Unfortunately, our guest was unable to make it tonight. However, what potentially could have been a “quiet” evening turned into a memorable occasion.
MC Jon Ellis brought his mandolin and harp to the stage to perform the classic “Across The Borderline” written by John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Dickinson, two waltzes; “Rock Salmon” and “Marino”, and “John Hill” by Sean Cooney of the ‘Young un’s’. Next up was wonderful singer/songwriter Jonathan Klein. He sang a new song; “I Like To Hammer on a Sundays”, which was very well received, Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” and another of his compositions; “The Veil Dance”.
Jon then introduced ‘Nomad‘ to the audience. Heather & Al Slipper (fiddle/whistle, guitar) performed “Tell Me Ma”, “Good Old England”, “Beggarman”, and “The Hills of Connemara” by Sean McCarthy. And then it was time for our surprise guest of the evening! Roy Stark was visiting Lymington to see family. He lives in Hong Kong! He just happened to be in The Tripp having a meal. I was putting up the club noticeboard and as an aside said: “If you fancy having a go….?”. Well…. He borrowed a guitar from Al, and Jon’s mandolin, and proceeded to blow away the audience! He performed Leadbelly’s “Bourgois Blues” in the style of Ry Cooder, “Got The Blues (Can’t Be Satisfied)” by Mississippi John Hurt, and Steve Tilston’s “Rain All Around Me”.
After the break and raffle, Jon welcomed ‘Banjo Free‘ to the stage. Tony & Mary Parry and Steve King performed “Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams, Aoife O’Donovan’s “Oh, Mama”, the standard “Summertime”, composed by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward, and the pop classic “When Will I Be Loved?” by Phil Everly. Next was another fine songwriter, George Benn. He sang; “Song For You”, “Stonehenge Blues”, and “Deep and Rolling Sea”.
Following on from George was Carole West. She sang Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day”, the traditional “I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me”, and another Irish traditional song, “The Galway Shawl”. Graham Wedge is a newcomer to the club but is becoming well known on the local sing-a-round circuit. He played John Prine’s “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” and “Pocahontas” by Neil Young.
Jon invited Roy back for a second set. He performed Ry Cooder’s “Big Railroad Blues”, and “How Happy I Am” by The Incredible String Band. To finish the evening, Heather and Al were joined by yours truly for “Home Boys Home” and “The Leaving of Lymington”.
What a night!!! Next time, 3rd October, with any luck, we’ll have the very talented Dom Prag.