“I just remember a mostly empty bar and during a set break the Bear puts his banjo down and says, ‘I’m going to see my wife’. And out the door he went,” recalls Jebodiah Squatter about one of the last times the Squatters played together.
That was one of a month of Sundays at Paddy’s Place when the Squatters, who’d been frequenting the Irish Benevolent Society club on a regular basis to see Dinky Cameron and Joe Waye, Sr., would show up and play for the door and drinks. Sunday’s didn’t end up being the right kind of night for a crowd but it was all right for the music. The posse was rounded up to play at Chandler’s on New Year’s Eve, sharing the stage with Mira’s result, Rock Ranger and Slowcoaster, but recollections are sketchy at best.
“Lotsa drinkin’ on stage that night,” explains Jeb who’s been holed up in the lookout room at the House of Rock with Darlin’ Squatter ever since. Rumour has it though that Paco is heading this way and with St. Paddy’s day cancelled in Ireland for fear of the foot and mouth disease, it looks like the Squatters might be venturing out for a night on the town. Nobody’s seen Paco since they got together to record after returning from Newfoundland in August so it has all the makings of a good ole Cape Breton homecoming.
“We cain’t be sure that Paco’ll make it,” says Jeb, “but we figgered we better git a party on the go, jest in case.”