MC Steve West got proceedings underway with the traditional “Lambs On The Green Hills” and remained on stage to perform Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” with Sara and a friend.
Brian & Chris from Southampton are going to help Steve with running a new ‘Open Mic’ at the Empress of Blandings in Copythorne. It will usually take place on the third Thursday of the month and the next meeting will be 26th October. Together they played “Freefalling” by Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and “California Dreaming” by John & Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & Papas. Next up was Henry Campion. He sang “Annie’s Song” by John Denver, Sandy Denny’s “The Sea”, David Gray’s “Babylon” and “The Weight” written by Robbie Robertson of ‘The Band’.
Following Henry was Nick Minnion. He performed “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”, composed by Jimmie Cox in 1923 and recorded by many artists including Bessie Smith and Eric Clapton,  “For What It’s Worth” by Stephen Stills and “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” a popular rhythm and blues standard, composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup, the lyrics of which follow the path of the highway between Chicago and Los Angeles. To finish the first half, Jonathan Klein came to the stage. He sang Tom Petty’s “Learning To Fly”, one of his own compositions “Space Is Deep, Love is Deeper”, “Please Come To Boston” by Dave Loggins and another of his own fine songs, “Sleeping With The Saints”.
After the short break and raffle, Steve sang Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and then welcomed Dick Etherton to the stage. Dick performed a-capella on this occasion; “Sweet Nightingale”, “She Moved Through The fair” and “Dashing Away With A Smoothing Iron”, all well supported by the enthusiastic audience. Nick West was next on stage. He played three tunes on his chromatic harmonica; “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, John Barry’s “Theme from Midnight Cowboy” and “Dirty Old Town” by Ewan MacColl.
Following Nick was Tony Parry. He sang three of his own numbers; “Children Of The Valley”, about the Aberfan disaster, “Swinging Down The Lane” and “Just Wanna Lay Here”. Then it was time for our final performer, Ron Lakey. Ron sang songs by songwriters who have influenced him the most over his long association with folk clubs; “Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound” by Tom Paxton, Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe”, “One Too Many Mornings” by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Cotton Jenny”, and an encore, “Streets of London” by Ralph McTell.
A brilliant evening of variety and quality. Next time, 1st November, Folk, Blues & Jazz from Walker Broad.


Our very own ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long hosted tonight’s Blues Special which featured many songs that the early blues legends would have known well.
First up was Maurice Pearce. He sang “Deep River Blues” in the style of Doc Watson, Blind Blake’s “That Will Happen No More”, “Basin Street Blues” written by Spencer Williams in 1928 and recorded that year by Louis Armstrong with an additional verse written a little later by Glenn Miller & Jack Teagarden (!), “You Gotta Know How” by Sippie Wallace, and “Sitting On Top Of The World” written by Walter Vinson & Lonnie Chatmon of the Mississippi Sheiks, who first recorded it in 1930.
Next were The Rezzonators. Travelling all the way from Sway, Mike Shipman and Peter Gabony performed “You Can’t Get The Stuff No More” by Tampa Red, Blind Willie Johnson’s “Keep Your Light Trimmed And Burning”, “Trouble In Mind” by Richard M. Jones, Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”, “My Pencil Wont Write No More” by Bo Carter, Ishman Bracey’s “Saturday Blues” and “Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters.
Then it was time for the first set from our special guest, Martin McNeill. Martin is simply one of this country’s finest blues guitarists. Based in Essex, he travels regularly to clubs all over the UK and beyond. He played Big Bill Broonzy’s “Feel So Good”, “Unchain My Heart”  a song written by Bobby Sharp and recorded in 1961 by Ray Charles, Fred McDowell’s “Write Me A Few Of Your Lines”, “Bring It On Home” by Sam Cooke and John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen”.
After the break and raffle, Glen Wright stepped onto the stage. He sang his version of Elizabeth Cotten’s “Mama Don’t Care For You”, and then three of his own songs; “Blue Moon Blues”, “Do Right Baby” and “Rolling Stone”. Following Glen were the Bob Long Trio. Bob,
Lorna Franklin and Keith Miller performed The Memphis Jug Band’s “You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back”, Lorna sang “Comes Love, a 1939 jazz standard composed by Sam H. Stept, Lew Brown and Charles Tobias and featured in the Broadway musical ‘Yokel Boy’, starring Phil Silvers and Buddy Ebsen, (Buddy Ebsen…. Beverly Hillbillies!!!!) and “I Gotta Have It”, a 1948 hit for Lil Green and her Orchestra written by Cy Coben & Maxine Manners.
Martin returned to the stage for his second set which comprised of; Eric Bibb’s “Good Stuff”, “Route 66” composed in 1946 by Bobby Troup and first recorded the same year by Nat King Cole, “Danger Zone” by Percy Mayfield, “Skin Game Blues” by Peg Leg Howell, the traditional “Tell Old Bill”, Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”, and “Jesus On The Main Line” by Ry Cooder.
A fantastic evening of blues from the early days and beyond. Thank you Martin and everyone who performed. Next time – 4th October – our guest is Ian Easton, singer/songwriter formerly known as “The Widowmaker”!!!


