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Malcolm Jeffrey

Les Jones 9 Jun 2017

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According to the club website this is the eleventh time Malcolm has appeared at the club this century. I know that you are going to be surprised if not shocked when I say I have never seen him before. To get some insight on what to expect I asked a club stalwart for an opinion. “He is funny”. Now I don’t if it was the way it was said or just my hearing but I got a bit nervous – “Funny?”. The stalwart was wrong. He wasn’t funny he was – hilarious.

We were treated to songs from composers such as; Tom Lehrer – The Elements Song + an extra verse; Jake Thackray – songs old and new including one I haven’t got myself and I thought I had them all. Each had a little funny anecdote to accompany it by way of further explanation.

In the first half we were treated to:
• The Bull – Jake Thackray – One I didn’t know
• The Elements Song – Tom Lehrer
• The Stranger – Pete Atkin and Clive James
• Mitsubishi 4x4 XD – Dave Love – Beloved of the Gornal Parish
• Mary Exxon Carter – Bob Zenefski
• The One on the Right – John Knight
• Famous People – Jake Thackray – Another I didn’t know
• Brother Gorilla – Jake Thackray/Georges Brassens. Got this one in French.
• The Wordsmith – Jake Thackray’s Blacksmith with new lyrics by Malcolm
• Bastity Chelt – A traditional song Spoonerised by Jasper Carrot to make it rude (I think or maybe it was just me)
• Hamlet – Adam McNorton – a 2:52 version of the play from someone from Stratford Upon Avon

Here ended the first half.

After a much-needed break Malcolm gave us:
• The Wine Song – Grant Baynham
• Mrs Carter – An old music hall song from Cosmotheka
• Fierce Creatures – Dave Love
• Harry, Harry, Harry – As Mrs Carter
• I May Just Have to Murder James Blunt – Mitch Benn. At first, I thought it was just something Malcolm had to get off his chest but apparently it is a song. It is not up to me to say how many of the audience agreed but he did receive rapturous applause.
• Remembrance – Les Barker – an unlikely composer of the most poignant piece of prose the whole evening. Beautiful.
• The Ballad of Billy Kershaw – Jake. I knew this one.
• Ma Crepe Suzette – Kenneth Williams – Everyday French phrases to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.
• The Bantam Cock – Jake of course.

Of course, we could not let Malcolm go without a couple of encores.

• Poisoning Pigeons in the Park – A different kind of leisure activity for a Spring afternoon by Tom Lehrer.
• First Kiss – Grant Baynham – Ahhh.

Malcolm’s set list then ends – “Bow and run like buggery”. There was no need for that we would have stayed all night had we the chance.

Support for Malcolm was supplied in the first half by Barry and Corrinne who gave us a couple of songs from the recently deceased and already missed Vin Garbutt, “Diary of a Northumbrian Miner” and “Wings”

Velvet Green who sang the Sandy Denny song “Solo” and Paul’s composition “The Last Goodnight” written and devoted to Sue’s best friend the anniversary of whose death it was tonight.

Support in the second half was of course provided by our compere Bryn Phillips. “Terracotta Warriors” was a request from one of the audience and this was followed by Fred Small’s “Hot Frogs on the Loose”, a “joining in” song about the Oakridge Nuclear Facility in Tennessee.

And so it was that A Wonderful Time Was Had By All.