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.

May Day Magic 1st May 2019

MMC for the evening Jonathan Klein started proceedings with the classic “What A Wonderful World” written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss and first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967,and one of his own songs; “In the Beginning”. Next up was Jim Brown. Jim sang Elizabeth Cotten’s “Shake Sugaree”, “Dance Me To The End Of Love” by Leonard Cohen, John Prine’s “Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness” and Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”.

Then it was time for our main support. ‘Sheboska’ are a Bournemouth based singer/songwriter duo whose music is infused with various elements including jazz. With one enigmatic vocal and a 7 String classical guitar they performed “Only Heartache”, “Grudge” and “Lament”. The final slot of the first half was reserved for our special guest Paul Garthwaite. Playing his 10 String guitar during this set, he sang “Moondance” by Van Morrison, his unique blues version of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” mixed with Marc Bolan’s “Get It On”, an original entitled “Thorn From a Rose”, a Latin jazz version of Sting’s “Roxanne”, another mash up involving Debussey and Black Sabbath, “My Love is a Red, Red Rose”, a Scottish traditional song based on a poem by Robert Burns, and another original, a blues, “Even The Judge Was Crying”.

After the break and raffle, and in order to celebrate the auspicious date, HenryCampion sang the “Padstow May Morning Song” by the Rankin Family. Following Henry was George Benn. He sang two of his own compositions; “So Many Miles” and “Stonehenge Blues”. Next were ‘Westbound Train’. Steve & Carole sang “Red Sun” by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, “The Coldest Winds Do Blow” by Chris While and Julie Matthews and “I Courted A Sailor” by Kate Rusby.

Sheboska’ returned for their second set and sang “Lullaby, Lullaby”, “Island Born”, and “Other Colours”. After which, Paul returned to complete the evening. This time he had his 22 String guitar with him! He started with an original instrumental called “Ocean”, inspired by his many years at sea playing on cruise liners. He performed his version of “Norwegian Wood” and then mashed up George Gershwin and Led Zeppelin on “Stairway to Summertime”!

Two more originals followed; “Dreamscape” and “The Apocalypse Has Been Cancelled” and his variation of Mark Knopfler’s “So Far Away” and “Romeo and Juliet”. And then a first for LFAB. An Italian classic, “Tona a Surriento”. Paul’s final song was “Delilah” with much audience participation.

Wow! What an evening. Next time, 5thJune, Open Floor.

CHALK HORSE MUSIC 3RD APRIL 2019

Our MC for the evening Jon Ellis invited Jonathan Klein to commence proceedings. The professor sang Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” and his own “Babylon”. George Benn followed Jonathan with two of his own songs; “Business As Usual” and “Life Goes On”.

Our third act was David Massengill. On his Appalachian dulcimer he performed three songs; the relatively new “Keller’s Last Stand”, “The Oval Room” by Blaze Foley and another new song, “The Gospel According To Blaze”.

Then it was time for our special guests of the evening to finish the first half. Chalk Horse Music hail from Sussex and on this occasion were a threesome; Liz (Auto Harp/Shruti), Darren (Guitar) and David (Guitar, Mandolin). They sang a combination of their own songs and their own version of traditional songs including; “The Unquiet Grave”, “Angel Band”, “The Devil and the Farmer”, and “Don’t Laugh”.

After the break and raffle, ‘Purbeck Storm’ blew onto the stage! They performed; “The Battle of Mudeford Quay”, “Colours”, “Pride of Man” and “In The Pines”. One our local treasures was up next, busker Victor Chetcuti. He sang; “Keep On Walking”, “Working For The Man”, and “Nice And Easy”, all from his new CD.

To finish the evening, Chalk Horse Music returned to the stage. They sang, among others; “Cuckoo”, “Tell The Bees”, “The Turtle Dove”, “Tell Me Who”, “Sunbeam”, “Quiet The Voices”, “Human Touch”, and “Can’t Find The Doorknob”.

Another wonderful night at Lymington Folk & Blues. Next time, 1stMay, Paul Garthwaite.


LOUSY WEATHER, GREAT MUSIC! 6TH MARCH 2019

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.

 

ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS 6TH FEBRUARY 2019

It was one of those nights……..

….you know what I mean; some nights at the LFB are OK, some are good, and then….just now and then….you get one like this.It all started with Jonathan Klein and his very individual take on Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World”, followed by his own “River Runs Dry”.

