopt it will be voted down in the Parish Council.
Rid Sonja

If it came tae a vote, how many would think of that before they put their 'x' on the page?  Enough to outvote the 'Ayes'?
Onny

Rid Sonja wrote:
If it came tae a vote, how many would think of that before they put their 'x' on the page? †Enough to outvote the 'Ayes'?


Most fans of Dour of Scotland use x as their signature.
akhenaton

How dae we no' get Ally Hoolit , wee Peter Nardini or Davie Robertson tae jist write us a new wan?   In fact whit wey can they no' aw get thegither and produce a right belter!!

The "alternative" National anthem, celebratin' aw oor national bad points?

Aw ah forgot.......too many verses!!   faroah
Rid Sonja

Quote:
How dae we no' get Ally Hoolit , wee Peter Nardini or Davie Robertson tae jist write us a new wan?


See that?  That's ded sensible, that! sunny
Onny

Rid Sonja wrote:
Quote:
How dae we no' get Ally Hoolit , wee Peter Nardini or Davie Robertson tae jist write us a new wan?


See that? †That's ded sensible, that! sunny


Mebbes we could adopt the Libyan National Anthem.
Jim King

Onny wrote:
Rid Sonja wrote:
Quote:
How dae we no' get Ally Hoolit , wee Peter Nardini or Davie Robertson tae jist write us a new wan?


See that? †That's ded sensible, that! sunny


Mebbes we could adopt the Libyan National Anthem.


Here's the lyrics, I think we'd need a really good tune...

God is greatest!
God is greatest!
He is above plots of the aggressors,
And He is the best helper of the oppressed.
With faith and with weapons I shall defend my country,
And the light of truth will shine in my hand.
Sing with me!
Sing with me!
God is greatest!
God is greatest!
God, God, God is greatest!
God is above the aggressors.

O world, look up and listen!
The enemy's army is coming,
Wishing to destroy me.
With truth and with my gun I shall repulse him.

And should I be killed,
I would kill him with me.
Sing with me -
Woe to the Imperialists!
And God is above the treacherous tyrant.
God is greatest!
Therefore glorify Him, O my country,
And seize the forehead of the tyrant
And destroy him!
Onny

Ah kin hear Fat Eck's toes tappin' already.
BobKnight

Aye - and there's some complain about "Flower o' Scotland" being partisan. Smilie_PDT
Rid Sonja

Agreed!  I think 'Flower of Scotland' now officially enter's the 'No as Partisan as Some' Class.. drunken
Jim King

I quite like a little partisan on my haggis risotto. drunken
renfrewshire radical

Right, jist replace "God is" wi' "Clark & King and the Catskinners are" and I think we've got it.  cheers

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