Unfortunately, due to reasons beyond anyone’s control, Ian Easton is unable to be our guest on 4th October.
We’ll run an “Open Floor” this evening.
MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, “Farewell, Farewell” by Richard Thompson and “In Brooklyn” by Al Stewart. Next up was a newcomer to the club, Nick Minnion. Now based in Barton on Sea, Nick sang “No-one Can Sing The Blues Like Blind Willie McTell” by Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn’s “Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.
Our number one “John”, Jonathan Klein was MC for the evening and commenced proceedings with “Here Comes The Sun” and one of his own songs, “In The Beginning”. Number two “John” was another club stalwart, Jon Ellis. You never know quite what to expect when Jon plays. On banjo he sang a song in French recorded by the McGarrigle Sisters, “Petite Annonce Amoureuse”, “Over The Hills And Far Away” on whistle and banjo and on whistle “Red Haired Boy/Fox Hunt.
Tonight saw the return of the inimitable Tony Parry as MC. He sang Brian Bedford’s “Wings”, recorded by many artists but probably most famously by the recently departed folk legend, Vin Garbutt. Tony then sang one of his own compositions “Song For June”.
TO NAME BUT ONE!
MC Jon Ellis kicked off the evening with “England” by Ralph McTell (highly appropriate in the present world circumstances) and a Russian song, sang in Russian, with the English title “The Last Trolley Bus”. Following Jon was Ron Lakey. Although no longer living in the town, Ron was a stalwart of the local folk scene in the early days and helped to run the ‘Black Scorpion Folk Club’ at the Literary Institute in New Road. He kindly gave us a flyer from 1967 and this has been entered into the archives! He sang “Close The Door Lightly When You Go” by Eric Andersen, Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Morning’s” and “Lady From Baltimore” by Tim Hardin.
Our appreciative audience not only witnessed a splendid evening of mainly Irish music but also our first experience of being recorded live by New Forest Hospital Radio.