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“There’s a magic in the way your two guitars and voices interweave. And I’m becoming a bit of a fan” -
As a change from the usual jumble sale, it was decided to make this season's fundraiser for St James the Great Church something a little different, and so on a draughty evening on 16th February over sixty guests assembled in
Slapton Village Hall to partake of an impressive supper and to hear Silvington play.
Tricia Moore and John Connor make up this duo of gifted acoustic guitarists with a folksy sound at times more than a little reminiscent of Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger. Many of the songs on the evening's playlist were written by themselves -
Devonian flavour and featured some of our better known historical characters.
For example, "The Fyshinge Feaste"
celebrated the annual trout supper held to commemorate the water supply (Drake's Leat) which Sir Francis Drake created to bring water from Dartmoor to the city of Plymouth; "Sir Walter's Almaine" is a jig in memory of Sir Walter Raleigh and has more than a touch of Bob Newhart about it, Several of the numbers had rousing choruses to them including "Chasing Dreams" and "Walking on Sunday".
"Dancing on the Hoe" and "Women of Steel" celebrated somewhat more recent events -
Many of their other songs had a strong
narrative quality, not least those especially written for their latest album called "A Song in Every Window". This collection was inspired by the stained glass windows in Plymouth Guildhall, which Tricia had occasion to study while waiting to give blood One of their most recent compositions which was actually premiered on the night was a tribute to the sacrifices made during Exercise Tiger. Called simply "Tiger", we are very pleased to be allowed to print the words
in this magazine on page 24,
in addition to their own songs the duo also gave us a taste of others which fitted in very well with their style of singing. Particularly effective were their versions of Roberta Flack's"Killing Me Softly" and the Crystal Gayle hit from the seventies,
"Don't lt Make My Brown Eyes Blue". Sting's "Fields of Gold" rounded off their selection of covers.
Puddings were partaken of during the interval which also included a raffle, and the whole evening was deemed to be most enjoyable, as well as raising a healthy contribution towards church funds,
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