MC Henry Campion got the evening started with a spirited rendition of Al Stewart’s “The Dark and Rolling Sea”, Martin Carthy’s version of a traditional sealing song from New Zealand “Davy Lowston” and “Half Way Up The Stairs” by Sixto Rodriguez. Henry then welcomed “The Venerable” Jonathan Klein to the stage. JK sang The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil”, “The Kid” by Bobby Mondlock and one his own compositions, “My Ubiquitous Rock Chick”.
Next up was Jim Brown. Jim sang the American traditional “Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies”, “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen and “Miner’s Lullaby” by ‘Utah’ Phillips, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin. Following Jim was George Benn. George performed three of his own songs; “The Ghost”, “Time” and “Down to the Doctors”.
After the break and raffle, Henry sang Bob Dylan’s “Mr Tamborine Man” before welcoming Jonathan back to the stage. The professor sang Led Zeppelin’s “Rock n Roll”, and two of his songs; “God’s Children” and a personal favourite, “Space Is Deep, Love Is Deeper”. Jon Ellis brought his tin whistle onto the stage to perform a medley of WWI tunes; “The Battle of the Somme/Road to Passchendaele/Father John Macmillan of Barra” and two reels; “The Ships Are Sailing/The Boys of the Lough”.
Jim Brown commenced his second set with Donovan’s “To Try For The Sun”, followed by “Dance Me To The End of Time” by Leonard Cohen and another American traditional song “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”. George sang three more of his fine compositions; “Interesting Times”, “So Many Miles” and “The Village Dance”.
To finish the evening, Henry sang “Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor and “Wagon Wheel”, composed by Bob Dylan and Keith Secor.
Next time, 5th September, special guest Krista Green.