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Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...

Will Fly 02 Dec 08 - 01:50 PM
Steve Gardham 02 Dec 08 - 02:27 PM
VirginiaTam 02 Dec 08 - 02:35 PM
VirginiaTam 02 Dec 08 - 02:37 PM
greg stephens 02 Dec 08 - 02:38 PM
Will Fly 02 Dec 08 - 02:38 PM
Roger in Baltimore 02 Dec 08 - 02:55 PM
Will Fly 02 Dec 08 - 03:45 PM
Bert 02 Dec 08 - 03:53 PM
Will Fly 02 Dec 08 - 04:06 PM
Bert 02 Dec 08 - 04:13 PM
Will Fly 02 Dec 08 - 04:18 PM
Bobert 02 Dec 08 - 05:04 PM
Beer 02 Dec 08 - 05:17 PM
dwditty 02 Dec 08 - 05:26 PM
Leadfingers 02 Dec 08 - 05:31 PM
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Subject: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 01:50 PM

There have been some very interesting and lively threads recently on folk club types, the music that's performed in them, standards of performance, etc.

It occurred to me that it might be interesting to know what the performers among us would consider to be typical of their set list. In the first place it would throw a useful sidelight on their comments in these threads; in the second place, it would be good for me - as a comparative newbie - to see the range of music played and sung by a range of 'Catters.

So, I wondered whether you would like to imagine that you'd been called up and asked, "Would you like to play as a guest in my club?" What 10 songs/tunes would you consider most representative of your repertoire - a snapshot, if you like? On the principal that if I show you mine, you might show me yours, a prospective enquirer to me would get something like:

* The Cuckoo's Nest (traditional) instrumental played on guitar
* Three Jolly Rogues Of Lynn (traditional) vocal & guitar - OR Appalachian dulcimer instrumntal
* A Nice Quiet Day (Gus Elen) vocal & guitar
* Sitting On Top Of The World (Mississippi Sheiks) vocal & guitar
* She Ain't Rose (Leon Redbone) vocal & guitar
* Spanish Ladies/Leather Away The Wattle-O (traditional) mandolin OR tenor banjo instrumental
* George Green's College Hornpipe/The Marquis of Lorne (traditional) tenor banjo instrumental
* I'll See You In My Dreams (Isham Jones) guitar instrumental
* Deep River Blues (Delmore Brothers) vocal & guitar
* Doctor Jazz (Jelly Roll Morton) vocal & tenor ukulele

There! Now you can have a good laugh...

By, the way, this is not a sneaky plug for bookings - it's a genuine enquiry! (Though the promise of a pint of bitter and a pork pie will usually lure me out my Sussex stronghold).

Over to you...


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Subject: RE: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 02:27 PM

Okay.
*Collier Brigg, East coast humorous sea song (trad) acc anglo.
*Wreck of the Industry, Yorkshire shipwreck ballad (trad) acc anglo.
*Three Score & Ten, E Coast shipwreck song (Delft) acc anglo.
*Candlelight Fisherman, E Coast sea song (trad) acc melodeon.
*Rumpsy Bumpsy-ay, Yorkshire humorous song (trad) unacc.
*Hedon Road Gaol, Hull prison song (trad) acc anglo.
*The Banks of Newfoundland, sea song (trad) acc anglo.
*John Kanaka, shanty (trad) acc melodeon.
*O Carolan's Concerto (O Carolan) instrum anglo
*Fathom the Bowl (trad) unacc.


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Subject: RE: If I show you mine, will you...
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 02:35 PM

Hi Will... Really enjoyed the blues show you put on YouTube. Good stuff.

American living in Essex Uk, only singing in Essex and Kent. Learning Appalachain Dulcimer and Mandolin. Used to play guitar until arthritis and evil incompetent rheumatoligist ruined my left wrist.

My list of singables

Advice To The Ladies
Bay Of Fundy
Beaulah Land
Black Fox
Bundling Song
Darcy Farrow
Drink Let's Drink
Drinking Gourd
Fair Mary Of Wallington
Gay Green Gown
General Taylor
Georgia On My Mind
Go From My Window
Greenwood Laddie
Haul Away Joe
In The Hills Of Shiloh
John Barleycorn
Lowlands
Merlins Song
Minstrel
Motherless Child
Ned On The Hill
Paradise
Ride Warrior Ride
Scarborough Fair
Shortnin Bread
Siuil A Ruin
Tullering Ting
Water Is Wide
What Will We Do
Where The Roses Never Fade

Learning loads more and this list does not include the Wassail stuff.


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Subject: RE: If I show you mine, will you...
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 02:37 PM

ooops 10 songs... too many meds and not enough rest.


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Subject: RE: If I show you mine, will you...
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 02:38 PM

A typical Boat Band set would have
a few cajun tunes and songs
eg
Jongle a Moi
Bosco Stomp
Waltz of the Bayou Teche

A few English tunes
eg
Keswick Bonny Lasses/Henry Stables Grand Hornpipe
Hughes' Waltz/Shrewsbury Waltz
Carlisle Reel/Haul Away the Hawser/Cartmel Races
Trip to the Lakes
A tune from somweher else
eg
Gypsy Princess (Irish)
An English song or two
eg
Yellow Handkerchief
A crowd pleaser
eg
Iko Iko

There's ten, pretty standard.


