Gig review: Jacqui and Bridie’s final folk club @ Liverpool Philharmonic
Sunday 23rd January, 2011
It was more laughter and folky fun after the interval as Jacqui began with a Quaker song that medleyed seamlessly into Lord Of The Dance. A few tunes later, and on came the legendary Stan Kelly, grinning in a Liverpool FC scarf, specially knitted red socks (or should that be red sox!) and a Boston Red Sox baseball cap, and promptly sang a rewritten version of the old folk song John Henry as a homage to LFC’s new owner. More seriously, Stan gave us a rendition of one of his most famous Scouse folk songs – the tremendous I Wish I Was Back In Liverpool, and the whole of the Phil sang along.
A filmed goodwill message from Tom Paxton recounting the time he played the Jacqui & Bridie Folk club (one of so many famous names who did) led to a lovely self-penned song by club regular Geri French. John Gorman of The Scaffold had Jacqui and the rest of us in helpless laughter with a deliciously silly Ten Whiskey Bottles, before the Sense of Sound choir sang the Jacqui and Bridie song Pink And Pleasant Land.
80 year old (not that he looked it!) Jimmy McGregor from Scotland got us all singing along to his Yuri Gigarin tribute. Then came The Houghton Weavers no less. “We come from Bolton” they announced proudly. “The home of football.” Another filmed message, this time from Peggy Seeger, and the night closed with Whiskey On A Sunday and It’s Never Too Late before all 19 of Jacqui’s guests and fellow performers returned to the stage for Leaving Of Liverpool.
The standing ovation demanded an encore, and so it was granted, with the beautiful folk song Wild Mountain Thyme. Another standing ovation as Jacqui walked from the stage, the people of her adopted city thanking her for 50 years of service to the world of folk, and me in particular giving my own special thanks to both her and Bridie for starting me off.
© December 2010 Alun Parry – parrysongs.co.uk
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