Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Playing the Saz at Havering Folk Club HFC

Last week I finally got around to taking my SAZ along to Havering Folk Club. It had been lying around sadly out of tune for months and then I managed to wrestle it back on form and tried out a few tunes on the Tuesday Night Show. There's a long story about how I bought the SAZ in Turkey and brought it back, the story used to live on a wiki of its own but now should be available on a blog post somewhere, I'll dig it out and link to it later. Anyway, in order to take the fragile instrument out on a journey I had to first give it a bit of s clean up with furniture polish and stuff, then figure out a way to make it fit in a guitar bag. The Saz is a long necked lute and a bout two inches longer all told than a 12 string guitar, but with a tear drop shaped bowl instead of a guitar body. I found that I could just get it into my biggest guitar case, the one I bought for the 12 string, sideways on and with a bit of strain on the zip.

On arriving at Havering Folk Club, upstairs in The Golden Lion pub, Romford, I was pleased to find teh Saz was still in tune and signed up for a floor spot.

I played a tune which I call "Istankoy" and then another which segues into a version of Buddy Holly's Rave On.

Istankoy is in fact the Turkish name for the island known as Kos in Greek.

Istankoy




Rave On


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rave On

A-well the little things you say and do
They make me want to be with you-oo-oo

Rave on, rave on and tell me
Tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only, rave on to me

Rave on, it's a crazy feeling and
I know it's got me reeling when you
Say, "I love you," rave on

The way you dance and hold me tight
The way you kiss and say good-ni-hi-hight

A-well rave on, it's a crazy feeling and
I know it's got me reeling I'm
So glad that you're revealing your love for me

Rave on, rave on and tell me
Tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only, rave on to me

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The House Is An Allegory For The Mind

Here's a song called "The House Is An Allegory For The Mind" which is explained in the video to some extent. This was Wednesday 10th February, an open night at Havering Folk Club, and the second song is Down Drinking at the Bar by Loudon Wainwright.



There was even a spot left in the second half so I played Leadbelly's Goodnight Irene

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Time for The Music

Last night it was the turn of Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBain to guest at Havering Folk Club (or HFC).

I played early, no video from this session but the songs were Time for The Music and The Biggleswade Stomp.

Time for The Music






The Biggleswade Stomp



Monday, February 01, 2010

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