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Subject: RE: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 02:38 PM

Whoo-Hoo! We've already got the makings of a 'Catters' concert here...


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Subject: RE: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 02:55 PM

Let me take a stab at this. I'm an American sometime performer.

Good Old Boys Like Me - Don WIlliams

Good Morning Blues - Huddie Ledbetter

Little Green Buttons - Fred Koller

Death Ain't Got No Mercy - Trad.

Socks and a Gun - Peter and Katrina Cady (Mudcatters)

Stop Doin' So Well - Kristina Olsen

Kind Hearted Woman Blues - Robert Johnson

Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do - Jesse Fuller

You Don't Even Care - Tim Wallace

Biscuit Blues - Bo Carter

This can change on a whim, but it's an idea of what I do. I'm living in Eastern Virginia if anybody is open to hiring.

Roger in Baltimore (no longer)


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Subject: Set List: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 03:45 PM

Joe Offer has rightly suggested that this thread title would be better as "Set List: If I show you mine, will you..."


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Subject: RE: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Bert
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 03:53 PM

A similar old thread

I like your list.

I also Sing Cuckoo's Nest (a mixture of the versions in DT)
and Spanish Ladies.
I would sing 'nice quiet day' (assuming that is the old Cockney song) if I knew more than one verse. Would you post your version here?

I mostly sing songs of my own, but leaving them aside for now, here's another few songs that I often sing.

Seven Dear Old Ladies
British Workman's Grave
Thrashing Machine
Still I Love Him
Maggie May
Until We Meet Again
Ballad of Bethnal Green
While London Sleeps.


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 04:06 PM

Bert - here's A Nice Quiet Day - taken from Gus Elen's live recording.


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Bert
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 04:13 PM

That's the one. Wonderful, thanks.

You might want to sing 'I works just like a Navvy' for some audiences though.


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 04:18 PM

Yes - I've thought long an hard about that first line! If I do it in a sensible folk club - where the audience is really au fait and sympathetic - then I sing the original. However, it's usually safer to sing "I works just like the devil". "Navvy" is a good alternative too.


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Bobert
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 05:04 PM

Preachin' Blues..........Son House
Train I Ride.............Arthur Crudup
Miss Maybelle............R.L. Burnside
30 Days..................Original
Paradise.................John Prine
Copperhead Road..........Steve Earel
Red Rooster..............Willie Dixon
Empire State Express.....Son House
King Bee.................Muddy Waters
Waymores Blues...........Waylon Jennings

This is just a sample set list... I have about 50 songs that I rotate in and out of set lists and another 20 or so for special events, like Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Please Keep My Grave Kept Clean" which I performed at the Getaway where more serious stuff is appreciated... Mostly, I play festivals as OMB (One Man Band, drums, geetar, etc), though, where people want it down and dirty...

I used to do coffee houses and had to really tone it down and play old Paul Seibel stuff as well as a lot og my own 60's and 70's stuff...

Bobert (alias Sidewalk Bob)


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Beer
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 05:17 PM

Gary Fjellgaard - Islanders
Stompin Tom - Gumboot
Traditional - Saint Anne's Reel
    ?       - Up She Rises
    ?       - Jolly Roving Tar
Traditional - Old Man Old Woman
    ?       - Heave Away
    ?       - Big John McNeil
Rita McNeil - Working Wan


Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: dwditty
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 05:26 PM

Invitation to the Blues - Tom Waits
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor - Miss John Hurt-ish version
Sail Away - Randy Newman
Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues - Duke Ellington, et al
Satisfied & Tickled, Too - ala Taj Mahal
Come Back Baby - Van Ronk-ish version
Such a Night - Dr. John
Jelly - Billy Ekstine
Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You - Don Redman & Andy Razaf
Giant Step - Carole King

And thanks to Roger in Baltimore (I used to live on 33rd near Calvert) for reminding me of Little Green Buttons - I will dust it off for Thursday night gig.

dw


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 05:31 PM

When I was 'doing' Folk Club gigs on a more regular basis I had a 'short' list of 500 or so songs , as well as Instrumental pieces on whistle and mandolin , and the Set list would vary , depending on the Club , the Audience , and my mood .
Material was English Trad , Irish , Scottish and American contemporary , Music Hall , Blues , Skiffle and even Country !


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: skarpi
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 05:34 PM

Only ten ? we have over 150 songs but ten okei

Cavan Girl
Workin Man
Óro sé do Bheatha Bhaile
Lord of the Dance
Easy and slow
The Rollin hills over the border
Dont get married
Calidonia
Red is the Rose
Back home in Derry .

this only some few songs
we have alot more ................. from Iceland , Sweden, Norway
Scotland , England , Danmark , Shetlands , Cananda and USA

All the best Skarpi


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Midchuck
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 06:51 PM

Socks and a Gun - Peter and Katrina Cady (Mudcatters)

Roger, the title we gave it is "Boxers and Socks" - and it's Kristina.

But we're extremely flattered. Thank you.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Set Lists: If I show you mine, will you...
From: Bert
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 08:33 PM

You're right Will, it is best to sing the original wherever possible. We shouldn't let those versions die.

Leadfingers: SHORTLIST of 500 songs, Sheesh, that's about my LONG list.


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