MC Steve West introduced the first of this evenings performers George Benn. He sang three of his own songs; “Ghost”, “Stonehenge Blues”, and “So Many Miles”. Next up was Rachel Cheyne who also sang three of her compositions; “Lullaby For A Dormouse”, “Just One Day” and “Off To Bethlehem”.
Our very own Scottish ancestored Jonathan Klein was MC for a “Scottish Night” special and began with a song attributed to Robert Burns called “Braes of Killecrankie” followed by an instrumental based on the tune of the song. And very well played it was too.
Our very own slice of Mississippi, Bob Long, was our MC for the evening and he started with a rather modern song by his standards, Muddy Water’s “Standing Around Crying” from 1952, followed by “Canned Heat Blues” by Tommy Johnson and “Kind Hearted Women” by Robert Johnson. Next up was a newcomer to the club, young Sam Cooper. He sang three of his own songs; “Unwritten Rules”, “Ricky The Cricket” and “Autism Blues”. Sam has a remarkable talent and we hope to see him again some day soon. Following Sam was ‘Take Thackeray‘. Yorkshireman Ed Mortimer is a brilliant Jake Thackeray interpreter. He sang two of Jake’s songs; “The Bantam Cock” and “Sister Josephine” and “All Clouds The Sky” by John Tams.
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”.