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NOTHING OBVIOUS

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CD Order Code: MBRRCD05

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Track No.

Song Title

Performers

Comment

1.

It Was Only A Gypsy

Matthew Forbes: Vocal & Acoustic Guitar

A ‘menage a trois’

2.

Bitter Was the Night

Caroline, Fiona and Jennifer Johnson, Ginette di Palma: Vocals; Gray Cooper: Midi Keyboard

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

3.

The Apprentice

Paul Stepto: Vocal and Acoustic Guitar

Sir Alan Sugar et al: the series on the telly

4.

Timothy Winters

Mike Ball: Vocal & Piano

His clothes are enough to scare a crow

5.

Crow on the Cradle

Paulette Sheard & David Taylor: Vocals; Steve Sutton: Mandolin; Paul Stepto: Acoustic Guitar; Mike Ball: Concertina (Bull-at-a-Gate Band)

‘Cold War’ song, Nursery Rhyme images

6.

Mixed-up Old Man

Sydney Carter: Spoken Word; Mike Ball: Unaccompanied Vocal

A slippery slope, forecast in 1960

7.

Pie Jesu

Ginette di Palma: Soprano Solo; Paul Barter: Bass Vocal; David Taylor & Peter Cook: Tenors; Jane Goldsworthy & Fiona Johnson: Altos; Jennifer Johnson: Soprano; Caroline Johnson: Soprano & Pianoforte

A less well known setting for this famous piece

8.

Bread and Fishes

Roger Resch: Vocal & Piano Accordian; Tweedledum & Tweedledee Chorus

“…And did those feet in ancient time…?”

9.

The Bitter Withy

Mike Ball: Vocal & English Concertina

Legendary tale of the boy Jesus

10.

Boy Soldier

Paul Stepto: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar; Pete Metcalfe: Midi Keyboard; Dave Nye: Electric Guitar

Africa’s children  …my AK47…

11.

Hymne À L’Amour

Alex Tyler: Baritone; Mike Ball: Piano

French Love song (Interlude)

12.

The Lodger

Matt Forbes: Vocal & Acoustic Guitar

A figment of Jake’s racy imagination

13.

Litany to the Holy Spirit

Jennifer Johnson: Soprano; Mike Ball: Pianoforte

A child asking for help

14.

Last Valentine’s Day

Pig’s Ear: Grant, Keith & Sue Rule: Acapella Vocals

Horrid to some

15.

Lah Di Dah

Matt Forbes: Vocal & Acoustic Guitar

Jake’s Wedding Breakfast

16.

Hartlake Bridge

Paul Stepto: Vocal & Acoustic Guitar

Disaster… Gypsies… Golden Green… Tonbridge

17.

Remember Bethlehem

Mike Ball: Vocal and Piano

Mary… in labour

18.

Black Crow

Pig’s Ear: Grant, Keith & Sue Rule: Acapella Vocals

A devilish tale

19.

The Devil Wore a Crucifix

Mike Ball: Vocal & Piano

Sceptics say religion is a main cause of war: No!

20.

The American Way

Paul Stepto: Vocal & Acoustic Guitar

Have a nice day

21.

Three Masts

Paulette Sheard: Vocal; Mike Ball: Electric Keyboard

A sailor’s image of the Trinity

22.

Neo-Colonial Boy

Mike Ball: Unaccompanied Vocal

The Playboy of the Western World

23.

The Easter Tree

Peter Collins: Unaccompanied Vocal

Nature red in tooth and claw – and human hand

24.

Romance

Matt Forbes: Vocal & Acoustic Guitar

Romeo and Ethel

25.

Chocolate

Paul Stepto: Vocals, Mandolin & Acoustic Guitar; Pete Metcalfe: Midi Keyboard

“milk & white & plain” Rudolf Lindt, Cadbury, etc.

26.

Rolling in the Dew

Mike Ball: Unaccompanied Vocal

Traditional English Pastoral

27.

I Come like a Beggar with…

Mike Ball: Vocal & Keyboard

This series of paradoxes clarifies a difficult idea