NO CHRISTMAS BLUES IN LYMINGTON 5TH DECEMBER 2018

Our guest MC for the evening was local bluesman Peter Gabony. He introduced our first performer, the venerable Henry Campion. Are sang Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and two Bob Dylan songs; “Knocking’ on Heaven’s door” and “Like a Rolling Stone”. Following Henry were father & son bluegrass combo John & Steve Manser. They performed “Catfish John” written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds, “Open Up Your Mouth (And Let There Moonshine In) by Mike Bell, and “The Ballad of John Hurt” the origins of which are a little murky!

Next to the stage was Jonathan Klein. Jonathan was in a festive mood and sang Elton John’s “Your Song” (Xmas advert), “Merry Christmas Baby” a Christmas standard credited to Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore and originally recorded in 1947, and Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas”. Graham Wedge was next to the stage and performed “For Free” by Joni Mitchell, Buffy St Marie’s “Until It’s Time For You To Go” and his very own “You’re What Makes The World Go Round”.
After the break and raffle, our guest MC and his erstwhile long suffering partner took to the stage. Peter and Mike Shipman are better known as ‘The Rezzonators‘ and come from that unforgiving part of the country known as Sway and the Avon Water delta.  They played Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”, “Turn Your Money Green” by Furry Lewis and “Lincoln Town” by John Hiatt. Continuing with the blues theme, Keith Miller performed a song with harmonica and vocal he arranged based on a Son House song, “Don’t Mind Folks Grinning In My Face”. He picked up a guitar to sing “The Rains” by Fred Eaglesmith and “Everything Is Music” by Kris Delmhorst.
 
Next on stage was Jim Brown. With his banjo he sang “Louis Colllins” by Mississippi John Hurt, the traditional “Gospel Plough”, and recited one of his poems; “The Great Cycle Ride”. After the “Picture Quiz” (Won by Mike Shipman’s table), Jim remained on stage and was joined by Al Slipper (guitar/mandolin) and 
Heather Slipper (fiddle/whistle). Together they performed the traditional “Jock Stewart”, “The Ferryman” by Donal O’Shaughnessy, two more traditional songs; “Tell Me Ma” and “Pay Me My Money Down”, then joined by Keith Miller on harmonica and Steve West, guitar and vocal, they performed “Corinna, Corinna” and finally, another traditional song “Two Dollar Bill”.
 
Next time, Wednesday 2nd December, we have special gust David Fisher. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, safe New Year.

LYMINGTON IS DOM’D 3RD OCTOBER

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.

ANOTHER SERENDIPITOUS EVENING! 5TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Unfortunately, our guest was unable to make it tonight. However, what potentially could have been a “quiet” evening turned into a memorable occasion.

MC Jon Ellis brought his mandolin and harp to the stage to perform the classic “Across The Borderline” written by John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Dickinson, two waltzes; “Rock Salmon” and “Marino”, and “John Hill” by Sean Cooney of the ‘Young un’s’. Next up was wonderful singer/songwriter Jonathan Klein. He sang a new song; “I Like To Hammer on a Sundays”, which was very well received, Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” and another of his compositions; “The Veil Dance”.
Jon then introduced ‘Nomad‘ to the audience. Heather & Al Slipper (fiddle/whistle, guitar) performed “Tell Me Ma”, “Good Old England”, “Beggarman”, and “The Hills of Connemara” by Sean McCarthy. And then it was time for our surprise guest of the evening! Roy Stark was visiting Lymington to see family. He lives in Hong Kong! He just happened to be in The Tripp having a meal. I was putting up the club noticeboard and as an aside said: “If you fancy having a go….?”. Well…. He borrowed a guitar from Al, and Jon’s mandolin, and proceeded to blow away the audience! He performed Leadbelly’s “Bourgois Blues” in the style of Ry Cooder, “Got The Blues (Can’t Be Satisfied)” by Mississippi John Hurt, and Steve Tilston’s “Rain All Around Me”.
After the break and raffle, Jon welcomed ‘Banjo Free‘ to the stage. Tony & Mary Parry and Steve King performed “Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams, Aoife O’Donovan’s “Oh, Mama”, the standard “Summertime”, composed by George Gershwin, lyrics by  DuBose Heyward, and the pop classic “When Will I Be Loved?” by Phil Everly. Next was another fine songwriter, George Benn. He sang; “Song For You”, “Stonehenge Blues”, and “Deep and Rolling Sea”.
 