MC Jon Ellis got the evening underway by singing “Lovely Agnes” by Sally Rogers and “Ghost Riders In The Sky” written in 1948 by American songwriter, film and television actor Stan Jones. Following Jon was Jonathan Klein. He borrowed Rachel’s Spanish guitar and performed two instrumentals; “Mood For A Day” by Steve Howe and his own “Sunlight After A Rainstorm”. Next was Rachel Cheyne. She sang two of her own compositions; her Mermaid song and an a-capella “Voices Of The Forest”.
George Benn also sang two of his own songs; “Business As Usual” and “All The Things We Did”. Next onto the stage, Henry Campion. Henry performed Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush” and “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot. Then it was time for our special guest
Nigel Waite to take to the stage for his first set. He sang “Last Thing On My Mind” by Tom Paxton, “Shooting The Breeze”, “Galway Shawl”, “North To Dartmouth”, “Floor Singer”, and “Draw The Line”.
After the break and raffle, we welcomed Keith Kemsley back to the club. He sang one of the most important songs from the beginning of the singer/songwriter era, “You’ve Got A Friend”, written by Carole King for her own seminal album ‘Tapestry’, and James Taylor’s ‘Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon’, Joni Mitchell performed on both. Taylor’s version was released as a single, and reached number 1 in the US. Then he performed Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” made famous, of course, by Glen Campbell.
Then it was time for the main support of the evening to gather on the stage. Ron Lakey‘s connection with Lymington Folk Club goes all the way back to the 70’s. Accompanied by Ethan King on fiddle and Chas Rowden on double bass, he sang Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train”, Woody Guthrie’s “Deportees”, a traditional Appalachian song “Shady Grove”, “Wayfaring Stranger”, “St James Infirmary Blues”, “Abilene”, a song written by Bob Gibson, Albert Stanton, Lester Brown and John D. Loudermilk, and recorded by American country music legend George Hamilton, and “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”.
And finally, Nigel’s second set. Again, he sang a combination of his own songs and covers; “Once In Awhile”, “The Long And Winding Road” (no, not that one. One of Nigel’s), Jimmy McCarthy’s “Bright Blue Rose”, “An Acquaintance Of Mine” by Anthony John Clarke, “Pegasus Bridge” and “It’s Time”.
A truly wonderful evening. Next time, September 20th – Bob Long’s Blues Night Special with very special guest, Martin McNeill.


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”.

The next performers were welcome returners. All the way from Stockport, Phil & Pen Robinson. They sang the traditional “Wayfaring Stranger”, “Life Down Here On Earth” by Kevin Welch, and “Hand Me Down My Walking Kane” written by James A Bland c 1880. Following Phil & Pen was that fine unaccompanied singer Mervyn Else, currently residing, I think, in Oxfordshire. (e.o.e.) Mervyn sang a song entitled “The Sparrow, Blackbird, Robin and the Wren”, “Rainbow Connection” from the singing of well known folk troubadour ‘Kermit the Frog’ and “Poodangler” to the tune of Wild Rover. And to finish the first half, a duo from Banbury, Fraser & Toots. They sang three of their own songs; “Everything Will Be Okay”, “Captain Swing” and “Built To Last”.
After the break and raffle, Steve Moorhouse took to the stage. He sang Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” (with Steve West), and two of his own songs; “Nacogdoches” and “That’s Why”. Phil & Pen returned to the stage to perform Gillian Welch’s “Still House” and the traditional “You Gotta Move”. Then it was time for Jon Ellis to step up and with his whistle played “Louis’s Waltz”, “Dingle Regatta” and a medley of nursery rhymes with an Irish twist!
Mervyn sang “Alzheimer’s Waltz”,  and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”. Fraser & Toots performed “Imagine How It Could Be” and “Ragtime Millionaire” by William Moore. And finally our host Henry sang “Wagon Wheel” and everyone joined in.
Next time, 6th September, local singer songwriter, the lovely Nigel Waite.


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.

