MC Steve West got the evening underway with an example of a broadside ballad “Young Sailor Cut Down In His Prime” before inviting songwriter Geoff Robinson to the stage accompanied by Jon Rowson on violin. Geoff sang four of his own songs; “Achin’ Heart”, “The Blind Fiddler”, “A Fine Turnaround” and “‘Scuse Me For Laughin'” and the folk standard “Man of Constant Sorrow”.
Then it was time for our special guest Claude Bourbon to grace the stage in his trademark rattle-snakeskin boots. He sang and played songs mainly from his latest CD “Anthology”, a double CD collection of songs and tunes from the last ten years. Included in the the set were his extended version of “Summertime” and “Alamansa”.
After the break and raffle Steve sang one of his own songs “The Lie” and then introduced local troubadour Nick Hayward Young to the audience. He plays guitar through a loop machine which is something a little different for us but his did not detract from the performance. Singing numbers mainly from his most recent CD, he performed songs including “Raglan Road”, Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes?” and his own “Deception Valley”.
For the remainder of the evening, Claude performed his second set which included “I Need A Love That’s Real”, “How Do You Stretch It?”, a “We’ll Meet Again”/Bolero mash up(!), “There’s a Storm Coming” and always one of my personal favourites, “Sitting On A Cliff”