MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with two James Taylor songs; “Country Road” and “Lullaby”. He was followed by Steve West who sang three of his own songs; “Remembrin'”, “Marlboro Town” and “Devil’s Curse”.

Jim Brown was next and he sang the traditional “Fare Thee Well”, Mississippi John Hurt’s “Louis Collins” and “Down Where The Drunkards Roll” by Richard Thompson”. For the remainder of the first half, Henry introduced the first or our special guests, Bob Whitley.
He performed a selection of his own songs both old and new, appropriately starting with “Old Things”. He followed this with; “Still We Live In Hope”, “Without Malice”, “You Say”, “Without A Beacon Or A God”, a new song “We’ll Rise Again” inspired by the Peasant’s Revolt and comparing it with the political mess we are currently in, and finally “Show The Way”, one of the songs from his Magellan project. A very fine set, very much appreciated by the audience.

After the break and raffle, Henry sang another James Taylor song, “Fire And Rain”, before introducing to the stage bluesman Bob Long who was accompanied by Bob Whitley on harmonica. They performed Leroy Carr’s “In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down”, and “(Sail On) Honey Bee” by Muddy Waters. To finish the rest of the evening, the second of our special guests, Ninebarrow. They have had, deservedly, a very successful year and next year looks just as promising. Lauded by the likes of Mike Harding, George Papavgeris, and Shire Folk, the lads have ‘done good’ and show that quality, modern folk is alive and kicking in our local area. Accompanied by ukelele, mandolin, drum pedal and a Lorenzo chord organ, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere started their set with the traditional “Lord Exmouth”. The remainder of their set were self penned songs, largely inspired by the landscape of Dorset, but sometimes further afield. “The Pinner”, “To The Stones”, “For A Time”, “The Weeds”, “Blood On The Hillside”, “Winter King” and “The Sea” were all sung with beautiful harmonies.


MC ‘Cousin’ Bob Long having only returned from the Mississippi the previous day and still living ‘Delta’ time, took us to that area with Robert Johnson’s “Red Hot”, about a favourite local dish “Hot Tamales”, then 200 miles north but still on the Mississippi River to Memphis to sing “Going To Germany” by Gus Cannon and staying near Memphis, a few miles to the North East, a small community called Nutbush and “Everybody Should Make A Change Sometimes” by Sleepy Joe Estes. Nutbush was the childhood home of Tina Turner and featured in one of her most famous songs. Next to the stage, our very own professor,Jonathan Klein. He performed an instrumental “Mood For A Day” by ‘Yes’ guitarist Steve Howe, and one of his own songs, the beautiful “Every Time I Touch Down”, a classic acoustic prog rock love song in the making. He completed his set with a touching version of George Harrison’s “Something”.

Following Jonathan was Henry Campion. He sang “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot, “I Wonder” by Sixto Rodriguez and Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”. To finish the first half, our featured artists ‘Kadia’. This young trio are making waves in the folk world and have appeared at many festivals this year. David Hoyland plays an eight string ukelele and ‘Cajon’, Chris Bailey on guitars and Lee Cuff on Cello and lead vocals. They opened their set with a traditional song “Tide Was Flowing”, Lee’s song “Nardia’s Aria”, “Cecilia” by Paul Simon, and another Kadia song “Copper And Gold”.

After the break and raffle, Bob invited Steve West to the stage and he sang “Wild Flying Dove” by Tom Paxton and the traditional “Lambs on the Green Hills”. And to complete the evening, Kadia returned to the stage. They performed “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy”, David’s “The Beast of Bodmin Moor” and “Origin of Fire”, Chris’s “The Navigator”, a ‘folkified’ version of Kate Perry’s pop smash hit “Eye of the Tiger”, the traditional “Mary in the Rolling Silvery Tide”, David’s “Silver Linings”, Chris’s “My Friend” and finally, and very fittingly, “The Parting Glass”.
Another very enjoyable evening, thank you to Kadia especially. 


MC Steve West got the evening underway with “Lambs On The Green Hills” before introducing bluesman Mike Atack to the audience. He sang three blues classics by Furry Lewis; “Dry Land Blues”, “Falling Down Blues” and “Judge Harsh Blues”.
Following Mike was Steve Moorhouse. He performed “Carolina In My Mind” by James Taylor, John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” and “When You Say Nothing At All”, written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz and made famous by the likes of Ronan Keating and Alison Krauss.

Before welcoming the next performer, Steve (W) sang “Crying Time” by Buck Owens. Then Jon Ellis took to the stage and borrowing Steve’s guitar sang his own song about the sad demise of the Wellworthy Engineering in Lymington, that at one time employed over 5000 people across the town. Then on his tin whistle he performed two reels: “Boys of the Lough” and “The Flowing Tide”, and on his recorder, a version of “Greensleeves”.
To finish the first half, one of Steve’s playmates from ‘The Hobos’, Jim Brown. He sang Mississippi John Hurt’s “Louis Collins” first recorded in NYC in December 1928, “(What A) Wonderful World” written by Bob Thiele (as “George Douglas”) and George David Weiss and first recorded by Louis Armstrong, Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”, “Mississippi River Blues” (there is some contention as to who actually wrote it!), and then Jim was joined by Steve for the standard “I’ll Fly Away”.

After the break and raffle, Steve sang “She Moved Through The Fair” and then Mike Atack returned to the stage to sing…(Shock, Horror, Probe, Scandal!)… not a blues song but “Daddy’s Here” by Ralph McTell.
Following Mike, another Mike… Mike Richards. He started his set with “Don’t Cuss The Fiddle” by Kris Kristofferson, then continued with “Caledonia” by Dougie MacLean, and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” by Lloyd Price, first recorded in 1952 with amongst others, Fats Domino.

Bob McAthey was up next. On his classical guitar he performed “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungr, “Magdalena” and “Romanza”. Then John Detain entertained us with a medley of tunes on his guitar which included “Here Comes The Sun” and the “Good, Bad and the Ugly” theme and finishing with a foot stomping “Love Me Do”.
Steve Moorhouse returned to the stage to sing “This Is The Life” by Amy MacDonald, Jim and Bob performed “Dueling Banjos” inspired by Les Dawson, Steve & Jim sang “Leaving of Liverpool”, Jon performed “Sailor’s Hornpipe” and “Captain Pugwash” on his tin whistle and, finally, Steve and Jim sang “Sunny Side”. A great evening with a real “Folk Club” feel. Next time, on 15th October, a young up and coming band from the Bournemouth area, ‘Kadia’.


MC Jonathan Klein got an eclectic evening off to a fine start with Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” and one of his own: A new song “The Elephant In The Room”. He concluded with the standard classic “The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea” before introducing Jon Ellis to the stage. Jon sang “Maginot Waltz” by Ralph McTell, a WWI folk song “Home, Lads, Home” and a Russian folk song, sang in Russian (we only have Jon’s word for that!), English title “The Tenth Assault Battalion”.

Rob Fenner now lives in Cornwall but is often seen in the area on his regular visits to family. He performed Brian Protheroe’s “Pinball”, “Right Down The Line” by Gerry Rafferty and The Move’s “Fire Brigade”. To finish the first half Alan & Heather Slipper, collectively known as ‘Nomad’ and 40% of ‘The Hobos’ performed a couple of tunes, one German, one English and then sang “Where The River Meets The Railway Track”. They then sang two Dougie MacLean songs; “Caledonia” and “Turning Away” and finished with Bob Dylan/Ketch Secor’s “Wagon Wheel”.

After the break and raffle, a newcomer to the club. John Detain currently lives in Salisbury and has travelled all over Europe with his music. He too performed a German folk tune which became the basis of Paul Simon’s “American Tune”. He then sang a Lincolnshire folk song “Horkstowe Grange”, “La Mer” by Charles Trenet and “No Milk Today” written by Graham Gouldman and a big hit for ‘Herman’s Hermits’.

The end of the evening was given over to two local legends who need no further introduction; Les Wild and Nigel Waite. Firstly Les sang “Diamondtina Drover” by Australian Hugh McDonald, Jackson Browne’s “These Days”, Anthony John Clarke’s “An Acquaintance Of Mine”, “Handyman” by Jimmy Jones & Otis Blackwell but famously recorded by James Taylor with a whole load of other classics on his 1977 album “JT”, and Ralph McTell’s “Sleepy Time Blues”. Then Nigel came to the stage and he sang Tom Paxton’s “Leaving London”, two of his own “Pegasus Bridge” and “It’s Time” before Les joined him on the final number, a brand new song being played for the first (and maybe the last time!), and under the duo name of ‘The Profaners’, “Better Together”! No prizes for guessing where that came from given today’s momentous event. 


MC Jon Ellis took control of the evening using his experience in education by issuing merit awards to all the worthy performers. (It should be noted that the Raffle Team did not receive an award which may lead to a coup d’etat in the near future!).
Jon got the evening underway with the WWI anthem “When This Bloody War Is Over”. Next up were Rob Fenner & Mark Coleman. They performed Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere”, Mark’s “Lady Of The Night”, “Black Magic Woman” by Peter Green and John Fogerty’s “Proud Mary”.

Steve Moorhouse sang James Taylor’s “Carolina In My Mind”, “This Is The Life” by Amy MacDonald, and “Sing To Me A Working Week” by Reg Meuross. Following Steve was Phil Wainewright who with his ukelele sang “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor.
And to finish the first half, our very special guest, Daniel del Valle. Daniel performed “Democracy etc.”, “By The Way”, “Berlin”, “The Discovery Of Slow Motion” and “Challenging Philosophy”.

After the break and raffle, Pat O’Dea came to the stage and sang “Where The Chilly Winds Don’t Blow” by John Stewart and John Phillips, Pat Alger’s “Fewer Threads Than These”, and Steve Goodman’s “Looking For Trouble”. Just the man to follow such a great set was bluesman
 Mike Atack. Mike performed Blind Willie McTell’s “Love Changing Blues” and “Going to Kansas City (a.k.a. Move To Kansas) by Furry Lewis.
Next were Pete & Cis Davis who organize the Milton Ukelele Stummer’s Klub (MUSK) in New Milton. They played “The Old Bazaar In Cairo”, and “Wagon Wheel” by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor. Following Pete & Cis was Luke Futcher. We haven’t seen Luke for awhile so it was good to see him performing at the club again. He sang three songs in the skiffle style; Townes van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues”, “Sweet Something” and “Darktown Strutters Ball” by Shelton Brooks.

And then to finish the evening, Daniel returned to the stage. He sang “Don Quijote de La Mancha”, “Nothing Seems To Be Going My Way These Days”, “About The Tides”, “Trains” and “Barle Atha Cliath”.

OH WHAT A NIGHT! (courtesy of The Four Seasons)

Last night saw a packed room and the welcome return of some familiar faces. MC Henry Campion got the evening odd to a fine start with the traditional “Banks of the Nile” made famous by Sandy Denny and ‘Fotheringay’. Next up, a special guest. John Dunkinson now lives in Seattle but was a boyhood friend of Rod Legge, to whom this club is dedicated. Rod would write the lyrics, and often John would add the music. He performed two of those songs; “The Village Soldiers” and “Jack in the Basket”.

Following John were Derek Ayling and Carol Sunter. Carol sang with Derek on guitar and they performed “Diamonds and Rust” by Joan Baez, “Dear Uncle Joe” by David Gibbs and “On Morecambe Bay” by Kevin Littlewood. Then, another duo were invited to the stage. Jim Brown (Hobo of this parish) and Lorna Franklin sang “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”, “In My Time Of Dying”, Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” and “Come You Fair And Tender Ladies”.

And if two duos weren’t enough, Henry then asked Joe Constable and Sophie van Meeren to step up onto the stage. Joe on his lovely folk Gibson and Soph on didgeridoo, guitar and flute (not all at the same time) sang “King of Spain” by the ‘Tallest Man On Earth’, a song written by Dougie MacLean about an idyllic Scottish isle (whose name escapes me!), and a song that Joe has written about the Australian outback called “Gunbarrel Highway Revisited” with Tony Parry on harmonica. And to finish the first half, our extra special guest, Tony Parry. Tony, with his lovely wife Mary, now live in Uckfield, Sussex, but before their move were very much part of the Lymington scene. Tony sang his song in memory of the late, great Pete Seeger: “The Jolly Weaver”. He followed that with Buffy St Marie’s “Big Ones Get Away”.

After the break and raffle, Bob Long performed “New Stockyard Blues” by Robert Wilkins and “Hard Time Blues” by Srapper Blackwell. We don’t see Pat O’Dea as often as we’d like so it’s always good to see him in Lymington. (His pardner John Scott was also present but keeping a low profile!) Pat sang “Going Gone” by Pat Alger, Fred Koller and Bill Dale, “That’s What Makes You Strong” by Jesse Winchester, and “Before They Close The Minstrel Show” by Bob Coltman (available on youtube by a guy called Owen Moore!)

Next up, our second bluesman of the night, Mike Atack. Mike sang “Falling Down Blues” and “Move To Kansas City” both by Furry Lewis. Following Mike, Steve West sang “The Lie” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”.

And to finish the evening, the one and only, the incomparable Tony Parry. Tony performed David Massengill’s brilliant “Riders on an Orphan Train”, his own moving composition about the Aberfan disaster “Children of the Valley”, and “Downhome Girl” written by Jerry Leiber and Artie Butler, made famous by ‘The Old Crow Medicine Show’ and recorded by ‘The Rolling Stones’.

And they thought it was all over….. Henry captured the evening brilliantly with a rousing version of “With A Little Help From My Friends”, with everyone joining in.

Another eclectic mix of musicians survived the heat to provide a most entertaining evening.

MC Bob Long kicked off proceedings with Gus Cannon’s “Bring It With You When You Come” and “Bye And Bye” by Tommy Johnson. Bob then introduced a newcomer to the club, a young lady by the name of Meg Ridgway. She sang the traditional “Fare Thee Well”, and two of her own songs; “For Your Eyes” and “Home”.

Following Meg, our very own professor, Jonathan Klein. He performed George Harrison’s “Old Brown Shoe”, his own “If There Were 25 Hours In Every Day” and “Vincent” by Don McLean. Then it was time for the first set of our special guest, Robert Lane. Robert is a singer/songwriter/actor based in Birmingham. He sang three of his own songs; “Very Own Way”, “Break My Heart Blues” and “It Feels Like 5000 Miles”. To finish the first half, Hobo Jim Brown gave us “Hang Me” and “Come All You Fair And Tender Ladies”.

After the break and raffle, that fashion challenging gentleman of the local folk scene Mr Jim Palmer took to the stage. Sporting a silver shirt and twelve string guitar, he performed “Jennifer Johnson And Me” by Robert Earl Keen, then joined by Tony Partington “Fateful Glass Of Beer” by Charlie Case (died 1916) who wrote and sang vaudeville parodies of 19th century ballads, and the classic “Drift Away” written by Mentor Williams. Next up bluesman Mike Atack who sang “Cannonball Blues” and “Move To Kansas City”, both by Furry Lewis, Robert Johnson’s “If I Had Possession” and “Love Changing Blues” by Blind Willie McTell.

