MC for the evening was Steve West. He sang Tom Paxton’s “Fare Thee Well Cisco” before being joined on stage by fellow ‘Elderberries’ Derek Ayling (Blue) and Carole West (Holly). Holly sang “Sway”, written by Luis Demetrio, recorded by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz in 1953 and in the following year, the English version with lyrics by Norman Gimbel was recorded by Dean Martin. Steve (Raz) then sang “I’ll Fly Away”, now a standard but originally a hymn written in 1929 by Arthur E. Brumley.
Next to the stage was Jonathan Klein. He performed Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis”, his own “Babylon” and “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” written by Harold Arden & Ted Koehler. Then it was time for our special guest Dom Prag. In his first set, he sang songs from his EP, all self penned; “The Girl and the Miner”, “Talitha”, “The Unemployment Song”, “Chemicals” and “Brighton Song”.
After the break and raffle, George Benn stepped onto the stage. He sang three of his songs; “Echo Spring”, “It’s All Been Said” and “Waiting”. Following George was a stalwart of the local folk scene, Laura Sunderland. On her accordion she played a set of tunes from Scotland, including “Eriskay Love Tilt” and “Mull of Kintyre”, from Wales, “Sweet Jenny Jones”, England, two shanties including “Drunken Sailor” and from Ireland, “Tralee Gaol”.
Next up was Hannah Snellgrove. She sang one of her own songs, “Dance With he Wind”, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and another of her songs, “The Only Way is Wessex”. And to finish the evening, Dom returned for his second set. He sang the traditional “Black Leg Miner”, “Coal Not Dole” by Kay Sutcliffe and Paul Abrahams, a traditional song from Dorset, “The Sheep Stealer” (a.k.a “The Brisk Lad”), another traditional song, this time from Yorkshire, “Fosters Mill”, “Young Man on a Ferry” written by Dom himself, Eric Bogle’s “No Mans Land” (a.k.a. The Green Fields of France), “Vincent Black Lightning” by Richard Thompson, and a well deserved encore, Martin Carthy’s “Cold Haily Rainy Night”.
We have seen the future of folk music and it is good hands.
Next time, Wednesday 7th November, special guest Ian W Brown.