WOW! 21ST MARCH 2108

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!!

MC Tony Parry got the evening underway with Keb Mo’s “Anyway” and with Mary Parry performed “How’s The World Treating You” written by Chet Atkins & Boudleaux Bryant, and the standard “Careless Love”. Up next was Jonathan Klein. He sang the Irish traditional “Carrickfergus”, and two of his own songs; “Everything I Build Just Falls Apart” and “Lady In A Deck Chair”.
Then it was time for our special guests, ‘Hicks & Goulbourn‘. East Midlands based Steve Hicks and Lyn Goulbourn wowed the audience with their first set which started with an instrumental by Steve called “Spring Fever”. This was followed by the traditional “Carron Loch Tay”, “Cuckold Hen/The Blacksmith”, Bruce Cockburn’s “One Day I Walk”, “Light Flight” by Pentangle, Davy Graham’s “Forty Ton Parachute”, “Angel” by Sarah MacLachlan, Lyn’s “This Is The Friend”, and “Shortnin’ Bread” by James Whitcomb Riley/”Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin.
After the break and raffle, Steve West borrowed one of Steve’s guitar’s to sing his own “Enough” and Tony Parry sang “The Big Ones Get Away” by Buffy St Marie. Steve & Lyn returned to the stage for their second set starting with Lyn’s “Stranger On A Bus”, then the traditional “Frankie & Albert”, another song written by Lyn, “Gone Are The Cobles”, “Russian Lullaby” by Irving Berlin, Buffy St Marie’s “Little Wheel Spin and Spin”, a version of the children’s song “Sing A Rainbow” with everyone joining in using makaton(!), and Moon River, a classic song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, with the most gorgeous guitar instrumental, and everyone joining in the last verse.
Wow indeed. Next time here at the Thomas Tripp 4th April is an “Open Floor”. If you’d like to see more of Hicks & Goulbourn or you were unlucky enough to miss them tonight, they are headlining at the Wessex Acoustic Folk Club on Friday 23rd March which is held at the Royal British Legion, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AB, 8:15 start.


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.

The Elderberries were next on stage. Together they sang; “City of New Orleans” by Steve Goodman, “I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me” by Bill Massey and “Don’t Remind Me” by Steve West. Then it was time for our guest to take to the stage. John Meriton and his very accomplished band; Jon Hardcastle: Guitar, Ian MacLaughlan: Bass, Sophie Butler: Flute/Vocals, Alan Blackmore: Cajon,  performed a variety of John’s songs including; “Looking For Love”, “The Winter Song”, “Walking In Berlin”, “The Graves of Martin”, “Virginia Creeper”, written and sung by Sophie, and to finish the set, Paul Brady’s “Oh What A World”.
After the break and raffle, George Benn sang three of his own, recent compositions; “Said And Done”, “Today I Wrote A Song” and “Fine Wine and Good Music” apparently inspired by our raffle! The our very own Jonathan Klein sang two George Harrison songs; “Something” and “Here Comes The Sun” and one of his new songs, “Hypothetically”. And to finish the evening, John and his band returned to the stage to perform; “Rachman”, “Stoughton Down”, “Little Dylan”, “Mr Market”, “This Is A Place”, “Hope Road” and “Teach Your Children” by Graham Nash.
A fine end to a lovely evening. Two more events in March!!! On Saturday 17th March, LFAB will be hosting an Irish Night at the Thomas Tripp, guests TBA. And on Wednesday 21st we have very special guests, Hicks & Goulbourn.


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”.

