It is always a delight to perform at the St Neots Folk Club. The welcome is warm, the choruses are loud, the banter is funny and the music is consistently good.
So, on a splendid sunny evening, we loaded up the car and set off. The A1 behaved itself on our way up to St Neots and we allowed us to arrive in plenty of time to catch up on all the club news with Roger, Patti and other club volunteers and to hear a bit more about the forthcoming St Neots Folk Festival – which sounds like a great line up.
As the clock neared the start time of 8.00pm, the clubroom in the Priory Centre filled up and by the time Roger Pitt kicked the evening off, the room was nearly full. After Roger had sung a couple of May-related songs, Rob and I were pressed into service early providing a 12-bar blues backing for a talented harmonica player visiting the club for the first time.
We then played our first set, introducing a few of our new songs and tunes which, I am pleased to report, seemed to go down very well. The St Neots audience love a good chorus and they were clearly in fine voice picking up the new choruses very quickly.
After the break, fellow ‘Boro lad’ Stuart began the second half with a quartet of tunes and songs, supporting himself with ukulele. His focus on a couple of hearty London tales dovetailed nicely into our opening the second half with our version of Billy Don’t You Weep for Me, which we have recently reintroduced into our set.
Again, our second half seemed to go well and were able to again introduce yet further new material to the St Neots audience.
After the show, we spent some time chatting with members of the audience before turning for home. It being the first true late night gig of our Summer season, it seemed only fitting to have our first full closure of the A1 and the resultant first magic mystery tour of nether Hertfordshire before reaching our beds. But, after such a pleasant gig, we didn’t care a jot.
Many thanks to the Committee at St Neots Folk Club for the invitation to perform once more at their lovely club and for looking after us so well when we were there. We would like to wish them every success with the forthcoming St Neots Folk Festival.