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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Folk Meets Jazz @ The Globe July 2

Ann Alex, Minnie Fraser, Barry Keatings, Jim McGeehan, Fiona Finden, (vocals)
Ron Pattinson (keys); Dave Parker (Bass); Stu Finden (guitar, bass); John and Colin (guitars, mandolin, vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex).
As readers can see from the list of performers, this was a very varied night and not everyone was playing their usual instruments, notably the Findens who had left the saxes asleep at home.  And it was well balanced between folk and jazz.  Take That had cancelled their Arena performance, obviously they couldn’t stand the competition, so two ladies who’d gone by mistake strayed in for a drink – the Globe attracts passing trade I’m pleased to say.  These ladies weren’t able to stay long, then another non-performing friend of the Globe appeared as audience – everyone else was a performer, well able to entertain.
Minnie and I duetted on Water Of Tyne and we each did other folk songs such as the mythical Lovesome Hill and John Anderson (Minnie) and A Sailor’s Life (myself).  John and Colin sang Streets Of London, a mining song by local folky Johnny Handle, and others.  It was good to have Jim McGeehan doing Tyneside songs, though he often does shanties (seamen’s work songs) with local folk band The Keelers. 
The jazz was very capably represented by Ron, Barry and Dave, with skilled renderings of songs including Eric Bibb’s Home Lovin’ Man and also Work Song. (Catch Barry and Ron at the Indigo Voices sessions, next one on Thursday August 13).  And the Findens treated us to 2 self-penned songs and also to the superb sound of just voice and bass on How Insensitive and Autumn Leaves. 
Don’t miss out! Join us for another evening of folk and jazz on Thursday August 6, 8pm
You might even win the joke prize in the raffle.  Barry won it this time, a Kitkat.
Ann Alex

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