So, as we bid a fond farewell for now to the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, we would like to send our thanks to all in attendance as we trampled in the footsteps of Arthur Askey, the Tiller Girls and Mr. Pastry around the lovely vaudeville houses and haunted concrete boxes of the land.
We couldn’t have done it without you.
In the last weeks, we’ve learned that beneath the calm exterior of many an Englishwoman (and even some Englishmen) there beats the seething heart of a Go-Go Dancer and don’t even get me started about the girls in Cardiff and the interlopers in Edinburgh.
Whether you were there to spin the Wheel, swing the Hammer Of Song or simply listen to the music, it was good to see you. We thank you for the opportunity to play all of these songs, whether by chance or intention.
The Imposters and I would also like to raise a chaste glass and yell, “Skol!”, “Salute!” and “Slainte!” to, your guide from your place in the stalls to your place in the stars, The Mysterious Josephine and our fashion and travel correspondent, Melissa a.k.a. Miss Dixie for their unfailing good humour, vim, verve and élan .
Undying, undimming thanks go to each of our special guests, firstly, Kendal Carson, who steadied the rocking ship with her beautiful harmonies and fiddle on the first night at the Royal Albert Hall, an evening when all our amplifiers blew up at once. We were happy to “go acoustic” with you.
We were also delighted to see our pal, Chris Difford again, for “Take Me I’m Yours” in Brighton and welcome John Harle, who illuminated our last night in Canterbury with his alto saxophone and his setting of Shakespeare’s “O Mistress Mine”, before Dixie and Josephine surprised us with their dance routine for that other Shakespearean ditty, “Willie and The Hand Jive”….
Today, we travel to Ireland for the first of three shows, while the Wheel boards a slowboat to the Port Of Baltimore. We will be at Glastonbury on Saturday with Screaming Primals and Rolling Stones, where we hope to see you and that you won’t need your pac-a-mac…
Yours through showbusiness. Napoleon Dyamite