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!


Our very own slice of Mississippi, Bob Long, was our MC for the evening and he started with a rather modern song by his standards, Muddy Water’s “Standing Around Crying” from 1952, followed by “Canned Heat Blues” by Tommy Johnson and “Kind Hearted Women” by Robert Johnson. Next up was a newcomer to the club, young Sam Cooper. He sang three of his own songs; “Unwritten Rules”, “Ricky The Cricket” and “Autism Blues”. Sam has a remarkable talent and we hope to see him again some day soon. Following Sam was ‘Take Thackeray‘. Yorkshireman Ed Mortimer is a brilliant Jake Thackeray interpreter. He sang two of Jake’s songs; “The Bantam Cock” and “Sister Josephine” and “All Clouds The Sky” by John Tams. 

Then it was time for our special guests, Portsmouth based ‘Walker Broad‘. Successfully fusing folk, blues and jazz, they are an extremely talented foursome featuring Andy Broad on guitar, Sandy Walker vocals, Simon Tufnail bass and Alan Blackmore on percussion. Many of their songs are written by the band, Sandy in particular. Their first set included; “Empty Bed Blues”, “Day For Crows”, “Pissing In The Dark”, “Not The Keeping Kind” and “Work Song”.
After the break and raffle, Nick Hayward-Young took to the stage. Nick is a well known, popular local singer/songwriter and he sang four of his own, thoughtful songs, including; “Most Perfect Day” and “Deception Valley”. And to finish the evening, Walker Broad returned to the stage for their second set which included; “Until The Real Thing Comes Along”, “Emergency Exit”, “Big Yellow Taxi”, “Quite A Catch”, “Easy Money” and “Jazz & Blues Dinner”.
Another fantastic evening of variety and quality. Next time, a special night on 15th November, Professor Jonathan Klein hosts an evening of Scottish music!


MC Steve West got proceedings underway with the traditional “Lambs On The Green Hills” and remained on stage to perform Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” with Sara and a friend.
Brian & Chris from Southampton are going to help Steve with running a new ‘Open Mic’ at the Empress of Blandings in Copythorne. It will usually take place on the third Thursday of the month and the next meeting will be 26th October. Together they played “Freefalling” by Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and “California Dreaming” by John & Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & Papas. Next up was Henry Campion. He sang “Annie’s Song” by John Denver, Sandy Denny’s “The Sea”, David Gray’s “Babylon” and “The Weight” written by Robbie Robertson of ‘The Band’.
Following Henry was Nick Minnion. He performed “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”, composed by Jimmie Cox in 1923 and recorded by many artists including Bessie Smith and Eric Clapton,  “For What It’s Worth” by Stephen Stills and “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” a popular rhythm and blues standard, composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup, the lyrics of which follow the path of the highway between Chicago and Los Angeles. To finish the first half, Jonathan Klein came to the stage. He sang Tom Petty’s “Learning To Fly”, one of his own compositions “Space Is Deep, Love is Deeper”, “Please Come To Boston” by Dave Loggins and another of his own fine songs, “Sleeping With The Saints”.
After the short break and raffle, Steve sang Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and then welcomed Dick Etherton to the stage. Dick performed a-capella on this occasion; “Sweet Nightingale”, “She Moved Through The fair” and “Dashing Away With A Smoothing Iron”, all well supported by the enthusiastic audience. Nick West was next on stage. He played three tunes on his chromatic harmonica; “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, John Barry’s “Theme from Midnight Cowboy” and “Dirty Old Town” by Ewan MacColl.
Following Nick was Tony Parry. He sang three of his own numbers; “Children Of The Valley”, about the Aberfan disaster, “Swinging Down The Lane” and “Just Wanna Lay Here”. Then it was time for our final performer, Ron Lakey. Ron sang songs by songwriters who have influenced him the most over his long association with folk clubs; “Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound” by Tom Paxton, Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe”, “One Too Many Mornings” by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Cotton Jenny”, and an encore, “Streets of London” by Ralph McTell.
A brilliant evening of variety and quality. Next time, 1st November, Folk, Blues & Jazz from Walker Broad.


