7th January 2015 – Blues Night Special

Tonight, Lymington Folk & Blues took the keys to the highway and blasted on down the inter state of the blues. MC ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long kicked off the evening in fine style with Robert Johnson’s “Travelin’ Riverside Blues” and “Hoodoo Lady” by Memphis Minnie.
Following on from Bob was Mike Richards. Mike performed “Going Down Slow” composed by St. Louis Jimmy Oden and famously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf, another blues standard “Hesitation Blues”, origin unknown, and Arlo Guthrie’s “My Creole Belle”.

Next up, and a temporary break from the blues was Henry Campion. He sang “Walkin’ In Memphis” by Marc Cohn, “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by George Gershwin and Jesse Fuller’s “San Francisco Bay Blues. To finish the first half, our special guest Pete Robson was invited to the stage. Playing a resonator with slide and with a blues infused voice his first set consisted of; “Sweet Home Chicago” by Robert Johnson, “If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Two” by Chris Thomas King, Son House’s “Empire State Express”, “Queen of Hearts” (PR), “Kokomo Me Baby” by Mississippi Fred McDowell, “Walking Blues” by Robert Johnson and another of his own songs “Pour Me Another Barmaid”.

After the break and raffle were were gently eased into the second half by Jonathan Klein who sang “For You Blue” by George Harrison and “If I Could Have One Wish”. Following Jonathan, bluesman Mike Atack who has just released a CD “Furry’s Blues” to critical acclaim,
performed Furry’s “Falling Down Blues”, Blind Willie McTell’s “Love Changing Blues” and another Furry Lewis song, “Skinny Woman Blues”. And then onto the stage, the blues legends that are The Rezzonators. Coming all the way from Sway, home of the Avon Water Blues and the fondly remembered treacle mines, Pete Gabony and Mike Shipman played “Drop Down Mama” by Sleepy John Estes, Tampa Red’s “Tight Like That” and Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me”. And for the remainder of the evening we welcomed back our guest, Pete Robson. He performed “Who Do You Love” by Bo Diddley, and then a set of self penned numbers;  “Pram in your Hallway”, “The Morning After”, “Working Man”, “Tomorrow’s Pay”,  “Leaving the City”, “I Got So Drunk”, “More Fun on a Monday”, and “You Think You’ve Got It Bad”. And to finish the evening, at ‘Crazy’ Bob’s suggestion, all the performers joined in on a mass jam. It was brilliant, and so was the night. Thanks to all the performers and especially to our guest, Pete Robson.

15th December 2014 – Worth The Waite

Even before MC Steve West could introduce the first act, a rabble from Milford on Sea interrupted proceedings! In fact, they were the ‘Milford Mummers’ who entertained us with their seasonal play. Tough following that but Henry Campion was up to the challenge. He first sang unaccompanied the traditional “Pace Egging” and then Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and McCartney’s “Let It Be”.
For the remainder of the first half, our special guest Nigel Waite sang a selection of his fine songs. “Shooting The Breeze”, “Openshaw Lad”, “It’s You”, “North To Dartmouth”, “St Helena” and “Harry Paye” were all well received.

After the break and raffle, Mike Atack performed Blind Willie McTell’s “Love Changing Blues” and two songs by Furry Lewis; “Goin’ To Kansas” and “Skinny Woman”. And then someone we haven’t seen for awhile. Victor Checuti sang three of his own songs; “Keep On Walkin'”, “To Your Eyes” and “Gypsy Rose”. To finish the evening Nigel returned to the stage and sang “The Floor Singer”, “It’s A Fine Line”, “Pegasus Bridge”, “The Good Samaritan”, “It’s Time”, and a Christmas medley that included “In The Bleak Midwinter”, “Here Comes The Sun” and “Silent Night”. A great set. 

3rd December 2014 – A Free and Easy Night

MC Jonathan Klein got the evening off to a fine start with one of his own songs, “Oh, Stephanie”. He followed that with Paul McCartney’s “Here, There and Everywhere” from the ‘Revolver’ album and another of his own compositions, “Running For Love”.

Next up was our very own ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long. He proceeded to tell us his greyhound joke before performing Gus Cannon’s “Walk Right In”, originally recorded in 1929, it was famously recorded by ‘The Rooftop Singers’ in 1962 and became a worldwide hit, being covered by many artists. He then sang Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Shuckin’ Sugar Blues” and another Gus Cannon song, “Last Chance Blues”. To finish the first half, we had a special extended set from Henry & Roni as ‘Free ‘N Easy’. In 1968, ten school-friends, five boys, five girls, formed a group, made an LP and then went their separate ways. Forty six years later they decided to do it again! The title of the now CD is called, appropriately, “Some Time Later” and all proceeds go the the charity ‘Extend’, of which Roni is a member. They sang songs from the CD including; “Four Strong Winds” by Ian Tyson, “Sally Free ‘N Easy” by Cyril Tawney, John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery”, Don McLean’s “Crossroads”, “Follow It On” by Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna-Palmer from ‘Megson’, “Wagon Wheel” by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor, and an unaccompanied “Wild Mountain Thyme”. A briiliant set and a great end to the first half.

After the break and raffle, Pat O’Dea took to the stage and sang “Song For Life” by Rodney Crowell and Alan Jackson’s “Here In The Real World”. He was then joined by his pardn’r John Scott on Jamie O’Hara’s “For Reasons I’ve Forgotten”. John continued with “If I Had Any Pride Left At All”, written by John Greenebaum, Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, and another Rodney Crowell song, “Many A Long And Lonesome Highway”. He was then re-joined by Pat to perform bluegrass standard “Before I Met You”. Following on from John & Pat was Jim Brown. He sang “Dixie Darling” by the Carter Family, Gillian Welch’s “I Dreamed A Highway Back To You”, Tom Paxton’s “Wild Flying Dove”, and “Make Me Down A Pallet On Your Floor”, recorded recently by Gillian Welch, the original probably written by Doc Watson. 

And finally, Sway blues legends ‘The Rezzonators’. Sway may not have the Mississippi River, but then the Mississippi doesn’t have Avon Water, a lighthouse, a dock…. and treacle mines. Hard times in Sway! Mike Shipman (who didn’t tell his whippet joke) and Peter Gabony performed; “Reconsider Baby” by Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Reed’s “Big Boss Man”, Mississippi John Hurt’s “Creole Belle”, “Walking My Blues Away” by Blind Boy Fuller, and “Whiskey Headed Woman” by Tommy McLennan. A great evening again.