Another newcomer to the club, Rob Fenner, hails from Cornwall. He gave us “Lazy Sunday Afternoon” by Ray Davies, “The Year Of The Cat” by Al Stewart and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by Lennon/McCartney. Next was our very own ‘Enry, Henry Campion. He sang “Fotheringay” by Sandy Denny, James Taylor’s “Shower The People” and a brilliant version of “The Weight” by Robbie Robertson.

Last but certainly not least, to finish the evening, our special guest Robert Lane. He performed “One Of Those Guys”, “Day To Day”, the Bee Gees “To Love Somebody” (with some fabulous singing by the audience), “Lost But I Can’t Care”, “Alone Now”, “Facing West” by The Staves and “You Want It Both Ways”. A fantastic evenings. Thank you to everyone who took part. Next time, 20th August, Open Floor Night with rumours that a certain Mr Parry may be in town! Book you seat now! 
Wednesday 18th June

It was a hot night at Lymington Acoustic. MC Jonathan Klein got the evening started with one of his own songs “If”, and then sang “Constantly”, a big hit for Cliff Richard in 1964, based on the Italian ballad “L’Edera”. Following Jonathan was MIke Atack. Bluesman Mike sang “Cannonball Blues” by Frank Hutchison, two songs by Furry Lewis; “Judge Harsh Blues” and “Falling Down Blues”.

Next, another bluesman, Bob Long. He performed Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom”, Tampa Red’s “Can’t Get That Stuff No More” and blues standard “Key To The Highway” by Charlie Segar.

To finish the first half, our guests ’71 Chain Acoustic’. Chris Lappage (Lead vocals, guitar), Adam Bowden (Bass), Ryan Stevens (Guitar, mandolin), and Paul Meech (Guitar, mandolin) showed off their considerable musical skills on three of their own numbers; “Stories”, “Shadows” and “Winterborn”.

After the break and raffle Jonathan sang Elton John’s “Your Song” and then introduced Jon Ellis to the stage. Jon performed Leadbelly’s “Bourgeois Blues” and Pete Seeger’s “If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus”.

Next up was Steve West. He sang a brand new song “Leave That Bottle On The Floor” and “Enough”. Then the bluesmen returned for a couple of numbers each. Bob sang Leroy Carr’s “Evening When The Sun Goes Down” and “Green River Blues” by Charley Patton. Mike performed “Dry Land Blues” by Furry Lewis and “Brownsville Blues” by Sleepy John Estes.

And to finish the evening in style, our guests ’71 Chain’. They played “We Believe”, the traditional “She Moves Through The Fayre”, “Sea Shepherd” and “We Stayed Awhile”.

4th Anniversary Night

On our 4th anniversary of the reformation of the Lymington Folk Club, we had music, bunting and cakes, made by our very own Molly.

MC Jon Ellis got the evening off to a fine start  with memories of his hippy days by singing “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and later covered by Scott McKenzie whose version became  “the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the late1960’s. Following Jon was Mike Atack. He performed Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, “Poncho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt, and “Little Tin Soldier”, also by Donovan.

Next up was ‘our ‘enry, Henry Campion, now sporting fashionable stubble. (Not calling it a beard just yet!) He sang James Taylor’s “Country Road”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, the classic Academy Award-winning ballad with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and written for the 1939 movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’. (Check out ‘you tube’ for the most incredible version by Israel “Iz” Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’Ole), and Grammy Award-winning “Walking In Memphis” by Marc Cohn.

Then an unscheduled visit by Jim Brown who had to borrow a ukelele, so disorganized is this member of ‘The Hobos’. He played bluegrass standard “Mister Mississippi”, “Denim Blue, a song he learned whilst living in New Zealand, and “Peach Pickin’ Time In Georgia” by Jimmie Rodgers. To finish the first half we welcomed Paul Nichols and John Roseveare to the stage, also known as ‘No Place For Old Men’. (John won the ‘shirt of the evening award’) Paul, on rhythm guitar/vocals and John, lead on a ‘National’ steel guitar, “Here She Comes” by Paul, “Long Black Veil”, written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell in 1959, but has since become a standard and recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash, “Baobab Waltz”, and “Home Town Blues”, also by Paul.

After the break and raffle, Paul Burke. Paul is the popular host and organizer of the Bournemouth Folk Club and Purbeck Folk Festival. He sang, unaccompanied, a traditional song about an “Old Brown Hen”, “Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back” written in 1894 for a musical comedy “The Shop Girl”, and the music hall monologue “His Lordship Winked At The Counsel” written and composed by George Dance & Peter Conroy. 

And next… the ‘cakemaker’, Molly Atack. Young Molly sang her own “Swear I’ll Pray” on guitar and “Crow Jane” by Skip James on ukelele. And finally, to finish the evening in style, ‘Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks’. Jonathan Klein, guitar/vocals, Ben Finlay, lead guitar, and John Gabbay, double bass, performed Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”, Jon’s “Touchdown”, “Guy With A Guitar”,  and “Space Is Deep, Love Is Deeper”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross”, and a well deserved encore, Lennon/McCartney’s “And I Love Her”.

Wednesday 21st May: DAMIAN CLARKE

Sporting a new top of the range harmonica holder, MC Henry Campion got proceedings underway with “Halfway Up The Stairs” written by Sixto Rodriguez.
Following Henry was Mike Atack. With his resonator guitar he performed Mike Chapman’s “You Say”, Eric Bogle’s “Leaving Nancy”, “Daddy’s Here” by Ralph McTell and Ishman Bracey’s “Trouble Hearted Blues. Next up saw the welcome return of Di Plumer and Chris Wolferstan, currently based in Brighton. Di sang the jazz standard “Button Up Your Raincoat” written by Brown, Henderson & de Sylva. Then Chris sang John Prine’s “I Want To Dance With You” followed by an instrumental “Beaumont Rag”, which showcased Chris’s amazing ability on the guitar. Di then sang “I Can’t Believe You’re In Love With Me” by John Virgo, Garrett Iii & Benito Benites, and another jazz standard “Sweet Georgia Brown” written by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard and Kenneth Casey.
Next on the stage was Molly Atack. She sang “Elenore”, a big hit for The Turtles in the late sixties but written by Lennon/McCartney, and a new song with the provisional title “Driftin'”.
To finish the first half, our special guest Damian Clarke. Damian is a natural performer and talented musician and artist, and a thoroughly nice chap! He started on the hammered dulcimer with a couple of O’Carolan tunes; “Eleanor Plunkett” and “Si Bheg Si Mhor” and then the traditional “Cambric Shirt” (a.k.a. ‘Scarborough Fair’). Damian then switched to the Hurdy Gurdy to sing “The Saucy Sailor” and “The Sally Gardens”.
After the break and raffle, Bob Long sang Washboard Sam’s “Diggin’ My Potatoes”, “Walk Right In” by Gus Cannon, and “Old Jim Canan” by Robert Wilkins. Jonathan Klein opened his set with one of his own songs “Everything I Build Falls Apart”, Don McLean’s “Vincent”, and “Daydream Believer”, made famous by The Monkees and written by John Stewart, formerly a member of the ‘Kingston Trio’.
To finish the evening, Damian returned to the stage. He started his second set with “Rakes Of Kildare” and “The Frost Is All Over”on the hammered dulcimer. He continued with the “Blue Cockade” and then picked up the hurdy gurdy to sing the traditional “He Who Will Not Merry Be”. Returning to the dulcimer he sang a song in Irish Gaelic (sorry people… didn’t catch the title!) and finished with one of his own songs “Mr C’s Night Out”, accompanied by Ollie on banjo.


MC Mike Atack got the evening underway with Furry Lewis’s “Cannonball Blues”, Robert Johnson’s “Travelling Riverside Blues” and “Brownsville Blues” by Sleepy Joe Estes. Next up was Henry Campion. Manfully overcoming tuning and harmonica holder issues, he sang “Old Man” by Neil Young, Sting’s “Fields Of Gold”, “Angel From Montgomery” by John Prine and Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”. Following Henry was Dilkusha. Jason Hinchey (guitar/vocals), and Bob Smith (banjo/vocals) performed mainly Jason’s songs interspersed with various tunes.They started with “Roots”, followed by “Crooked Mile”, “Reggae Music” and “Allende” written by Luke Kelly and famously covered by Christy Moore. To finish the first half, the welcome return of Southbound. We haven’t seen Pat and John for awhile, it was good to see them back at the Thomas Tripp. They started with “Lord I Hope This Day is Good”, recorded amongst others by Don Williams but composed by David N Hanner. Next they sang “How Many Hearts Have You Broken Today” by Jim & Jesse McReynolds, “Face On The Cutting Room Floor” by Jeff Hanna, Steve Goodman & James Ibbotson, and “You’re Running Wild” by the Louvin Brothers. After the break and raffle, the long awaited return of another  former LA regular, Luke Futcher. This was the first outing for his new duo, so new they don’t even have a name yet! With Sarah Boak they sang one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music, “Lovesick Blues”. Accredited to Cliff Friend and Irving Mills the song was originally written for a musical in 1922. Next they performed Jelly Roll Morton’s “Sweet Substitute”, “Tennessee Waltz” by Patti Page, with Luke on virtual trumpet, and “If I Had You” by Adam Lambert. Southbound returned to the stage for their second set. They sang “Before I Met You” written by Seitz, Lewis and Denny, Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” and  “Gotta Travel On”, originally written by Billy Grammer but ‘borrowed/collected’ a decade later by Mr Zimmerman! And finally for this evening, Dilkusha returned to the stage. They started with a set of jigs and reels followed by “New York Girls”, “The Blah, Blah, Blah Song”, “Ride On”, a song made famous by Christy Moore but composed by Jimmy MacCarthy, and “Glastonbury”.


MC Bob Long introduced our very own professor Jonathan Klein to kick off the evening. He sang “Here Comes The Sun” by George Harrison, one of his own compositions “In The Beginning” and Paul Simon’s “America”. Next up was young Molly Atack. She performed “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson and “Alas I Cannot Swim” by Laura Marling. Following Molly, appropriately, was dad Mike. Mike left his blues shoes at home and sang “Gallows Pole” by Page/Plant, “Poncho and Lefty” by Townes van Zandt, “Good Year For The Roses” written by Jerry Chesnut and made famous in the UK by Elvis Costello, and “Labelled With Love” by Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze. Bob then introduced our special guest of the evening, Aaron Gregory. Aaron is a fine songwriter, observing the sometimes quirky world of love and life. He sang “We’ll Always Have Weymouth”, “The Coast”, and “Summer Days”, all to be found on his current CD. And then, almost without notice (!!!???!) intruders interrupted proceedings. A troupe of no-hopers and drunkards calling themselves the “Milford Mummers” announced themselves in traditional manner. Seriously, they were brilliant. A big thank you to Caroline (Narrator), Richard (Lord Nelson), Rosemary (Lord Collingwood), Peter (Jolly Jar Tar/Tosspot), Dee (Molly Brownbags), Bobbie (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Sandi (Quayside Floosie). After the break and Raffle, Aaron returned for a second set. He performed “Wishing Well”, a song about Caroline, a song about Diana, and finally another track from the CD, “Smoke”. There’s a new CD in the making, and I for one can’t wait to hear it. Next was Paul Nichols. A fine singer and lovely guitar player, he sang the traditional “Lord Franklin”, and two self penned numbers; “Bare Back Waltz”, and “Red Row Flats” about the infamous Glasgow tenement blocks. Henry Campion followed Paul. He sang Dylan’s “If Not For You”, “Changes” by Phil Ochs, Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis”. Then Jon Ellis came to the stage with his tin whistle. He performed a number of tunes including; “Harvest Home”, “The Fox Hunt”, “The Waltz For Paulie”, and “Lord Inchiquin”. Finally Bob Long completed the evening in his own inimitable style with the negro spiritual “Ananias!” and Tommy Johnson’s “Big Road Blues”. A fantastic evening.

A VERY fond Farewell…

Stalwarts of the Lymington Folk Club Tony & Mary Parry are leaving the town to be closer to family in East Sussex. They have been with us since the rebirth of the club almost three years ago. They will be much missed but hopefully we will see them from time to time!

Tony was MC for the night and kicked off proceedings with his brilliant “iPhone Song”. Next up, the young lady with the big voice, Ruth Whapham. 

She sang her own “Watch You Fall” and a number by Gram Parsons. Following Ruth was the one and only David Massengill. David is returning to New York soon so it was great to see him before his flight home. One of David’s mentors was Jack Hardy, legendary folk singer and “keeper of the tradition”. I can do no better than to recommend that you check him out on the internet, he was up there with the best. David sang two of Jack’s songs; “Tree of Rhyme” and “The Tinker’s Coin”, and then “Hobgoblin”, one of his new songs about fairies, which is David’s current project.

Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier are regulars at the club and always delight the audience. Vicky sang two of her own songs; “Woman In Love” with Jamie on banjo, and “One Track Mouth” accompanied by Jamie on guitar. Another of our regulars is Henry Campion who has a penchant for Bob Dylan songs. He didn’t disappoint with his rendition of “Lay Lady Lay”. He followed that with a rare outing of one of his own songs “City Child” and Lennon/McCartney’s “Baby You Can Drive My Car”.

Finishing the first half were Lola’s Gang, at the end of their extensive farewell tour (part one). Mary Parry sang the traditional “Careless Love” accompanied by Tony ‘Leftie’

Parry and Steve ‘Butterfingers’ West on guitars, followed by the traditional American folk song “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”, “Summertime”, an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

After the break and raffle, Mike Atack, one of our new activists, sang the moving “Emmet Till” by Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” and Squeeze’s “Labelled With Love”. Following Mike was his daughter Molly. She sang three of her own songs; “My Love”, “Only The Brave” and “Much At All”.

Next up, and a newcomer to Lymington, was Damian Clarke. Damian is a wonderful performer with a fine, clear, melodic voice. He sang “Sally Gardens”, a traditional song based on a poem by Yeats accompanying himself on a hammered dulcimer, and on the hurdy gurdy he sang the traditional “He Who Will Not Be Merry”.

Following Damian were the duo McFlute. They are also newcomers to the club although Terry MacDonald is a well known musician the area. I have unforgivably forgotten the name of the flautist! (50 lashes) Terry sang Eric Bogle’s “Somewhere In America”, “Knickerbocker Line”, an American traditional song, “Will I See Thee More” by John McCusker and Ralph McTell’s “The Hiring Fair”. 

