ANTOINE & OWENA 4TH MARCH 2020

MC Steve West invited Jonathan Klein to kick the evening off. He sang three of his own songs; “Five More Minutes in Paradise”, “Sleeping with the Saints” and “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”. Next was Rachel Cheyne. She also performed three of her own compositions; “Sunrise Blues”, “Anytime, Anywhere” and “La Vie a Belle”. 

David Massengill played three songs accompanying himself on his Appalachian dulcimer; “Rider on an Orphan Train”, “Mouse” and “My Name Joe”. Then it was time for the first set from our guests, Antoine & Owena. Based in Salisbury, Antoine on guitars/vocals and Owena on fiddle/vocals performed songs from their new CD and a few oldies.  They included “The Farmer’s Kiss”, “Northern Man” and a song about an Azorean whaling ship “Santa Rosa”.

After the break and raffle, Nomad opened the second half. Al & Heather sang; “Courted A Wee Girl”, “Arthur McBride” and “Hills of Connemara”. Singer/songwriter George Benn performed three of his numbers; “The Story So Far”, “Excalibur”, and “Imaginary Garden Gnome”.

Following George was club stalwart Henry Campion. He sang Gordon Lightfoot’s “Winter Night” and a Gershwin classic “It Ain’t Necessarily So”.

By special request, Tony & Mary Parry were requested to perform another Gershwin classic, “Summertime”.  And they did! With much acclaim.

Antoine & Owena concluded the evening with another selection of songs from their CD’s which included; “Van Dieman’s Land”, “Poor Polly Anne”, “Botany Bay”, “Farewell Santa Domingo”, “Living on the Breadline” and “Something Out of Nothing”, the title track of their new CD.

A lovely evening. Big thank you to Antoine & Owena and Lymington wish them best wishes for the future.

Next time, 1st April, we have an “Open Floor”.

A SLICE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE 5TH FEBRUARY 2020

MC Tony Parry kicked off the evening with the standard “Down Home Girl”, written by Jerry Leiber and Artie Butler, and first recorded by Alvin Robinson in 1964. He then sang one of his own songs, “The Jolly Weaver” about Pete Seeger before introducing songwriter George Benn to the audience. George sang “Once Upon A Time”, “Chittlehampton Girls” and “Said and Done”.

Following on from George was Jonathan Klein. He performed his own, brilliant “Sweet Europa”, a Steve Howe instrumental “Mood for a Day” and “25 Hours in Every Day”. Next up, a scratch duo, Sian Morris & Peter Gabony. Accompanied by Peter on guitar, Sian sang “Famous Blue Raincoat” by Leonard Cohen, “Goodnight Irene” first recorded by Leadbelly, and another ‘Laughing Len’ song, “Chelsea Hotel”.

Peter was then joined by his erstwhile blues partner, Mike Shipman, and ‘The Rezzonators’ performed; “I Will Turn Your Money Green” by Furry Lewis, the traditional “Tell Old Bill”, “When The Levee Breaks” by Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy, and “Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters.

Then it was time for the first set from our very special guest, David Massengill.

He sang; “Orphan Train”, “My Name Joe”, “Mouse”, “The Great American Dream” and a relatively new song “Carl Moore” about a much loved and much missed State Senator from David’s hometown of Bristol, Tennessee.

After the break and raffle, ‘Nomad’ recommenced proceedings with; “Carolina Star” by Tony Rice, the traditional “Jock Stewart”, “Flip, Flop & Fly” an early rocker written by Jesse Stone and first recorded by Big Joe Turner, and “Wagon Wheel”, famously co-written by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor of the Old Crow Medicine Show.

David started his second set with his classic “On the Road to Fairfax County”.

“Jesus, The Fugitive Prince” is simply one of the greatest songs with a religious theme, a brand-new song, “The Loneliness of the Heart”, “Robin Hood on the Gallows” and “Dream Come True”.

A truly special evening. Next time, March 4thAntoine & Owena.

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE 8TH JANUARY 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR FOLLOWERS.

Our first outing of 2020 saw MC Jonathan Klein preside over an evening of variety and quality. He commenced proceedings with Buddy Holley’s “Everyday” and then performed one of his own songs, the brilliant “Even When the Moon is New”. He finished his set with “Beautiful Zelda” by the recently departed Neil Innes before introducing Peter Makin to the audience. Peter sang “Fields of Athenry” by Peter St John, Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and Dylan’s “Times They Are a-Changin’”.

Next up were The Mary Parry Trio. Mary & Tony Parry and Joe Gillespie on lap steel guitar performed “Sing To Me” by Molly Ventor, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams and “Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair” a late-1920’s blues song written by George Brooks and made famous by Bessie Smith.

