For two nights in a row I have had the pleasure of watching two of the finest guitarists I have ever seen. On Tuesday at Ringwood Folk Club, Ashley How of ‘Ragmamarag’ thrilled the audience with his virtuosity and Wednesday, at Lymington Folk & Blues, Steve Hicks did the same! And he makes his own guitars!!
Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, the “Irish Night” at the Thomas Tripp on Saturday 17th March has been cancelled.
First on the the stage this evening, other than Steve West, MC, was Henry Campion. He sang the traditional “Black Leg Miner”, followed by “Follow It On” by Megson and Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”. Next were Al & Heather Slipper. Heather sang the Irish traditional “Teddy O’Neill”, and then they performed Sean McCarthy’s “Hills of Connemara” and “Rolling Home” by John Tams.
MC for our LADIES NIGHT SPECIAL was Rachel Cheyne. She sang her “Solent Mermaid” before inviting Laura Sunderland to the stage. Together they performed Laura’s “The Little Trains of Wales”, Laura on accordion, Rachel guitar, and the audience sang. On her own, Laura performed “Morningtown Ride” by Malvina Reynolds, once again helped by the audience, and two Welsh tunes; “”Sweet Jenny Jones” and “The Golden Wheat”.
MC Steve West opened up the evening with two of his own songs; a love song (of course) “Enough” and “Christchurch Smuggler”. Henry Campion followed on with Love Minus Zero by ‘His Bobness’, Don McLean’s “Crossroads” from his No. 1 album “American Pie” and “Everyday” by Buddy Holly.
You never know what to expect on any given night. Some nights you might be grateful for one man and his dog! However, last night…. the room was packed!
Our first meeting of 2018 exceeded all our expectations and hopefully will be a sign that musically at least 2018 will be even better than 2017 for LFAB.
Lymington Folk & Blues wishes all it’s followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Musical New Year.
On Wednesday 3rd January we have an Open Floor at the Thomas Tripp in Lymington and then on Saturday 13th January, LFAB and New Milton Memorial Centre are delighted to present award winning country band Capricorn at the Memorial Hall. Tickets £10 on the door.
February 7th is an Open Floor and 21st is “Ladies Night”.
MC Steve West introduced the first of this evenings performers George Benn. He sang three of his own songs; “Ghost”, “Stonehenge Blues”, and “So Many Miles”. Next up was Rachel Cheyne who also sang three of her compositions; “Lullaby For A Dormouse”, “Just One Day” and “Off To Bethlehem”.
Our very own Scottish ancestored Jonathan Klein was MC for a “Scottish Night” special and began with a song attributed to Robert Burns called “Braes of Killecrankie” followed by an instrumental based on the tune of the song. And very well played it was too.