7 Sep 201730-Aug-17: Our 100th Open Mic!!!16 acts / 27 performers / 33 songsNumber 100.... Our 100th Open Mic and a real party night, with balloons and banners and complimentary snacks from landlords Graham & Mary. A lot of the regulars (performers and punters) had made an extra effort to attend and we had 16 acts in all and a total of 33 songs over 3½ hours, with David Woolston working the sound desk so that MC/host Peter Shields could stay out front. The first hour saw 12-year-old Isabella (first time here) , Roger Ash Wheeler, Jenny Dooley, and Anne McGee, and then Anne and James Goodwin got the audience to sing a ‘thank you’ song to Peter to the tune of ‘Danny Boy’, after which there were presentations of cards and gifts to Peter and to Globe landlords Graham and Mary.The second hour gave us Karen Newton with Barry Green, Jo Ro-Leete (first time performer here) a cappella with Karen, Laura Hughes and Mel Hutchison. Next up were Axel van der Neut, Alex Kumar with Carl Allerfeldt (fiddle), John Brooks with Paul Hirst (accordion), and David Osbiston & Friends [i](pictured)[/] – with James (bass), Chris Back (guitar), Tony Harley (sax) and Matt Jackson (cajón), Karen and Jenny providing backing vocals.Keyboardist Al Hutch then did an adapted version of one of his original songs as his own thank you to Peter. We then had Trevor Head with Chris Durney, Tony Harley, Tim “Dennis” Matthews with Karen & Laura on backing vocals, ‘Mission Bell’ (4-piece) and to close the evening a scratch band led by Peter with David, Carl, and percussionists Rupert Harwood and Steve Dooley who had supported various acts throughout the evening.*** See video of 'Taxman' here, courtesy of Globe landlord Graham ***Many thanks to all who came, and to everyone who has participated as performer or audience over the years!
7 Sep 201726-Jul-17: Nice night! 9 acts / 14 performers + choir / 28 songsNumber 99. Plenty of audience but fewer performers than usual, with only 9 acts, so we made an early decision to allow 3 songs each instead of the usual 2. Unity Gospel Choir kicked things off, under MD Jon Bint who played piano, and there was bass and percussion too. First-timer here, Kathy Cutler, went next, followed by second-timer Pete Tansey, and another second-timer Axel van der Neut.After these 3 singer/guitarists it was over to the old-timers / regulars: Al Hutch (vocals/keyboards/harmonica), David Osbiston (vocals/guitar), Steve Colderick (vocals/guitar) and John Brooks / Paul Hirst (vocals / accordion) - pictured. To close the evening, MC Peter Shields led a scratch band through 4 songs with himself on vocals/guitar, David on guitar doing a mix of bass-lines and lead solos, Rupert Harwood on percussion, Al on harmonica, and Johnny Young on fiddle. Nice night!
29 Jul 201728-Jun-17: 15 acts including 3 first-timers 15 acts / 30 performers / 32 songs Number 98. After a couple of quiet months we were exceptionally lively this month. We applied the '2 songs each' rule, except to first-timers who were offered three, and managed to squeeze everyone in only slightly breaching our 11:00 pm curfew. Host Peter Shields kicked off just after 8:00 with a song from the piano and then made way for The Globe Singers, about a dozen of them, who did two. Then we welcomed back teenager Zena Ahmed for two, followed by John Kerry who we haven't seen for a while. A newcomer here, passing through Chagford, A Bloke Called Maddy, did three strong covers.Into the second hour and another first-timer, Axel van der Neut a fine singer/guitarist and songwriter from Amsterdam, did three. Then it was keyboardist Al Hutch for his two, with percussion support from Steve Dooley. Then it was the turn of John Dray before Steve & Jenny Dooley joined David Wyatt as Dooley Wyatt for two. Our third first-timer, Pete Tansey went next with a diverse repertoire that went down well with the crowd.It was by now past 10:00 pm, and still 5 acts to go! We had two each from old hands Steve Colderick, David Osbiston, folk duo Silk and Strings(pictured), loop pedal vocal exponent Cakey Girl and finally Tim 'Dennis' Matthews.
29 Jul 201724-May-17: The quality continues7 acts / 12 performers / over 30 numbersNumber 97. Half-term week, so Chagford is full of visitors, and this means an expectant audience is seated on the dot of 8:00 pm. But half-term also means that a lot of our regular performers are elsewhere! So just after 8:10 we got under way and host Peter Shields, singer/guitarist Steve Colderick and accordionist Paul Hirst took it in turns to entertain the crowd. After several items from these three, we started a more formal programme at 9:00, with sets from Peter joined by John Young on fiddle (4 songs), Steve (4), John Brooks & Paul Hirst (3), Tim Matthews (4), 4-piece band Mission Bell (4), Johnny Fuller with Karen Newton (3) and finally a visitor from Manchester, John Doyle(pictured) who did 3 stonking numbers - one each by Loudon Wainwright and Pat Benatar and closing with Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.