A Night of the Blues – 16th September 2015

MC ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long got the evening going with two Robert Johnson songs: “Little Queen of Spades” and “Travelin’ Riverside Blues”, Memphis Minnie’s “Hoodoo Lady” and “Feels Like Going Home” by Muddy Waters. He then asked fellow LF&B activist Mike ‘Furry’ Atack to take to the stage. He sang “That’s No Way To Get Along” by Robert Wilkins, Woody Guthrie’s “Vigilante Man”, “Yellow Dog Blues” by Sam Collins and “Falling Down Blues” by…. Furry Lewis (of course!).

Next up were Calum & Tom who play blues under the name of “Two Tones Down”. These two young guys shouldn’t be able to play the blues so well, but they do. They rocked through “Hey, Hey”, “Nobody Knows You”, composed in 1923 by Jimmy Cox, the blues standard “Key To The Highway” first recorded by Charlie Segar in 1940, and “Hoochie Coochie Man”, written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954. The final two featured Tom’s exhilarating slide guitar. Bob then introduced Jon “The Don” Rowson to the stage. He performed Bob Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell”, loosely based on ‘St James Infirmary’, “Going Down Slow” by Lightning Hopkins, and he then took up his fiddle and was joined by Gill on guitar for “Shake Hands And Tell Me Goodbye” by Mississippi Sheiks. To finish the first half, Bob led a jam session featuring some of the performers on “Just A Dream” by Big Bill Broonzy.

After the break and raffle, Glen Wright was invited to the stage. He played “Buckets of Rain” by Bob Dylan, “Sun Going Down”, his own lyrics based on a Robert Wilkins tune, “Amazing Grace”, first published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, “They Call Me Lazy” by Lazy Lester, and “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”, originally recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson in 1937 as “Good Morning, School Girl” as an uptempo blues with an irregular number of bars, and although identified with ‘Chicago blues’, it was a product of Sonny Boy’s west Tennessee roots. Following on from Glen was “Hawaiian” Pete Gabony. He sang “It Ain’t One Thang Baby It’s Two” by Chris Thomas King”, Blind Alfred Reed’s “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live”, Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster”, and Memphis Minnie’s “When The Levee Breaks”.

And last but certainly not least, ‘Big’ Al Whittle. He started with a Dave Van Ronk song (the name of which escapes me!), and followed with a Jimmy Reed mash up “Bright Lights, Big City/Let It Roll”, “Winin’ Boy Blues” by Jelly Roll Morton, Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Matchbox Blues” “Diggin’ My Potatoes” by Washboard Sam and finally and appropriately, “Goodnight Irene”, a blues standard first recorded by Huddie Lebetter in 1933 but of much earlier origin.

Oh What a Night – 2nd September 2015

In terms of the quality on offer, this was one of our best nights ever. The standard of musicianship, creativity and bonhomie were fantastic.

MC Henry Campion got the evening of to a fine start with a stirring rendition of “Times They Are A-Changing”. He then handed over to ukelele popsters, Ukerjax. Pete, Cis, Tony & Jan performed “Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer, “Goodbye Girl” by Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook of ‘Squeeze’, “Here Comes The Rain Again” by the Eurythmics and Bob Marley’s “Wait In Vain”.
Next on stage was Roy Clayton, accompanied on djembe by Jan Anderson. His first two songs were his own; “Entitled” and “Boiling The Sea”, and the third “Stand By Your Guns”, a traditional song arranged by Seth Lakeman and featuring backing vocals by Steve West. The penultimate act of the first half were an acoustic blues duo we have seen once before and hope to see many times in the future. Tom is just 18 and Calum 17 and they play the blues under the name ‘Two Tones Down’. Tom is the lead vocalist with a voice way beyond his years and both are super hot on guitar. They performed two of their own songs; “Beachcomber Blues” and “This July”, before finishing with a blistering version of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride ans Joy”.

To finish the first half in foot tapping style, Don and Friends. Don & Michelle (fiddles) and Greg & Jill (guitars) played some ‘Old Tyme’ classics for us; “Lazy John”, “St James Infirmary”, “Darling Cory”, and “John Henry”. We needed a break to get our breath back!