Next to the stage was our third “John”,  John Meriton. John is a fine guitar player as well as a singer/songwriter and began his set with a couple of traditional tunes. He then sang his own composition, “Crown of Dreams” and played “The Jesting Jig”, which he also wrote. Then it was time for our special guest,  Ian W Brown. All the songs he was to sing for us tonight were written or co-written by Ian.  Ian too is also a fine guitar player. He started his set with “Somewhere Down The Road”, and continued with “No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues”, “Me 2”, “Dreamboats and Petticoats”, “Il de Re”, “Redundant”, “The Jeremy Kyle Song”, and “Every Day’s A School Day”.
After the break and raffle, Jonathan welcomed  Hannah Snellgrove to the stage. She performed two of her own songs; “The Only Way Is Wessex” and “Jack Mapes: Down On The Quay”, a song about her great grandfather. Next up were ‘Nomad’.  Alan & Heather Slipper played “Nitrate Trade” and “Hills of Connemara”, a song written by Sean McCarthy. Following ‘Nomad’ was  Mike Cole. On his accordion he played “Scotland The Brave/Marie’s Wedding” and sang “The Cannonball”, a song which was collected by Leslie Riddle and together with AP Carter recorded it in the 1930’s. Next up was  Bob Long. He sang Leroy Carr’s “In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down” and “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.
And finally, the second set from  Ian W Brown. Ian started the set with the opening track of his CD, “The Five Foot Two Inch Giant”, and then “You Can’t Recycle Michael and His Folding Bicycle”, “Happy Humble Tune You Hum”, “Pearls In Oyster Shells”, “Aunt Marjorie”, “Day With No Rain”, “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker With Flowers In My Hair”, and “Thanks For Turning Up”.
A brilliant evening! Thank you Ian and all the support acts. Next time, 2nd August, we have an ‘Open Floor’ night and on 6th September our special guest is  Nigel Waite.
And don’t forget, this Saturday is the  Lymington Arts Festival. Lots of live music all over the town including Angel Courtyard, United Reform Church, Bandstand and the Thomas Tripp.


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”.

Following Tony was club stalwart Henry Campion. He performed Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”, “Here, There and Everywhere” by Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”. Next up were duo ‘Bimbling‘. Sean and Hannah gave us “Wrecking Days” by Kitty Macfarlane, “She Moves In Her Own Way” by The Kooks, Hannah’s “Time And Tide” and the traditional “Raggle Taggle Gypsy”.
Then it was time for one of our favourite Irishmen to come to the stage. James Rowley is a powerful performer and he sang two John Martyn songs; “May You Never” and “Lullaby”.  Following James was ‘Young Bob from Fishbourne‘. Bob sang “First Leaves of Autumn” by Gallagher and Lyle and “Blue Bonnet Spring” by Nanci Griffith.
The penultimate act of the first half were ‘Vanessa’s Villains‘. With Vanessa on vocals, Derek bass, Keith guitar and Richard on sax, they performed; “Honeysuckle Rose” by Fats Waller, “Forever You And Me” by Imelda May, and Django Reinhardt’s “Undecided”.
To finish the half, Jim Brown gave us a couple of songs; “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot, and “Dixie Darling” written c. 1936 by A P Carter of the Carter Family.
After the break and raffle, Tony & Mary Parry sang Jon Cleary’s “Frenchman Street Blues” and then joined by Steve West on “Erie Canal” a song written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen after canal barges were converted from mule power to engines.
Steve remained on stage to gather together ‘The Elderberries‘. Derek (he of aforementioned V.V.’s) on banjo, Carole on uke and Geoff on guitar performed; “Carrickfergus”, “Sway”, a song derived from “¿Quién será?”, a 1953 Rumba instrumental song by Mexican composers Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and famously recorded by Dean Martin, and “Last Thing On My Mind” by Tom Paxton.
And talking of Sway, next up was local bluesman Mike Shipman from the Sway Delta. Accompanied by Tony Parry on Harmonica, he gave us “Everybody Ought To Make A Change” by Sleepy John Estes, “Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters, Bo Carter’s “My Pencil Won’t Write No More”, and his own composition, the hearfelt “Burger King Blues”.
Our final two spots of the evening saw the return of James and Jim. James sang “Peaceful Easy Feeling” written by Jack Tempchin and recorded by The Eagles in 1972 on their debut album, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Jim performed “Mississippi River Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy and “She Thinks I Still Care”, written by Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy and recorded in 1962 by George Jones.
A fabulous evening of diversity. Next time, Wednesday 5th July, special guest Ian W Brown and plenty of floor spots. See you then!



