We chased away the winter blues with a fantastic, varied collection of songs and performers, and a few newcomers to spice it all up.
MC Henry Campion got the evening started with Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis” and “Ruby Tuesday” by the Rolling Stones. Next up was Steve Moorhouse. He sang two of his own songs; the first an ode to Lenny McLean, ‘The Guv’nor’, famous street fighter, called “Giver Of Pain” and “Crash & Burn”.
Following Steve was Mike Cole. With his accordion, and accompanied by Steve Moorhouse, he performed “Handsome Molly” and “The Rochester Recruiting Sergeant” (words by Pete Coe). Then Sean Brophy took to the stage to sing Mark Knopfler’s “Romeo & Juliet” and “Roof Is Leaking” by Phil Collins. Sean remained on stage to accompany the first or our newcomers, Hannah Snellgrove. Hannah sang “What Can I Say” by Skinny Lister and “If I Leave This World Alive” by Fogging Molly”.
The penultimate act of the first half was another newcomer, Tom Croft, our youngest performer of the night. He sang his own version of Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Highway Patrolman” by the Boss. So, to finish the first half, Nomad. Al, guitar/vocal, Heather, violin/guitar/vocal, sang “Call To The Wee Girl”, “The L & N Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” by Johnny Cash and joined by Jim Brown on banjo and Steve West on vocals; “Wagon Wheel” by Bob Dylan and Keith Secor.
After the break and raffle another newcomer, Larry Callan. He performed two Leonard Cohen songs; “Ain’t No Cure For Love” and “I’m Your Man”. Next was Jim Brown. On his new banjo he performed “Napoleon Crossing The Rhine” and “Hand Me Down Your Walking Cane”.
Next on stage were Pete & Cis who run Milton Ukelele Strummers Klub (MUSK) and meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the New Milton Memorial Centre. They sang Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and “It’s Alright”, written by Mike Moran and Dennis Waterman and the theme song to the TV series ‘New Tricks’. Following the ukes another uke player, Martyn Tanner. He performed John Prine’s “Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness”, “No Regrets” by Tom Rush and “September When It Comes” by Roseanne Cash.
Then it was time for Jonathan Klein to step forward. He sang two of his own songs; “Naked In A Deckchair” and a brand new one hot off the press, “Miss Your Touch”. Finally, to complete the evening, Henry returned as performer. He sang a little music hall ditty: “A Boarding House”, “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Forever Young”. A great end to a great evening. Next time, 2nd March, a very special guest, the wonderful Claude Bourbon. If you have any interest in guitar playing, you need to see this man!