It was fitting that our first performer tonight was one of the founding members of the new Lymington Folk Club, Tony Parry. Now living in the depths of Sussex, he runs his own club in Uckfield. His first song was Paul Openshaw’s “Ikea”, followed by Buffy St Marie’s “Big One’s Get Away” and “Only You”, a big hit for The Platters. This led to an encore; Leadbelly’s “Take This Hammer”.
Next up were ‘Dr Feelbad’. Derek and Geoff performed “Carrickfergus”, “Speed of the Sound of Lonliness” by John Prine and “The Contender”, written by Jimmy McCarthy about Irish boxer Jack Doyle and most famously covered by Christy Moore. Then it was time for the first set from our guests, Wikkaman. Their songs are infused with the myths and legends of darkest Dorset and performed with a good deal of theatre thrown in. The songs come mainly from their new CD “Wessex Tales”; “Badbury Rings”, “Painted Man”, “Hangman Jack”, “Moonfleet”, “Wedding Tree” and “Church Ope Cove”. A brilliant first set.
After the break and raffle, Henry Campion kicked off the second half with “America” by Pail Simon, James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes” and David Gray’s “Babylon”. Following Henry was accordion maestro Jim Anderson. He performed a set of Strathseys and Reels, a set of waltzes from Scotland, France and Bolivia, and joined by Dave Read on guitar for a French musette.
For only the second time in the club’s history, a jazz combo took to the stage. Yes, Jazz! ‘Vanessa’s Villains’ consist of Vanessa on vocals, Derek on bass, Steve guitar, and Richard on sax and maracas. They performed a German song in English “By Me You’re Okay”, “Autumn Leaves” and “Honeysuckle Rose”. Then it was time for Wikkaman to return to the stage to finish the evening. They performed; “Abbotsbury Abbey”, “Chesil Beach”, “Portland Harbour Lights”, “Tank Town” and a rousing “English Civil War”.