HomeEvents21st January 2015 – Five String Ukuleles! Whatever Next?

 MC Mike Atack commenced proceedings with Townes van Zandt’s “Pancho & Lefty”, “Love Changing Blues” by Blind Willie McTell  and “Skinny Woman” by Furry Lewis. He then introduced fellow bluesman Bob Long to the stage. Bob sang the traditional blues “St James Infirmary” and was then joined on stage by Jan Anderson on her djembe for Tommy Johnson’s “Big Road Blues”, “Old Jim Canan” by Robert Wilkin, Robert Johnson’s “Phonograph Blues” and “Standin’ Around Cryin’” by Muddy Waters. This new combo is known as ‘Mellow Peaches’! Next up was Martyn Tanner. On his five string ukulele he performed “Handsome Molly”, his own arrangement based on versions by Doc Watson and Bob Dylan, “King Of The Road” by Roger Miller and John Prine’s “Diamonds In The Rough”. To complete the first half were Al & Heather Slipper, sometimes ‘Nomad’, sometimes ‘Hobos’.  Alan sang his own song “The River And The Railroad Track” followed by Dougie Maclean’s “Turning Away”, a Brownie McGee/Sonny Terry number (didn’t catch the title!), and Bob Dylan / Ketch Secor’s “Wagon Wheel” with a little vocal help from Steve West.

After the break and raffle, Mike sang “Cannonball Blues” by Furry Lewis, and “Goin’ To Brownsville” by Sleepy John Estes.  Bob returned to the stage with Jan to perform Robert Johnson’s “Red Hot Tamales” and was then joined by Martyn, Al & Heather on “Dirty Mistreater” by Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry. Martyn then sang “The Wanderer”, written by Ernie Maresca and made famous by Dion, and “Lost Highway” by Leon Payne and recorded by Hank Williams among many others. And finally, Al & Heather took to the stage to sing “The Great Divide” by Kate Wolf, and then joined by Steve West  on “Step It Out Mary” and “Leaving Of Liverpool”. A splendid and varied evening.

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