Trainwreck at The Leinster

Updated: Sep 30

The Jam Session: Another record established - and remembering all the names i getting harder


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It would have seemed, by 5.00, that we were going to approach the record for most musicians performing on a single afternoon (31, a couple of years ago). We stopped short at 26, as it turned out, but another record was undoubtedly broken…

The All time Great Train Wreck:

Yup, Good Morning Heartache wasn’t good, and the heartache stopped mercifully short with various mutterings about a dodgy chart.. take a bow, Captain Chaos, Sir Roger C, Doug Haircut Kuhn, the Debonair John Curtis, and the others. Magnificent shambles, really, really well done…

Only to be followed, the very next toon, by an even bigger cock-up on Mas Que Nada, same culprits, admittedly a tune well designed for upwards cocking, again cut mercifully short: an absolute debacle, and the audience, vicious bastards, lapped it up.

So the record is for two train wrecks in a row, a feat often attempted but never quite realised in the past.

The Haircut plays Mas Que Nada about once every two weeks, with Katerina, so he may be excused. Sir Roger De Coverley made up for it with a fine set with Rory C. later on. Paul Phillips thinks I have forgotten he was playing, I haven’t, but as he only hits things and didn’t have a chart, he may be exempted from the blame. Actually, he subsequently played rather well…

All of which left precious little time for a roll call of hopefuls to plink, thwack, slap, fernottle and gargle their way through a dizzying array of Jazz standards later on. The session ended fairly late, due to the following:

· Sebastien (drums) · Andy Moon (dbl bass) · Anton (single bass) · Gerard (drums, and then piano) · Gary (drums) · Tony (sax) · Soozie (vocals) · Sonia (chanteuse) · Marita (ditto) · Don (piano) · John Calamatta (sax and red beret) · Chrissie Manetta (tonsils) · Bruce (drums) · Paul Phillips (drums) · Chico (guitar) · Kevin (vocals) · Tom (guitar) · Grant (sax and floot) · Alex (drums) · Alex’s dad (piano) · Stuart (vocals) · Gentleman John C (piano) · Rory Clark (piano) · Sir Roger De Coverley (sax) · Captain Chaos (sax and confusion)

…and one other who was so talented, young, and good looking that I have neglected to mention their name. You know who you are! TW


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