MC Bob Long commenced proceedings with “Travelin’ Riverside Blues” by Robert Johnson and Tommy Johnson’s “Boogaloosa Woman”. He then had the pleasure of introducing newcomer John Meriton to the stage. Salisbury based John sang two of his own songs; “Rachman” about the notorious landlord, and “Stanton Down”.
Next was Paul Taylor. He performed Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Angie” by Mick Jagger and Keith Richard and “Torn”, a song written by Scott Cutler, Anne Preven and Phil Thornalley in 1993 and became a big hit in 1997 for Natalie Imbruglia. Following Paul was a first set from our main support of the evening, David Massengill. There’s not sufficient room here to do David justice so check out the internet! With his appalachian dulcimer, he sang “My Name Joe”, “Mouse” and “Riding on an Orphan Train”.
Then it was time for our special guests of the evening, ‘The Bow Legged Skeeter‘. Richard Filleul (Guitar/vocals), Lindsey Cole (Bass/vocals), Charlie Cole (Banjo/vocals), Pete Minkey (Mandolin/vocals) and Nigel Canter (Fiddle/vocals) are masters of their craft. They performed “Wild Bill Jones”, “Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey”, “Little White Lie”, “Acony Bell” by Gillian Welch, “Why You Been So Long?”, Kenny Baker’s “Washington County” and “Little Maggie”. A foot stomping, hand clapping brilliant first set!
After the break and raffle, the venerable Mike Richards sang Cyril Tawney’s “Sally Free and Easy”, “Across The Borderline” written by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and Jim Dickinson, and “Born Under A Bad Sign” by Albert King. David Massengill returned for his second set; “Jesus, the Fugitive Prince”, “The School Song”, and a brand new song on it’s first outing “It’s Good Enough For Me”.
And finally, our guests finished the evening with “Carolina Mountains” by Ricky Skaggs, “Blue Highway”, “Gravel Yard”, “I Am Weary Let Me Rest” by the Cox Family, “A Fine Turnaround” by local singer/songwriter Geoff Robinson, Bill Monroe’s “Georgia Rose”, Richard’s “Cold Harbour Lane”, “To Be With You Again” by the Steeldrivers”, Richard’s “Should I Wait”, and a well deserved encore, another of Richard’s songs, “Way Back Home”.
Once again, a great night of acoustic music. Next time, Wednesday 16th November, ‘Bob Long’s Blues Night Special‘.