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.