After the break and raffle, Henry sang “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka, and “Wild Mountain Thyme” featuring backing vocals by Steve West. Ukerjax returned to the stage for two numbers, the first a medley of “Tide Is High”, “Rudy” and “Sit Down” and finishing with John Peel’s favourite song, “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones. 
Steve West sang “The Leaving of Lymington” (!), and “Lambs On The Green Hills” before Henry completed the evening with “Mr Tamborine Man”, his ‘Not scrumpy!’ cider story and Trevor Crozier’s “Trouble Over Bridgewater”, “Country Roads” by John Denver and much audience participation, and when we thought that was the end, he came back for a well deserved encore and sang “Let It Be” again with everyone joining in. Wow! What a night! 

Singer/Songwriter Special – 19th August 2015

Host Steve West opened the evening singing “Marlboro Town” and “Devil’s Curse” accompanied by Scott Miguel on lead guitar and backing vocals. Next up, our youngest performer and Scott’s daughter, Charlotte Miguel. She sang “Guardian Angel”, “The Light On The Other Side” and “Finding Myself”. Then it was Dad’s turn. He performed “Forbidden Love”, “Two Cellos” and “The Chase” with the help of Steve and Charlotte on Backing Vocals. There can’t be many folk clubs that can boast one professor let alone two! However, two professors it was… on the same stage… together! Jonathan Klein was accompanied on double bass by John Gabbay and sang; “If There Were 25 hours”, “The Angel Song”, “Oh, Stephanie” and “If I Could Have One Wish”. To finish the first half, Rachel Cheyne came to the stage. She sang “Mr Time”, “Solent Mermaid” and “Clandestini” (in Italian!). After the break and raffle, Steve sang his “Christchurch Smuggler” before introducing Traci Kennedy. She performed songs from a set entitled “Songs For Edward”; “Da De Da”, “What Can I Do?”, “Magic Circle”, and “90 Days”. Steve Moorhouse is no stranger to the local music scene, or the local hat shop! He sang; “Hobo Blues”, “The Passing Bells”, “Fast Fingers” and “Out On The Forest” accompanied by Carole Puttick on flute. And finally, to end the evening in great style, Warwick Slade. Warwick entertained us with his take on the trials and delights of ‘old age’ singing; “Three Score & Ten”, “Old TOG’s Lament”, “Valentines ’58”, “Dead On Time” and “Inheritance Blues”.

On a Very Sultry Night the Music is Hot – 1st July 2015

MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with an impassioned “It Ain’t Me (Babe) by His Bobness and a tender version of Christine McVie’s “Songbird”. Next up was accordion player Mike Cole who performed “Not For Joe” and “Horses Brawl”, “Admiral Benbow”, and “South Australia”. Following Mike was Lee Rasdall-Dove. This young man has an amazing voice and writes fine songs beyond his years. He sang “Wasted Love”, “Hope” and “Love, Regret or Sacrifice”. Next we had welcome two newcomers to the club. And once again, young men with incredible talent. Regulars at Bob Long’s nights at the Platform Tavern in Southampton, this was their first trip to the Lymington delta. Calum Thompson & Tom Heppell shouldn’t be able to play the blues this well, but they do! They performed Big Bill Broonzy’s “Key To The Highway”, “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters and “Sweet Home Chicago” by Robert Johnson. At the other end of the scale, a man who quite rightly is a local legend. Graham Kendrick has been part of the Bournemouth area music scene for many years. He sang three of this own songs; “Missing Cat”, “The Old Songs” and “November Hair”. To finish the first half, a local band going places in the folk world, and again, youth is on their side. Chris Bailey (guitar/vocals), Lee Cuff (cello/vocals) and David Hoyland (kahon/ukelele/mandolin/vocals) are Kadia.They played the traditional “The Keeper” and “Just As The Tide Was Flowing”, their own version of “Lady Isabella” combined with “The Moon and the Seven Stars”, and another traditional song, “Captain Ward”. A great end to a fantastic first half.
After the break and raffle, Henry kicked off the second half with Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and blues standard “Route 66” composed in 1946 by Bobby Troup. Following Henry, another newcomer to the club. George Hoy sang “Reason To Believe” by Tim Hardin and “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” written by Clarence Williams and Armand Piron, published in 1919 and believed to be based on a bawdy tune by Louis Armstrong about Kate Townsend, a murdered brothel madam! Moving on… ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long then took to the stage and performed Gus Cannon’s “Hand Out”, Will Shade’s “Aunt Caroline Dye” and “Everybody Ought To Make A Change Sometimes” by Sleepy John Estes. Then to finish the evening, Kadia. Their second set included the traditional “Mary and the Silvery Tide”, their own “Silver Linings” and “Beast of Bodmin Moor”, “Raggle Taggle Gypsy”, and, as an encore, and most appropriately, “The Parting Glass” which highlighted their fantastic harmonies.

