In the last post I advised that the next meeting was on 2nd December! Of course, I meant 2nd JANUARY!
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!
Unfortunately, our guest was unable to make it tonight. However, what potentially could have been a “quiet” evening turned into a memorable occasion.
MC Henry Campion got the evening started with a spirited rendition of Al Stewart’s “The Dark and Rolling Sea”, Martin Carthy’s version of a traditional sealing song from New Zealand “Davy Lowston” and “Half Way Up The Stairs” by Sixto Rodriguez. Henry then welcomed “The Venerable” Jonathan Klein to the stage. JK sang The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil”, “The Kid” by Bobby Mondlock and one his own compositions, “My Ubiquitous Rock Chick”.
Jonathan Klein was MC on this warm July evening, and kicked off proceedings by commemorating the USA’s Independence Day by playing Paul Simon’s America, following this up with another Simon song, Under African Skies, and one of his own, Guy with a Guitar. Then Jon Ellis, equipped with a mandolin, treated us to a couple of songs about the First World War: Jez Lowe’s poignantly comic The Wrong Bus, and Ralph McTell’s wistful Maginot Waltz.
Apparently our two special guests for the evening first met when they shared the bill at the Club a couple of years ago. We were delighted to bring them together for a second time. Nick Hayward-Young took to the stage with a selection of his gentle and thoughtful songs: Down South, The Analyst’s Song,The Most Perfect Day and Salterns Lake. Our second guest, Jimmie Lee Morris, followed this up with an equally accomplished set of his own material: Give Me All Your Love, Wilderness Wood, Campervan Song, Sleep in the Morning, Take Me Home and Mandolin Dreams.
After the break, Jonathan played Wonderful World (Lou Adler, Herb Alpert & Sam Cooke), after which it was time for a welcome return to the Club from occasional visitor Ian Halliday, who gave a spirited rendition of Dancing in the Dark(Bruce Springsteen), Lady Eleanor (Alan Hull), Me And Julio down by the Schoolyard (Paul Simon) and I’m Gonna Be (Charlie Reid & Craig Reid).
Time, then, for second sets from our guests. This time Jimmie Lee Morris went on first, to play another selection of his beautifully crafted compositions: Staying Forever, Let Me Lay, Open Your Eyes Now, Look at Me, and Atlantic Highway. He finished his set with a delightful interpretation of Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me, Babe. Nick Hayward-Young responded with another superb set: I’ll Be Lying to You, I Don’t Want to be the One Who Says it’s Over, Will You Be My Girlfriend?,Let Me Kiss You, This is the Delta, and This is For You. He finished the evening for us with Dream a Little Dream of Me (Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt & Gus Khan).
Another great evening, featuring songs from two terrific singer-songwriters. You can hear both Jimmie’s and Nick’s songs (and also Jonathan’s) on Spotify and iTunes.
Next time, 1stAugust, is an ‘Open Floor’.
I was reminded that this evening was the 8th anniversary of “Lymington Folk Club” at the Thomas Tripp! Given what’s happening to pubs and clubs all over the country, this is good news!
However, like many other venues of our size, audience numbers are falling and it would be a shame to lose another ‘live’ music space. Notwithstanding, last night we had a good audience who enjoyed some of the best in acoustic music to be had locally, or indeed anywhere.
Our May meeting saw MC Henry Campion commence proceedings with Bob Dylan’s “Baby Blue”. Henry then invited to the stage The Elderberries. Steve (Raz), Carole (Holly), Geoff (Huck) & Derek (Blue) played “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens, “Walk Right Back” by Sonny Curtis, “Raining In My Heart” written by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant and Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”.
MC Steve West introduced our support act for the evening, Alex Potter. Alex is a talented guitar player and makes guitars and other instruments for a living at his workshop in Pitmore Lane, near Sway. Alex played three tunes on his tenor guitar, which he built when still a student; “The Shearing’s Not for You/Kit’s Tune/Ookpik Waltz”. He sang Randy Newman’s “Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father” and played “Cold, Frosty Morning”.
Then it was time for our special guest, Robert Lane. Midlands based Robert has just released his new CD “Only A Flight Away” and is on a tour which takes him all over England. He performed ; “Very Own Way”, “Break My Heart Blues”, “Wilful Independent”, “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees (with much audience participation), “Who Do You Think You’re Talking For?”, ”Lost But I Can’t Care”, the standard “Goodnight Irene”, “Bill Frost’s Flying Machine”, “Make It Easy”, “Suspicious Minds” written by Mark James and made famous by, of course, Elvis, and finally this half, a personal favourite, “My Love’s In Deep”.
After the break and raffle, Alex played Elizabeth Cotten’s “Vestapol Blues” and a song based on a poem by Charles Causley, “Ballad for Catherine Aragon”. Robert returned to the stage for his second set. He sang “I Guess I’m Just One of Those Guys”, “It Feels Like 5000 Miles”, “Teardrop Tattoo”, Paul McCartney’s “For No-one”, “Baby Knows”, “Hoping for Anything”, “Pessimistic Me”’ “You Want It Both Ways”, and finally Pete Townsend’s “Squeeze Box”.
A lovely evening showcasing the talents of a local player/instrument maker and an up and coming singer/songwriter. Next time, Wednesday 2nd May, Jim Chorley, originally from Southampton, he now lives in the wilds of Winchester. His songs evoke the style of James Taylor and Ralph McTell. Worth checking out his website.