Our guest MC for the evening was local bluesman Peter Gabony. He introduced our first performer, the venerable Henry Campion. Are sang Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and two Bob Dylan songs; “Knocking’ on Heaven’s door” and “Like a Rolling Stone”. Following Henry were father & son bluegrass combo John & Steve Manser. They performed “Catfish John” written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds, “Open Up Your Mouth (And Let There Moonshine In) by Mike Bell, and “The Ballad of John Hurt” the origins of which are a little murky!
Next to the stage was Jonathan Klein. Jonathan was in a festive mood and sang Elton John’s “Your Song” (Xmas advert), “Merry Christmas Baby” a Christmas standard credited to Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore and originally recorded in 1947, and Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas”. Graham Wedge was next to the stage and performed “For Free” by Joni Mitchell, Buffy St Marie’s “Until It’s Time For You To Go” and his very own “You’re What Makes The World Go Round”.
After the break and raffle, our guest MC and his erstwhile long suffering partner took to the stage. Peter and Mike Shipman are better known as ‘The Rezzonators‘ and come from that unforgiving part of the country known as Sway and the Avon Water delta. They played Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”, “Turn Your Money Green” by Furry Lewis and “Lincoln Town” by John Hiatt. Continuing with the blues theme, Keith Miller performed a song with harmonica and vocal he arranged based on a Son House song, “Don’t Mind Folks Grinning In My Face”. He picked up a guitar to sing “The Rains” by Fred Eaglesmith and “Everything Is Music” by Kris Delmhorst.
Next on stage was Jim Brown. With his banjo he sang “Louis Colllins” by Mississippi John Hurt, the traditional “Gospel Plough”, and recited one of his poems; “The Great Cycle Ride”. After the “Picture Quiz” (Won by Mike Shipman’s table), Jim remained on stage and was joined by Al Slipper (guitar/mandolin) and
Heather Slipper (fiddle/whistle). Together they performed the traditional “Jock Stewart”, “The Ferryman” by Donal O’Shaughnessy, two more traditional songs; “Tell Me Ma” and “Pay Me My Money Down”, then joined by Keith Miller on harmonica and Steve West, guitar and vocal, they performed “Corinna, Corinna” and finally, another traditional song “Two Dollar Bill”.
Next time, Wednesday 2nd December, we have special gust David Fisher. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, safe New Year.