Fifth Anniversary Sparkles (and Cake!) – 3rd June 2015

MC for the night Bob Long got the evening underway assisted by blonde bombshell Jan Anderson on her djembe. He sang “Stealin’, Stealin'” by the Memphis Jug Band, Big Bill Broonzy’s “Just A Dream” and “Hot Tomales” by Robert Johnson. Following Bob in his second appearance at the club was Steve Lowis, originally from Yorkshire and now based in Southampton. He sang three of his own songs accompanied by Elena on violin; “Pray”, “Halfway Down The Road” and “Chapters”. Next up was Henry Campion. He performed “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” by His Bobness, Lennon/McCartney’s “If I Fell”, and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”. Bluesman Mike Atack then took to the stage and sang “Falling Down Blues” by Furry Lewis”, “Saturday Blues” by Ishman Bracey, Woody Guthrie’s “Vigilante Man” and “Love Looks Good On You” by Gary Davis. To complete the first half, Steve Moorhouse. He sang Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”, and two of his own songs; “Crash And Burn” and “The Passing Bell”. 

After the break and raffle, Jon Ellis played two tunes on his tin whistle; “Herr Roloff’s Farewell” and “Charlie’s March”. Next up was a newcomer to the club but not a newcomer to the local music scene. We don’t see Traci Kennedy playing live very often nowadays, which is our loss. Long time friends with local success Sarah Joyce (a.k.a. ‘Rumer’), she has started playing and writing again and hopefully this will lead to more outings in the future. She sang a new song “Ninety Days”, the wonderful “Run Around Town”, and “I Believe In You”, written by Rumer. Next up was Sean Brophy. Sean is a very accomplished guitarist and singer and performed “This Years Love” by David Gray, Del Amitri’s “Driving With The Breaks On”, “Romeo And Juliet” by Mark Knopfler and “Through The Barricades” by Gary Kemp. To finish the evening in style, Mr Pat O’Dea! Award winning country singer and winner of the vegetable juice in the raffle, Pat sang “Before They Close The Minstrel Show” by Bob Coltman, “Aghadoe”, a song with it’s roots in the Irish Rebellion on the 18th century, Hugh Moffatt’s “Old Flames”, “Catch The Wind” by Donovan, and “Hobo’s Lullaby” by Woody Guthrie. A marvellous end to a marvellous evening. And cake! Two weeks time (June 17th), special guest night with young Birmingham based singer/songwriter, Robert Lane.

