MC for our LADIES NIGHT SPECIAL was Rachel Cheyne. She sang her “Solent Mermaid” before inviting Laura Sunderland to the stage. Together they performed Laura’s “The Little Trains of Wales”, Laura on accordion, Rachel guitar, and the audience sang. On her own, Laura performed “Morningtown Ride” by Malvina Reynolds, once again helped by the audience, and two Welsh tunes; “”Sweet Jenny Jones” and “The Golden Wheat”.

Next up was Hannah Snellgrove. She sang Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” and two of her own songs; “Jack Mapes” and “Sunny In Penzance”. Following Hannah were ‘Straight Bananas‘, a vocal sextet from Milford on Sea led by Caroline Ellis. They sang a weather influenced set of three songs; “Let The Rain Come” by Graham Pratt, Enya’s “Amid The Falling Snow”, and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”. To finish the first half, the wonderful Steff Mizrany. She performed four of her own compositions; “Little Bird”, “Like Me”, “Big Harry’s Dream” and “24/7 Blues”.
After the break and raffle, Hannah returned to the stage for two numbers; “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and her own, brilliant “The Only Way Is Wessex”. Next was Carole West. She sang “The Coldest Winds Do Blow” by Chris While & Julie Matthews, Buckingham/McVie’s “Red Sun” and David Massengill’s “Rider On An Orphan Train” with the great man himself sitting right in front of her! Straight Bananas then sang two further numbers, the introduction of the William Tell Overture in ‘diddly dums'(!) and “I Found You”.
Steff also returned for a couple of her songs; “Love Is Like” and “Wheels of Compromise”. Then it was time for our final act of the evening, ‘The Strumpets‘. With ukeleles and voices (Barbara was on bass guitar!) they sang “Gypsy Rover”, Home Boys Home”, “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye“, sung to the same tune as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home“, published in London in 1867 and written by Joseph B. Geoghegan, and “Older Ladies” by Donnalou Stevens.
Lovely evening, once again, great variety. Next time, Wednesday 7th March, singer/songwriter John Meriton.

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