We had six gigs in total this month, the “extras” over and above our four residencies (Maghull, Didsbury, Eastham and Grappenhall) being at Kilsby and Bury.
John Hallam (Kilsby and Eastham), John Padfield (Maghull, Didsbury and Grappenhall) and Dave Burke (Bury) shared the reed playing while the other players were the usual suspects.
WHAT WE PLAYED
After playing a smaller variety of numbers in August, our repertoire expanded again this month encompassing some seventy-five different numbers of which two were new additions to the repertoire – Mack The Knife and Blueberry Hill – both vocals which featured at the 60th Wedding Anniversary gig we played at Bury.
Most popular instrumental this month was Just A Little While To Stay Here, closely followed by Canal Street Blues, Oh, Lady Be Good, Sweet Georgia Brown and Undecided. The most popular vocal was Washington and Lee Swing (Rae and Ed), closely followed by Bourbon Street Parade, It Don’t mean A Thing and Dinah (all Rae), Get Off The Table Mabel and Old Rockin’ Chair (Ed) and Sunday (Andrew).
Among the features, John Hallam played Smiles at two gigs, Jimmy and Ed performed Bad Penny Blues no less than five times; and John Padfield again played the ever-popular Stranger On The Shore.
And finally, the Teddybears award for the best singing of Swing Low in September goes to the ever-lively audience at Grappenhall!