Following on from George was Carole West. She sang Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day”, the traditional “I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me”, and another Irish traditional song, “The Galway Shawl”. Graham Wedge is a newcomer to the club but is becoming well known on the local sing-a-round circuit. He played John Prine’s “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” and “Pocahontas” by Neil Young.
 
Jon invited Roy back for a second set. He performed Ry Cooder’s “Big Railroad Blues”, and “How Happy I Am” by The Incredible String Band. To finish the evening, Heather and Al were joined by yours truly for “Home Boys Home” and “The Leaving of Lymington”. 
 
What a night!!! Next time, 3rd October, with any luck, we’ll have the very talented Dom Prag.

HOT NIGHT IN LYMINGTON 1ST AUGUST 2018

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 VenerableJonathan 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.

COOL NIGHT FOR A WARM NIGHT – 4TH JULY 2018

Jonathan Klein was MC on this warm July evening, and kicked off proceedings by commemorating the USA’s Independence Day by playing Paul Simon’s America, following this up with another Simon song, Under African Skies, and one of his own, Guy with a Guitar.  Then Jon Ellis, equipped with a mandolin, treated us to a couple of songs about the First World War:  Jez Lowe’s poignantly comic The Wrong Bus, and Ralph McTell’s wistful Maginot Waltz.

Apparently our two special guests for the evening first met when they shared the bill at the Club a couple of years ago.  We were delighted to bring them together for a second time.  Nick Hayward-Young took to the stage with a selection of his gentle and thoughtful songs:  Down SouthThe Analyst’s Song,The Most Perfect Day and Salterns Lake.  Our second guest, Jimmie Lee Morris, followed this up with an equally accomplished set of his own material:  Give Me All Your LoveWilderness WoodCampervan SongSleep in the MorningTake Me Home and Mandolin Dreams.

After the break, Jonathan played Wonderful World (Lou Adler, Herb Alpert & Sam Cooke), after which it was time for a welcome return to the Club from occasional visitor Ian Halliday, who gave a spirited rendition of Dancing in the Dark(Bruce Springsteen), Lady Eleanor (Alan Hull), Me And Julio down by the Schoolyard (Paul Simon) and I’m Gonna Be (Charlie Reid & Craig Reid).

Time, then, for second sets from our guests.  This time Jimmie Lee Morris went on first, to play another selection of his beautifully crafted compositions:  Staying ForeverLet Me LayOpen Your Eyes NowLook at Me, and Atlantic Highway.  He finished his set with a delightful interpretation of Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me, Babe.  Nick Hayward-Young responded with another superb set:  I’ll Be Lying to YouI Don’t Want to be the One Who Says it’s OverWill You Be My Girlfriend?,Let Me Kiss YouThis is the Delta, and This is For You.  He finished the evening for us with Dream a Little Dream of Me (Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt & Gus Khan).

Another great evening, featuring songs from two terrific singer-songwriters.  You can hear both Jimmie’s and Nick’s songs (and also Jonathan’s) on Spotify and iTunes.

Next time, 1stAugust, is an ‘Open Floor’.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 6TH JUNE 2018

I was reminded that this evening was the 8th anniversary of “Lymington Folk Club” at the Thomas Tripp! Given what’s happening to pubs and clubs all over the country, this is good news!

However, like many other venues of our size, audience numbers are falling and it would be a shame to lose another ‘live’ music space. Notwithstanding, last night we had a good audience who enjoyed some of the best in acoustic music to be had locally, or indeed anywhere.

