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.