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~ The Volunteers of Ona ~

Posted by Hank49 on Monday, October 25, 2010

~ The Volunteers of Ona ~

Last summer they had an open air play in a little town called Klein Dochteren. The play was a great success and when the last actor had left the stage they had a look in their wallet. There was some money left so they decided to throw a big party for al the volunteers of Ona.

This is how we ended up playing our old time music in a chicken barn. The chickens were long gone but the smell was still there. After a while we couldn’t tell a good chicken fart from a glass of beer.

The Roosters were gathering round the bar while the hens were more interested in our bass player Dixie then in our music. But those roosters used their ears all right and after our first set they were hollering for ‘check one’ and ‘jailer bring me water’. One rooster even brought Handy Sandy a glass of water while he was singing the song for the second time. During the break some kid asked me if we’re gonna play some music he could recognize. “Well what where you thinking about kid?” In my mind I hoped he would not answer ‘Country Roads’ and he didn’t. But something like “Cotton-Eyed Joe would be nice”: He said. “Great” I said ”you know Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys!” The kid looked at me as if I came from another planet.

As usual the crowd yelled for more by the time we were done. But like my grandfather always said: ‘Never disappoint a drunk crowd’ so we gathered round the bar and played some real acoustic stuff. Now we were really done and the DJ took over.

The roosters were to drunk to walk to the peeing wagon and ended up peeing with the door handle in one hand and….well you can guess what’s in the other hand- while the hens all thought that they were Tina Turner.

Bye Bye volunteers of Ona, we had a great time in the Chicken barn.



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