Our April Almanac was always going to be busier but a combination of Sun, a LaHot of Family (in all & every permutation), oldest friends, newest friends, everyone but everyone being friendLY, 3 birthdays & a brace of pitch perfect 90 minute sets from Chris & our guest DJ, my erstwhile brother Harry (Henry Arthur at birth) who demurely asked if he might sit while playing & did & How.. well, it all just Kicked. Off. At 1 point there didn’t appear to be any chair not danced on, or a single hand not in the air. Glorious scenes.

Somehow in 1 room we had the joy of… Anthony & Chas, Huw & Joe, my lovely bro in law Mikey, Frankie & Jax, Simon & Tracie, David & Tina, Matthew & Denise & her Ma Vera, my old school mucker Mark & his wife Christine, his cousin Nickie & husband John, Julia’s riotous & glam birthday gang (deep breath)~ Steve, Liz, Emma, Nina, Mark & Sarah, Rob, Fen, Lisa, Hayley & John. Andy & Doug, James, Chris & his Almanac 1st timer Nick, Nicky & Huw, James & Emy, My cousin Cath, Jim, a sweet, swift cameo from Julie & Dan, Big John, Simone & Emma, Nick & Katie, Dee & Jo, Russell & Andrew, my ol’ Trade muckers~ Loz, Mickey, Maria, Nathaniel, Christian, Jackie & Steve, Agnes, Chris, & an Amazing & sustained shift from Lucy, Luke, lovely new chef Tom & all at the St.George. We’ll be back on May 26th with a returning guest set from Ruling Doug but til then the songs played were…

Dom:

Tchaikovsky – ‘The Nutcracker Op 71 – The Number 12: Divertissement – The Dance Of The Flutes’
Malcolm McLaren – ‘Madame Butterfly’
Goldfrapp – ‘All Night Operator’
Fox – ‘Spirit’
Bobby Womack – ‘Harry Hippie’
Torch Song – ‘Shine On Me’
The Sound Of Music Soundtrack – ‘Morning Hymn’
Peter Gabriel – ‘San Jacinto’
Luke Abbott – ‘Modern Driveway’
ABC – ‘Minneapolis’
David Bowie – ‘Can You Hear Me’
Donna Summer – ‘Theme From The Deep (Deep Down Inside)’
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’
Syreeta – ‘Your Kiss Is Sweet’

Chris:

Rolf Harris – ‘The Court Of King Caractacus’
Queen – ‘Brighton Rock’
Rolling Stones – ‘Melody’
Elton John – ‘Better Off Dead’
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Bobby Jean’
Grace Jones – ‘Walking In The Rain’
Thin Lizzy – ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’
The Delfonics – ‘Didn’t I Blow Your Mind (This Time)’
The Faces – ‘You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)’
The Singing Nun – ‘Dominique’
Jethro Tull – ‘Living In The Past’
Cockney Rebel – ‘Judy Teen’
Heart – ‘Magic Man’
Buckingham Nicks – ‘Crying In The Night’
Bob Seger – ‘Still The Same’
Stevie Wonder – ‘I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It’
Glen Campbell – ‘Wichita Lineman’
David Bowie – ‘Changes’
Syreeta – ‘Spinnin’ And Spinnin’
Hot Chocolate – ‘Emma’
Ann Peebles – ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’
War – ‘Low Rider’
Dusty Springfield – ‘Baby Blue (12” Disco Version)’
Gladys Knight & The Pips – ‘Bourgie Bourgie’
Cheryl Lynn – ‘Got To Be Real’
Mott The Hoople – ‘All The Young Dudes’

Dom:

Julie Andrews – ‘Something Good’
Lisa Marie – ‘Something’s Jumping In Your Shirt’
Hot Chocolate – ‘Heaven’s In The Back Seat Of My Cadillac’
Hank Mizell – ‘Jungle Rock’
Human League – ‘The Things That Dreams Are Made Of’
Pet Shop Boys – ‘Two Divided By Zero’
The Beatles – ‘Blackbird’
Dawn Penn – ‘You Don’t Know Me (No No No)’
Scritti Politti – ‘Wood Beez’
Donna Summer – ‘MacArthur Park’
The Smiths – ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’

Harry:

Beach Boys – ‘Our Prayer’
Fleet Foxes – ‘Meadowlarks’
Depeche Mode – ‘Any Second Now’
Beach Boys – ‘Let’s Go Away For A While’
Diana Ross – ‘Muscles’
Terry Crawford – ‘Gunfighter (Hanners Edit)’
Bill Withers – ‘Heartbreak Road’
Abba – ‘The Name Of The Game’
Duke Ellington – ‘Moonglow’
Number One Ensemble – ‘Back To Heaven (Benedix Mihle Edit)’
David Bowie – ‘Fashion’
Fleetwood Mac – ‘You Make Loving Fun’
It’s A Fine Line – ‘Woman (Vocal)’
Arcade Fire – ‘Speaking In Tongues’
Chopin – ‘Etude In A Flat Major’
Roberta Flack – ‘No Tears (In The End)’
Kate Bush – ‘Watching You, Without Me’
Chilly Gonzales – ‘You Can Dance’
Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – ‘What Have I Done To Deserve This’
Channel 83 – ‘Tonight’
Free Love – ‘How Do You Feel’
Propaganda – ‘Duel
Rolling Stones – ‘Miss You (12” Disco Version)’

BATTLE:

Bass-O-Matic – ‘Fascinating Rhythm’
Iio feat Nadia Ali – ‘Rapture’
Adeva – ‘Respect’
George Michael & Mary J Blige – ‘As’
Boney M – ‘Painter Man’
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’
Four Seasons – ‘December 1963 (Oh What A Night)’
Albert Hammond – ‘I’m A Train’
Sybil – ‘The Love I Lost’
Diana Ross – ‘Love Hangover’
Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘Peek A Boo’
Culture Club – ‘Church Of The Poisoned Mind’
The Undertones – ‘Teenage Kicks’
Hot Chocolate – ‘Every One’s A Winner’
The Kinks – ‘Lola’
Babert – ‘Let’s Get Down (Remix)’ 
Flying Lizards – ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’
Hercules And Love Affair – ‘Blind’
Freeez – ‘I.O.U.’
The Kingsmen – ‘Louie Louie’
Beatmasters & Betty Boo – ‘Hey DJ/I Can’t Dance To The Music You’re Playing’
Alice Cooper – ‘Schools Out’
The Cult – ‘She Sells Sanctuary’
Gary Glitter – ‘Rock & Roll Part 2’
Michael Jackson – ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’
T.A.T.U – ‘All The Things She Said’
Fleetwood Mac – ‘Big Love’
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’
Olivia Newton-John – ‘Physical’
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – ‘I Love Rock & Roll’
Booker T & The MG’s – ‘Green Onions’
Cameo – ‘Word Up’
Madonna – ‘Borderline’
Placebo – ‘Nancy Boy’
Donna Summer – ‘I Feel Love’
Procol Harum – ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’