And now for something different! John Scott introduced his wife Sandy on violin and together they performed Jay Ungr’s “Ashoken Farewell”. Brilliant! Then John was joined by his Southbound partner Pat O’Dea. They sang “Hardhearted” by Elizabeth Cook, Flatt & Scruggs “Before I Met You”, and a song well chosen by the guys because it makes a connection with David Massengill and Jack Hardy! “Travel On” was written by Paul Clayton. Paul was  prominent in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1956 he joined Folkways Records and recorded six solo albums before moving to Elektra Records, for two albums, collaborating with artists such as Dave Van Ronk, one of David,s mentors and friends. He became a prominent figure in the Greenwich Village folk scene in New York City, like Jack, during the early 1960s and was close friends with Van Ronk,  Liam Clancy and Bob Dylan. A song Clayton wrote was allegedly “borrowed” by Dylan in 1962 as the basis for one of his most famous tunes, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”.Tragically, beset by personal problems, Paul committed suicide in 1967, still in his thirties.

Finally, Southbound were joined on stage by Lola’s Gang for “Walking On The Moon”. A brilliant night. Thank you everyone.

A VERY special thank you to Tony and Mary. x

Somehow this was a special night, I could feel it in the atmosphere and there was a bright anticipation about the place. MC for the night was Carol Richards and she quickly got Bob Long on to the stage to bring us some of his familiar blues, laced with the double entendres so common amongst the blues writers of the 30s and 40s.
Pat O’Dea hadn’t been to the LFC for quite a while, so it was something of a treat when he came on and started on Bob Coltman’s “Before they Closed the Minstrel Show”. Part way through, however, he was joined by John Scott and we witnessed the first outing of Southbound since June 6th last year.
For their third and final song they played “Ashes of Love” – part of their LFC repertoire for three years – to much clapping and participation. Carol could not have chosen better for her second act. Southbound’s return lifted the whole place.
Vicky Kimm always delights us with the poetry of her songs; tonight she brought us “Down by the Sea”, a brand new one called “Moving On” and “I guess this is Goodbye”. She was, of course, most ably accompanied by Jamie Courtier. And so…. to fairies! David Massengill is here in pursuit of his project of building a fairy repertoire (about fairies, that is, not for them). His songs involved a fairy gathering, a Pixie Valentine and a “Tree Romance”. He finished with a song about “green apple pie” by the late Jack Hardy, one of the most prolific American folk songwriters.
Molly Atack also writes songs and she sang two of her own songs to great effect; Dad, Mike, sang a couple of blues numbers using a beautiful chrome-plated resonator guitar.
Stuart Burns has come to us from Austin Texas. Stuart writes his own songs and his first set was made up of four of them, delightful and amusing by turns.
After the break Tony Horn recited his poem about the sea-water baths. Tony is known to many of us who have met him in his litter-picking activities – something he has been doing on a voluntary and unpaid basis for many years, usually accompanied by his boxer dog who sadly died a few weeks ago.
Tony was followed by Jim Anderson on one of his now, very rare, visits. Jim played “Brise Napolitaine” – to perfection.
Colanandan are a four piece band featuring two guitars, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. They played a lovely varied set including “Grandma’s Feather Bed” and ending with Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel”. Some lovely playing and beautiful harmonies. I hope we’ll see them again.
Stuart Burns came back to tell more stories and sing more songs, starting with “Don’t Mess with Texas” (as if anybody would) and including Emmy Lou Harris’s “Ponch & Lefty”, and his own “Chardonnay Honey” and haunting “White Lady”. The evening finished at the latest time…11.30pm,
But we’d all had a great night.

Wednesday 15th May: Blues from the Deep South.

From the moment MC Henry Campion introduced the first act we knew we were in for a great night.
Adrienne, Rebecca and Philip are Twangdillo: Alto, tenor and bass ukeleles and three part harmonies.
This was their 2nd appearance at the club and once again they were well received. They performed “Perfect World” by Kodaline, 
“The Show” by Lenka and two original songs; “Move On” and “Twangdillo Nights”. Let’s hope we see them again soon.
Following Twangdillo were our special guests to perform the first of their two sets. Pete Harris & Hugh Budden are two of the 
finest blues players in the country. Pete (vocals, guitar, mandolin) has been active on the blues scene for 30 years. He’s played 
with some of the best, including visiting American artists. Hugh is one of the country’s best harp players. His list of credits is also 
very impressive. Check out their brilliant CD recorded live in 2007 for more information and to listen to much of the music we were 
treated to tonight. Their first set included songs by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly, Luke Jordan, Bo Carter and Bib Bill Broonzy.
After the break and raffle Out Of The Blue took the stage. Henry Campion (vocals, guitar, harmonica, kazoo) and Roni Notcutt (vocals) 
performed “San Francisco Bay Blues” by Jesse Fuller, Cyril Tawney’s “Sally Free and Easy”, John Prine’s “Angel of Montgomery” 
and “Wagon Wheel” a song patched together by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secur of the Old Crow Medicine Show. 
Next we had the unexpected but welcome return of the living legend that is Mr David Massengill. Back in the UK for a disappointingly 
short time, America’s pre-eminent Applalachian dulcimer player sang four songs; “Wake Up”, “What Was Once A Dream”, 
“Down Derry Down” based on John Milton’s ‘Parasise Lost’ and the classic “Rider On An Orphan Train”.
To finish the evening Pete and Hugh took to the stage for their second set. Songs by T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee,
 Leadbelly, Blind Blake, Sonny Boy Williamson and to finish the evening, probably the nation’s favourite blues number, “Little Red Rooster” by Willie Dixon and made famous by Howlin Wolf. Two handed acoustic blues just does not come any better than this.


 MC Jonathan Klein got the evening started wHenrith two of his own songs, “Everything I Build Falls Apart” and “Rockpools”, accompanied by John Gabbay on upright bass.Next up our ‘enry Henry Campion sang Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower” and “Vincent” by Don McLean. Mike Atack sang two blues numbers, including “Judge Harsh Blues” by Furry Lewis. Following Mike was his daughter Molly. She sang two of her own songs, so new as yet untitled! You never know what Jon Ellis might bring to the folk club. On this occasion it was his recorder on which he performed “Newcastle”, a Northumbrian dance tune, and “The Nutting Girl, a morris tune. Steve Moorhouse is one of the regulars at Mike Shipman’s sessions at Sway Club. He sang “Grand Coolee Dam” by Woody Guthrie and the “Vietnam Song” made famous by Country Joe Macdonald at Woodstock. To finish the first half we had our first guests of the evening, Magpie Chatter. They are a duo consisting of two of the most experienced musicians in the area. Andy Stone and Tim Wilkinson have been in various bands over the years. Both have fine voices, very different but well matched. They started by performing the traditional “Turn The Wheel Round”, then “Love On A Farm Boys Wages” by XTC’s Andy Partridge. “Lay My Burden Down” is one of their own compositions, and finally one of Tim’s songs, “Westbury Way”, which featured Tim on his Dojo, a cross between a banjo and a dobro! Dick & Laura kicked off the second half with a seasonal song written by Laura about the Maytime and the start of festivals and dancing, and then a morris medley with Laura on accordion and Dick on guitar. Catherine Ellio, from Swindon is a newcomer to the club. She sang two of her own songs, “Sowed On” and “The Last Laugh”. Mike Richards followed Catherine with Gram Parson’s “Hickory Wind” and “Motherless Child” by Richie Havens. Ian Brown is another newcomer to the club and he performed two of his own compositions, “Grey Is The New Blonde” and “Apple & Blackberry Pie”. Jim Brown is a member of the Hobos and spookily his birth name is Ian Brown! He sang “Mississippi River Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy and “Faded Demin Blue” by a New Zealand folk singer called Mike Harding! And finally…. our second guests of the evening, Mike Shipman and Peter Gabony a.k.a. The Rezzonators. They performed “Creole Belle” by Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”, “Downtown Blues” by Frank Stokes, “Love Looks Good On You” by Guy Davis, Doc Watson’s “Deep River Blues” and “Reconsider Baby” by Lowell Fulson.

Prehistoric Burial Mounds, Arachnidman, Warm Coastal Memories and Chilled out fruit – all in one evening!

What a night! Hard to know where to begin. Four guests with extended spots  have released or are about to release a new CD, three newcomers and a couple of regulars who performed as a duo for the first time. And…. the welcome return of Joe Constable to the club after an enforced period away.
It was Jon Ellis’s task as MC to bring this lot to order and he did a fine job. First up our new duo. Mellow Peaches are Mississippi Bob Long and Jan Anderson. They performed B.B. King’s blues standard “Rock Me Baby”, “Diggin’ My Potatoes” by Washboard Sam, and another standard “Sporting Life Blues” by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Next up was Martyn Tanner on his tenor ukelele. He sang Buddy Holly’s “Raining In My Heart”, “Handbags and Gladrags” written by Mike D’Abo and “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”, made famous by Elvis Presley and written by the songwriting partnership of Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe, based on a traditional blues song.
Following Martyn was our first guest of the evening, Aaron Gregory. This young man is making waves in the local music scene and rightly so. With a clear strong voice he sings his own songs full of local colour. His new CD “The Last Dance To The Carousel” is out now. Joining him on some of the songs were vocalist Sarah Webb and guitarist Sean Gallagher. Aaron sang; “Summer Days”, “To The Sea”, “The Coast”, “We Will Always Have Weymouth” and “Smoke”.
To finish the first half, we had the second of our guests, and a newcomer to the club. Ian Easton hails from Clatford, near Andover, and performs as The Widowmaker. It was instantly apparent that Ian’s performance and songs were going to be thoughtful and atmospheric. His 2nd CD is now available on iTunes. He sang; “Wicked Old Me”, “Tell Me To Stay”, “Remember Me”, “Running”, “Queen Of Hearts” and “Open Invitation”.

After the break and raffle (thank you to those who donated raffle prizes), Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier took to the stage. We haven’t seen them for a while but it was worth the wait. Vicky, piano and lead vocals, and Jamie, guitar and vocals, performed three of Vicky’s songs; “One Track Mouth”, “April” and “Down By The Sea”, the latter a relatively new song which perfectly showcased Vicky’s beautiful, enchanting vocals, and Jamie’s accomplished guitar work.
Next was a newcomer to the club. Gorran Kendall is a young lad from New Milton. With his guitar he sang; “Love Interruption” by Jack White and one of his own compositions, “Kingdom Come”. Let’s hope we see more of Gorran in the future.  Following Gorran were our third newcomers of the night and visitors to our area, Alison and Ken Paris from Walsall. They usually perform under the name Alicats and sang two songs, one being Richard Thompson’s “Waltzing For Dreamers” with Ken on Bob’s 1945 Gibson and Alison on accordion. And finally, our third and final guests of the evening, Ninebarrow. They are creating a storm in the local music scene with their finally crafted songs and brilliant two part harmonies. Their EP will be launched at Ringwood Folk Club on 7th May. They sang; “Come January”, “The Knightwood Oak”, “Bird Song”, the traditional “Row On”, and “The Sea”.

Wednesday 3rd April – a Night of the Bands

Ananais was the man who restored sight to the blind St Paul and Bob Long kicked off the night with a gospel song about him. He followed with “Don’t Leave me Here by Henry Thomas and finally played out a Broozy song accompanied by Tony Parry on harp. Bluesman number two was Mike Atack who knocked out two great Furry Lewis songs and finished with the beautiful “Poncho & Lefty” by Emmy Lou Harris.

Al Scorch and his Country Soul Ensemble is from Chicago and is made up of Al (long-knecked 5 string banjo & guitar), Felipe (fiddle), Chris (percussion) and Charlie on Bass. They played a cracking first set, mostly of their own writing but including one or two classic US folk songs – but with their own treatment. For the most part, and despite the name, the music was pretty much bluegrass……but what’s in a name, it certainly set the Thomas Tripp rocking!

After the interval and raffle Walker-Broad took to the stage. This is a 4 piece band comprised of Andy Broad (guitar), Sandy Walker (vocals), Alan Blackmore on percussion and Simon Tuffnail on double bass. They played a brilliant 30 minute set that was part folk/jazz/funk/etc blending perfectly with Sandy’s voice.
They were a wonderful contrast to the hothouse music of Al Scorch. Thank you, guys.

And so, back to Al Scorch. He played a couple of songs on his own to get the set going and was then joined by his fellow musicians. This was a varied set venturing from a lovely harmony between fiddle and bowed double bass, to banjo-led scrambles across Tennessee and Oklahoma. The second set finished far too soon – leaving us all keen for more.

As I was packing things up someone said to me – “that was a hell of a night!”. And…..yes it was.

Wonderful Open Stage night – March 20th

MC Steve West was able to introduce a wide range of performers as well as welcome four newcomers to the club.
A doyen of local folk music for 40 years, Mike Richards kicked off the evening with songs we would have heard in the early days of the New Forest Folk Club; Alex Campbell’s “Been On The Road So Long” and “One Too Many Mornings” by Bob Dylan. Next up was Mike Atack. He performed Dylan’s “North Country Blues” and the blues classic “Yellow Dog Blues”.
Then the first of our newcomers: Rob & Sue hail from Corfe Mullen. They performed Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Gypsy Song Man”, “I Will Love You” by the Fureys, a bluegrass standard “Come And Sit By The River”, and “Sweet Is The Melody” by Iris Dement. Bob Long is well known for taking us to Mississippi but tonight brought us a couple of songs from Tennessee. Noah Lewis’s “Going To Germany”, recorded with Gus Cannon in 1929, and “Old Jim Canaan” by Robert Wilkins.
Following Bob was John Friary. John sang two of his own songs; “Open Up” and “Acid”, the latter an especially powerful song. To finish the first half in style, the welcome return of John Scott. John performed John Prine’s “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”, Rodney Crowell’s “I Still Love You” and “Ribbon of Darkness” by Gordon Lightfoot.
Mike Richards sang the blues standard “Trouble In Mind” to start the second half followed by Henry Campion, who performed David Gray’s “Babylon” and “Tears From Heaven” by Eric Clapton. Molly Atack sang “The Hero Boy Named Finn” from the cartoon series “Adventure Time”, “One Too Many Morning’s” by Bob Dylan, and one of her own songs, “The Way That I Do”.
Following Molly, Bob returned to the stage to perform Tommy Johnson’s “Sliding Delta” and then Molly’s Dad, Mike, also returned to the stage, this time with his steel guitar, to sing Robert Johnson’s “Possession Over Judgement Day”. Our second newcomers then took to the stage. Ben and Gary come from Hythe and play as the Ben Gunn Duo. They immediately blew the audience away with their rhythm and blues, starting with “Drinkin’ Whisky Slowly”, and then two of their own compositions; “Next Time My Friend” and “I Don’t Need your Lovin’, Just Your Money”, both well received. And last but not least, an extended set from Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks. We very nearly had the first solid electric guitar at the folk club if it hadn’t been for a tuning issue! Their first song was Jonathan’s “Back To The Blues”, then the Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil”, Jonathan’s “Rockpool”, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” by Bob Dylan and finally, Lennon/McCartney’s “And I Love Her”.
Another brilliant evening of variety and quality, and new faces. Next time, very special guests “The Al Scorch Band” from the US.