MC Bob Long took control of the excited mob that had gathered at the Thomas Tripp for May Time celebrations and sang “You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back”, written by Will Shade and first recorded and released by Memphis Jug Band in 1930.
Then it was Nick West‘s turn to placate the growing audience on his harmonica and piano backing track, playing “Somewhere Only We Know”, originally composed by Tim Rice-Oxley but a big hit for Keane in 2014, and Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluja”.
Next up was Paul Taylor. He sang two John Fogerty songs; “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary” and the Jagger/Richard classic, “Brown Sugar”. Following Paul were Jim Brown and Al & Heather Slipper. They sang “The Great Divide” by Kate Wolf, and the traditional “Two Dollar Bill”.
Then it was time for our featured artists of the evening; Innominata. Their first set included; “Banks of Red Rose”, “Here’s A Health To The Company”, “The Water Is Wide”, “Smooch On The Porch/Trip To Sligo”, “My Love’s Like Some Pretty Little Bird”, “The True Lover’s Farewell” and “The Gentleman Soldier”.
After the break and raffle, The John Meriton Trio took to the stage. John, assisted by Ian Maclaughlan on bass and Jon Hardcastle on lead guitar, played a selection of John’s songs; “Rachman”, “Little Dylan”, “This Is The Place”, “Stourton Down” and “Mr Market”.
Our penultimate performer was our very own Jonathan Klein. He performed three of his own compositions; “Farewell Sweet Europa”, “Traveller’s Song” and “Sleeping With The Saints”.
And finally, the second set for Innominata which included;  “Slieve Russell/Cock and Hen/Farewell to Whalley Range”, “Blow Boys Blow”, “Exile of Erin/Conlon’s Reel”, “Spanish Ladies”, “Return to Inishmore/The Glass Island Reel”, “McKechnie’s Farewell”, and “I’m A Rover”.
A great evening, busy, exhausting, so much fun! Apologies to the performers we couldn’t get onto the stage. However, June is another “Open Floor” and an opportunity for those who didn’t play tonight to book a slot. MC next time sees the return of Tony Parry to the fold!!!
Thank you again for supporting really live acoustic music!


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.

Then it was time for the first set from our special guest, singer/songwriter Greg Harper, from Sussex. Greg performed “For King And For Country”, “Well Spun Lies”, “Gossamer Wings”, “Cool Clear Water”, “The Broom Way”, “Colours”, and “The River”, all very well received by the appreciative audience.
After the break and raffle, Steve Moorhouse came to the stage. He sang three of his own songs; “Sweet Rosemary”, “That’s What Happens When We Send Our Sons To War”, and “Ghosts And Echoes Of The Past”. Next up was Carole West. She gave us “Yesterday” by Mr McCartney, “Plaisir d’Amour”, and “Inside Out” by Imelda May. Carole was followed by ‘Tin Angel‘, a five piece band performing mainly early “old time“/”bluegrass” numbers. They performed “Deep Ellum Blues”, “Carry Me Back To Virginia” written by James A. Bland, “Shake Hands And Tell Your Mama Goodbye” recorded by the ‘Mississippi Sheiks’, “John Henry”, “Jealous As I Can Be”, another ‘Sheiks’ song “Call That Religion” and finally a “new” song “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by Bob Dylan!
To end the evening, Jon welcomed back Greg for his second set. He sang “Birdsong”, “Gibbet Wood”, “Cuckmere Shore”, Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On A Wire”, “Shapes Of Grey” and “Bricks And Dust”, the title track of his latest CD, which is getting great reviews in the music press.
Another excellent night. Next time, 3rd May, local legends ‘Innominata‘.


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.

MC Steve West introduced the evening’s first guest, Larry Callan, originally from Dublin. Larry’s set included Irish favourites such as; “Beggarman”, “Nancy Spain”, “Spanish Lady”, “Carrickfergus” and “From Clare To Here”.
Next onto the stage were the Bob Smith Orchestra, known locally as the BSO! Their set included tunes and songs. The four main tune styles were well represented with polkas such as “Lakes of Sligo” and “Murphy’s Delight”, jigs like “”Old Joe’s” and “High Road to Sligo” reels such as “St Anne’s” and “The Banshee” and for good measure a couple of hornpipes; “Gypsys” and “Fairies”. And songs such as “Galway Shawl”, “Star of the County Down”, and “Black Velvet Band”.
After the break and raffle, Carol Richards read a poem “Oh, To Be A Leprechaun” and Steve sang “She Moved Through The Fair”. Then it was time for our second genuine Irishman of the evening, Jason Hinchey from Limerick. His set included songs that wouldn’t have looked out of place in his friend and mentor Christy Moore’s songbook. “Missing You”, “City of Chicago”, “The Weekend We Spent In Amsterdam”, “Fields of Athenry”, and “The Leaving of Liverpool” were all performed with much passion and gusto.
And finally, our last guests of the evening, Celtic Knot. Their set consisted a number of polkas and jigs, and popular songs like; “Tell Me Ma”, “Galway Girl”, “Whisky In The Jar”, “Ride On” and a well deserved encore, “The Irish Rover”.
Next time, 5th April, Greg Harper is our guest, with support from Tin Angel and The Elderberries and a few floor spots. See you then.