MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, “Farewell, Farewell” by Richard Thompson and “In Brooklyn” by Al Stewart. Next up was a newcomer to the club, Nick Minnion. Now based in Barton on Sea, Nick sang “No-one Can Sing The Blues Like Blind Willie McTell” by Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn’s “Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.
The next performers were welcome returners. All the way from Stockport, Phil & Pen Robinson. They sang the traditional “Wayfaring Stranger”, “Life Down Here On Earth” by Kevin Welch, and “Hand Me Down My Walking Kane” written by James A Bland c 1880. Following Phil & Pen was that fine unaccompanied singer Mervyn Else, currently residing, I think, in Oxfordshire. (e.o.e.) Mervyn sang a song entitled “The Sparrow, Blackbird, Robin and the Wren”, “Rainbow Connection” from the singing of well known folk troubadour ‘Kermit the Frog’ and “Poodangler” to the tune of Wild Rover. And to finish the first half, a duo from Banbury, Fraser & Toots. They sang three of their own songs; “Everything Will Be Okay”, “Captain Swing” and “Built To Last”.
After the break and raffle, Steve Moorhouse took to the stage. He sang Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” (with Steve West), and two of his own songs; “Nacogdoches” and “That’s Why”. Phil & Pen returned to the stage to perform Gillian Welch’s “Still House” and the traditional “You Gotta Move”. Then it was time for Jon Ellis to step up and with his whistle played “Louis’s Waltz”, “Dingle Regatta” and a medley of nursery rhymes with an Irish twist!
Mervyn sang “Alzheimer’s Waltz”, and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”. Fraser & Toots performed “Imagine How It Could Be” and “Ragtime Millionaire” by William Moore. And finally our host Henry sang “Wagon Wheel” and everyone joined in.
Next time, 6th September, local singer songwriter, the lovely Nigel Waite.