Open Mic Night – 6th May 2015

In front of our largest audience for some time, MC Jon Ellis took up his banjo and performed two songs from the era around the American Civil War; “Southern Soldier” by Charles White and “Nelly Gray” by Benjamin Hanby. Following Jon was bluesman Mike Atack. He sang “Cannonball Blues” by Furry Lewis, Blind Willie McTell’s “Love Changing Blues” and another Furry Lewis song, “Skinny Woman”. Next up was accordion player Mike Cole. On what would have been Ewan McColl’s 100th birthday, Mike performed “Shoals of Herring”, two reels; “Huntsman’s Chorus” and “Cock O’ The North”, and Tom Paxton’s “Bottle of Wine”. For our next performer this was his first appearance at Lymington and hope it won’t be his last. Dom Prag is a young man based in Netley Abbey with an accomplished, distinctive guitar style. He played Richard Thompson’s “Vincent Black Lightning” and two of his own songs; “Brighton Song” and “Chemicals”. Jim Brown is well known to the Lymington audience as a solo performer and as a member of The Hobos. On his £6 car boot sale guitar he sang Woody’s “Pretty Boy Floyd”, “She Thinks I Still Care”, written by Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy which became a No. 1 hit for George Jones in 1962, and the traditional “Fare Thee Well”, a.k.a. in America as Dink’s Song or Dink’s Blues. To finish the first half in grand style, we had Southampton folk legend Brian Hooper. Brian has been ‘mine host’ at the Fo’c’sle Folk Club for many years, and the club, this year, quite incredibly, is celebrating it’s 52nd year! He sang the blues standard “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor”, and one of his own songs, “The Beaulieu Auto Jumble”.
After the break and raffle, raffelmeister Steve West sang “Wild Flying Dove” by Tom Paxton and “Young Sailor Cut Down In His Prime”. Dick Etherton is one of our local musical treasures. We don’t see him often enough.  He performed Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”, an acapella version of “Sweet Lark” and “Georgia On My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. Next onto the stage was Steve Moorhouse. He sang three of his own songs; the first was a moving tribute to a forgotten relative, Harry, who died on the Somme in 1916, “Ballad of the New Forest Hobos” and “Sweet Rosemary”. We haven’t seen Paul Nichol and John Roseveare for a while, so it was great to have them here on our anniversary night. Paul on guitar, and John on resonator/slide, played blues standard “Sporting Life Blues”, Paul’s “Frozen In Time”, and the “Long Black Veil” written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell, and now a standard having been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash and The Band. And finally, and most appropriately, Brian returned to finish the evening. He sang his own “Hippo Song”, a brilliant, thinly veiled commentary on the ‘establishment’ (very relevant the day before the election!), acapella another of his compositions, “Looking For A Girl Called Ali” and “Rolling Home” by John Tams.
Fantastic evening.

Singer/Songwriter Heaven – 16th April 2015

Last night was one of our ‘Feature Nights’ with special guest Jim Chorley and support from mainly other singer/songwriters.
MC for the night and singer/songwriter Steve West opened the evening with a version of the traditional “Ramble Away” before inviting Rob Fenner to the stage. Rob’s forte is songs from the sixties and early seventies. He sang “Fire Brigade” written by Roy Wood when with The Move, Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Dead End Street” by Ray Davies of The Kinks. Next up was Dave Broom. Solo tonight, often to be found with The Hobos and Fifth Monday, he sang three of his own songs; “Is There Anything Left At All?”, “Storm Is Your Master” and “Hanover Farewell (Unplugged)”. A really good example of intense songwriting. Following Dave, our very own ‘Enry, Henry Campion. He sang Neil Young’s “Old Man”, “You Belong To Me” by Taylor Swift and Liz Rose (I think!) and Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”.
Just before our guest, founder member of the ‘new’ Lymington Folk Club Tony Parry sang a song for his grandchildren, who were in the audience, “If I Had A Hammer” by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. Jim Chorley played for us last year and we were delighted to have him back. From his extensive catalogue of self penned songs he gave us; “Just After Midnight”, “Secrets And Dreams”, “Honest And True”, “Gabby And The Crow”, “Welshman’s Daughter” and “Pull It Up Boys”. Fantastic!
After the break and raffle, Tony Parry returned to the stage to perform “Just Another Heartache” by TP himself, “Orphan Train” by the great David Massengill, and an American traditional song, “Take This Hammer”. Next was Jonathan Klein. He sang three of his own songs; “In The Beginning”, “The Veil Dance” and the brilliant “Naked In A Deck Chair”. Our penultimate act this evening was ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long. Capturing the feel of the early country blues he performed Sail On (My Little Honey Bee) by Muddy Waters, Tommy Johnson’s “Canned Heat Blues” and a request from the audience, the traditional “Midnight Special”, with much audience participation! And finally, the return of our guest Jim Chorley. Many of his songs recount tales form his past and this set was no different. He started with “Where I Was Born” which he followed with; “Painting Circles In The Corn”, “Kind Soul”, “Sweet Lorna June”, “On St Michael’s Square”, “Trying To Find Love”, “Heaven Help Me” and “Across The Fresh Dug Fields”. 
A wonderful evening of great songs and great company. And one more thing. In the audience we had two other founder members of the club that we haven’t seen for too long. Mary Parry (much better half of TP) now living in Uckfield (with her husband!) and Joe Constable, who now spends most of his time in Cornwall and is thankfully getting over some serious health issues.

