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.
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”.