Monday, 12 January 2015

On Such a Sunday (Out of this World, Poetry, Broadsided just a Smige)

To change things around and mix things up a little we'll start this wee bloggy thingy with the poem this time and the odd picture or two and then maybe, just maybe, a slightly serious review for a change!
This is where the captain cries "Brace, brace" (He obviously needs to stop his trousers from falling down!).anyway, hey ho, let's go!

On Such a Sunday (Out of this World, Poetry, Broadsided just a Smige)

I headed out for the station
In a mood of satisfied anticipation
For tonight the Fellowship
Would again be three
But in a somewhat different combination

Arriving early due to a on-time running train
I dodged the heavy rain
Seeking shelter within the pub
And a brace of Colley’s Dog
Yes, I we were off gigging again

Sitting there like ‘Billy no Mates’
The others were somewhat fashionably ate
But alone with my thoughts
And my splendid ales
I was more than happy to sit and wait

Alex & Chris

Chris and Alex arrived together
We discussed the world, politics, music, the weather
Enjoying each others company
Until it was time to move
A somewhat necessary endeavour

A night of poignant poetry
Angst riddled songs, humour and repartee
From Smige, Chris Ripple
The Astronauts and Fishwife’s Broadside
It was indeed the place to be
The only place to be
On such a Sunday

Yours truly

So, here for once follows a fairly serious review of what was indeed a very seriously splendid night of music and poetry at North Herts finest, Club-85.


Obviously Smige’s stint at university has done him no harm whatsoever, it’s been a few years since I last saw him and time has done little if anything to soften his acerbic wit, if anything it’s sharper now and more poignant than ever before and now armed with a host of new songs to make you think, laugh, gasp and more often than not wholeheartedly agree with, one thing is for sure, Smige’s stage presence and delivery is sharper now than ever before and he delivered a fine and memorable opening set.

The Astronauts (Acoustic)

Acoustic? Well with just Dom on electric guitar and some occasional backing rhythms to accompany Mark’s better than ever vocal delivery it was certainly The Astronauts ‘stripped down’.
I dread to think just how long I’ve liked and followed this band + of course knowing Mark Astronaut now for some 30 odd (Sometimes very odd) years, it was great to hear material from the ‘Peter Pan hit’s the Suburbs’ album which was in fact the first Astronauts album I ever bought and I still have the somewhat worn vinyl in my collection!
A fine set which really showcased Mark’s amazing lyricism and with some truly excellent guitar work from Dom you could easily forget there was just the two of them on stage such was the presence and power they generated, an excellent and much enjoyed set.

Chris Ripple

Chris Ripple and the 'Invisible Kids'

Compere for the evening was Chris Ripple who as many of you may know is our very own Rock and Roll poet of some renown.
It was really good to see Chris back in action before and between the bands with a very well chosen set of poems presenting some old and some new material that really packed a punch, entertained, shocked and made you think, delivered with a renewed passion, all in all a splendid addition to the evening.
Chris’s African daughters version of the old Ramones song, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ was something wonderful to behold and his very astute and moving poem ‘The Drum Now Beats For Freedom’ is a masterpiece of observation and writing.

Fishwife’s Broadside

To quote or rather misquote a well know saying from a popular TV Sci-Fi series, “It’s folk Jim, but not as we know it” or perhaps, “It’s punk Jim, but not as we know it”, let’s face it, Fishwife’s Broadside are pretty damn unique, folky punk or punky folk, excellent musicianship throughout and a front man any band would be lucky to have such is his charisma and stage presence.
The odd thing about a Fishwife’s gig is that you often find yourself singing or bopping along and then comes the sudden realisation of what they may in fact be singing about! Love, death, poverty, politics, the stupidity and crassness of existence sometimes, it’s all there, all of it astutely observed and delivered with such aplomb, a damn fine way to spend what could so easily have been just another boring Sunday night.

Well, that's it for a while now I guess, things to do, people to see, dishes to wash, dogs to walk etc. etc. so, until the next time, stay sane.
Grant Meaby


  1. I can only concur about the other three acts. Thanx for mentioning the girl's thing, it'll please them no end to know that someone here appreciates it.

  2. Thanks for your kind words, it was a great evening!

  3. Chris, you are welcome and the praise I gave you was well deserved, several people have said how good the poetry was, give my love to the girls too bless them.
    Smige, it was indeed a great evening, enjoyed every minute of it.

  4. Enjoyed reading this Grant. Made me determined to catch local music, and get back into poetry. I'd like to reconnect with Parnassus. Could you get in touch please? 07474531982 or
    Thanks! Barry