Bill Hesp, regular MC at Milford Folk Club, was our guest MC this evening. He sang an American folk song “Cindy”, “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy” by Pete Seeger and John Prine’s “Paradise”. Then, Bill invited Jonathan Klein to the stage. Jonathan sang two of his own songs; “Hypothetically”, “Even When The Moon Is New” and “Sultans of Swing” by Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits.
Next was Jon Ellis. Jon played three bagpipe battlefield tunes on his whistle in memory of the Battle of the Somme (next month is the 100th anniversary), he sang an unaccompanied song “Jack The Can”, and played “Ashoken Farewell” by Jay Ungar. Following Jon was Henry Campion. Henry performed Al Stewart’s “In Brooklyn”, Sandy Denny’s “Nothing More” and “The Hour The Ship Comes In” by Bob Dylan. The final act of the first half was Mike Richards. He sang “Dublin Blues” by Guy Clark, Cyril Tawney’s “On A Monday Morning” and a blues standard, “Hesitation Blues”.
After the break and raffle, Bill sang the traditional “House of the Rising Sun” before introducing Brian & Chris to the audience. They sang (beautifully) “If I Needed Someone” by George Harrison off the “Rubber Soul” album, Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound” and then Chris left Brian to sing his own “Guilty” from his 2016 album “Like A River”, which comes highly recommended (by me!).
George Benn has, thankfully, become a regular with us. He is a fine singer/songwriter and sang three of his songs this evening; “Business As Usual”, “So Many Miles” and the infectious “The Village Dance”. Next up were Steve & Ariane. Guitar, mandolin and flute formed the background to their set which commenced with Steve’s “Dance In The Moon” and continued with “Only You” by Vince Clarke, a big hit for Yazoo and the Flying Pickets (more of them in a minute!), and Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl”.
The next performer is a current member of The Flying Pickets!! Who would have guessed it! Martin George, has had a varied career as actor, singer, musician and West End star! He sang “Willin'” by Lowell George, “Pancho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt”, one of his own songs, “Nothing In Between” and Robbie Robertson’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.
And finally, the last act of the evening, The Hobos. Steve, Jim, Dave, Al & Heather performed “Carolina Star” written by bluegrass legend Tony Rice, the Irish traditional “Step It Out Mary”, the American traditional “Tear My Still House Down” and the standard “Corrina, Corinna”.
Next month is a Lymington Arts Festival special featuring Jimmie Lee Morris and Nick Hayward Young and room for a couple of floor singers. Please come to listen to two great artists and support local, ‘live’ acoustic music, donations of raffle prizes always welcome! Until next time…..

NEVER A CHORE!

Our May meeting saw MC Henry Campion commence proceedings with Bob Dylan’s “Baby Blue”. Henry then invited to the stage The Elderberries. Steve (Raz), Carole (Holly), Geoff (Huck) & Derek (Blue) played “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens, “Walk Right Back” by Sonny Curtis, “Raining In My Heart” written by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant and Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”.

Next, Bob Challen performed “Gold Coast Highway” by Nanci Griffiths and Kate Wolf’s “Close To You”. Henry then introduced our special guest for the evening, the charming Winchester based singer/songwriter Jim Chorley. His first song was having its first ‘live’ performance, “In Between The Trees”. This was followed by; “Trying To Find Love”, “The Stars And The Moon”, another new song, “Turns Into Wine”, “Let It In”, “Mick Jones Blues”, “Blueberry Moon”, “My Old Friend” and “From My English Heart And Soul”.
After the break and raffle, George Benn sang his “Sparrow” and “Good Old Days”, and Jonathan Klein performed his “If”, and Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate”. Jim Chorley returned to the stage for his second set which included; “Here To Stay”, “Gabby And The Crow”, “After The Rain”, “Always In My Prayers”, “Painting Circles In The Corn”, “Stake No Claim” and a rousing shanty, “Pull It Up Boys”.
Another great evening at the Thomas Tripp. Next month, 6th June, is an ‘Open Floor’, so come along and have a go. All welcome.