March 6th Folk Club
Sometimes  the job of MC is a piece of cake.  All you have to do is allocate everyone a slot! And it should have been like that for this week’s MC, Henry Campion…..but it wasn’t.  So it is much to his credit that just about everyone who wanted to play got to do so.
The ice was broken by Pat O’Dea with his own song, “Propinquity” (I’m not going to explain it if you weren’t there). He followed with “School Days Over” by Ewan McColl. A great start to what would prove to be a great evening.
Damian (surname unknown) had been threatening to play for a month or so. He’s never played for us before but that is clearly an oversight on his part. His “Blind Willie McTell” by Dylan was terrific, and he continued with a fine Fairport number – all on a fine Brazilian Rosewood guitar! Mike Atack
(not Attack, as some would pronounce it!) finally unveiled his colours with a Furry Lewis song “Morning Judge” and then daughter, Molly, sang one of her own and blew a few listeners away!!!
It’s been a while since Catherine Lake has given one of her Bodhran demos, so it was a most welcome and refreshing interlude. She was followed by Tim Wilkinson on only his second  visit to the LFC. He sang three of his own beautiful songs starting with “Moonraker” and following with a segue of two others…. I especially liked “No Known Cure”.
Jason Hinchey is no stranger to our club, but his new band, Full Flight, has never performed for us before. They were Jason (guitar), Bob (Banjo), Rachel (fiddle) and Dave (Sugarhand) (Double Bass). They kicked off with something very smelly, chased through a couple more and ended on Country Roads and the Irish Rover to loads of audience participation. A great end to the first half!
Bob Long’s only song about mules is “New Stockyard Blues” and he followed it with one about Stealing to much joining in! Stef and Lionel come from Sherborne and are half of a band called “the Homesick Gypsy Band”. Stef sang four of her own songs, the first – “Come on Down” – being special enough, but the second “If you Don’t Like the Music” was amazing. Wow. Wonderful songs, a great voice and talented duo. Please come back guys.
Nigel Waite has been with us before and, as before, he serenaded us with his beautiful songs and fine singing and playing. Most of his songs came from his own pen but he did include Stan Graham’s “Old Whitby Harbour”.  Nigel is the ultimate in folk singers, telling stories so beautifully. Thank you Nigel – just lovely.   

Wednesday February 20th      MACMILLAN CHARITY NIGHT
What a fantastic night! Thank you to everyone who donated a raffle prize and those who bought raffle tickets, all proceeds from the raffle went to Macmillan Cancer Support.
A big thank you to Richard Martin, a volunteer event co-ordinator for Macmillan who helped to organise the evening.
Jonathan Klein was MC for the night and introduced the opening act, Henry Campion. He sang Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”, “Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor, and Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman”, made famous by Glen Campbell. Following Henry were Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier. Vicky delighted us with her lovely voice and sang two of her own songs; “Down By The Sea” and “To Say Goodbye” and then Jamie’s composition “Song From George” about their late lamented dog. Next up was “Mississippi” Bob Long. He performed Memphis Minnie’s “Hoodoo Lady”, “Groundhog Blues” by John Lee Hooker, and Tommy Johnson’s “Boogaloosa Woman” in his authentic down home country blues style. To finish the first half, a band that are no longer actively gigging but got together for this special night. Safety In Numbers were once regulars on the live music circuit. For tonight they consisted of; Steve West (guitar, lead vocals), Adam Bowden (Bass), Scott Miguel (guitar, vocals), Dave Broom (mandolin, vocals) and Mike Miller (guitar). They sang five songs from the 2008 CD “Not Just Because” and were joined on “Marlboro Town” by Scott’s young son James on guitar and Heather Slipper on Violin.
After the break we were treated to an acoustic set from 71 Chain, who in another format are a loud folk/rock/blues band currently enjoying success on the live music circuit and having just released a new CD. Adam Bowden plays Bass (see above!), Chris Lapagge is a charismatic lead singer and lead guitarist, ably backed by young Ryan on guitar/mandolin and Mongo on his bongoes! They performed “Gilded Rose”, “I Stayed Awhile” and “She Moved Through The Fair”. And then… the Atack Family Show! First up Emily, first time at the club, she sang “How To Save A Life” by The Fray and “Candy” by Paolo Nutini. Emily was followed by her sister, Molly, who sang the classic “Hallejulah” and “Chalie Boy” by the Lumineers. Up next was Dad, Mike. Playing a steel guitar with a slide, he sang Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster” and Robert Johson’s “If I Had Possession of Judgement Day”. And finally, to end the evening in fine, foot tapping style, The New Forest Hobos. Steve West (guitar, vocals), Jim Brown (banjo, ukelele, vocals), Dave Broom (mandolin, vocals), Alan Slipper (guitar, vocals), Heather Slipper (violin, vocals) and John Lee (bass) performed “Step It Out Mary”, “Jesse James”, “Oklahoma Home”, “Jambalaya”, “Still House” and “Banjo Hill”.
Thanks once again to everyone who took part in a marvellous evening.      p.s. £217 was raised on the night. Thank you to everyoned who came and helped.

Wednesday 6th February.     Reg Meuross.

Lola’s Gang has recently become a quartet with the inclusion of Jim Brown on bass. Sadly, however Mary Parry – the band’s main vocalist – had come down with a cough which rendered her voiceless, so it was the rest of the gang who opened Wednesday’s Folk Club with a display of  Americana including the folk song “Erie Canal”. More Americana followed, but this time it was Bob Long with his usual brand of 80 year old blues; however, after Black Eyed Blues and Kind Hearted Woman Bob broke into storytelling mode to explain some of the less well known aspect of his last song – Midnight Special! (the name Rosie will never be the same).
Visiting us for the first time, Ninebarrow is a close harmony duo who, frankly, blew our socks off.
Jay and Jon sang half a dozen songs including a couple from their own pens and Christie Moore’s “Ride On” with much audience participation. I have no doubt we have not seen the last of them.
Reg Meuross had been to the LFC once before but only had time for a couple of songs then. Now he was our special guest and he closed the first half with a quartet of songs including “The Man in Edward Hoppers Bar” (a reference to the painting) and One Way Ticket to Louise from his new album, “Leaves and Feathers”. He closed with his story of meeting Elvis (3 years ago!!) and the song “It’s me or Elvis” – with much help from a most willing audience.
Pat O’Dea seems to have been away from the LFC for ages. Despite the fact that Pat lives in Bournemouth we’ve got used to thinking of him as  ours! Anyway – it was great to have him back . “I Will be the Light” was beautifully done and he followed it with Dylan’s “Only a Hobo” – also a fine rendition. No strangers to fine renditions are Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks. The tunesmith in this band is Jonathan Klein and he didn’t disappoint us with his “Ubiquitous Rock Chick” and “Space is Deep – Love is Deeper” – such romantic expression! They finished with “Just a Guy with a Guitar”.
Reg Meuross now returned to the stage to sing more songs from both his new and previous albums.
I won’t list them all here, but I have say my personal favourites were, “My Jerusalem”, “And Jesus Wept”, and “Dragonfly”. It was a fabulous set of finely crafted songs delivered by one of the best exponents in the business. Thank you, Reg.

Wednesday 16th January.  More than a little Scottish flavour.

With Burns Night soon upon us, there was a distinctly Scottish flavour to the evening.
MC Steve West introduced our opening perfomer, Henry Campion. Henry sang a stirring rendition of Dylan’s “Baby Blue”, Ewan McColl’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Mini Cooper” by Archie Fisher, and the Peter Sarstedt classic, “Where Do You Go To My Lovely”. Following Henry was Mike Atack. He sang Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, “Van Diemen’s Land” written by U2’s The Edge, “You Say” by Michael Chapman and another Ewan McColl song, “Dirty Old Town”. There’s no finer interpreter of the great Jake Thackeray’s songs than Ed Mortimer, aka Take Thackeray. Ed sang four of Jake’s early songs – close your eyes, and, if you’re old enough(!), you’re back watching Braden’s Week on your old black and white tv! If you’re too young to remember, check him out on YouTube. To finish the first half, a local we haven’t seen for a while, Sandy Reid Peters. Sandy performed a great version of “Old Man” by Neil Young, Ralph McTell’s lovely, evocative “Maginot Waltz”, and the classic “Cocaine Blues”, a country song written by Red Arnall from a traditional song, and first recorded in the late 1940s! After the break, the Scottishness of the evening gets underway. It’s brilliant when we have surprise guests and this was the case of two lovely Scottish ladies who were only on the South Coast for a few days. Phyllis Martin from Dalbeattie sang unaccompanied “The Present” by Ray Fisher and Tina March from Ayr, also unaccompanied, sang “Aye Waukin O” by Burns. Next was a talented young Scot, Keir Robinson. He performed 3 songs, one from Burns, one of his own, “My Heart Is There” and The Boss’s “When You’re Alone” from the Tunnel of Love album. We don’t see Keir very often, lets hope we more of him in the future. And talking of young and talented… Mike’s daughter Molly has already become a favourite of this club. We can only hope that when she’s rich and famous and living in L.A. she remembers us little people! She sang “Shelter From The Storm” by His Bobness, “Sarah Minor” by Keaton Henson and City and Colour’s “Northern Wind”. Finally, our special guest this evening, Dave McKenzie (from Glamis!). Dave is a fine singer/songwiter, he has great guitar technique infused sometimes with the blues, played on a fantastic looking and sounding Lowden guitar. The 45 minutes he played went by in a flash. Personal favourites included his own “Looking For Love”, RT’s “Time To Ring Some Changes”, “Sweet Passion”, “Something Big”, “That Light Will Lead You In” and “Hitchcock”.
Up and coming: next time (Feb 6th) Reg Meuross, described by Mike Harding as our finest English folk singer/songwriter and on the 20th Feb our very special charity night supporting Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thursday 3rd January 2013.        A night of surprises and delights.

 Big Bill Broonzy would have been so chuffed with Bob Long and Pete Harris starting their fabulous set with his song, “In the Evening When the Sun goes Down” – they really nailed it! They followed with songs by Muddy Waters  and Leadbelly before Pete’s solo rendition of “Wild About my Good Cocaine”.  I, however, won’t ever forget Bob’s bell ringing! (he nearly missed one cue, too)

 From 20’s and 40’s blues to the 60s with Henry Campion’s version of  “Early Morning Rain” (bit topical) and Cat Steven’s “How can I Tell You”. He closed with “I shall be Released” by Bob  someone! Much audience participation!  Mike Atack is a fine interpreter of bluesey songs, giving us Yellow Dog Blues by Sam Collins and a song borrowed from the Memphis Jug Band involving a train whistle! Molly  Atack chose altogether more contemporary material; after a lovely version of “Farewell Angelina” she treated us to “My Beautiful Girl” by Dallas Green. Wow!

 364 days ago (Jan 4th 2012) John Dunkinson, from Seattle,  came and played a fine set in tribute to his late friend and fellow player, Rod Legge. Tonight he repeated that performance with great dash, despite a developing cold.  “Gypsy” struck a chord with many and “Lymington Girls” was a real hit. He even managed to get his picture from the club posted on facebook before I got my pen out!

 After the break and, of course the ubiquitous raffle, Dick Etherton sang  “Beyond Dull Care”, a song from the Tudor period, “Down by the Sally Gardens”  on request by a member of the audience, and a second Tudor song about a street trader. Laura Sunderland brought her button accordion to the stage to play three delightful Irish tunes, ending with “The March Hare”.

 On 3rd August 2011 Hannah Robinson made her first appearance at the LFC and we’ve been keen to see her come back ever since. With a new  debut CD now out she came and sang a selection of songs from it culminating in my personal favourite, “Don’t Hide My Shoes”.  Lovely!

 Bob Long and Pete Harris weren’t scheduled to do another set, but they did, and….. didn’t they do well! Bob revived “All by Myself” with lots of audience participation and Pete gave us Tampa Red’s “It Hurts Me Too”. A couple of stormin’ performances!

 Double Sync (Jonathan Klein & John Gabbay)  have a very different style, playing the output of Jonathan’s  imagination and pen. They played five of Jonathan’s amazing songs ending with “If there were 25 Hours in Every Day” – not the proper title but I don’t care – we all know the one I mean – and it’s brilliant! And so a super evening ended….
Wednesday 19th December – Christmas Party at the LFC

Henry Campion was our host for the night and he kicked off proceedings with a fine rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song For A Winter Night”. Jim Morton is a newcomer to the club. He is a singer songwriter from Salisbury and he sang two of his own songs from his CD “Shine”, which is available on itunes.Young Luke Futcher was up next and he never fails to entertain. He sang “Let It Snow” and a very funny song entitled “Shaving Cream”. Following Luke was John Friary. He performed two of his own compositions; “Snowman” and “In The Morning”. Then came Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier. They performed Jamie’s “Breakdown Angel” and “Have Yourself A Merry Christmas/Hallelujah”.

And then a Christmas treat. The long awaited first appearance at the club of Gerry Ainger. He sang “Station”, one of his own, and “You Aint Going Nowhere”, a staple of the sixties folk rock scene. Mary Parry, accompanied by Tony Parry on guitar, sang a lovely version of the classic “What Are You Doing New Years Eve?”, and then Tony recited his own “Christmas Poem” which was both funny and insightful. To finish the first half in fine fashion, we welcomed Victor Chetcuti to the stage. He was as charming as ever, sang two and a half songs(!) in between the chat, including “Together Free” and “Upside Down, Inside Out”.

After the break, Henry sang a stirring “Let It Be” to be followed by the Folk Club “choir” consisting of Caroline, Andy, Tony, Mary & Steve, singing “Gaudete”. Caroline Clasbey then gave us two festive songs sung a capella, “The First Tree In The Greenwood”, and “Jack Frost”.

Next we saw the welcome return of Laura Sunderland, who we haven’t seen for a while. She played a selection of festive tunes on her accordian, much to the delight of the audience. And then from the Lyndhurst delta, Bob Long performed Charlie Patton’s “Some Of These Days” and the blues classic “Trouble In Mind”. Carol Richards is leaving us for three months to visit Australia! As a parting Christmas present, she recited a “horrible” Cinderella poem with much aplomb, which the audience loved. Carol Sunter & Kevin Adams (the one she bought for Christmas!) performed Amy Grant’s “Grown Up Christmas List” and “Gordon’s Song”. And last but not least, Dr Finlays Bass Cooks accompanied by Jonathan’s daughter, Henrietta, on violin. They performed Jonathan’s “Dance Me” and “Going Back To The Blues”, and then Steve West joined them to sing Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas”. Finally, everyone joined in on “White Christamas” to end the perfect Christmas Party. Thanks to everone who came and have supported the folk club throughout the year. Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Peaceful New Year to everyone. Special guest on 2nd January… John Dunkinson, one time local legend, now living in the US! 