Rachel Keeler sang her first song a-capella; “Jenny of Oldstones” was written by the songwriting team of Ramin Djawadi, George Raymond, Richard Martin, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, recorded by Florence and the Machine and featured in the TV series “Game of Thrones”. Her next song featured Jim Brown on guitar; “Love at the Five and Dime” by Nanci Griffith. Then Jim switched to banjo to accompany Rachel on the traditional “Wildwood Flower”.

Robbie Jessep brought along his Brook guitar and played “She Moved Through The Fair” and then two of his own tunes; “Sunrise Over Easterbrook” and “Sunday Morning in January”. He finished his set with his instrumental version of “Fields of Gold”.

After the break and raffle we had our featured artist: And we were in for a real treat! Damian Clarke is a well loved and established solo performer and he has team up with Cliff Easterbrook, a.k.a. ‘The Travelling Talesman’ and former member of ‘The Morrigan”. The duo is called “Humstrung” and they offer something quite original but based firmly in the tradition of folk. They played “The Outlandish Knight”, with Damian on Hurdy Gurdy and Cliff on his custom ‘Kif Wood’ bass, shaped like some ancient Eastern instrument! “She Walks In Beauty” is based on a poem by Byron and put to music by Damian and again featured Hurdy Gurdy and Bass. “Ach Bitte Winter”, sang in Bavarian (!) had Cliff on Table-top Harp and “The Parlour Dance” featured two Hammered Dulcimers! Their final number was the traditional “Bring Us In The Good Ale” with Cliff on Bodhran then Bass. Fab!

Nomad’ took on the difficult task of following ‘Humstrung’. Al Slipper (guitar), Heather Slipper (fiddle) and Jim Brown (banjo) performed Kate Wolf’s “The Great Divide” and then joined by Steve West on “Roseville Fair” by Bill Staines and “Tear My Still House Down”, a traditional bluegrass song.

Jon Ellis performed a selection of Irish tunes on his tin whistle with some of the musicians joining in.

And finally, to finish the evening, ‘The Hobos’. Aforementioned Al, Heather, Jim and Steve performed Sean McCarthy’s “Step It Out Mary”, “Carolina Star” by Tony Rice and “Smuggler’s Road” written by local legends Rod Sones and Steve Adams.

Next time at the White Hart, Wednesday 5th February, another ‘Open Floor”.

PRE CHISTMAS BASH! 4TH DECEMBER 2019

Our guest MC Bill Hesp kicked off the evening with “The Fox”, a traditional English folk song covered in the early days by the likes of Burl Ives and Pete Seeger, “Cindy”, a traditional American folk song, “Raglan Road”, which started life as a poem by Patrick Kavanagh and put to music by Luke Kelly of the Dubliners and “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton.

Next up was Nick West on his piano. He played “The Dance” by Garth Brooks, “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” by James Thornton, “Run” by Snow Patrol and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”. Following Nick was Steve West. He sang the traditional “Lambs on the Green Hills”, Tom Paxton’s “My Lady’s A Wild Flying Dove” and “The Leaving of Lymington” with the help of some of The Hobos!

Then it was ‘Nomad’. Al & Heather performed the Irish traditional “Arthur McBride”, Sean McCarthy’s “Hills of Connemara”, and “Yarmouth Town”, a traditional English folk song. To finish the first half, George Benn sang three songs from his new CD; “California”, “So Many Miles” and “Stonehenge Blues”.

After the break and raffle, Bill recited “The Perfect High”, a poem by Shel Silverstein. He then invited Jim Brown to the “stage”. Jim played a couple of tunes on his banjo which he entitled “The Arkansas Traveller”, then on guitar performed Tom Paxton’s “The Leaving of London”, and Ian Tyson’s “Four Strong Winds”.

Jonathan Klein was next to entertain us. He sang his own, brilliant, “I Hope You Love Me As Much As I Love You”, “Set Me Free”, and Neil Diamond’s “I’m A Believer”. Henry Campion is another of our regular performers. He sang “Changes” by Phil Ochs, the traditional “Black Leg Miner”, and Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis”.

To finish the evening, a selection of The Hobos got together with Bill on banjo to perform; “Carolina Star” by Tony Rice, “Roseville Fair” by Bill Staines, the traditional “Still House”, and as an encore, the traditional “Worried Man Blues”.

Next time, the first Wednesday in January falls on New Year’s Day so the club will meet on the following Wednesday, the 8th, and will be an “Open Floor” with our very own professor as MC, Jonathan Klein. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

New venue, new home 6th November 2019

We are very fortunate in our local area to have a number of great songwriters who all exhibit a unique way of writing and delivering their songs. Tonight, we had four of them to entertain us in their own special way: Jonathan Klein, George Benn, John Meriton and Ian Brown. At this point, I would like to mention a fifth member of that illustrious group, Paul Openshaw. An old friend of Lymington Folk Club who has had a period of ill health and I’m sure you’d join me in wishing Paul love and best wishes on his road to recovery.

