MC for the night Bob Long got the evening underway assisted by blonde bombshell Jan Anderson on her djembe. He sang “Stealin’, Stealin'” by the Memphis Jug Band, Big Bill Broonzy’s “Just A Dream” and “Hot Tomales” by Robert Johnson. Following Bob in his second appearance at the club was Steve Lowis, originally from Yorkshire and now based in Southampton. He sang three of his own songs accompanied by Elena on violin; “Pray”, “Halfway Down The Road” and “Chapters”. Next up was Henry Campion. He performed “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” by His Bobness, Lennon/McCartney’s “If I Fell”, and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”. Bluesman Mike Atack then took to the stage and sang “Falling Down Blues” by Furry Lewis”, “Saturday Blues” by Ishman Bracey, Woody Guthrie’s “Vigilante Man” and “Love Looks Good On You” by Gary Davis. To complete the first half, Steve Moorhouse. He sang Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”, and two of his own songs; “Crash And Burn” and “The Passing Bell”.
After the break and raffle, Jon Ellis played two tunes on his tin whistle; “Herr Roloff’s Farewell” and “Charlie’s March”. Next up was a newcomer to the club but not a newcomer to the local music scene. We don’t see Traci Kennedy playing live very often nowadays, which is our loss. Long time friends with local success Sarah Joyce (a.k.a. ‘Rumer’), she has started playing and writing again and hopefully this will lead to more outings in the future. She sang a new song “Ninety Days”, the wonderful “Run Around Town”, and “I Believe In You”, written by Rumer. Next up was Sean Brophy. Sean is a very accomplished guitarist and singer and performed “This Years Love” by David Gray, Del Amitri’s “Driving With The Breaks On”, “Romeo And Juliet” by Mark Knopfler and “Through The Barricades” by Gary Kemp. To finish the evening in style, Mr Pat O’Dea! Award winning country singer and winner of the vegetable juice in the raffle, Pat sang “Before They Close The Minstrel Show” by Bob Coltman, “Aghadoe”, a song with it’s roots in the Irish Rebellion on the 18th century, Hugh Moffatt’s “Old Flames”, “Catch The Wind” by Donovan, and “Hobo’s Lullaby” by Woody Guthrie. A marvellous end to a marvellous evening. And cake! Two weeks time (June 17th), special guest night with young Birmingham based singer/songwriter, Robert Lane.