Carol Richards was MC for the evening and Jan Anderson assisted with the raffle. To open proceedings, Carol introduced Henry Campion, who sang “Wagon Wheel”, written by Bob Dylan and made famous by the Old Crow Medicine Show. Following Henry was Molly. From Holbury, Molly  is only 17 and a newcomer to the club. She sang “Despite What You’ve Been Told” by the San Franciscan duo, Two Gallants. Next up was Molly’s Dad, Mike Atack. This was Mike’s second appearance at the club and he sang Robert Johnson’s “If I Had Possession”, accompanying himself on excellent blues guitar. Let’s hope we see both Molly and Mike on a regular basis. Also from the Waterside, Hythe and Dibden Purlieu this time, Twangdillo came to the stage. Rebecca Clark, Adrienne & Philip Dowd are also newcomers, they are a close harmony/ukelele band.They sang three songs, two covers and an original, with excellent vocal arrangements. A personal favourite was Paloma Faith’s “New York”. John Friary followed Twangdillo, singing two of his own compositions; “Every Day” and “Save A Little Love For Me” in his own inimitable syle. Next, the welcome return of Bob Lowndes. He performed Ryan Adams’s “Kindness” and “Let Me Down Easy”, a Ralph McTell classic. To finish the first half, Carol Sunter bought a friend from Bristol, Kevin, and they sang “The Deserter”, “Herring Girls” and “Start It All Over Again”, ably accompanied by Kevin’s guitar.
After the break and raffle, another welcome return, this time Mike “Otis” Hammond, accompanied by our own “Mississippi” Bob Long.
They performed Will Shade’s “Aunt Caroline Dye” and “Key To The Highway”, a blues classic usually credited to Charles “Chas” Segar and William “Big Bill” Broonzy.  Bob left Mike on his own to sing the festive “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, and “Wildflower” accompanied by Vicky on vocal and Jamie on mandolin. To continue the evening’s theme of welcome returns and newcomers, the Fair And Tender Ladies, a three piece close harmony acapella group, took to the stage decked in tinsel to perform a trio of festive songs. Next up was our very own professor, Jonathan Klein (guitar) and John Gabbay (double bass). They performed two of Jonathan’s songs; “Rockpool” and “If”. Twangillos returned to the stage and performed “Screen Saver”, written by Adrienne, and the Stereophonics “Dakota”. Finally, our special guest of the evening, Vicky Kimm, ably supported by Jamie Courtier on guitar. Vicky sang songs from her eagerly anticipated CD “In Her Mind”. “One Track Mouth”, Left Handed Girl (inspired by a dream about Bob Dylan!), a duet with Mike Hammond: “Inherited Blue Eyes”, “April”, “If I Were A Mouse”, “End In Tears” and “Let’s Make Hay”. A lovely end to a lovely evening. Thanks to all who came. 

November 21st 2012    A BANGING GOOD NIGHT 

Another great evening of diverse acoustic music was watched over by Henry Campion, our MC for the night. Henry kicked off proceedings with Dylan’s “Forever Young”, “Sonny” by Bobby Hebb and the brilliant “Ballad of Springhill” written by Peggy Seeger.

Following Henry were newcomers to the club, Di and  Wolfie from Brighton. They sang Norman Blake’s “Fields White with Daisies” and performed two rags with great accomplishment, Beaumont Rag and Blackberry Rag.

Next, we had a world exclusive: The first public outing of Broomfield Fair. Steve West and Dave Broom are better known to us as members of The Hobos. Here, they sang “Maggie”, “Kentish Smuggler” and “Sweet Sixteen”. Ian Halliday is better known to us as a part of Light Motive, but tonight he was solo. Playing mandolin and kazoo, he performed “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran and McGuinness Flint’s “When I’m Dead and Gone”. To finish the 1st half, our special guests, Bang on the Ear. David Warburton, Jane Grover, Phil Green, Lucy Philips and Nicola Naish live in the Chichester area. With two guitars, mandolin, bass guitar and cello they performed “Ride On” by Christy Moore, “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry, Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Marley’s Chains” by Honey Ryder.

A special mention for the raffle on this occasion. We had a jar of homemade chutney donated by Carol, a voucher for a meal for two donated by Jon Burge of the Thomas Tripp, and a CD donated from a local lad now living in Canada, Bob Rutherford. A big thank you to you all, and as usual, to all those that bought a raffle ticket.

Di and Wolfie returned to open up the 2nd half. They sang John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” and performed “Dillpickle Rag”. Another Hobo, Alan Slipper was next. On his own he sang “Song for Ireland” and “Arthur McBride” and was then joined by Steve and Dave for an impromptu “Step It Out Mary”. Ian Halliday returned to the stage to give us a medley of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Show Me The Way To Go Home”.

Also returning to the stage, Bang on the Ear performed “The Blue Cockade”, “Pick Pockets” written by Phil Green and Keith Charnley, “What’s Up” by 5 Non Blondes, and finally, “Small Things” written by the Australian band The Audreys.

Bob Rutherford used to live in the area many years ago but is now a resident of Newfoundland. He plays button accordion (very well!) and gave us examples of dance tunes from the area he now calls home. From the N.E. of North America down to the Mississippi Delta. Yes, it can only be Bob Long. He sang Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues” and then, accompanied by Tony Parry on harp, Washboard Sam’s “Diggin’ My Potatoes” and “When Things Go Wrong” from the singing of Big Bill Broonzy.

And finally, Henry finished off the evening with Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” and the Beatles “With A Little Help From My Friends” (with a little help from his friends).

A Quiet Night in….. (Nov 7th)

With only a few performers giving any advance notice of  coming along, MC Jonathan Klein was confident he’d have an easy night! Little did he know!
He got the evening started with a John Tams song, “Scarecrow”, then quickly introduced Dave Broom for a couple of great tunes including his own “Gulliver”. He was followed by Jim Brown who included a reminders of the Growlers by playing “More Pretty Girls than One” in his set. Henry Campion is always good for a bit of Dylan, but his second song was from his own pen and it went down very well. He’s not been with us for a while so it was really great to have Pat O’Dea back and to hear his dulcet tones again at the LFC.

Keir Robertson is a singer/songwriter ffrom Southampton where he is at Uni. This was his first ever trip to the LFC, and I hope it won’t be his last. He gave us a fine Don Maclean song plus one of his own. Fine voice and nice guitar style – we look forward to more. Finally before the break, rambling Bob Long, fresh from another sojourn in the US and Hot Tomale judging! This prompted his first song and he closed with Sleepy John Estes’ ” ‘be some changes made”.

Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks don’t grace our stage often enough, so their two songs really went down well. Martyn Tanner has played at the LFC a few times, but this time he brought a new 8 string Uke as accompaniment to his tunes. Steve and Gary had played just once before and this time Steve sang a couple of great songs.

The Shimmering Bees is a 4/6 piece Southampton band who play a fine range of tunes and songs ranging from Bluegrass to Celtic Folk. This was the first time we’d seen a Hurdy Gurdy played at the club. They did a slightly extended set and anticipated coming back in the New Year. When Dick Etherton takes to the stage you never know what you’re gonna get. Two a capella songs sung with great verve! Alan Slipper is also a pretty rare visitor but he went down very well, too. And so, Bob Lowndes finished the evening in fine style supported by John Gabbay on double bass.

       Wednesday 17th October       A GROWLING BRILLIANT NIGHT

MC for the night was Tony Parry. Jim Brown opened the show, playing his ukelele on “Peach Pickin’ Time In Georgia” and “Ukelele Lady”. Dave Mackenzie was up next, beginning with a guitar instrumental based on a morris tune from the playing of Martin Carthy, then Richard Thompson’s “Time To Ring Some Changes”, and two of Dave’s own songs, “Looking For You” and “Hitchcock”. Following Dave was a newcomer to the club. Tim Wilkinson, originally from Cirencester, now based in the Bournemouth area. He sang three of his own songs with great style; “Mary Magdalane”, based on Cornish poet Charles Causley’s poem, “Better Days” and “Half A Second”.

Penultimate act of the first half saw the welcome return of Vicky & Jamie.Vicky sang, accompanied by Jamie’s guitar, three of her own compositions, “One Track Mouth”, “Let’s Make Hay”, and a beautiful new song inspired by April Jones, the little
girl that went missing only 17 days ago, and whose story has saddened the nation.

To finish the first half, Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks, led by our very own professor, Jonathan, with John and Ben. They started with a George Harrison song “If I Needed Someone”. The rest of the set were Jonathan’s compositions; “Still Play The Guitar”, “Back To The Blues”, a blues “Sad And Lonely”, accompanied by Tony on harmonica, and “Touchdown”. A great set to finish the first half.

After the break and raffle, regular John Friary sang his own “I’m Good” in his inimitable style and then we welcomed newcomers Mark Piper and John Tardif to the stage. Mark and John are one half of Bournemouth based band, The Plenty. They sang four of their own songs with carefully considered guitar accompaniment and vocal harmonies; “Embers”, “Extraordinary World”, “Status Quo”, and “Hold My Head High”.

And finally…. our very special transatlantic guests: The Random Canyon Growlers. Five young guys, guitar, banjo, mandolin, double bass and violin – the perfect combination. And voices to match. Absolutely brilliant. 45 minutes of top class bluegrass and old time.Tracks included “Lazy John”, “There’s More Pretty Girls Than One”, Jamie Drysdale’s own “Afraid To Go Home”, Flatt & Scruggs “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” and “Billy Gray” written by Norman Blake.
All I can say is… WOW!

 A Fine night of music…

Tony Parry started things off….. yes, Joe was going to be MC but he couldn’t make it so Tony stepped in to the frame. Hepushed off with the old favourite, “Take this Hammer” with which a few joined in! He was then joined by the rest of Lola’s Gang for a bit more Americana, culminating in Randy Newman’s “Sail Away”.  John Friary writes very personal songs which he delivers with a fine clear voice. Tonight he did three of his own and my personal favourite was the last one, “Where Did it All go Wrong”?

Henry Campion’s middle name must be Bob. If he didn’t do Dylan we’d all collapse! So, he started with a Dylan song, but then he remembered the passing of Andy Williams with “Moon River” which he delivered quite beautifully. He sang Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” too, but his winner was “Goodbye, Again” by John Denver.

Jon Ellis is a folk singer of the old school (whatever that is). Tonight he threatened us with a plain old school recorder (oh those memories). But Jon made it sound lovely! The Nutting Girls and then Greensleeves – just brilliant. The first half was closed by Ruth Whapham singing a quite remarkable song of her own from the 7/7 bombings time called “Sweet Nothings” (I think) – quite amazing.

After the break and raffle ( I won a prize!!!!!) Bob Long took us  to the delta for a dose of the Blues. Robert & Tommy Johnson both featured together with my favourite, Charlie Patton’s Pee Vine Blues.  He was ably assisted on his last number by Tony Parry on harp. Dick Etherton hasn’t been here very much, so it was great to see him this time. We all joined in “Rambling in the New Mown Hay” (much wishful thinking). Dick used his guitar on “Georgia” and on his last, an English trad song that was quite lovely.

Mike Atack is totally new to the LFC – and he had to borrow Bob Long’s fabulous restored National resonator to sing his songs – but he proved himself a classy slide guitar operator and we all hope he’ll darken our door again! Mike Shipman is another who doesn’t come often. But  tonight, despite insisting he would only watch, he picked up a borrowed guitar and joined Tony Parry for some great rhythmic blues – the pair knocking off “Matchbox Blues” and a Lowell Fulson number whose title escaped me. Great, anyway. The evening was brought to a fantastic close by Jason Hinchey who played several songs that had many of us singing along – remember the Eddy Grant number “Give me Hope Joanna” and the Leaving of Liverpool, (not to mention “Roots”). 

Another Night of Variety (and Woody Guthrie)

Jon Ellis, our MC for the evening got us started with the Phil Ochs tribute to Woody
Guthrie “Bound For Glory”. Henry Campion followed Jon with Sting’s “Fields of Gold”
and “The Skye Boat Song”.
Rosie Marshall is a relative newcomer to the club and specialsizes in unaccompanied
songs of a comedic nature. She sang two songs, one called “Ernie, The Mobile
Librarian”, a very funny take on the Benny Hill classic to the tune of Whiskey In The Jar!
Come back soon Rosie. Martin Tanner is becoming a regular at the club. This time, be
brought his “resonator” ukelele! He sang a song called “Souvenirs”, the Ray Davies
classic “Waterloo Sunset” and Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou”. Next up was our favourite
bluesman Bob Long, who was accompanied by Dennis Rigg on harmonica. Bob sang
“Big Road Blues” by Tommy Johnson, and Robert Johnson’s “Dead Shrimp Blues”. The
penultimate act of the first half was Sean Brophy. He is a fine singer and guitar player
and performed “The Man’s Too Strong” by Mark Knopfler and, accompanied by Steve
West, sang “Aubrey” by David Gates. To finish the first half in style, Pat O’Dea (or was
it Owen Moore!?) gave us “Bluebird” and “If I Were A Carpenter”.
After the break and raffle, Henry sang “Leaving London” by Tom Paxton. Following
Henry, Steve West sang another Paxton song , “Fare Thee Well Cisco”, a tribute
to Cisco Houston, one of Woody Guthrie’s long time musical partners. Steve then sang
the traditional “Ramble Away” and “The Christchurch Smuggler”, a song written by
Steve himself.
Next up was  Carol Sunter. She is a fine unaccompanied singer and gave us “The Herring Girls”
recorded recently by Bella Hardy, and, with help from Rosie, the Great War lament, “The Deserter”.
It was Steve & Gary’s second appearance at the club. They sang a music hall number,
“What A Crazy World We Live In”, Arlo Guthrie’s “City of New Orleans”, and “Vincent” by Don McLean.
Sean returned with another Mark Knopfler song, “Romeo and Juliet”, and a Phil Collins track,
“Roof Is Leaking”. Bob and Dennis followed Sean in a return to the stage with the
Reverend Gary Davis number “Say No To The Devil” and “Stealin, Stealin”, first
recorded in its present form in 1926 by Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band. And
finally, we welcomed back Pat, to finish the evening off. He sang Tom Paxton’s “Can’t
Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound”, Cyril Tawney’s “Sammy’s Bar” and Hobo’s Lullaby,
written by Goebel Reeves but made famous by Woody Guthrie. A very fitting end to
another very enjoyable evening.

Another varied, eclectic evening…

Henry Campion, our MC for the night, kicked off the evening with a trio of well known songs; “Country Road” by James Taylor, Flanders & Swan’s “Slow Train”, mourning the loss of many branch lines axed by Beeching in the early sixties, and the sixties classic “Whiter Shade of Pale”. Following Henry was Buster Brown. He sang a country song called “Matthew”, narrated a poem entitled “The Ancient Mariner.Com”, and sang the traditional “The Faithful Sailorboy”.