Next up was Hannah Snellgrove. She sang Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” and two of her own songs; “Jack Mapes” and “Sunny In Penzance”. Following Hannah were ‘Straight Bananas‘, a vocal sextet from Milford on Sea led by Caroline Ellis. They sang a weather influenced set of three songs; “Let The Rain Come” by Graham Pratt, Enya’s “Amid The Falling Snow”, and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”. To finish the first half, the wonderful Steff Mizrany. She performed four of her own compositions; “Little Bird”, “Like Me”, “Big Harry’s Dream” and “24/7 Blues”.
After the break and raffle, Hannah returned to the stage for two numbers; “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and her own, brilliant “The Only Way Is Wessex”. Next was Carole West. She sang “The Coldest Winds Do Blow” by Chris While & Julie Matthews, Buckingham/McVie’s “Red Sun” and David Massengill’s “Rider On An Orphan Train” with the great man himself sitting right in front of her! Straight Bananas then sang two further numbers, the introduction of the William Tell Overture in ‘diddly dums'(!) and “I Found You”.
Steff also returned for a couple of her songs; “Love Is Like” and “Wheels of Compromise”. Then it was time for our final act of the evening, ‘The Strumpets‘. With ukeleles and voices (Barbara was on bass guitar!) they sang “Gypsy Rover”, Home Boys Home”, “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye“, sung to the same tune as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home“, published in London in 1867 and written by Joseph B. Geoghegan, and “Older Ladies” by Donnalou Stevens.
Lovely evening, once again, great variety. Next time, Wednesday 7th March, singer/songwriter John Meriton.


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.

Next up were our guest support from Sussex. ‘Milton Hide‘ are husband & wife duo Jim & Josie Tipler. Jim’s the main songwriter and plays guitar (very well!) and Josie shares the vocals, plays clarinet and cajon. They performed “You’re Better Off Dead”, “Perfect Place To Hang”, “Little Bit Alike” and “Home Is Where The Heart Is”. Then it was time for our very special guest David Massengill. He sang “My Sweet Valentine”, “On The Road To Fairfax County”, with Lisi Tribble sang a song based on a poem Lisi wrote, “Blind Man, Black Swan”, “Mrs Dingley’s Green Apple Pie”, and “Lord Bateman” (Child ballad 53L; Roud 40… for those who like to know!).
After the break and raffle, Steve sang Tom Paxton’s “My Lady’s A Wild Flying Dove”, then invited Jim Brown to the stage. Jim sang Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, the traditional “The Water Is Wide” (Child 204; Roud 87!!) and Gillian Welch’s “Annabelle”.
Milton Hide returned to the stage for their second set; “Five Seeds”, “Forgetting To Live”, “Making Progress” and “Milton Hide”. And to finish the evening… Mr David Massengill. David regaled us with a few of bad reviews in America which were very funny (!) and it should be mentioned at this point that he is not only a fine singer, songwriter and player, but a storyteller also, interspersed between his songs. He sang “Lord Maisry” with a happy last verse added by his very self (Child 65… enough already!!!), “The Baby Moses Dreams”, another song with Lisi, “When I Am In Trouble (The Bubble Song)”, “Rider On An Orphan Train” and a well deserved encore, “My Name Joe”.
Fantastic Evening. Next week, yes!, next Wednesday: We have a “Ladies Night Special“! Just one other gig to bring to your attention. On Saturday 24th February there will be a very special charity concert at the New Milton memorial Centre featuring six local acts. “The Ocean Brothers” are two brothers rowing the Atlantic to raise funds, in memory of their father, for the British Skin Foundation. Details can be found on the Memorial Centre’s Website.


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!