The first MC at our new venue was the venerable Henry Campion. He sang Dylan’s “If Not For You” before inviting Jonathan Klein on to the “stage”. Jonathan sang his own, brilliant, “Everything I Build Just Falls Apart”, Don McLean’s “Vincent” and another of his own compositions, “Running For Love”.

Nick West was without his piano this evening but on his harmonica and using modern technology (mobile phone/Bluetooth speaker!) he played “Theme from Midnight Cowboy” and “The Rose”. Next up was George Benn. He sang; “Said and Done”, “Chittlehampton Girls”, and “The Stolen Gnome”.

Then it was time for the first set of our special guest, Ian W Brown. Ian sang “Little Did We Know”, “High Heels In The Wardrobe”, “Next To Nothing”, which featured in the film “Wild Rose”, “Recycle Michael”, “Ile de Re”, “Happy Families”, “It’s a Ruff, Ruff , Ruff Life Being A Dog”, “No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues”, and “Can I Spend The Night With You Albert?”

After the break and raffle, John Meriton took to the stage and sang “Hope Road”, “Rover The Crooked”, “The Graves of Martin” and “Little Dylan”. Then Ian returned for his second set and sang; “Blanket For Your Soul”, “A Bunch of Wild Flowers”, “Every Day’s A School Day”, “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker With Flowers In My Hair”, “There’s A Light At The End of the Tunnel”, “Blessed”, “The Other One”, and an encore, “Somewhere Down The Road”.

A fantastic evening at our new home. Next time, 4th December, is an Open Floor.

END OF AN ERA: 2ND OCTOBER 2019

Sadly, Wednesday 2nd October 2019 was our last night at the Thomas Tripp. 

Jon, who has run the pub for 21 years, has decided to move on and not renew his lease. Being owned by a private landlord, there is no guarantee that the premises will re-open as a pub.

The Tripp has been our home for the past nine and a half years and we all wish Jon the very best for the future.

Our final evening was special and emotional. MC Steve West (ME!) introduced the first act, a stalwart of the club since the beginning, Henry Campion. He sang the three songs he performed at the very first re-incarnation of the club in April 2010. James Taylor’s “Country Road”, Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day” and “Mr Tambourine Man” by His Bobness. Following Henry were Mary & Tony Parry. They performed the standard “Careless Love” and “How’s the World Treating You” by Chet Atkins and Boudleux Bryant. 

Next up was the club’s professor, Jonathan Klein.  He started with George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”, and then two of his own songs; “I Got It All” and “If There Were 25 Hours”. Jim Brown is the club’s most travelled hobo, having lived in New Zealand and Canada. He sang “Leaving London” by Tom Paxton, Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice I’m Alright” and “Denim Blue” by New Zealander Mike Harding.

Then it was time for the final act of the first half. Lee MacKenzie and David Hoyland were known to us as two thirds of Kadia and have now find themselves as a duo “The Last Inklings”, performing their own songs inspired by myth, legend and literature.

The cello/mandolin combination makes for a haunting atmosphere on “The Telling of the Bees”, “The Winter Sun” and “The Alchemist”.

After the break and raffle, our favourite sailor Hannah Snellgrove sang three songs: “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, “If I Don’t See You Again” by Neil Diamond and her own “Brexit Song” which was well received by the audience. It was good to have Rachel Cheyne singing and playing her songs again. She played “Solent Mermaid” and “Sunrise Blues”.

Next was Nomad. Al (guitar/vocals) and Heather (fiddle/vocals) performed Sean McCarthy’s “The Hills of Connemara”, the traditional “Yarmouth Town” and “Prickle-Eye Bush”. The Inklings returned for a second set; “The Raven”, “The Legend of Lioness” and “The Impossible One”.

Steve West led everyone in “The Leaving of Lymington” before the Inklings finished the evening with a well-deserved encore; “Mind Your Own Beeswax!”

So, next month. We will be at the White Hart in Pennington, not half a mile from the Tripp!

We have special guest Ian W Brown which will be a fantastic start in our new venue.

FOLK BY CANDLELIGHT 4TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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Due to an electrical problem at the Thomas Tripp, there were no ceiling lights! However, the candles made for a lovely atmosphere which may be repeated for the future!

MC Jon Ellis got the evening underway on his mandolin with “Black, Brown and White” by Big Bill Broonzy, then switching to tin whistle for two waltzes, and then back to mandolin to perform “The Maginot Waltz” by Ralph McTell. Jon then introduced bluesman Trevor Bambridge to the audience. Living in Andover and working in Lyndhurst, Trevor played guitar and harmonica on “Walk In My Shadow” by Free, a country blues instrumental and a country blues standard, “Nine Pound Hammer”.

