Our very own slice of Mississippi, Bob Long, was our MC for the evening and he started with a rather modern song by his standards, Muddy Water’s “Standing Around Crying” from 1952, followed by “Canned Heat Blues” by Tommy Johnson and “Kind Hearted Women” by Robert Johnson. Next up was a newcomer to the club, young Sam Cooper. He sang three of his own songs; “Unwritten Rules”, “Ricky The Cricket” and “Autism Blues”. Sam has a remarkable talent and we hope to see him again some day soon. Following Sam was ‘Take Thackeray‘. Yorkshireman Ed Mortimer is a brilliant Jake Thackeray interpreter. He sang two of Jake’s songs; “The Bantam Cock” and “Sister Josephine” and “All Clouds The Sky” by John Tams.
Then it was time for our special guests, Portsmouth based ‘Walker Broad‘. Successfully fusing folk, blues and jazz, they are an extremely talented foursome featuring Andy Broad on guitar, Sandy Walker vocals, Simon Tufnail bass and Alan Blackmore on percussion. Many of their songs are written by the band, Sandy in particular. Their first set included; “Empty Bed Blues”, “Day For Crows”, “Pissing In The Dark”, “Not The Keeping Kind” and “Work Song”.
After the break and raffle, Nick Hayward-Young took to the stage. Nick is a well known, popular local singer/songwriter and he sang four of his own, thoughtful songs, including; “Most Perfect Day” and “Deception Valley”. And to finish the evening, Walker Broad returned to the stage for their second set which included; “Until The Real Thing Comes Along”, “Emergency Exit”, “Big Yellow Taxi”, “Quite A Catch”, “Easy Money” and “Jazz & Blues Dinner”.
Another fantastic evening of variety and quality. Next time, a special night on 15th November, Professor Jonathan Klein hosts an evening of Scottish music!