MC Steve West introduced the first act of what was to be a special evening, Henry Campion. He sang Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”, the standard “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain”. Following Henry was Jonathan Klein. He also sang a Dylan song, “Twist of Fate”, and two of his own; “Sweet Europa” and “Rhyming Dictionary”.
Next up was veteran of the local folk scene, Mike Cole. With his auto harp he sang the traditional “Handsome Molly”, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” written in 1907 as a hymn by Ada R. Habershon with music by Charles H. Gabriel, and the traditional “All The Good Times Have Passed And Gone”. The final performer of the first half was John Meriton. John lives in Martin, a small village near Salisbury. He sang three of his own songs; “Robur The Crooked”, “The Graves of Martin” and “Little Dylan”.
After the break and raffle, local songwriter George Benn stepped onto the stage. He sang three of his own compositions; “Down at The Doctors”, “Said and Done” and the yet to be titled “Gnome Song”.
Graham Wedge was our next performer. He sang “Louise” by Paul Siebel, John Prine’s “Angel of Montgomery” and “Until It’s Time For You To Go” by Buffy St Marie. Next up was Bill Hesp, regular MC of the Milford Folk Club and living legend of the Bournemouth folk scene. He sang the music hall standard “Old Bazaar In Cairo”, “The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood”, a poem written by Richard Farina set to a traditional Irish tune, and he recited a poem by Shel Silverstein; “The Perfect High”.
And finally, talking of living legends, it was time to welcome our very special guest, David Massengill. David sang a selection of mainly his songs; “Orphan Train”, “Mouse”, “My Name Joe”, “Moo!”, “Corn And The Cows”, “Jesus, The Fugitive Prince”, a song by Blaze Foley, “If Only I Could Fly”, Dave Van Ronk’s “Down In Washington Square”, and as an encore “The Great American Dream”. A super end to a super evening.
Next time, May 1st, our guest is Paul Garthwaite.