On this special night for the ladies, Rachel Cheyne and Jan Anderson shared the role of MC.
Rachel commenced proceedings singing one of her songs, “Mr Time”. She was then joined onstage by Laura Sunderland. Having only recently discovered they live close to each other, Laura and Rachel have collaborated on a set of songs and tunes inspired by the terrible situation at “The Jungle” near Calais. Laura performed a tune “Searching”, Rachel then sang “The Jungle”. Laura played two further pieces; “The Long Journey” and “Dreaming of a Fair Land” before, accompanied by Rachel on guitar, they performed a song based on a poem by Laura’s friend, Gillian Young, “Love Is A Magic Wand”.
To finish the first half, Traci Kennedy was invited to the stage. She sang a selection of her own songs; “Believe in Love”, “The Da Da Da Song”, “90 Days”, “Run Around Town”, “Bring Me Flowers”, “Going To Write Another Song” and “Magic Circle”.
After the break and raffle, Hannah Snellgrove was our first performer. She sang Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”, her own “Dance With The Wind”, Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, “Talkin’ About A Revolution” by Tracy Chapman, and one more from Mr Zimmerman, “Forever Young”.
Following Hannah were the Lorna Franklin Trio. Featuring Lorna on vocals, kazoo and egg shaker, Bob Long on guitar and Keith Miller, harp. They performed; “Rock Me Baby, Rock Me Slowly”, “Weed Smoker’s Dream” by Kansas Joe McCoy, “Women Be Wise, Don’t Advertise Your Man” by Sippie Wallace, the spiritual “Go Down Moses”, and finally a vocal mash up of “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In/This Train/Sweet Chariot”.
Then it was time for the final guest of the evening, Carole West. She sang Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day”, the traditional “Bunch of Thyme”, “There But For Fortune” by Phil Ochs, “I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me”, made famous by Barney McKenna of The Dubliners, written by Bill Massey, “Plaisir d’Amour”, written by composer Jean-Paul-Égide Martini and famously recorded by Joan Baez, and “I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore” by the Snake Oil Willie Band, lyrics by Mariel Gallant.
A fab evening of singing and songs: Next time, 2nd November, special guests Bow Legged Skeeter.