Our very own ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long hosted tonight’s Blues Special which featured many songs that the early blues legends would have known well.
First up was Maurice Pearce. He sang “Deep River Blues” in the style of Doc Watson, Blind Blake’s “That Will Happen No More”, “Basin Street Blues” written by Spencer Williams in 1928 and recorded that year by Louis Armstrong with an additional verse written a little later by Glenn Miller & Jack Teagarden (!), “You Gotta Know How” by Sippie Wallace, and “Sitting On Top Of The World” written by Walter Vinson & Lonnie Chatmon of the Mississippi Sheiks, who first recorded it in 1930.
Next were The Rezzonators. Travelling all the way from Sway, Mike Shipman and Peter Gabony performed “You Can’t Get The Stuff No More” by Tampa Red, Blind Willie Johnson’s “Keep Your Light Trimmed And Burning”, “Trouble In Mind” by Richard M. Jones, Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”, “My Pencil Wont Write No More” by Bo Carter, Ishman Bracey’s “Saturday Blues” and “Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters.
Then it was time for the first set from our special guest, Martin McNeill. Martin is simply one of this country’s finest blues guitarists. Based in Essex, he travels regularly to clubs all over the UK and beyond. He played Big Bill Broonzy’s “Feel So Good”, “Unchain My Heart”  a song written by Bobby Sharp and recorded in 1961 by Ray Charles, Fred McDowell’s “Write Me A Few Of Your Lines”, “Bring It On Home” by Sam Cooke and John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen”.
After the break and raffle, Glen Wright stepped onto the stage. He sang his version of Elizabeth Cotten’s “Mama Don’t Care For You”, and then three of his own songs; “Blue Moon Blues”, “Do Right Baby” and “Rolling Stone”. Following Glen were the Bob Long Trio. Bob,
Lorna Franklin and Keith Miller performed The Memphis Jug Band’s “You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back”, Lorna sang “Comes Love, a 1939 jazz standard composed by Sam H. Stept, Lew Brown and Charles Tobias and featured in the Broadway musical ‘Yokel Boy’, starring Phil Silvers and Buddy Ebsen, (Buddy Ebsen…. Beverly Hillbillies!!!!) and “I Gotta Have It”, a 1948 hit for Lil Green and her Orchestra written by Cy Coben & Maxine Manners.
Martin returned to the stage for his second set which comprised of; Eric Bibb’s “Good Stuff”, “Route 66” composed in 1946 by Bobby Troup and first recorded the same year by Nat King Cole, “Danger Zone” by Percy Mayfield, “Skin Game Blues” by Peg Leg Howell, the traditional “Tell Old Bill”, Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”, and “Jesus On The Main Line” by Ry Cooder.
A fantastic evening of blues from the early days and beyond. Thank you Martin and everyone who performed. Next time – 4th October – our guest is Ian Easton, singer/songwriter formerly known as “The Widowmaker”!!!


MC Jon Ellis got the evening underway by singing “Lovely Agnes” by Sally Rogers and “Ghost Riders In The Sky” written in 1948 by American songwriter, film and television actor Stan Jones. Following Jon was Jonathan Klein. He borrowed Rachel’s Spanish guitar and performed two instrumentals; “Mood For A Day” by Steve Howe and his own “Sunlight After A Rainstorm”. Next was Rachel Cheyne. She sang two of her own compositions; her Mermaid song and an a-capella “Voices Of The Forest”.
George Benn also sang two of his own songs; “Business As Usual” and “All The Things We Did”. Next onto the stage, Henry Campion. Henry performed Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush” and “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot. Then it was time for our special guest
Nigel Waite to take to the stage for his first set. He sang “Last Thing On My Mind” by Tom Paxton, “Shooting The Breeze”, “Galway Shawl”, “North To Dartmouth”, “Floor Singer”, and “Draw The Line”.
After the break and raffle, we welcomed Keith Kemsley back to the club. He sang one of the most important songs from the beginning of the singer/songwriter era, “You’ve Got A Friend”, written by Carole King for her own seminal album ‘Tapestry’, and James Taylor’s ‘Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon’, Joni Mitchell performed on both. Taylor’s version was released as a single, and reached number 1 in the US. Then he performed Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” made famous, of course, by Glen Campbell.
Then it was time for the main support of the evening to gather on the stage. Ron Lakey‘s connection with Lymington Folk Club goes all the way back to the 70’s. Accompanied by Ethan King on fiddle and Chas Rowden on double bass, he sang Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train”, Woody Guthrie’s “Deportees”, a traditional Appalachian song “Shady Grove”, “Wayfaring Stranger”, “St James Infirmary Blues”, “Abilene”, a song written by Bob Gibson, Albert Stanton, Lester Brown and John D. Loudermilk, and recorded by American country music legend George Hamilton, and “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”.
And finally, Nigel’s second set. Again, he sang a combination of his own songs and covers; “Once In Awhile”, “The Long And Winding Road” (no, not that one. One of Nigel’s), Jimmy McCarthy’s “Bright Blue Rose”, “An Acquaintance Of Mine” by Anthony John Clarke, “Pegasus Bridge” and “It’s Time”.
A truly wonderful evening. Next time, September 20th – Bob Long’s Blues Night Special with very special guest, Martin McNeill.