Sadly, Wednesday 2nd October 2019 was our last night at the Thomas Tripp.
Jon, who has run the pub for 21 years, has decided to move on and not renew his lease. Being owned by a private landlord, there is no guarantee that the premises will re-open as a pub.
The Tripp has been our home for the past nine and a half years and we all wish Jon the very best for the future.
Our final evening was special and emotional. MC Steve West (ME!) introduced the first act, a stalwart of the club since the beginning, Henry Campion. He sang the three songs he performed at the very first re-incarnation of the club in April 2010. James Taylor’s “Country Road”, Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day” and “Mr Tambourine Man” by His Bobness. Following Henry were Mary & Tony Parry. They performed the standard “Careless Love” and “How’s the World Treating You” by Chet Atkins and Boudleux Bryant.
Next up was the club’s professor, Jonathan Klein. He started with George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”, and then two of his own songs; “I Got It All” and “If There Were 25 Hours”. Jim Brown is the club’s most travelled hobo, having lived in New Zealand and Canada. He sang “Leaving London” by Tom Paxton, Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice I’m Alright” and “Denim Blue” by New Zealander Mike Harding.
Then it was time for the final act of the first half. Lee MacKenzie and David Hoyland were known to us as two thirds of Kadia and have now find themselves as a duo “The Last Inklings”, performing their own songs inspired by myth, legend and literature.
The cello/mandolin combination makes for a haunting atmosphere on “The Telling of the Bees”, “The Winter Sun” and “The Alchemist”.
After the break and raffle, our favourite sailor Hannah Snellgrove sang three songs: “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, “If I Don’t See You Again” by Neil Diamond and her own “Brexit Song” which was well received by the audience. It was good to have Rachel Cheyne singing and playing her songs again. She played “Solent Mermaid” and “Sunrise Blues”.
Next was Nomad. Al (guitar/vocals) and Heather (fiddle/vocals) performed Sean McCarthy’s “The Hills of Connemara”, the traditional “Yarmouth Town” and “Prickle-Eye Bush”. The Inklings returned for a second set; “The Raven”, “The Legend of Lioness” and “The Impossible One”.
Steve West led everyone in “The Leaving of Lymington” before the Inklings finished the evening with a well-deserved encore; “Mind Your Own Beeswax!”
So, next month. We will be at the White Hart in Pennington, not half a mile from the Tripp!
We have special guest Ian W Brown which will be a fantastic start in our new venue.