MC Steve West got the evening underway with a version of the traditional “Ramble Away” before introducing new ukelele ‘super-group’ Fluke to the stage. Pete, Cis, Tony and Jan are all members of the Milton Ukelele Strummers Klub (MUSK) that meet every last Tuesday at the Rydal in New Milton. They performed “Here Comes The Rain Again” written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics, “Rhythm of the Rain” written by John Claude Gummoe of The Cascades and now a pop standard, John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and “Written For The Choir” by The Fratellis. Next up was Henry Campion. He sang “Guitar Man” by David Gates of Bread, “How Can I Tell You” by Cat Stevens and Neil Young’s “Southern Man”. Following Henry was Jon Ellis, recently returned from the Indian Subcontinent. (And no… not the restaurant!) On his banjo, he performed “The Moving Statues Movement” by Fintan Vallely, and “Ghost Riders In The Sky”, originally written in 1948 by Stan Jones but has since been recorded by over 50 artists including; The Outlaws, Frankie Laine, Burl Ives, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Peggy Lee, and Gene Autry sang it in the 1949 movie, Riders in the Sky. Jim Brown is well known to us as a member of The Hobos but he also has a wealth of solo material at his disposal. He sang “Annabelle” by Gillian Welch, a song that Jim picked up in New Zealand when he lived there called “Demin Blue” and Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, I’m Alright”. To finish the first half, local singer/songwriter Roy Clayton. Accompanied by Steve West on backing vocals, Roy sang a traditional song, slightly amended to favour the young maiden, “Bold Sir Rylas”, and two of his own local history songs; “Boiling The Sea” and “Stand By Your Guns”. A great end to an excellent first half.
After the break and raffle, Steve was joined by Jim, Al and Heather of The Hobos for a re-working of ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ – “Leaving of Lymington” – before leaving Al & Heather Slipper on stage to perform a few numbers on their own. Heather sang “Caledonia” by Dougie Maclean, and Al sang Memphis Minnie’s “Nothing In Rambling” and “Wholesale Dealing Papa” recorded by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Jonathan Klein (guitar, vocals) and Jon Gabbay (double bass) are the club’s resident professors and two thirds of Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks. They performed two of Jonathan’s songs; “Angel Song” and “25 Hours” and “Here There and Everywhere” by Paul McCartney and released on the Revolver album. Up next wereSteve Moorhouse and Carole Sunter. Together they sang “Diamonds In The Rust” by Joan Baez, “Only You” written by Vince Clarke while with Depeche Mode, but recorded in 1982 after forming the duo ‘Yazoo’ with Alison Moyet, and then two of Steve’s numbers; “Sweet Rosemary” and “Crash And Burn”. And to finish the evening, our very own ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long. He took us to the Delta again with Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”, Tampa Red’s “Can’t Get That Stuff No More”, “When You Got A Good Friend” also by Robert Johnson, and “When The Sun Goes Down” by Leroy Carr. Two of the club’s founder members, Tony & May Parry have recently returned from a holiday in Mississippi, and in one of the guitar shops they visited, was one of Bob’s posters!!! Truly, international recognition! A fantastic evening of variety.