MC Henry Campion got proceedings underway with Sting’s “Fields Of Gold”, “You Can Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor and Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”. Next up was Steve Moorhouse. Steve sang his own “Sweet Rosemary”, Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” (accompanied by Hannah Snellgrove on whistle) and Razorlight’s “America”.
Henry then introduced our very own professor to the stage, Jonathan Klein. Jonathan performed “Affairs Of The Heart” written by Greg Lake and Geoff Downes, “Whatca Gonna Do When The River Runs Dry” by his very self, and Mark Knopfler’s “Sultans Of Swing”. Following Jonathan was ‘Nomad‘. Alan & Heather Slipper performed Phil Colclough’s much covered “Song For Ireland”, Alan’s “Nitrate Trade”, and with Jim Brown on banjo, another folk standard, “Fiddler’s Green” written by John Connolly, and finally joined by Steve Moorhouse on harmonica, Jim still on banjo and Steve West on vocals, a rousing version of “Wagon Wheel” by Bob Dylan and Keith Secor. A great end to the first half.
After the break and raffle, Henry invited Hannah Snellgrove to the stage. She sang Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, Neil Diamond’s “If I Don’t See You Again” and her own “Smiling With Strangers”. Then it was time for Jim Brown to come to the stage in his own right. Jim gave us “Annabelle” by Gillian Welch, the traditional “Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies”, another traditional song, “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”, and “Mister And Mississippi” written by Irving Gordon and possibly based on an earlier traditional song.
Next was Carole West. Carole sang “There But For Fortune” by Joan Baez, “Sand And Water” by Beth Neilson Chapman, and joined by Mr West on the chorus, Kate Rusby’s “Awkward Annie”. Following Carole was Sean Brophy. Sean sang “Tears From Heaven” by Eric Clapton and “Free Falling” by Tom Petty. To end the evening Henry performed Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe”, and “Leaving On A Jet Plane” by John Denver.
Another lovely evening of acoustic music. Next time, 1st March, Ian W Brown will be our guest.