Folk, Blues and Beyond, Oh Yeah! – 1st April 2015

MC Steve West got the evening underway with a version of the traditional “Ramble Away” before introducing new ukelele ‘super-group’ Fluke to the stage. Pete, Cis, Tony and Jan are all members of the Milton Ukelele Strummers Klub (MUSK) that meet every last Tuesday at the Rydal in New Milton. They performed “Here Comes The Rain Again” written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics, “Rhythm of the Rain” written by John Claude Gummoe of The Cascades and now a pop standard, John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and “Written For The Choir” by The Fratellis. Next up was Henry Campion. He sang “Guitar Man” by David Gates of Bread, “How Can I Tell You” by Cat Stevens and Neil Young’s “Southern Man”. Following Henry was Jon Ellis, recently returned from the Indian Subcontinent. (And no… not the restaurant!) On his banjo, he performed “The Moving Statues Movement” by  Fintan Vallely, and “Ghost Riders In The Sky”, originally written in 1948 by Stan Jones but has since been recorded by over 50 artists including; The Outlaws, Frankie Laine, Burl Ives, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Peggy Lee, and Gene Autry sang it in the 1949 movie, Riders in the Sky. Jim Brown is well known to us as a member of The Hobos but he also has a wealth of solo material at his disposal. He sang “Annabelle” by Gillian Welch, a song that Jim picked up in New Zealand when he lived there called “Demin Blue” and Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, I’m Alright”. To finish the first half, local singer/songwriter Roy Clayton. Accompanied by Steve West on backing vocals, Roy sang a traditional song, slightly amended to favour the young maiden, “Bold Sir Rylas”, and two of his own local history songs; “Boiling The Sea” and “Stand By Your Guns”. A great end to an excellent first half.
After the break and raffle, Steve was joined by Jim, Al and Heather of The Hobos for a re-working of ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ – “Leaving of Lymington” – before leaving Al & Heather Slipper on stage to perform a few numbers on their own. Heather sang “Caledonia” by Dougie Maclean, and Al sang Memphis Minnie’s “Nothing In Rambling” and “Wholesale Dealing Papa” recorded by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Jonathan Klein (guitar, vocals) and Jon Gabbay (double bass) are the club’s resident professors and two thirds of Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks. They performed two of Jonathan’s songs; “Angel Song” and “25 Hours” and “Here There and Everywhere” by Paul McCartney and released on the Revolver album. Up next wereSteve Moorhouse and Carole Sunter. Together they sang “Diamonds In The Rust” by Joan Baez, “Only You” written by Vince Clarke while with Depeche Mode, but recorded in 1982 after forming the duo ‘Yazoo’ with Alison Moyet, and then two of Steve’s numbers; “Sweet Rosemary” and “Crash And Burn”. And to finish the evening, our very own ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long. He took us to the Delta again with Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”, Tampa Red’s “Can’t Get That Stuff No More”, “When You Got A Good Friend” also by Robert Johnson, and “When The Sun Goes Down” by Leroy Carr. Two of the club’s founder members, Tony & May Parry have recently returned from a holiday in Mississippi, and in one of the guitar shops they visited, was one of Bob’s posters!!! Truly, international recognition! A fantastic evening of variety.

