MC Tony Parry kicked off the evening with the standard “Down Home Girl”, written by Jerry Leiber and Artie Butler, and first recorded by Alvin Robinson in 1964. He then sang one of his own songs, “The Jolly Weaver” about Pete Seeger before introducing songwriter George Benn to the audience. George sang “Once Upon A Time”, “Chittlehampton Girls” and “Said and Done”.
Following on from George was Jonathan Klein. He performed his own, brilliant “Sweet Europa”, a Steve Howe instrumental “Mood for a Day” and “25 Hours in Every Day”. Next up, a scratch duo, Sian Morris & Peter Gabony. Accompanied by Peter on guitar, Sian sang “Famous Blue Raincoat” by Leonard Cohen, “Goodnight Irene” first recorded by Leadbelly, and another ‘Laughing Len’ song, “Chelsea Hotel”.
Peter was then joined by his erstwhile blues partner, Mike Shipman, and ‘The Rezzonators’ performed; “I Will Turn Your Money Green” by Furry Lewis, the traditional “Tell Old Bill”, “When The Levee Breaks” by Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy, and “Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters.
Then it was time for the first set from our very special guest, David Massengill.
He sang; “Orphan Train”, “My Name Joe”, “Mouse”, “The Great American Dream” and a relatively new song “Carl Moore” about a much loved and much missed State Senator from David’s hometown of Bristol, Tennessee.
After the break and raffle, ‘Nomad’ recommenced proceedings with; “Carolina Star” by Tony Rice, the traditional “Jock Stewart”, “Flip, Flop & Fly” an early rocker written by Jesse Stone and first recorded by Big Joe Turner, and “Wagon Wheel”, famously co-written by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor of the Old Crow Medicine Show.
David started his second set with his classic “On the Road to Fairfax County”.
“Jesus, The Fugitive Prince” is simply one of the greatest songs with a religious theme, a brand-new song, “The Loneliness of the Heart”, “Robin Hood on the Gallows” and “Dream Come True”.
A truly special evening. Next time, March 4th, Antoine & Owena.