MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with John Denver’s “Goodbye Again” and “Nothing More” by Sandy Denny. Following Henry, was Steve Moorhouse. He sang three of his own songs; “Architect of Time”, “Bisterne Dragon” and “My Sweet Rosemary”.
Next up was Sean Brophy. He performed “Through The Barricades” by Gary Kemp, a big hit for his band ‘Spandau Ballet’, “Roof Is Leaking” by Phil Collins, and Mark Knopfler’s “Romeo and Juliet” from the Dire Straits album ‘Makin’ Movies’. Geoff Yerrell travelled all the way from Lancing to play for us tonight, for the first time. He sang Chris de Burgh’s “Why Mona Lisa Smiled”, Mike Silver’s “Matter of Pride” and “Please Don’t Ask Me” by by English born Australian legend John Farnham.
Following Geoff was another newcomer, also from Sussex, Peter from Arundel. He performed Tom Paxton’s “Comedians and Angels”, “Can We Go Round Again” by A. Dickinson and covered by duo Cardy & Coke, and Merle Haggard’s “Send Me Back Home”.
After the break and raffle, Henry sang Dylan’s “Forever Young” before introducing the world to ‘Fog Patrol’ (Sean Brophy & Steve West) who performed “Chasing Cars” by ‘Snow Patrol’.
One of resident bluesmen ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long took us to the Delta with Blind Blake’s “Rope Stretching Blues” and Leadbelly’s “Diggin’ My Potatoes”. Next, more newcomers! Three of them! The Steve Lomis Band (for want of a better name) consisted of Steve on guitar and vocals, Dan on electric bass and Elena on violin. Steve sang four of his own songs; “I’ll Be Down The Road”, “Theme For A Dream”, “Rescue” and “Day One”.
Finally, and last but not least, our favourite country singer, Pat O’Dea. (Or was it Owen Moore?!) Pat sang “What The Lonely Call The Blues” by Donovan, “Liverpool Lou” by Dominic Behan and “Pretty Flamingo” which was a number one hit for Manfred Mann in 1966 and was written by Mark Barkan, an American songwriter who wrote many songs covered by famous artists such as Lesley Gore, the Monkees and Connie Francis but, for me, will always be remembered as being co-writer on that pop classic “The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana), from the Banana Splits Show!