MC for the night Jonathan Klein got the evening off to a great start with a gentle and moving rendition of “Carrickfergus”. He then introduced ‘Nomad’ to the stage. Al, Heather and Glen performed “Beggarman”, “For Ireland”, “Bally Desmond”, “Jock Stewart” and “Ride On”.
Next was Martin Costello. In his own inimitable style he sang “Spancill Hill”, “Boulavogue”, and “The Patriot Game”. Following Martin, Larry Callan took to the stage. He sang “Tell Me Ma”, “The Bold Fenian Man”, “She Moved Through The Fair”, “Irish Rover/Leaving of Liverpool”, and “Whiskey In The Jar”.
After the break and raffle, the BSO assembled themselves on the stage. (BSO – not the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – the Bob Smith Orchestra!) Bob, Barbara, Alison and Dave played a set of jigs followed by “Sally Brown/The Home Ruler (Hornpipe)”. They then performed a set of polkas before Bob sang the “Galway Shawl”. Another set of jigs was followed by “I Wish My Love Was A Red, Red Rose” and a set of hornpipes. They finished with the ever popular “Black Velvet Band”.
And finally, our special guest of the evening, Jason Hinchey. He started with Luka Bloom’s “Bog Man”, then “On Your Way”, “Nancy Spain”, and Natalie Merchant’s “Motherland”. He was then accompanied by Bob Smith on banjo for “Ordinary Man”, “Roots”, “City of Chicago”, during which he completely destroyed the chair he was sitting on but continued playing like the troubadour he is(!), and then to finish off Bob sang the “Wild Rover”. A great night of Irish Music.
Next time, 6th April, our special guest is the wonderful Nigel Waite, singing songs from his new CD and some oldies too.