Woodman Folk Club - Reviews
|Anthony John Clarke||Bromsgrove Folk Club|
|Pete Brown||11 March 2010|
It was a night I had been looking forward to for some time.
AJ always comes up with something special, would it be musical or
in the line up? As it happened
it was both, but more on this later. Bromsgrove
FC venue was packed, swelled by a contingent from the Woodman FC.
We got our liquid refreshment, settled down and then
Now the music, AJ has such a relaxed style that we were eased into the
set with ‘My Only Valentine’ soon followed by the upbeat ‘Banjo Antarctica’
with the unlikely line ‘Trade my 5 string banjo for a woman in a
reindeer vest’ and then two favourites, ‘Blame it on Dolores’ and
that wonderful song that is referred to many times throughout the evening
‘Tuesday Night is always Karaoke’.
Then the other ‘something special’, ‘Afternoon in
August’ inspired by a visit to the
The second half was more of the same, brilliant patter, musicianship and humour and songs including, ‘An acquaintance of mine’, ‘Midnight and Blue’ and the classic final number (before the encore) of ‘Spay a little perfume on my shoes tonight’. We mustn’t forget the ‘Impossible Song’ with which he always catches out the audience with the chorus of ‘Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch’. All in all a wonderful evening of entertainment.
But for all his loyal fans it doesn’t end there because we’ve learnt
that AJC will be at this year’s Bromsgrove Folk Festival, which is great
news, however, his role isn’t clearly defined but (according to Bob
Bignall) we may in future know him as A.J.C.
- A.J.C. Yes, that’s Anthony John Clarke – Assistant John Cleaner.