MC Bob Long provided an evening of great blues players from the Lymington Delta. Tony, Mary & Joe from downtown Highcliffe were the first to be invited to the stage. They performed “Frenchman Street Blues” by Jon Cleary, the standard “Careless Love” and “Big Boss Man”, first recorded by Jimmy Reed but credited to Luther Dixon and Al Smith. Next up was blues veteran and founder of New Forest Acoustic Blues, Mike Shipman from that shanty town known as Sway. He played “Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan’s “Rocks and Gravel”, more recently recorded by Mance Lipscomb, Blind Blakes’s “Chump Man Blues”, and “Mean ‘Ol Frisco” by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup.
Following Mike was Maurice Pearce, seasoned traveller, recently located in the outback in Australia. He sang “Deep River Blues” a song credited to Hilary James and Alton & Rabon Delmore and made famous by Doc Watson, “Basin Street Blues”, written by Spencer Williams in 1928 and recorded that year by Louis Armstrong, “I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues”, composed by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Don George, and he played Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”.
After the break and raffle, World Gone Wrong were the first act on stage. Hailing from the other side of the border, they sang “Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine” by Papa Charlie Jackson, Robert Johnson’s “Phonograph Blues”, “Sporting Life Blues” possibly Brownie McGhee, and Bob Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell”.
The final act of the first half were The Bob Long Trio(BLT!) featuringSteve Manseron Mandolin. Based in a small commune next to the M27 outside of Southampton, they performed Big Bill Broonzy’s “Rocking Chair Blues”, Robert Johnson’s “They’re Red Hot”, “Weed Smoker’s Dream” by Joseph “Kansas Joe” McCoy, “Aunt Caroline Dye”, written by Will Shade, “St. Louis Blues”, credited to W. C. Handy, and “I Gotta Have It” written by Cy Coben and Marina Manners.
Then it was time for our special guest, Glen Wright. Of no fixed address, wherever he lays his hat is his home, he sang “Heart In Sorrow” by Brownie McGhee, “Black Cat Bone” by Jessie Mae Hemphill, “Just One Time” by Walter Davis, and Mance Lipscomb’s “Long Tall Girl Stuck On Me”. He then played a few of his own songs, mainly alternative versions of existing blues numbers; “Blue Moon Blues”, “B.B.’s Blues”, “Sugar Babe”, “Back Home Blues”, “Falling Down Blues”, “Trouble In Mind”, “Rolling Stone” and as an encore “Sun Goin’ Down” by Son House.
Next time, 7th August, “Open Floor”.