Next up was Sandy Reid Peters. He performed a song he first heard in his youth called “Pavement Artist” by a local band, Swordedge. Then, “First Song” by Ralph McTell and Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”. Steve West followed Sandy with the traditional “Lambs on the Green Hills”, “The Wreckers”, written by Steve, and Tom Paxton’s “My Lady is a Wild Flying Dove”. To finish the first half, our favourite bluesman, Mississippi Bob Long. He took us to the pre war Delta once again with Tommy Johnson’s “Canned Heat”, 32/20 Blues by Robert Johnson, Will Shade’s “Aunt Caroline Dye”, and Blind Blake’s “Police dog Blues”.

After the break and raffle, Henry recommenced proceedings with Buffy St Marie’s anti war classic “Universal Soldier” and “Windmills Of Your Mind”. Whoever else had a hand in composing this song, first in French, then English, it is generally agreed that Michael Legrand was the main protagonist, although he borrowed the opening sequences from Mozart (well known Austrian folk artist of 18th century). The song became a classic of the sixties, used as the theme for the 1968 film, “The Thomas Crown Affair” and winning the Academy Award for best song in the same year.

Then our first duo hit the stage. Cat & Pete have played together in various bands over the years. With Cat on bodhran and Pete on flute, they performed two Mike McGoldrick tunes. Pete switched to mandolin to sing Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” and then finished with a couple of Irish jigs, all in a very accomplished fashion. And then for something completely different! Jon Ellis drew from his experiences of Cold War Russia and the Gulags to bring us two late 20th century anti Soviet folk songs, sang in Russian! I hope the politbureau were not listening!

Carol Sunter is a fine unaccompanied folk singer. She gave us “Alice in the Bacon Box” and “Mothers, Daughters, Wives”. Then our second duo of the evening. Steve & Gary were newcomers to the club and first timers in front of an audience. They sang “Goodnight Irene”, played a blues in E, “The Leaving of Liverpool” and an instrumental “Here Cones The Sun”. Well done lads. Hope to see you again. And so the end of another great evening. Henry finished, getting the audience singing on the “Banana Boat Song”, made famous by Harry Belafonte.

Wednesday Aug 15th. Open Stage

Henry Campion has got us all going many times before, and last night he did it again. As always he started with Dylan and “With God on Our Side” and finished with a super song called “Halfway Up the Stairs” by an artist whose name escaped me. Jon Ellis is well known for his songs in other languages, so it was a surprise to hear his Mexican song about “Jamarillo” sung in English. Of course, after that he broke into Spanish with a Cuban song about Che Guevara.

Lola’s Gang brought us more Americana in the shape of the Atkins/Bryant hit, “How’s the World Treating you”, Hank Williams’ song, “I’m So Lonesome I could Cry” and the more recent, “Good Country Girls” by Pokey La Farge. Alex Hall (last seen on the Joanna at the Musketeer) borrowed Jon Ellis’s guitar to give us his own brilliant song, “Laughing Gas”, a great number about boredom, of all things, and  finished with a lovely one called “Post Card”.

 The Skiffuleles were performing almost their last gig as two of them are off to teach the French how to play the Ukelele. They started with Fulsom Prison Blues and then dashed off a couple of medleys of well known songs. Jack Ramsey brought his fan club in to watch him play. None of us at the folk club had ever heard him, but he played several great pieces on his 5 string banjo. Clearly a very able player. Buster is new to our club, too. He played a great song called Sunday Morning Sidewalk followed by a wry song about a fly in a grocer’s shop!

After the raffle (and the software CD) Aaron Gregory took the stage and played three songs, “Summer Days” and “Smoke” from his Poly Lake album, and a new one called “The Most”. Now the 6 members of the Skiffuleles returned for more “Skiffulised” numbers ending with “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”.

Chris Pugh – huge guy with a small guitar – sang three songs from his own pen finishing with a moving song called “Wide Eyes”. Very compelling. Cat Lake is a regular at the LFC but she was joined by Peter Minkey on Flute (Ian Anderson eat your heart out) and guitar. 

 And so it was left to Murphy’s Lore to round off the evening with lovely renditions of , “The Lark in the Morning”, “Dublin in the Rare Old Times”, “Star of the County Down” and “Tear us Apart”.

A Living Legend at the Folk Club – Aug 1st

Our very special guest was David Massengill. Not enough room here to begin to describe David’s achievements; just check him out online. Jon Ellis was the MC for the first half and introduced Mike Richards as our first act. Mike is a doyen of the local folk music scene having been involved in the original New Forest Folk Club in New Milton. He sang “The Ghetto”, Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and “Alone In This World”. Following Mike was Carol Sunter, accompanied by Bob McAthey on guitar. Carol sang “Streets of London” and “Scarborough Fair”. Special mention for Bob, it was his first time playing in front of a folk club audience. Tim Burkinshaw is a visitor from Derby. He has a fine, clear  voice, and sang 3 songs unaccompanied; “Hang on the Bowline”, a short haul shanty, “Lowlands”, a shanty broadside, and the comedic “Drown My Cat”! (No cats were harmed in the singing of this song!) Next up was Cat Lake, the folk club’s resident percussionist par excellence. Once again she showed us her virtuosity on bodhran and tamborine. Luke Futcher is always a welcome visitor to our club. One sixth of the “Frenzied and the Diligent”, Luke accompanied himself on guitar (which is unusual, he normally plays his hand built ukelele) joined by Cat on bodhran and Steve West on Swanee Whistle.. Luke sang “Maggie Mae” and “Ella Speed”. After this mayhem, Ruth Whapham sang her moving memorial, “Columbine”, about the infamous shooting incident in a high school in Colorado in 1999.

Henry Campion is one of the folk club activists and a regular performer. He sang Dylan’s “If Not For You” and Justin Hayward’s “Nights in White Satin”, the latter being especially well received. To finish the first half, we had another visitor and newcomer to the club. Reg Meuross is based in Somerset and first emerged on the acoustic music scene when he formed The Panic Brothers with comedian Richard Morton, appearing regularly on TV, including Friday Night Live, and at Edinburgh, Sidmouth and Glastonbury festivals. In recent years, Reg has toured with Hank Wangford and The Lost Cowboys as a member of the band. In 1996 his first solo album, The Goodbye Hat, was released to critical acclaim. Not enough room here to do Reg justice, so check him out online. He gave us a 20 minute set containing a song about the life and death of Dick Turpin, a song about his Dad “Good With His Hands” and the brilliant “Its Me or Elvis!”. Let’s hope we see more of Reg in the future.

After the break and raffle, Carol Richards MC’d the second half. First up was our favourite bluesman, Bob Long. He sang “Stockyard Blues” by Robert Wilkins and “Miss Maybelle” by R.L. Burnside. Dave Broom has played at the folk club before as a member of the Hobos but tonight was his first appearance in a solo capacity. He sang two of his own songs, “Claret and Beethoven” and “Thirty Below”, both well appreciated by the audience. The penultimate act of the evening was John Friary. John is becoming a regular at the club. He sang two of his own compositions, “Mission Bell” and “There’s a Man in the Corner”. And finally, the man himself.

Over the last few meetings he has engaged us, made us think, made us laugh. We are so fortunate that, quite by accident, David Massengill has become a firm favourite here in Lymington. His set included “Mouse”, “On the Road to Fairfax County”, “Jesus, the Fugitive Prince”, “Riding on an Orphan Train”, “My Name Joe”, “Sightseer” (accompanied by Lise Russell) and “Ballad of a Pissed Off Eunuch”. Fantastic! What a night.
July 18th – “a stunning mix of music….”

It started with Tony Parry playing one of his own songs before being joined by Steve West and Mary Parry, the other members of Lola’s Gang. They played three songs including a lovely version of Summertime, sung by Mary. They were followed by Paul Openshaw from Bere Regis with humorous and poignant selections from his new CD “The Potting Shed”. “Bucket on his Head”  and “Michael McCarthy” both had the audience roaring. Badman Soul from the IOW had never played for us before. They played very much in their own style….. mostly  Americana from James Taylor to Michael Jackson (a brave and interesting rendition of Billie Jean). Lovely guitar playing and a beautiful voice.

After the break and the raffle (the Raffelmeister ably assisted this week by Jan Anderson) John Friar took to the stage to sing two of his own lovely songs, “Sit Down by the Fire” and “Knew You would be Waiting”…..complete with “virtual harmonica”! Henry Campion, of course, started with a Dylan number and then came via “Country Roads” to “Four Strong Winds” – almost the Canadian national anthem!

Fresh from playing for the New Forest Meddlars (morrismen) at the torch procession, Laura Sunderland played us a medley of morris songs and then finished with the well known, “Portsmouth”. Newcomer, Martin Perry is a bluesman whose roots are back in the 60’s. With a great voice and crisp guitar style he was joined by Tony Parry on Harmonica for two from his own pen  (one about his Dog, Max), and the Willie Dixon classic,  “I Just Wanna Make Love to You”.

For his 3rd visit as a floor singer David Massengill sang  about Jesus in an asylum, Killing the rich (starting, one assumes, with Mitt Romney),  and his much missed dog, Noodles. So….how about that, two songs tonight about  dearly missed dogs!

The evening was rounded off by Jason Hinchey with a rousing medley and then the very tender “Man of Nature” from his current CD.

 A more eclectic mix of music would be hard to find, let alone all under one roof AND on the same night. Thanks are due to everybody that played. The next LFC is on Wednesday 1st August & features David Massengill.
July 4th – We’re running out of superlatives again.

On the night Andy Murray reached the semi finals at Wimbledon, we were treated to a right royal feast of entertainment ourselves.

Our MC for the night Joe Constable introduced the first act of the evening Bob Long. Now, Bob may live in Lyndhurst, but his heart and soul are in the Mississippi delta. He firstly sang Robert Johnson’s “Little Queen of Spades” and then “Walk Right In”, a big hit for The Rooftop Singers in 1969 but originally written and released forty years earlier by Gus Cannon. And then a rare treat, Bob sang one of his own songs, accompanied by Tony Parry on harmonica, “Dirty Mistreater”.

Following Bob was John Friary from Barton. He sang two of his own compositions “People” and “Desert Storm”, with much feeling. Up next was Ruth Whapham who sang her song “Columbine”.

Cat Lake is known to us as a master of the bodhran. She was accompanied by Jon Ellis on a hornpipe “Off to California” and on a slip jig, “Rocky Road to Dublin”. Then Cat played a solo which exemplified her precision and technique on her chosen instrument.

The penultimate act of the first half saw the return of David Massengill. Check out his website, facebook etc. The man is a living legend! He sang two of his own songs; the lovely “Rider on an Orphan Train”, recorded by many including Tom Russell, and “My Name Joe”, again, recorded by many but in particular Dave van Ronk. David finished with a traditional song. This version was by Dave van Ronk who was a great influence on some guy called Bob Dylan. Young Bob heard van Ronk’s version and promptly “borrowed” it for his debut album! For a while, they didn’t speak, but were reconciled later in their careers. David sang this version of the song with great tenderness, the song… “House of the Rising Sun”.

To finish the first half, our special guest Steve Turner. He is one of our finest concertina players and as such is much sought after. His first song was “Boomer’s Story”, and his next, an old American protest song “Jordan”, from his new, 6th CD “Rim of the Wheel”. He finished the first half in fine fashion with three jigs on the mandolin.

After the break and raffle (thank you Carol once again for assisting) Joe commenced proceedings by singing two songs accompanied by Sophie. He played a Portuguese Quattro and sang “Sailing On” with Sophie on guitar and “The Last Day of the War” with himself on guitar and Sophie playing flute. Next up was Jim Anderson. He took us to post “Great War” Paris once more with a music hall Musette piece (I could smell the Gauloise and taste the cognac!) and then donned dark glasses for the second treat of the evening, Jim singing! He sang Eric Clapton and Robert Cray’s song “Old Love”, much appreciated by the audience.

Following Jim were Pat O’Dea accompanied by Terry Miles. They sang “The Far Side of Jordan” and the Jackson C Frank song “Blues Run The Game”. , is a.k.a. Otis from the Dodge Brothers. Our second American of the night, he sang his own composition “Wildflower” and was then joined by Tony on Harmonica and Bob on guitar on Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”. It should have been a fine combination, if only Mike wasn’t tuned to F# and Tony and Bob in G! Ah well…. Live music!!!

And so to the end of another great evening, full of quality and variety. Steve Turner played his concertina and sang a song about the virtues of being sober, several Irish tunes on his mandolin, back to the concertina for a song by Paul Metsers “The Crows They Crowed”, “Rim of the Wheel”, a funny song about buying a classic “Stingray” car and finally, a 19th Century Stephen Foster song “Glendy Burke”, about a Mississippi Paddle Steamer.

Eclectic and Electric at LFC – 20th June

Bob Dylan wrote “The Times They are a-Changing” in  1963, and, as the title of his third album, it quickly became an iconic song around the world. Thus it was no surprise that almost everyone joined in when MC Henry Campion kicked off the night with it.

David Massengill  is considered a master of the Appalachan Dulcimer; what he can get out of 3 strings puts most of the rest of us to shame. His first song was just called “Mouse” – an amusing story of rodentary life complete with audience participation. His second song was “On the Road to Fairfax County”, a song that has been covered by Joan Baez amongst many others. Time was pressing so, sadly,  David was  unable to do more, but he has agreed to come back on July 4th; Great!

 Steve West is best known for his English and local folk songs, with and without the Hobos.  Last night he brought a few tears to a few eyes with the most tender and sincere rendition of “Miss You Nights”,  the old Cliff Richard hit.

 Light Motive invariably bring us up to date with their music. After covering songs by  both Adele and Deacon Blue they ended their set with Jessie J’s “Price Tag” – brilliant.

 The Fair and Tender Ladies are an a capella group from Brockenhurst,  offering lovely harmonies and gentle voices. They sang three songs, ending with Ray Davies’ “Days”. Such refreshment at a club dominated by male folk voices!

 The first half was closed by an extended set from Kai Jansen. A truly eclectic set from folk to blues and including Ed Sherran’s “A Team” as well as Scarborough Fair.

 After the raffle – largely run this week by Carol Richards – Henry took us “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”,  before Nick Lawrence gave us some left handed blues and a couple of his own songs. Thank you Nick…..great stuff.

 Southbound’s Pat O’Dea was joined by Terry Miles for 3 songs, the first of which “Into the Sun”, Pat dedicated to John Scott (reflecting the thoughts of many).  They finished  with the lovely Hobo’s Lullaby. Jim Anderson opened with a sweet Celtic tune followed by  “Under Parisian Skies” evoking, as always, the atmosphere of  the left bank.

