Hearing the sad news about Jesse Winchester got me remembering some of the other songs we were offered. This was one of my favourites and I’m sure we recorded a great demo which I’m trying to find. I didn’t’ realise it was a “Nilsson” song. I know “The Dillards” did it but I’m certain we did a 4 part harmony version. It’s called “She Sang Hymnns Out Of Tune”. Here’s a recent version. I’m going to try and talk The Freds into doing it. If I find the P&V version I’ll put it up here too…

I’m so sad to hear the wonderful “Jesse Winchester” has passed away. Many years ago Petticoat & Vine’s publishers, Feldmans, offered us the opportunity to record one of his songs, the lovely, “Brand New Tennessee Waltz”. I’m not really sure why we didn’t’ record it. I have the original acetate somewhere but nothing to play it on anymore. Jesse was one of those artistes I’d have absolutely loved to have hosted at Grateful Fred’s. If you haven’t’ heard much of Jessee’s songs I’d really recommend that you try and catch up. Here’s Jesse singing the beautiful “Sham A Ling Dong Ding” on Elvis Costello’s “Spectacle” TV show…

The wonderful Peter Mulvey finishing off 2 brilliant sets at the “Grateful Fred Cafe’ Sessions” in Formby, Liverpool. Peter was overlooked throughout the evening by a painting of Paul McCartney and to encore did this lovely version of “I Will”. Video taken by Jim Colvin. March 25th 2014.

Dubl Handi" who are playing the "Grateful Fred Cafe’ Sessions" at the Cafe’ D’ Art, Formby on 14th April at 8.00pm. Ticket only from Colin at gratefulfreddie (at) gmail.com

I think we’re just about to confirm the lovely and wonderfully talented ” Edwina Hayes" for the "Grateful Fred Cafe’ Sessions" on Monday 15th of September. As always it will be an advance purchase, ticket only, limited capacity session in order that we can ensure a great night.
For those of you who were lucky to attend the “Grateful Fred at The Lomax” gig with Edwina last summer you’ll already know what a great performer she is. She’s been touring with “Fairport Convention” over the last few months and she’s due to start touring with “The Kennedy’s” (coming to Grateful Fred’s in June) but she’s a wonderful performer in her own right. If you’d like to be certain that you get a ticket before they sell out please email me at gratefulfreddie (at) gmail.com.

There is a wonderful guitar magazine called “Fretboard Journal”. A really beautiful magazine in it’s quality and design. I think it’s out 4 times a year by subscription but if you love guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukes then I personally cant’ speak highly enough of it. If you dont’ subscribe they also have a great website and podcast. The website has loads of free resources and fascinating content. www.fretboardjournal.com. Here’s a video question and answer episode of the podcast that you may enjoy…

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