Michele Welborn and Clive Barrett raised the audience’s expectations when they promised a variety of their favourite songs – and those expectations were more than realised during this delightful performance on 17 March.
A lyrical and beautiful version of a Scottish melody opened the concert, with the large and varied audience – young, old, in between and infants! – caught up in the tale of heart break and loss. ‘Wishing Well’ followed this, a jaunty folk song with a country music feel, in which Michele’s attractive and versatile voice was complemented by Clive’s lively guitar accompaniment.
Then it was time for enthusiastic audience participation in the chorus of ‘Sail Away Ladies’, a classic piece that has been performed as country dance music, soul and skiffle. Michele and Clive gave us a fabulous folk/country version, played so expertly.
‘Maggie’s Smile’, played at a recent memorial service, was Clive’s next solo performance, a wonderful tribute to a dear friend. And another friend, as Michele explained, was the inspiration for ‘These walls have ears’, in which a life changing decision was made and a new journey unfolded.
A Yeats’ poem set to music was an appropriate tribute to St Patrick’s Day, telling the story of youth and impulsiveness seen through the eyes of wisdom and life lessons learnt. Clive then performed ‘Snowdrop’, which conjured up the buoyant sense of flowers surviving the winter and bravely revealing their presence. A real mood lifter.
Michele next performed Iris DeMent’s ‘When My Morning Comes Around’ from which emanated a sense of determination, hope and new opportunities. Bob Dylan’s ‘Dark Eyes’ was a wonderful treat, Michele’s beautiful voice giving real purpose and connection to this song. ‘Cotton Mill Girls’ was the last performance and gave us all a chance to join in with the catchy chorus.
Michele and Clive took us on a tour of many countries, styles and moods. Many thanks to them for their fabulous concert, to Fiona and Jean for serving tea and cakes, to the audience – especially children from St Mary and St Giles School - and to Lesley for arranging it.
This lunchtime concert raised £61 for the organ project.