Our first meeting of 2018 exceeded all our expectations and hopefully will be a sign that musically at least 2018 will be even better than 2017 for LFAB.

Jonathan Klein was our MC for the evening, he sang two songs from his hero Greg Lake’s back catalogue; “C’est La Vie” and “Affairs of the Heart” and one of his own, fine compositions; “Babylon”. He then invited Henry Campion onto the stage. Henry sang James Taylor’s “Country Road”, and two by Mr Zimmerman; “One Too Many Morning’s” and “I Shall Be Released”.
Next up was Mike Cole and his accordion. He played “Salmon Tails/Dorset Four Hand Reel”, and sang two Elizabeth Cotten songs; “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie” and “Freight Train”. Then it was time for Rachel Cheyne to sing three of her songs; “The Song of the Snow White Heads”, “Climate Change” and “La Vie Est Belle”. To finish the first half, we welcomed newcomers to the club, from East Dorset – No Direction. A four piece harmony group, they sang; Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush”, Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”, the South African national anthem “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica” and “Sunrise/Ramble in the New Mown Hay”, with much audience participation.
After the break and raffle, Bob Long took the the stage accompanied by Jan Anderson on her djembe. They performed Robert Johnson’s “Me And The Devil”, “Standing Around Crying” by Muddy Waters and “Love In Vain” by Robert Johnson. Then it was time for George Benn to sing three of his own songs; the first about the realities of living in California during the gold rush, one about a recent visit to the doctors, and one about reflecting on the past called “Time”.
Nomad were next on stage. Al & Heather played three songs very familiar in folk clubs over the years; “Arthur McBride”, “Nitrate Trade”, and “Rolling Home”. Jim Brown followed Al & Heather and sang “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by ‘His Bobness’, the traditional “The Water Is Wide” and “Blues Stay Away From Me” by The Delmore Brothers. And finally, our very special surprise guest: the one, the only, David Massengill. On his Appalachian dulcimer he performed “Rider On An Orphan Train”, “Down In Washington Square”, based on lyrics by the late, great, Dave Van Ronk with whom David toured over many years, one of DVR’s songs, “Last Call”, which became the song Van Ronk would finish his concerts with, and, of course, an encore, “Contrary Mary”.
Wow! What a start to the year! Next time : Feb 7 – Open Floor, Feb 21 – Ladies Night Special.
p.s. LFAB in association with New Milton Memorial Centre present awarding winning country band Capricorn at the Memorial Centre on Saturday 13th January, tickets only £10!

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