MC Tony Parry did a great job fitting all the performers in and I can honestly say the performances tonight were right up there with the best we’ve seen.
First up was George Benn with three of his own songs; “Interesting Times”, “Life Goes On” and “The Village Dance”, which had a great chorus with everyone joining in. Following George was Bob McAthey with a selection of classical guitar pieces, much appreciated by the audience.
David Massengill was in the room! He sang “Sightseer” with Lisl Russell, “Our Lady of Shinbone Alley” and “The Great American Dream”. Then it was one of Sussex’s finest, John de Little. He sang a-capella “Old Brown Hen” followed by “You Win Again” by Hank Williams and Chris Leslie’s “My Love Could Be Anywhere At All” accompanying himself on guitar. Tony joined him on stage to play harmonica to Doc Watson’s “Deep River Blues”. To finish the first half, Paul Taylor sang two of his own compositions; “Country Fair” and “Moments” and the classic “You’ve Got A Friend”.
After the break and raffle, ‘Bimbling‘ took to the stage. Sean & Hannah performed Kitty Macfarlane’s “Wrecking Days”, Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” and Hannah’s “Fiddler’s Race”. Next was ‘No Leg To Stand On‘. This very talented foursome features John on banjo, Steve on Mandolin, Pete on guitar and Mike on lap style guitar. They performed the traditional “Jesse James”, Bill Monroe’s “Sitting Alone In The Midnight”, “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie, bluegrass standard “My Home Place” and another Bill Monroe classic, “My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling”.
Following the bluegrass boys was Rod Biggs. Rod organizes Ringwood Folk Club, the oldest folk club in the area. They meet on Tuesdays and have just moved venue to Burley Club, Pound Lane, Burley. He performed “Louis Collins (Angels Laid Him Away” by Mississippi John Hurt”, and a-capella sang the traditional “When The Old Dun Cow Caught Fire”. And last but not least, ‘Nomad‘ finished the evening for us in great style. Al & Heather played a couple of jigs, then performed “The Great Divide” by Kate Wolf and “Beggar Man/Red Head Boy”.
Phew! And… NEXT week (YES NEXT WEEK… 14th February) we have as our very special guest, David Massengill, with support from ‘Milton Hide‘ and one or two locals!


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.

Jonathan Klein was our MC for the evening, he sang two songs from his hero Greg Lake’s back catalogue; “C’est La Vie” and “Affairs of the Heart” and one of his own, fine compositions; “Babylon”. He then invited Henry Campion onto the stage. Henry sang James Taylor’s “Country Road”, and two by Mr Zimmerman; “One Too Many Morning’s” and “I Shall Be Released”.
Next up was Mike Cole and his accordion. He played “Salmon Tails/Dorset Four Hand Reel”, and sang two Elizabeth Cotten songs; “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie” and “Freight Train”. Then it was time for Rachel Cheyne to sing three of her songs; “The Song of the Snow White Heads”, “Climate Change” and “La Vie Est Belle”. To finish the first half, we welcomed newcomers to the club, from East Dorset – No Direction. A four piece harmony group, they sang; Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush”, Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”, the South African national anthem “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica” and “Sunrise/Ramble in the New Mown Hay”, with much audience participation.
After the break and raffle, Bob Long took the the stage accompanied by Jan Anderson on her djembe. They performed Robert Johnson’s “Me And The Devil”, “Standing Around Crying” by Muddy Waters and “Love In Vain” by Robert Johnson. Then it was time for George Benn to sing three of his own songs; the first about the realities of living in California during the gold rush, one about a recent visit to the doctors, and one about reflecting on the past called “Time”.
Nomad were next on stage. Al & Heather played three songs very familiar in folk clubs over the years; “Arthur McBride”, “Nitrate Trade”, and “Rolling Home”. Jim Brown followed Al & Heather and sang “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by ‘His Bobness’, the traditional “The Water Is Wide” and “Blues Stay Away From Me” by The Delmore Brothers. And finally, our very special surprise guest: the one, the only, David Massengill. On his Appalachian dulcimer he performed “Rider On An Orphan Train”, “Down In Washington Square”, based on lyrics by the late, great, Dave Van Ronk with whom David toured over many years, one of DVR’s songs, “Last Call”, which became the song Van Ronk would finish his concerts with, and, of course, an encore, “Contrary Mary”.
Wow! What a start to the year! Next time : Feb 7 – Open Floor, Feb 21 – Ladies Night Special.
p.s. LFAB in association with New Milton Memorial Centre present awarding winning country band Capricorn at the Memorial Centre on Saturday 13th January, tickets only £10!


