I was reminded that this evening was the 8th anniversary of “Lymington Folk Club” at the Thomas Tripp! Given what’s happening to pubs and clubs all over the country, this is good news!

However, like many other venues of our size, audience numbers are falling and it would be a shame to lose another ‘live’ music space. Notwithstanding, last night we had a good audience who enjoyed some of the best in acoustic music to be had locally, or indeed anywhere.

Bill Hesp, regular MC at Milford Folk Club, was our guest MC this evening. He sang an American folk song “Cindy”, “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy” by Pete Seeger and John Prine’s “Paradise”. Then, Bill invited Jonathan Klein to the stage. Jonathan sang two of his own songs; “Hypothetically”, “Even When The Moon Is New” and “Sultans of Swing” by Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits.
Next was Jon Ellis. Jon played three bagpipe battlefield tunes on his whistle in memory of the Battle of the Somme (next month is the 100th anniversary), he sang an unaccompanied song “Jack The Can”, and played “Ashoken Farewell” by Jay Ungar. Following Jon was Henry Campion. Henry performed Al Stewart’s “In Brooklyn”, Sandy Denny’s “Nothing More” and “The Hour The Ship Comes In” by Bob Dylan. The final act of the first half was Mike Richards. He sang “Dublin Blues” by Guy Clark, Cyril Tawney’s “On A Monday Morning” and a blues standard, “Hesitation Blues”.
After the break and raffle, Bill sang the traditional “House of the Rising Sun” before introducing Brian & Chris to the audience. They sang (beautifully) “If I Needed Someone” by George Harrison off the “Rubber Soul” album, Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound” and then Chris left Brian to sing his own “Guilty” from his 2016 album “Like A River”, which comes highly recommended (by me!).
George Benn has, thankfully, become a regular with us. He is a fine singer/songwriter and sang three of his songs this evening; “Business As Usual”, “So Many Miles” and the infectious “The Village Dance”. Next up were Steve & Ariane. Guitar, mandolin and flute formed the background to their set which commenced with Steve’s “Dance In The Moon” and continued with “Only You” by Vince Clarke, a big hit for Yazoo and the Flying Pickets (more of them in a minute!), and Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl”.
The next performer is a current member of The Flying Pickets!! Who would have guessed it! Martin George, has had a varied career as actor, singer, musician and West End star! He sang “Willin'” by Lowell George, “Pancho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt”, one of his own songs, “Nothing In Between” and Robbie Robertson’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.
And finally, the last act of the evening, The Hobos. Steve, Jim, Dave, Al & Heather performed “Carolina Star” written by bluegrass legend Tony Rice, the Irish traditional “Step It Out Mary”, the American traditional “Tear My Still House Down” and the standard “Corrina, Corinna”.
Next month is a Lymington Arts Festival special featuring Jimmie Lee Morris and Nick Hayward Young and room for a couple of floor singers. Please come to listen to two great artists and support local, ‘live’ acoustic music, donations of raffle prizes always welcome! Until next time…..

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