Friday, July 31, 2009

Bert Jansch on Radio 4

I missed Bert Jansch this afternoon on the excellent series about guitar players presented by Joan Armatrading on Radio 4 but thanks to iPlayer "Listen Again" I can can catch up online so here is the url for you too:

Should be available for about a week I think.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Three Videos from Havering Folk Club

Linda kindly caught each of my three contributions to Havering Folk Club last night on the little canon camera and I decided to upload them to the Andy Roberts Music youTube account from which I can embed them here.

1) You can count on Me

You Can Count On Me sung by Andy Roberts at Havering Folk Club

This is a song I know from Wizz Jones, written by Mose Allison

2) When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease

When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease sung by Andy Roberts at Havering Folk Club Song written by Roy Harper

3) Sitting On Top Of The World

Sitting on Top of the World by Andy Roberts at Havering Folk Club

Meet On The Ledge

Meet On The Ledge

We used to say that come the day
We'd all be making songs
Or finding better words
These ideas never lasted long

The way is up along the road
The air is growing thin
Too many friends who tried
Blown off this mountain with the wind

Meet on the ledge, we're gonna meet on the ledge
When my time is up I'm gonna see all my friends
Meet on the ledge, we're gonna meet on the ledge
If you really mean it, it all comes round again

Yet now I see I'm all alone
But that's the only way to be
You'll have your chance again
Then you can do the work for me

[Richard Thompson]

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Busy again at Havering Folk Club

After a quieter period recently, Havering Folk Club was back to its usual lively self again last night with the return of some regulars who hadn't been seen for a while for one reason or another. Steve O'Kane and Fiona paid a visit for example, and will be doing a members guest spot in February next year.

I played Mondura Dam, not for the first time but it's a song I've found myself returning to in recent days. Jojo aked me where Mondura Dam is - it's actually Monduran Dam in Queensland Australia.

Then I did Whatever Happened to Us by Loudon Wainwright. I've been meaning to sing that one for some time but this is the first time I got around to it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Andy Roberts 'Fan' Page on Facebook

This is a little widgety type thing which links to my 'Fan' page on Facebook. People who like using facebook can subscribe by becoming a fan of the page, and then I can put news and videos in there and people can leave messages for me or each other on my Wall.

Andy Roberts on Facebook

All Along The Watchtower

All Along The Watchtower


This is one of the experimental prototypes for the Andy Roberts Music Tuesday Night Shows which are intended to become a regular feature. For some reason it wouldn't upload directly from to youTube

A little bit of distortion can be OK but clearly the line-in audio needs to be turned down a bit.

Monday, July 20, 2009

You can count on me to do my part

Song by Mose Allison covered by Wizz Jones

Let's talk it over, let's get it straight
Don't let the situation escalate
You know there's always problems when a man is wrapped up in his art
But don't you worry baby you can count on me to do my part
You keep on working, I'm looking round
Don't let you girlfriends put me down
You know it's tough these days for a proud man to make a start
But don't you worry baby you can count on me to do my part
You wash the dishes, I've gotta run
You know that night life ain't such fun
Now don't wait up for me cause I know you need your rest, sweetheart
But don't you worry baby you can count on me to do my part

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I had decided to play for the very first time in public, my old song "Century" at Havering Folk Club this week and I'm glad I did. The video didn't come out, so I'll have to do it again sometime, but that's OK. Afterwards, since it was the day after Bastille Day I had to do a French song, one of Maxime le Forestier but not San Francisco this time, the other one I know - Ca sert a quoi.

There was time for one more in the second half so continuing a theme about boats I played Yellow Boat

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Time For The Music - Shifting Sands

These are the two songs with which I started off the April 1st session at Havering Folk Club.

"Time for The Music: is one of the songs written on that trip to Spain in 2003 but never vefore performed and "Shifting Sands" has been done a few times now.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Swine Flu Intervenes

I'd been looking forward to hearing Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer at Havering Folk Club on Wednesday but I couldn't go because I was in the middle of a nasty bout of Swine Flu. I don't intend to go on about the illness here, because this is a music blog, so if you are interested you can go over to my main blog and read

Now I've got Swine Flu - really

As I write on Friday, I'm starting to feel better and hope to make a full recovery in time for next week's Havering session.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Beatles Songs at Havering Folk Club

I don't know why but I felt it was time to do a couple of Beatles songs this week. Linda likes "Here Comes The Sun" and Len had asked me to do my version some time so I was prepared to do that George Harrison song, with the capo on the 7th fret and everything. Wondering which I'd do next Terry asked for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" so I had a go at that. I didn't quite remember all the words or all the chords, but enjoyed busking it. That's what singing live is all about sometimes.

Before I forget, Helen did a song about the millenium and that reminded me that I wrote a song once about the upcoming change of century so I decided to dig that one out for next week, probably. It's called Century.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Mighty Quinn - Andy Roberts at Havering Folk Club

I should play like this more often

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