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  • Annie's Band at the Christmas Party.... more of that later. width:640;;height:426
  • So to 4th December, and the guest night got off to a great start with quiet professionalism of... width:320;;height:480
  • ... that superb singer and writer of songs, Robin Nancarrow. width:320;;height:480
  • Ruth Notman was the main guest, and she was quite exquisite. width:320;;height:480
  • Not just a singer, but a fine keyboard player and... width:640;;height:426
  • .... guitarist. width:640;;height:426
  • Ruth put her heart into her songs.... width:320;;height:480
  • .... and entertained us all comprehensively. width:640;;height:426
  • But now to the Christmas Party, and Peter was allowed to start the evening off.... well, someone has to... width:320;;height:480
  • Dave followed, and this time he'd left his percussion section at home. width:320;;height:480
  • The Amycrofters, June & Andrew, outrageous as always, got the party mood going... width:640;;height:426
  • .... and gave it a great kick up the b...... width:640;;height:426
  • Adrian followed with his characteristic offering, reliable as ever. width:320;;height:480
  • Peter was pressganged into starting off "Salva Nos" on the penny whistle, sung by a choir assembled for the purpose.... width:640;;height:426
  • .... comprising Anita, Annie, Hilary and  Anna... great stuff! width:640;;height:426
  • Mike G, in a fine pose, made sure everyone was fully awake. width:320;;height:480
  • Part of the audience really joined in, with their arms as well as voices. width:640;;height:426
  • Rob, briefly playing truant from Devonbird, gave us his rib-tickling "Festival Song", a favourite. width:320;;height:480
  • Our girl band, Anita and Fran, in full flow. width:640;;height:426
  • Thespian extraordinaire, Tony left his hurdy gurdy at home, but.... width:320;;height:480
  • .... managed to acquire some valuable assistance in the vocal department in the welcome shape of Linda. width:640;;height:426
  • After the interval, Peter took the opportunity of presenting a box of chocolates to the girls behind the bar. width:640;;height:426
  • Then the Amycrofters were released to wreak further havoc... thanks, guys! width:640;;height:426
  • Then to finish off the evening, Annie's hastily recruited orchestra, which was necessary because of the absence of Mike New due to floods... width:640;;height:426
  • ... had Mike G lurking at the back... width:640;;height:426
  • ... Annie (guitarless.... note bandaged finger), Rob & Adrian.... width:640;;height:426
  • .... and even Peter on the guitar on the right... width:640;;height:426
  • .... when he wasn't playing the string bass.... width:320;;height:480
  • .... and the noble Tony on the big bass drum... width:320;;height:480
  • .... and various other instruments of percussion.... width:320;;height:480
  • .... and seeing this was effectively a jam session.... width:640;;height:426
  • .... it was quite amazing that anyone knew what was going on.... width:640;;height:426
  • .... but they appeared to do so, and even persuaded the audience to sing from the songsheets provided... width:640;;height:426
  • ... and even Tony appears to be reading the music.... great effort, chaps! width:640;;height:426
  • The band was further augmented for a last song led by Dave, a suitably Christmassy "Silent Night". And so we leave the Grove for pastures new in January.... thanks Grove for some memorable nights. width:640;;height:426
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