 While Kai prepared for his second set David Massengill played  “Lost and Found” – a tale of orphaned brothers. Then more of Kai’s particular magic, including Fields of Barley, Classical Gas, a lovely  ancient galliard and Eric Idle’s party-piece “Always Look on the Bright Side”. He closed with the John Lennon song “Grow Old with Me”.  Clearly a truly gifted musician.

 So,at 11.10pm, “tired but happy” we all went home.

June 6th 2012. Now we are 2!!!

Last night was the folk club’s 2nd birthday and Jon Ellis very kindly donated a scrumptious chocolate cake to help us celebrate. Jonathan Klein was our MC for the night and kicked off the evening with “Please Come To Boston” by Dave Loggins. He was followed by Henry Campion who sang “Changes” by Phil Ochs, John Lennon’s “My Life” and Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”. It’s always good to have a newcomer to the club, especially if they don’t qualify for a bus pass! Young Peter Reid has started coming to the Thursday sing-a-round at the Musketeer in Pennington Village and performed U2’s “Running To Stand Still” and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. Let’s hope we see much more of him. Next up were folk club regulars Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier. Vicky enchanted the audience, as usual, with three of her songs; “Let’s Make Hay”, “To Say Goodbye” and “One Track Mouth”, brilliantly accompanied on guitar by Jamie. Another newcomer to the club sang two of his own songs. John Friary has a unique voice and delivery, used to good effect on “I’m Good” and “In The Morning”. Let’s hope we see more of John also. To finish the first half, and making his second appearance at the club, we welcomed Bob Lowndes to the stage.He sang “Dirty Rain”, by Ryan Adams, “Homebird” by Foy Vance, and “Walking Man” by Seasick Steve.

After the break and raffle, folk club favourites Southbound came to the stage. John and Pat started with Ashes of Love, originally a hit for Johnny & Jack, who were the top country duo in the US in the late Forties. The song was written by Johnny (Wright) and Jack (Anglin) and Jack’s brother, Jim. Johnny was married to the “Queen of Country Music”, Kitty Wells. Southbound’s  second song was Kevin Montgomery’s “Back In  Baby’s Arms” and they followed that with “How’s The World Treating You” by Boudleaux Bryant and Chet Atkins. Southbound can be seen as guest artists at Milford on Sea Folk next Thursday, 14th. Next was Steve West who sang Tom Paxton’s “Wild Flying Dove” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan. The penultimate act of the evening was accordion maestro Jim Anderson, who firstly took us to Paris with a “Dans Musette” and the “Pink Panther” theme, then to Brazil and Argentina with his “Tango and Lambada Medley”.

And finally, our special guest of the evening, a fine singer, guitarist and songwriter, Nigel Waite. He opened with a favourite “The Floor Singer”, followed by “Openshaw Lad” (another favourite), Lord Franklin (traditional), “Old Whitby Harbour” by Stan Graham, “Once in a While (title track of his truly wonderful CD), “The Bold Harry Paye”, “Acquaintance of Mine” (Anthony John Clarke) and, finally, a rousing rendition of Paxton’s “Last Thing on my Mind”, which got the whole audience singing.

Joe makes it happen – May 16th.

Joe Constable, our MC for the night,  introduced the first act, John Scott. One half of Southbound, we rarely see John in a solo spot, and he did not let us down. Three very different songs from three very different songwriters; Raymond Froggatt, Rodney Crowell and Hank Williams.  Next up was Carole-anne, all the way from Bournemouth. She beautifully sang “Wind That Breaks The Barley” a-capella, and was then joined by Jason Hinchey for “Black is the Colour” and “Love is a Rose”. Following Carole-anne was Bob Long. He gave us two Robert Johnson songs and one by Sleepy Joe Estes, played in his usual, inimitable, country blues style. Then we had Luke Futcher, part of Frenzied & the Diligent. When he, or F&D play, we never know quite what to expect, and Luke didn’t disappoint. “The Dark Town Strutters Ball”, “Sylvie” and the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”, had the audience in raptures. To finish the first half, our guests for the evening, The Hobos. They got the audience foot a-tapping with rousing renditions of; “Sunny Side of Life”, “Still House”, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, and “Steppin’ Out Mary”.

After a quick break and the von Raffelmeister Raffle (ably assisted by young apprentice, Anton Parryov), we kicked off with our favourite Irishman, Jason Hinchey. He sang “Sunday Morning Susie”, a song by local songwriter Alex Roberts (who we hope will be performing at the club soon), “It Lies Within”, and John Denver’s “Country Roads”. Ruth Wapham is relatively new to the club. She has an amazing, unique voice. Ruth sang two songs, an original of her own and one by The Black Crowes Medicine Show.

Next up was our own Henry Campion. He sang Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son”, Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” and a stirring rendition of Badfinger’s “Without You”, made famous, of course, by Harry Nilsson. Then we had the welcome return of young John Llewellyn, who sang two of his own songs from his excellent CD; “God Watches Over You” and “Green Light Gone”. Following John was a newcomer to the club, Don Miller. He played two calypso songs; “Kingston Town (medley)” and “Young Mexican Puppeteer”, to the obvious delight of the audience. And finally… the club was prepared to be Hobo’d again. Steve West (Vocals, guitar), Dave Broom (Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica),  Al Slipper (Vocals, Guitar), Heather Slipper (Violin, Vocals), Jim Brown (Vocals, Banjo, Guitar, Ukelele) and John Lee, (Bass), rattled through “The Leaving of Liverpool”, “Oklahome Home”, “Fly Away”, “Copperhead Road”, “Smuggler’s Road”, and “Banjo Hill”.

Another fine, varied, eclectic evening of live acoustic music, all for the price of a raffle ticket and the chance to win Steve’s mystery prize!

Wednesday 2nd May      V FOR VICTOR!

Tony Parry (MC for the night) got things under way with a new song (only written on Sunday) about Rupert Murdoch! Fresh from his success with the Skiffuleles, Martyn Tanner played three songs with a rainy theme and ended with Ricky Nelson’s “Garden Party”. Pete Read hadn’t been to the LFC before (well, it’s a long way from Bournemouth!). He kicked off with a great rendition of  Flatt & Scruggs’ “Honey Allow me One More Chance” as made famous by the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. More Americana followed culminating with Ry Cooder’s “Across the Borderline”. Thanks Pete, a great set. Carole Sunter sang two lovely a capella songs, ending with Kevin Littlewood’s very moving,  “On Morecambe Bay”. Pat O’Dea took us through to the break with a set of Owen Moore songs, brilliantly aided by Terry Miles on lead guitar and harmony vocals. They finished with Del Shannon’s “I Go to Pieces”.

After the break Vicky Kimm & Jamie Courtier performed Vicky’s song, “One Track Mouth”, giving it a new funky feel! Vicky then performed an, as yet, untitled song with “harpsichord” accompaniment and then, “Wishing You Were Here” – also an own composition. Joe Constable and Sophie van der Meeren gave us Frank Turner’s “English Curse” with guitar accompaniment  written by Joe. For “Spanish Ladies” Sophie abandoned her guitar in favour of her flute, but returned to the strings for Joe’s own song, “Sail On”, another terrific number.

Victor ended the evening with a great set of both his and others’ songs performed as only Victor can. Always a good set from Victor!


Jon and Carol’s big night.   Wednesday April 18th

One of Ralph McTell’s lesser known songs started things off; joint MC, Jon Ellis donned guitar and harmonica for “Lay Your Money Down”. His partner for the evening was Carol Richards and she introduced Nomad. Heather sang a lovely Tom Paxton song before being joined by Alan for two more, including the well know “Great Divide”. Charlie Guilford hasn’t graced our stage previously. He sang a fine version of “John Williams” before being joined by Nomad for “Dirty Old Town” and “Peggy Gordon”. Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier have become welcome regulars at LFC, so it was great to have them back after several weeks’ absence. After “Canadi-i-o” Vicky sang a lovely song of her own dedicated to all those who have lost loved ones at sea. She followed this with another of her own songs – to a mouse! Jamie finished off their set with an evocative untitled instrumental.

With him having only arrived from Mississippi the day before it was a bit of a surprise to see Bob Long. But he produced a great set ending with Ma Reiney’s “Black Eyed Blues”.  The first half of the evening was closed by Jason Hinchey who sang three songs finishing with a rousing “Whiskey in the Jar”.

After the break and the ubiquitous Mr West and his raffle we met the Skiffuleles. What can you say about a band which includes 5 ukeleles! They performed four numbers all of which had everyone’s feet tapping. A real feel-good set! Hank (Dave Read) and Otis (Mike Hammond)  haven’t been with us for quite a while and Mike is also newly returned from the USA. Unusually, both were armed with Dobros, Mike playing conventionally while Dave played slide. They played a really great version of “Where Wild Flowers Grow” before being joined by Tony Parry on harp for  Mike’s songs “Bye Bye” and “Strange Weather”. Pat O’Dea is no stranger to the LFC and he always comes up with great songs. Tonight was no exception as he sang “Calling to Me” and the famous “Liverpool Lou”.

Jason Hinchey then took the stage for the closing set. He was joined by Pat O’Dea, Dave Broom and Ian Thorp for a selection of songs from his new CD, “The Road to Vicar Street”, ending with Liverpool Lullaby. At the end many of Jason’s CD were sold and he was asked to sign quite a few.

4th April – Another Fantastic Night!

MC Henry Campion kicked off the evening with a passionate performance of Neil Young’s “Southern Man”. Next up were Steve King & Tony Parry. They sang Brownie McGhee’s “Bring Out The Boogie” and “Walking The Dog” by Rufus Thomas. Jonathan Klein followed with his own song “Walking Wounded” and the standard “On Broadway”,  by the prodigious writing team of Mann, Weil, Leiber and Stoller. Luke and Phil are two members of club favourites tFrenzied and Diligent. They sang Phil’s “Take Your Partners” and “Rambling Man” by Hank Williams, in their own inimitable style.  John Llewellyn wowed the club at the last meeting so it was great to see him back so soon. He sang three of his own songs; “Sticks and Stones”, “Steady Eddie” and “Green Light Gone”. And to finish off the first half, a first for the club. Jazz!!! Delboizz Jazzatazz gave us “Miss Otis Regrets”, “Minor Romance” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. A fantastic end to a fantastic first half. After the break and raffle, Henry sang a rousing rendition of “Let It Be”, with much audience participation and was followed by another club favourite, Pat O’Dea, one half of Southbound. He sang Jesse Winchester’s “That’s What Makes You Strong”, “Looking For Trouble” by Steve Goodman, and Block/Hecht’s “Walking After Midnight”, made famous by Patsy Cline. Pat’s a hard act to follow but up next was

Jim Anderson. A brilliant accordionist, he once again amazed and enthralled the audience with his musicianship. The penultimate act of the evening were Lola’s Gang. They sang Walker/Stanton/West’s “Ancient History”, “Withered And Died” by Richard Thompson and probably the oldest song of the evening, Thomas Allen’s “Erie Canal”, written in 1905! Finally, our special guest of the evening Aaron Gregory. He sang mainly his own songs in a 30 minute set which included “Summer Days”, “Smoke”, and “Weymouth”. We just had time for Henry to round off the evening with “Guitar Man” by David Gates, and Pete Seeger/Lee Hays’ “If I Had A Hammer”.

What an evening! And now the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good: Seeing young lads like John and Aaron keeping the tradition of the songwriter troubadour alive and well. The bad: Lame excuses from two of our regulars. John Scott couldn’t come because he’s getting married in Texas! 🙁 Bob Long was absent because he’s gone to the Mississippi to do a deal with devil ! :-{ The ugly: Tony Parry’s demolition of music stands. He needs help! See you all next time when our guest is Jason Hinchey.


A Night of Variety and profusion – 21st March 2012

Now, we all know that Bob Long only plays blues; so it was a moment of supreme heresy last night when he announced that his first song was NOT blues at all, but Charlie Patton’s version of “Some of these Days”. Not satisfied with that, he then performed Muddy Waters’ “Standing Around Crying”, a song not blessed with the antiquity normally associated with Mr Long.

Dave Warburton, from Chichester, is an all too rare visitor, so it was great to see MC Jonathan Klein introduce him as our second singer. Casting aside his folkier  inclinations, Dave gave us a great Al Stewart song and Chris de Bergh’s “Girl with April in her Eyes”. They’d played together 50 years ago and had just come back together for another go……Pete and Jim had never been before but played a couple of Dylan numbers with great aplomb. I hope they’ll come again. Carol, from Southampton, sang two a capella songs, firstly of  war and desertion, and then an Orcadian song of the Herring Girl. Again, we hope that Carol will return. She was followed by Ian Halliday who challenged everyone’s assumptions by breaking into a traditional folk song, though, admittedly, only after Noah & the Whale’s “Life goes On”.

Freshly returned from India, John Ellis was persuaded to give us four short tunes on the penny whistle. He was followed by The Motley Minstrels, a 5 piece group from Fordingbridge area. This was their first ever public performance and they played three songs culminating with the old vaudeville song, “In the Jailhouse Now”, more recently recorded by Union Station in their guise of “Soggy Bottom Boys”.  Let’s hope they’ll come back, too.

After the break and, of course, the raffle, Double Sync (Jonathan Klein & John Gabbay) played Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate” and ended with the requested “Longer in Love with You” (though I always think of it as “the numbers love song”!). Newcomer, John Llewelyn – half the age of most of our performers – sang his own compositions to his own guitar. His first, “Green Light Gone” about his grandad dying with dementia, was very moving and we knew immediately that here was another fine young talent. His last two songs had a definite rapping element that gave them great verve. We hope he’ll grace our doors again…soon.

Steve West is well known for his locally based folk tunes so, Buddy Holly’s “Learning the Game” came as a bit of a surprise. He also sang his own song, “Remembering”. Another good friend, John Scott, started off with a lovely country song whose name passed me by, and finished with a terrific medley of well known songs provoking much audience participation! Dave Hunt is a rare visitor, understandably, perhaps, as he comes from Sherfield English. Nevertheless, when he comes he always plays beautiful songs and his guitar work is a joy. Last night was no exception.

And so it transpired that it was nearly time to go. So, to send us home happy, Jonathan called upon young Jim Anderson of accordion fame. “Nola” is such a familiar tune from radio and TV…. we were all tapping our feet. And then Jim sent us home over the cobbles of Montmartre amid the smell of strong coffee and Gitanes, Under Parisian Skies. What a terrific night.

7th March – Another fantastic night….

Once again, the club provided an appreciative audience with a wide variety of acoustic music.