ONLY A FLIGHT AWAY 11TH APRIL 2018

MC Steve West introduced our support act for the evening, Alex Potter. Alex is a talented guitar player and makes guitars and other instruments for a living at his workshop in Pitmore Lane, near Sway. Alex played three tunes on his tenor guitar, which he built when still a student; “The Shearing’s Not for You/Kit’s Tune/Ookpik Waltz”. He sang Randy Newman’s “Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father” and played “Cold, Frosty Morning”.

Then it was time for our special guest, Robert Lane. Midlands based Robert has just released his new CD “Only A Flight Away” and is on a tour which takes him all over England. He performed ; “Very Own Way”, “Break My Heart Blues”, “Wilful Independent”, “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees (with much audience participation), “Who Do You Think You’re Talking For?”, ”Lost But I Can’t Care”, the standard “Goodnight Irene”, “Bill Frost’s Flying Machine”, “Make It Easy”, “Suspicious Minds” written by Mark James and made famous by, of course, Elvis, and finally this half, a personal favourite, “My Love’s In Deep”.

After the break and raffle, Alex played Elizabeth Cotten’s “Vestapol Blues” and a song based on a poem by Charles Causley, “Ballad for Catherine Aragon”. Robert returned to the stage for his second set. He sang “I Guess I’m Just One of Those Guys”, “It Feels Like 5000 Miles”, “Teardrop Tattoo”, Paul McCartney’s “For No-one”, “Baby Knows”, “Hoping for Anything”, “Pessimistic Me”’ “You Want It Both Ways”, and finally Pete Townsend’s “Squeeze Box”.

A lovely evening showcasing the talents of a local player/instrument maker and an up and coming singer/songwriter. Next time, Wednesday 2nd May, Jim Chorley, originally from Southampton, he now lives in the wilds of Winchester.  His songs evoke the style of James Taylor and Ralph McTell. Worth checking out his website.

WOW! 21ST MARCH 2108

For two nights in a row I have had the pleasure of watching two of the finest guitarists I have ever seen. On Tuesday at Ringwood Folk Club, Ashley How of ‘Ragmamarag’ thrilled the audience with his virtuosity and Wednesday, at Lymington Folk & Blues, Steve Hicks did the same! And he makes his own guitars!!

MC Tony Parry got the evening underway with Keb Mo’s “Anyway” and with Mary Parry performed “How’s The World Treating You” written by Chet Atkins & Boudleaux Bryant, and the standard “Careless Love”. Up next was Jonathan Klein. He sang the Irish traditional “Carrickfergus”, and two of his own songs; “Everything I Build Just Falls Apart” and “Lady In A Deck Chair”.
Then it was time for our special guests, ‘Hicks & Goulbourn‘. East Midlands based Steve Hicks and Lyn Goulbourn wowed the audience with their first set which started with an instrumental by Steve called “Spring Fever”. This was followed by the traditional “Carron Loch Tay”, “Cuckold Hen/The Blacksmith”, Bruce Cockburn’s “One Day I Walk”, “Light Flight” by Pentangle, Davy Graham’s “Forty Ton Parachute”, “Angel” by Sarah MacLachlan, Lyn’s “This Is The Friend”, and “Shortnin’ Bread” by James Whitcomb Riley/”Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin.
After the break and raffle, Steve West borrowed one of Steve’s guitar’s to sing his own “Enough” and Tony Parry sang “The Big Ones Get Away” by Buffy St Marie. Steve & Lyn returned to the stage for their second set starting with Lyn’s “Stranger On A Bus”, then the traditional “Frankie & Albert”, another song written by Lyn, “Gone Are The Cobles”, “Russian Lullaby” by Irving Berlin, Buffy St Marie’s “Little Wheel Spin and Spin”, a version of the children’s song “Sing A Rainbow” with everyone joining in using makaton(!), and Moon River, a classic song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, with the most gorgeous guitar instrumental, and everyone joining in the last verse.
Wow indeed. Next time here at the Thomas Tripp 4th April is an “Open Floor”. If you’d like to see more of Hicks & Goulbourn or you were unlucky enough to miss them tonight, they are headlining at the Wessex Acoustic Folk Club on Friday 23rd March which is held at the Royal British Legion, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AB, 8:15 start.