Special Feature Night: Blues and Beyond – 18th March 2015

Over the last five years or so we’ve had some great evenings at our little club, and tonight was right up there with the best.
MC  ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long got the evening off to a fine start with Robert Johnson’s “Phonograph Blues”, “Everybody Ought To Make A Change” by Sleepy John Estes, Will Shade’s “Aunt Caroline Dye”, “Peavine Blues” by Charley Patton and “Boogaloosa Woman” by Tommy Johnson. Then Bob introduced our special guests of the evening:  The Pete Harris Trio. The term ‘legend’ is often over-used, but not in the case of  Pete Harris, who has been strutting his blues stuff for more years than he cares to remember, influencing many young players along the way.  Jeradine Hume was a revelation tonight, and if there’s any justice, she’ll be entertaining audiences for many years to come. And  Jon Vaughan: Simply one of the best and most distinctive harp players I’ve ever seen!
They performed; “Sugar Coated Love” by Lazy Lester, Leadbelly’s “Good Morning Blues”; Jeradine sang “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean”, written by Johnny Wallace and Herbert J. Lance and a number one hit for Ruth Brown in 1953, Imelda May’s “Big Bad Handsome Man”; back to Pete singing Mississippi John Hurt’s “Angels Laid Him Away”, and Jeradine “If I Can’t Have You I Don’t Want Nobody Else” by Eden Brent, Gillian Welch’s “Look At Miss Ohio”, and to finish the set, Pete switched to his resonator with slide to provide us with some Mississippi hill country blues from Fred McDowell, “Write Me A Few Lines”. Phew! High Octane blues!
After the break and raffle, Bob invited  Mike “Furry” Atack to the stage. Mike sang Blind Willie McTell’s “Love Changing Blues”, “Goin’ To Brownsville” by Sleepy John Estes, “Goin’ To Kansas” and “Skinny Woman” by Furry Lewis, and Ishman Bracey’s “Saturday Blues”.
The  Pete Harris Trio returned to the stage with the blues standard “Cocaine Blues”, written by T. J. “Red” Arnall and recorded by many artists including Luke Jordan in 1927, and featuring Bob Long on pub bell, Mississippi John Hurt’s “Lay Me Down A Pallet On The Floor”, Chicago bluesman Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do”, sung by both Pete and Jeradine, and featuring a spellbinding harp solo from Jon; Jeradine sang “Woman Be Wise” written by Sippie Wallace and John Beach and more recently recorded by Bonnie Raitt, and featuring more sublime harp, “Stealin’, Stealin'” by the Memphis Jug Band, more Chicago blues, this time Koko Taylor’s “I Got What It Takes” with a blistering vocal by Jeradine, gut wrenching harp and Pete’s guitar, steady as a rock in a hard place; a work out for Jon on “Big Walter’s Boogie” by one of the greatest harp players of all time Big Walter Horton, (and not forgetting Jeradine’s egg!), another Gillian Welch Song, co-written with her partner David Rawlings, and recorded by the great Soloman Burke, “Valley Of Tears”; more hill country blues and return of the resonator for R L Burnside’s “Poor Black Mattie”, and the inevitable encore more than well deserved, “The Sky Is Crying” by Elmore James and recorded by many including the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, featuring Jeradine on lead vocal and heart breaking slide from Mr Harris. Jon wasn’t bad either!

A Night of Newcomers and Returnees – 4th March 2015

MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with John Denver’s “Goodbye Again” and “Nothing More” by Sandy Denny. Following Henry, was Steve Moorhouse. He sang three of his own songs; “Architect of Time”, “Bisterne Dragon” and “My Sweet Rosemary”.
Next up was Sean Brophy. He performed “Through The Barricades” by Gary Kemp, a big hit for his band ‘Spandau Ballet’, “Roof Is Leaking” by Phil Collins, and Mark Knopfler’s “Romeo and Juliet” from the Dire Straits album ‘Makin’ Movies’. Geoff Yerrell travelled all the way from Lancing to play for us tonight, for the first time. He sang Chris de Burgh’s “Why Mona Lisa Smiled”, Mike Silver’s “Matter of Pride” and “Please Don’t Ask Me” by by English born Australian legend John Farnham.

Following Geoff was another newcomer, also from Sussex, Peter from Arundel. He performed Tom Paxton’s “Comedians and Angels”, “Can We Go Round Again” by A. Dickinson and covered by duo Cardy & Coke, and Merle Haggard’s “Send Me Back Home”.
After the break and raffle, Henry sang Dylan’s “Forever Young” before introducing the world to ‘Fog Patrol’ (Sean Brophy & Steve West) who performed “Chasing Cars” by ‘Snow Patrol’.

One of resident bluesmen ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long took us to the Delta with Blind Blake’s “Rope Stretching Blues” and Leadbelly’s “Diggin’ My Potatoes”. Next, more newcomers! Three of them! The Steve Lomis Band (for want of a better name) consisted of Steve on guitar and vocals, Dan on electric bass and Elena on violin. Steve sang four of his own songs; “I’ll Be Down The Road”, “Theme For A Dream”, “Rescue” and “Day One”.
Finally, and last but not least, our favourite country singer, Pat O’Dea. (Or was it Owen Moore?!) Pat sang “What The Lonely Call The Blues” by Donovan, “Liverpool Lou” by Dominic Behan and “Pretty Flamingo” which was a number one hit for Manfred Mann in 1966 and was written by Mark Barkan, an American songwriter who wrote many songs covered by famous artists such as Lesley Gore, the Monkees and Connie Francis but, for me, will always be remembered as being co-writer on that pop classic “The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana), from the Banana Splits Show!