George Benn took us all prospecting to Californi-yay (my spelling)  and then gave us his “Song for You”. Fresh from New York David Massengill invited us to join the Warthog Club by performing it’s hilarious “Internationale”. I would try to explain how this club was formed, but, frankly, you had to be there! This was followed by a lovely tribute to Lisi Russell, and finally a fabulous Blaze Foley song called, “Clay Pigeon”.

Rachel Cheyne doesn’t seem to perform often enough, so it was great to see her tonight, Chasing “Mr Time” and with “Feelings”. And so it came to our guest, Nigel Waite. He started with his own, “Shooting the Breeze”, but followed with a few covers, courtesy of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bryn Phillips and Richard Shindell , as well as a couple more of his own.

After the break and the super-extravagant raffle the acclaimed Bimbling took to the stage. Hannah and Sean are always original and fresh, but it was a shame that there wasn’t time for their new song about Brexit.

I think I’d only seen Martin George once before. I’d forgotten how good he is. Wonderful interpretations of “Fire and Rain” and “Hard Headed Woman” (no mean feat). I have seen Brian Price a couple of times before. I had him marked down as a Beatles exponent (bloody good one, mind) but, tonight he played a couple from his own pen. “Monday Evening” was lovely and “Puberty Blues” was hilarious.

And so to Nigel’s second set. Rarely has an audience risen in such good voice to the invitation to join in. From Stan Rogers, thru Tim O’Brien to Pete Sinclair we raised the roof. Nigel finished what had been a wonderful evening with his own, “Once in a While”.

I guess once in a while you get a night like that.

Next time – March 6th – it will be an ‘open floor’  with David Massengill playing a guest spot….or two….so, hopefully, another one of those nights.

 

WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2019 BUSKERS BONANZA

MC Jonathan Klein kicked off 2019 with Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” and one of his own, “Farewell Sweet Europa”. He then invited Henry Campion to the ‘stage’ and Henry performed “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Don McLean’s “American Pie”.

Next up was Rachel Cheyne. Rachel sang two of her own compositions; “La Vie a Belle” and “Solent Mermaid”.

Then it was time for our guest David Fisher’s first set. His latest CD and accompanying book “Busking Beyond Borders” describe his travels throughout Europe over a period of three years. He sang; “People Say”, “The Blacksmith (traditional), “Girl From The Mountain Town”, “Living The Dream”, “Leave Her Johnny Leave Her” (shanty), “Northwest Passage” (Stan Rogers), “Lifeboat” (Sam Walter), “Come Join Me On The Road” and “The Rose of Turaida”.

After the break and raffle, Jonathan sang a relatively new song, “Candlelight”, before Steve & Ariane were invited to perform. They sang “Love Hurts” written by Boudleux Bryant, “Hotel California” by the Eagles and John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves”. George Benn then sang three of his songs; “Down at the Doctors”, “Evensong” and “Modern Life”.

And finally, it was time for David’s second set, the evening having whizzed by! “Ye Jacobites” (traditional), “There’s No Reason To Be Sad”, “Dance To Your Daddy” (traditional), “Road Scholar”, “Generic Folk Song” and Mick Ryan’s “The Widow”.

An extremely enjoyable evening! Next time, 6th February, local singer/songwriter Nigel Waite.

DAVID FISHER WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY

David Fisher travelled the world for over 3 years on a busking tour, taking in nearly 50 countries across 3 continents, including every country in the EU. This culminated in moving to Armenia to join a Celtic folk band called The Windrose, with whom he played a number of concerts before moving back to Britain to promote his new album and book, both entitled ‘Busking Beyond Borders’. As well as his own songs, Fisher also plays a range of traditional and contemporary folk songs, from sea shanties to Stan Rogers and Richard Thompson.
‘Busking Beyond Borders’ adroitly captures the beauty, magic and unpredictable thrill of life on the road’ – The Fix Magazine
‘Fisher has a talent for songwriting – he made a big impression’ – FolkAll
‘Looking forward to this talented young man appearing at Lymington Folk & Blues in the New Year’ – Lymington Acoustic

NO CHRISTMAS BLUES IN LYMINGTON 5TH DECEMBER 2018

Our guest MC for the evening was local bluesman Peter Gabony. He introduced our first performer, the venerable Henry Campion. Are sang Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and two Bob Dylan songs; “Knocking’ on Heaven’s door” and “Like a Rolling Stone”. Following Henry were father & son bluegrass combo John & Steve Manser. They performed “Catfish John” written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds, “Open Up Your Mouth (And Let There Moonshine In) by Mike Bell, and “The Ballad of John Hurt” the origins of which are a little murky!