Following Trevor was the main support of the evening, Bruce Watson. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Bruce is a much travelled performer with many CD’s to his credit and songs covered by such notables as Eric Bogle. He opened with one of the best openers I’ve ever heard; “The Importance Of Being Bruce”! Next was “In The Time It Takes To Sing This Song”, about the destruction of the Amazon. “The Man and the Woman and the Edison Phonograph” told the story of Bruce’s great-grandfather’s recording the voice of the last woman known to speak the Tasmanian aboriginal language in 1903 and at the end of the song, his wife, Jill, played an excerpt of that recording. Quite a moment!

Then it was time for our special guests ‘Milton Hide‘. Jim & Josie Tipler come from just north of Eastbourne, Sussex. Jim (guitar/vocals) and Josie (cahon/clarinet/mini xylophone/vocals) performed Jim’s songs; “You’re Better Off Dead”, “Riding The Whale”, “We Say It All The Time”, “Little Bit Alike” and “All Gone South”.

After the break and raffle, ‘The Elderberries‘ started the second half with “Hard Times” by Stephen Foster, “Rememberin” by Steve West and “Erie Canal” written by Thomas S. Allen. Bruce returned to the stage for his second set. He sang “The Old Bush Dance”, “The Ballad of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener” about the hanging of two aboriginals for the killing of two white whalers, the first hanging in Melbourne, a song about holidaying in Queensland where it rains a lot, hence ‘Queensland Wet’, and “A Thousand Acts of Love”.

And finally, Milton Hide’s second set; “I’ll Dance For You For Tuppence”, “Spacetime”, “Found Drowned”, a song about our obsession with social media and an encore; “A Little Peace of Mind”.

A truly marvellous evening. Next time, 2nd October, is an “Open Floor” but in the meantime, at Milford Folk Club, on 12th September, we have a joint venture bringing you the wonderful Claude Bourbon.

Standing room only!

Our meeting on Wednesday 4th September is now fully subscribed and therefore, regrettably, there will be no floor spots available.

MC Jon Ellis is in charge and welcomes guests ‘Milton Hide’ and support from Australian Bruce Watson. Bluesman Trev from Andover and the Elderberries complete the line up.

Starts 8:00pm at the Thomas Tripp in Lymington.

LYMINGTON HAS THE BLUES 3RD JULY 2019

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.

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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”.

TRANSATLANTIC SONG SESSION 4TH JUNE

On such a moving and eventful day, particularly in my home town of Portsmouth, it was fitting to have songs from both sides of the Atlantic. Our MC for the evening was “Professor” Jonathan Klein. He started proceedings with two of his fine songs; “Running For Love” and “Young and Beautiful in Rome” and a stirring version of “Sultans of Swing” by Mark Knopfler.

Jonathan then introduced a Bob Long Trio as opposed to the Bob Long Trio (now to be known as BLT!) on this occasion consisting of the aforementioned ‘Mississippi’ Bob LongLorna Franklin and guesting on mandolin, Steve Manser. They performed; “You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back” recorded by the Memphis Jug Band, “Some Cold Rainy Day” by Bertha “Chippie” Hill, and the traditional “Knickerbocker Line”. 

Martin George was next up onto the stage. He sang Paul Simon’s “American Tune”, one of his own songs, “Mort’s Life”, and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by Robbie Robertson of The Band. Following Martin was Graham Wedge. Graham sang; “Little Sister”, written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and originally released as the B side of “His Latest Flame” in 1961, “You Better Move On” by Arthur Alexander and Carole King/Gerry Goffin’s “Going Back”, famously recorded by The Byrds.

To end the first half, Jonathan invited Steve Moorhouse & Ariane Emery to the stage. They performed a traditional Irish song “Spanish Lady”, “The Dutchman” by Steve Goodman and “It Never Rains in Southern California” written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood.

After the break and raffle, JK kicked the second half off with Paul Simon’s “Slip, Sliding Away” before inviting Rachel Keeler to the stage. Acapella she sang “Jenny’s Song” by Florence and the Machine and featured in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones”, and “Medhel An Gwyns” (Soft is the Wind) written in Cornish and English by Mike O’Connor and featured in ‘Poldark’.

BLT returned to perform “Don’t Leave Me Here” by Henry Thomas and “You’ve Got To Give Me Some” accredited to Spencer Williams and Bessie Smith. Martin sang his own “Going To Barcelona” and an abridged version of Don McLean’s “American Pie”.

Jon Ellis arrived just in time to sing two WW1 themed songs; “The Maginot Waltz” by Ralph McTell and “The Wrong Bus” by Jez Lowe.

And finally, Steve & Ariane completed the evening with “Three Wooden Crosses” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson and a big hit for Randy Travis, and Ian Tyson’s “Four Strong Winds”.

Another brilliant evening. Next time, 3rd July, we’ll be having a Blues Night Special hosted by Bob Long and featuring Glen Wright.