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”.

Then Geoff Langdon came to the stage to sing the classic “Lyin’ Eyes” before being joined by his fellow Elderberries, Steve West and Derek Ayling to perform “Carrickfergus” and “Last Thing On My Mind”. They were followed by new three piece ‘Banjo Free‘! Tony & Mary Parry and Steve King played “How’s The World Treating You”, “Frenchman Street Blues”, “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” and “Mess O’ The Blues”.
Henry Campion is one of the club’s regulars. He sang John Denver’s “Goodbye Again”, “Till Tomorrow” by Don McLean and Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”. To finish the first half, John Meriton sang three of his own songs; “Ride The Hope Road”, “The Graves Of Martin” and “This Is A Place Where Love Grows”.
After the break and raffle, Jonathan Klein took up the Christmas gauntlet and sang “I Believe In Father Christmas” by Greg Lake, “The Rebel Jesus” by Jackson Browne and “White Christmas”. Before the final act of the night, The Steve West All Stars got together for an impromptu “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. ‘Bimbling‘, Sean Brophy & Hannah Snellgrove, sang Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”, Hannah’s “The Place We Used To Sing”, Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy”.
And just when they thought it was all over, Tony Parry & Steve West sang “Goodnight Irene” with much audience participation. A great night! Next time… Wednesday 3rd January – Open Floor. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.


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.

Next up was a long standing member of the local folk community, Laura Sunderland. On her accordion she played excerpts from “The Road To Isles”, “Erisky Love Tilt”, “Baloo Balerie”, “Can Ye Sew Cushions”, Marie’s Wedding”, “Salmon Tails”, “Annie Laurie”, “Loch Lomond”, “Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon” and “The Skye Boat Song”. Steve West sang the only Scottish song he knows, a two hundred year old punk protest song called “Jacobites By Name”. Following Steve was a newcomer to the club, Tim Conway. He sang “Fisherman’s Wife” by Ewan MacColl and “The Hedgehog Song” by Mike Heron from the Incredible String Band.
Mike Cole, like Laura, is another well established local folkie. On his accordion he played Ewan MacColl’s “Shoals of Herring”,  “Farewell To Tarwathie” based on a poem by George Scroggie, and “Scotland The Brave”. Then it was time for Quiddity to come to the stage for their first set. A four piece (guitar/fiddle/banjo/uke), they played and sang “Marie’s Wedding”, “Skye Boat Song”, “Tramps & Hawkers” by Jimmy Henderson, and Dougie MacLean’s “Caledonia”.
After the break and raffle, Jonathan sang “Valley of Strathmore” by Andy M Stewart and then introduced Bob Smith and Jim Anderson to the audience. Jim on his accordion and Bob on his mandolin played a number of traditional ballads, waltzes and reels including Strathspeys, which took us on a journey from Dundee to Glasgow and down the River Clyde to the Western Isles.
Dick Etherton is yet another legend of the local music scene. He had just the one song which he sang a-capella; “Erisky Love Tilt”. Tim Conway returned for one more song; “Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning” by Glasgow born Bert Jansch. Tony & Mary Parry also decided a-capella was the way to go! They  sang “Rothsea-o” by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, a poem called “True Love” which features two drunken Scotsmen, then Tony recited “Lord Ullin’s Daughter” by Thomas Campbell.
Finally, Quiddity returned for their second set. They revisited “Jacobites By Name”, sang “The Mingulay Boat Song”, “Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa” by Robert Tannahill, “Rolling Hills O’ The Borders” by Matt McGinn and “Such A Parcel of Rogues” another attributed to Robert Burns.
A great night celebrating all things Scottish. I won a small bottle of whisky in the raffle so all’s well with the world! Next time, 6th December. Open Floor with, hopefully, a few Christmas songs!