Next to the stage was Jonathan Klein. Jonathan was in a festive mood and sang Elton John’s “Your Song” (Xmas advert), “Merry Christmas Baby” a Christmas standard credited to Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore and originally recorded in 1947, and Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas”. Graham Wedge was next to the stage and performed “For Free” by Joni Mitchell, Buffy St Marie’s “Until It’s Time For You To Go” and his very own “You’re What Makes The World Go Round”.
After the break and raffle, our guest MC and his erstwhile long suffering partner took to the stage. Peter and Mike Shipman are better known as ‘The Rezzonators‘ and come from that unforgiving part of the country known as Sway and the Avon Water delta.  They played Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”, “Turn Your Money Green” by Furry Lewis and “Lincoln Town” by John Hiatt. Continuing with the blues theme, Keith Miller performed a song with harmonica and vocal he arranged based on a Son House song, “Don’t Mind Folks Grinning In My Face”. He picked up a guitar to sing “The Rains” by Fred Eaglesmith and “Everything Is Music” by Kris Delmhorst.
 
Next on stage was Jim Brown. With his banjo he sang “Louis Colllins” by Mississippi John Hurt, the traditional “Gospel Plough”, and recited one of his poems; “The Great Cycle Ride”. After the “Picture Quiz” (Won by Mike Shipman’s table), Jim remained on stage and was joined by Al Slipper (guitar/mandolin) and 
Heather Slipper (fiddle/whistle). Together they performed the traditional “Jock Stewart”, “The Ferryman” by Donal O’Shaughnessy, two more traditional songs; “Tell Me Ma” and “Pay Me My Money Down”, then joined by Keith Miller on harmonica and Steve West, guitar and vocal, they performed “Corinna, Corinna” and finally, another traditional song “Two Dollar Bill”.
 
Next time, Wednesday 2nd December, we have special gust David Fisher. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, safe New Year.

LYMINGTON IS DOM’D 3RD OCTOBER

MC for the evening was Steve West. He sang Tom Paxton’s “Fare Thee Well Cisco” before being joined on stage by fellow ‘Elderberries’ Derek Ayling (Blue) and Carole West (Holly). Holly sang “Sway”, written by Luis Demetrio, recorded by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz in 1953 and in the following year, the English version with lyrics by Norman Gimbel was recorded by Dean Martin. Steve (Raz) then sang “I’ll Fly Away”, now a standard  but originally a hymn written in 1929 by Arthur E. Brumley.
 
Next to the stage was Jonathan Klein. He performed Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis”, his own “Babylon” and “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” written by Harold Arden & Ted Koehler. Then it was time for our special guest Dom Prag. In his first set, he sang songs from his EP, all self penned; “The Girl and the Miner”, “Talitha”, “The Unemployment Song”, “Chemicals” and “Brighton Song”.
 
After the break and raffle, George Benn stepped onto the stage. He sang three of his songs; “Echo Spring”, “It’s All Been Said” and “Waiting”. Following George was a stalwart of the local folk scene, Laura Sunderland. On her accordion she played a set of tunes from Scotland, including “Eriskay Love Tilt” and “Mull of Kintyre”, from Wales, “Sweet Jenny Jones”, England, two shanties including “Drunken Sailor” and from Ireland, “Tralee Gaol”.
 
Next up was Hannah Snellgrove. She sang one of her own songs, “Dance With he Wind”, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and another of her songs, “The Only Way is Wessex”. And to finish the evening, Dom returned for his second set. He sang the traditional “Black Leg Miner”, “Coal Not Dole” by Kay Sutcliffe and Paul Abrahams, a traditional song from Dorset, “The Sheep Stealer” (a.k.a “The Brisk Lad”), another traditional song, this time from Yorkshire, “Fosters Mill”, “Young Man on a Ferry” written by Dom himself, Eric Bogle’s “No Mans Land” (a.k.a. The Green Fields of France), “Vincent Black Lightning” by Richard Thompson, and a well deserved encore, Martin Carthy’s “Cold Haily Rainy Night”.
 
We have seen the future of folk music and it is good hands.
 
Next time, Wednesday 7th November, special guest Ian W Brown.