Joe Constable was MC for the night and firstly introduced Bob Long to the stage. Bob sings early country blues so reminiscent of the originals. Even the guitar is from the period. He sang Leadbelly’s “In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down”,  and “Feel Like Going Home” by Muddy Waters. Second up saw MartynTanner  with his banjo-ukelele singing John Prine’s “Spanish Pipe Dream”,  “Rosie” by Don Partridge and “Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams. Next, our own ‘Enry, Henry Campion gave us Al Stewart’s “Dark and Rolling Sea”, Christine McVie’s “Songbird” and The Band’s “The Weight”. To finish the first half, our special guest Bob Kirkpatrick, from the Sunray Folk Club, Broadmayne, near Dorchester. He sang a number of his own songs with a fine, strong voice, and excellent guitar accompaniment. After the break and raffle, Cat Lake gave us a stunning masterclass of bodhran playing, followed by Tony Parry singing two of his own compositions.  Bob long then sang Robert Johnson’s “Crossroad Blues” and a Tommy Johnson number. Next up was Sean Brophy. Sean is one of the regular members of the weekly singaround at the Wheel Inn, Pennington, which takes place every Monday. Sean gave us “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” made famous by Soft Cell, an early Chris de Burgh song “Satin Green Shutters” and Mark Knopfler’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Bob Kirkpatrick reurned for his second set to finish what was a very enjoyable evening.

15th February – Claude wows ’em….

It started with MC Tony Parry’s “Hello Lymington”. The response was such that he did it again before launching proceedings properly with a Brian Bedford song called “Wings”. He quickly made way for Joe Constable and the “Wild Hunt”, followed by the Police hit “Message in a Bottle”. Henry Campion jumped up complete with Dylan and Harmonica and was then joined by partner, Roni, with whom he sang a couple of lovely songs, ending with Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend”. Great harmonies!

Claude Bourbon completed the first half with a stunning virtuoso performance on the guitar.

During the break Victor turned up with an extra raffle prize – a copy of his “Moonbeams” CD. After the raffle the second half was launched by Sandy Reid Peters who sang a Neil Young song and accompanied himself on John Scott’s guitar. Steve West then used the same instrument on a Buck Owens number he sang; and, having only just turned up, Victor managed to quickly perform Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”. Southbound then performed a magnificent set of 5 numbers – as always, great songs and harmonies. The evening was finished off by Claude Bourbon who performed a wonderful 40 minute set with some fantastic songs as brilliant guitar work.

It had been a record night with a record crowd and we all went home inspired by the great performances.


A Fantastic Night – February 1st

10 spots, 17 performers!

The evening kicked off with with Nicky, with Laura on accordian, singing a Scottish ballad and a Kentucky mountain song. They were followed by Joe Constable singing the “The Wild Hunt”, until he broke a string. Gibson guitar, Martin strings, schoolboy error! He would return later to finish his set. New to the club, Martin Tanner sang two songs on his banjo ukelele; “Putting On The Style” and “Good Times Past and Gone”. Next up were the ever reliable Southbound who sang three songs including Rodney Crowell’s “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues”. Following John and Pat were the Rezzonators, all the way from Sway. A welcome return by the bluesmen who sang four songs including a Sleepy John Estes number, known to club members from another of our blues regulars, Mississippi Bob Long.

After our visit to the Deep South, Joe returned , with Sophie van der Meeren on flute, to sing his own composition, “”The Last Day of War” A truly brilliant song, and brilliantly played. Then along came Vicky and Jamie with three wonderful new songs. The last number tentavively entitled “When Pigs Fly” was a particular favourite. To finish the first half, the one and only Victor Chetcuti. He sang two of his own songs, one with Tony Parry on harmonica.

The second half opened with another newcomer to the club. Bob Lowndes from Barton gave us Ryan Adam’s “Sweet Carolina” and Lowell George’s “Willin’ “. Jim Anderson followed on his accordian to give us a masterclass yet again. “Wild Mountain Thyme” got everyone singing and when he played a “Hungarian Rhapsody” the club was temporarily transformed into a Magyar horseman’s encampment.

Who could follow that? Well, I’ll tell you. Our special guest, Jason Hinchey. He brought all his Limerick charm to the evening and the audience were spellbound as he sang a variety of songs, some his own, in his unique intimacy and passion. His CD, when he ever gets around to it, will be a must have. However, there’s nothing like the live acoustic  performance, and in many respects that’s what this club is all about. I’m off to my cellar to relax with a bottle of Rioja, until next time, love, music and peace to you all.


January 18th 2012.

Master of Ceremonies, Henry Campion, launched the evening with Dylan’s “It ain’t me Babe” – to much audience participation. After a bit of Al Stewart and a great sealing song of the South Atlantic he introduced  Mary Parry who, accompanied by Bob Long, sang a terrific  version of the Bessie Smith song, “Electric Chair Blues”.  Not to miss out on the services of Mr Long, Tony Parry joined him briefly for a rendition of “Little Red Rooster” with slide guitar and harmonica. It was good to have Vicky Kimm and Jamie back for three songs including Nic Jones’ Canady-o and a lovely moving song from Jamie’s pen. Henry was joined by Roni for a couple of lovely duets, and they were followed by the return of both members of Southbound who closed the first half in great style (and with a couple of wonderful harmonies). Great to have them back together!

The night’s raffle was expanded by the donation of a bottle of whiskey by Nicki Martin, and….it has to be mentioned.. Vicky won her first raffle prize. Henry opened the second half with a fabulous shanty and lots of joining in. Jim Anderson then borrowed John Scott’s guitar (yes, guitar) to give us three great songs by Sam Cooke, Dire Straits and Elkie Brooks. Lola’s Gang broke off their rehearsals long enough to perform a couple of  numbers before Bob Long took to the stage. Bob, dressed in the zingiest zoot suit, sang a number of songs from his CD “Delta Harvest” featuring songs by Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson and others from the height of the original Delta Blues era.


It’s 2012 at the folk club…

Our first folk club of 2012 was a great success considering the usual post-festivities slump and the awful weather. Our very own mad professor, Jonathan Klein was MC for the night and introduced Joe Constable as our first performer. He sang a Waterboys number followed by a personal favourite, Del Amitri’s “Nothing Ever Happens”. Henry Campion followed Joe with “Brooklyn” by Al Stewart and Sting’s “Fields of Gold”, another favourite.

Flying in from the Deep South, Bob Long sang a couple of country blues on one of his newer guitars, a ’61/62 Gibson LG2! Laura Sutherland played a lovely medley of Scottish tunes on her button accordion before our special guests of the evening completed the first half. John Dunkinson, together with PeterStrong and Peter Jones sang several songs as a tribute to our club mentor, the sadly missed Rod Legge.

Henry kicked off the second half with one of my favourite Richard Thompson songs, ” Dimming of the Day”, recently covered by Alison Krauss, and gave a rousing rendition of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”. Joe followed Henry with a couple of songs including another Waterboys’ song ‘Killing my Heart’ and Led Zepplin’s ‘Bron y Aur Stomp’. Bob returned with a John Lee Hooker song and a Tommy Johnson number in which he was accompanied brilliantly by Tony Parry on harmonica.

Rod Biggs, he of the Ringwood Folk Club, recited a cautionary tale about getting Christmas presents mixed up, involving a pair of gloves and a ladies undergarment! Then an a capella song about being buried, and to finish the cheerful mood, sang the classic “Parting Glass”.
Our final guests of the evening were our MC, John the Bass and Big Ben, collectively known as Dr Finlay’s Bass Cooks. They gave us an “electric” performance, literally, of 4 songs – 3 by the professor himself! and Tony was again persuaded to join the group on one of their rare blues numbers.

Happy Christmas to all our readers! (Review of December 21st)

It all started brilliantly with the Christy Moore version of “Fairytale of New York” featuring the long awaited return of Joe Constable & Sophie Van Der Meeren. Bob Long again took us to the Delta with his terrific guitar-picking in the company of Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson. Continuing in his role as MC, Joe introduced Carol Richards and her lovely rendition of a humorous Pam Ayres poem about Christmas turkeys. Jim Anderson was in a fine festive mood with his great accordion playing before newcomers, Pete & Sis from the Wheel singaround, gave us “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. With three friends, Nicki Martin formed the “Ladies who Lurch” and they sang a couple of Christmas songs to keyboards accompaniment. The first half was brought to a close by Pat O’Dea who, despite a cold, sang a couple of great songs before being joined by fellow-Southbounder John Scott for their (almost) trademark, “Walking on the Moon”.

The second half was again kicked off by Joe and Sophie, this time with”Skating Away” by Jethro Tull, featuring Sophie on flute (a first for us!) Armed only with a ukulele Jim Brown gave us “Ukelele Lady”  and he was followed by Caroline Ellis from Milford folk club with an a capella song about Christmas and a couple of tunes on her Soprano Sax (another first). Sue Whitlock (also from MFC) read  “Silent Night” in such a way that gave the words new meaning. She was followed by Tony Parry, who sang a great rendition of the moving “New Year’s Eve” by Si Kahn. Rod Biggs from Ringwood FC sang another a capella song, also with a Christmas theme.

Bob Long played a couple more numbers (he’d got his mojo working) to herald the arrival on stage of “The Frenzied & the Diligent” who played 4 songs including “The Sheikh of Araby”! The evening was rounded off by Jonathan Klein and John Gabbay (fresh from his hospital bed). After “Winter Wonderland”  they were joined by Steve West (aka Stephan Von Rafflemeister) for Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas” – played to wide acclaim. They finished with “White Christmas” with everyone joining in.

A record 21 performers graced the stage and everyone had a great time. New friends were made and old acquaintances were renewed, and we’ll all be back on January 4th to do it all again.

‘Til then – Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday 7th December.

Tony Parry was MC for the night and opened with a couple of songs including a new song entitled “Lola’s Gang”, followed by the long anticipated debut of Lola’s Gang. They sang four songs including Richard Thompson’s “Withered and Died” and Randy Newman’s “Sail Away”. Next up was Pat O’Dea who clearly is being influenced by Victor’s stage chat and, unusually, sang two blues infused numbers. Then came the man himself. Victor Chetcuti had time in between his “day in the life of Victor” meanderings to perform three songs including Richard Thompson’s “Vincent Black Lightning”. Following Victor was a new performer to the club. Olly played two Russian folk song medleys on his accordian, quite amazing as he has only been playing the instrument for a few months!

Bob Long flew in from the Delta to give us three blues numbers, one from Sleepy John Estes, the one accompanied by Tony on harp. Jim Anderson finished the first half with his usual panache on accordian. So many notes, so little time! Rod Biggs gave us a recitation after the break about asking Father Christmas for, well… let’s just say a member of the opposite sex, and the second half was given over to our guests Paul Openshaw and Big Al Whittle. They both have a fine line in comedic songs and had the audience in stitches.


Another Smörgåsbord of Talent!

Another fine and varied evening of music ably marshalled by Henry Campion. Special thanks to Sandy Reid-Peters who very kindly supplied the club with a number of raffle prizes. Henry started the evening with John Denver’s “Annies Song” followed by Tony Parry and two of his own songs.

Next, Sandy sang Ralph McTell’s haunting and beautiful “Maginot Waltz” and Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio down by the schoolyard”, and Vicky and Jamie sang two of Vicky’s songs, one about their much missed houseboat. Bob Long then took us once more to Mississippi with three blues numbers. To end the first half, a four piece Frenzied and Diligent treated us to four songs in their own inimitable fashion. Irving Berlin, newts and cups of tea, it can only be F&D!

After the raffle, Steve West sang Darrell Scott’s “Open Door” and a Stanton/Walker standard “Ancient History”, which happens to be the title track of the new “Safety In Numbers” CD. They are making a rare live appearance as our guests at the next folk club. Steve was joined by Tony for “Goodnight Irene” followed by Vicky who reprised her “Born In Time”.

Victor Chetcuti is fast becoming the south coast’s favourite comic bard…. by accident! Given three songs, he only had time for two(!), “Dirty Old Town” and the Bee Gees “To Love Somebody”. We were then treated to a masterclass of bodhran playing by Cat Lake followed by Pat O’Dea (or was it Owen Moore?!) singing four songs including “Far Side of Jordan”, made famous by the Carter Family.

Finally, Henry completed the evening with Dylan’s “Baby Blue”, “The Curragh of Kildare” and a rousing “Hey Jude”. A packed and much appreciated evening.


Jonathan Calms the Chaos…

It all started with Joe Constable and Sophie van der Meeren who burst upon us so suddenly, starting up-tempo (unusually) and settling into something sad from WW1 (Eric Bogle’s ‘Green Fields of France’.) Double Sync (Jonathan & John) gave us 3 of Jonathan Klein’s (MC for the night) sublime compositions, reminding us of their jazz influences.

Newcomers Sonny and Danny (surely our youngest performers yet) performed three fabulous contemporary numbers finishing with an excellent Arctic Monkeys cover. Brilliant and widely enjoyed. Henry Campion took to the stage with a 60’s sampler including a delightful Cat Stevens love-song and concluded with a rousing Blue Suede Shoes.. All the way from sunny and watery Bosham, Clive de Vries gave us a wonderful rendition of James Taylor’s Going to Carolina in my Mind,as well as Life Goes on by Noah & The Whale. He finished with Bare Necessities evoking lots of audience participation. Clive said he was just passing through Lymington; we all hope he’ll pass through again!

After the interval and the raffle….Cat Lake gave another of her Bodhran masterclasses before Bob Long (newly returned from Mississippi gave us a lesson in authentic Delta blues. He was joined by Tony Parry (Harp) and Cat Lake(Bodhran) for the next couple of songs. The famous Frenzied and Diligent (3 of ‘em this time) played a few numbers and had this audience member spellbound. They were great. As always… .something different. And then – something new… Joe and Sophie joined forces with the Frenzied for the Jesse Fuller number “She’s no Good” – just great. Everybody loved it. A holidaying lady called Sally bravely stepped up to sing an a cappella song, but, sadly her memory failed her after a couple of lines. Brian, from Farmageddon, did better with three of his own songs which went down a storm.

Good friend Victor Checuti closed the evening with a few of his and our favourite songs (I never expected to hear “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” from him) On the last he was joined by Alex Hall (from Milford) who, on borrowed guitar and without knowing the song, provided a superb improvised accompaniment to Victor.

A cornucopia of talent! (21st September)

From the moment Jon Ellis opened the 32nd session of Lymington Folk Club I knew  we were in for a great evening, despite both Jon’s songs involving war, death and disaster. Henry Campion seemed keen to stay in the same vein, but relented and finished with San Francisco Bay Blues involving much audience participation and a wonderful descant kazoo!! Ian & Jacky of Light Motive gave us a couple of their fine contemporary renditions followed by Will Attard in fine voice and fine tune! With neither Pat O’Dea or Owen Moore, John Scott soldiered on alone with a couple of great songs, again with the help of the audience.

Coming all the way from Chichester, Dave Warburton narrated a fierce card-game on a Spanish train and a lilting love song by Richard Thompson. Terrific! And then Jim Anderson’s accordion… what can you say? He fills the place with the most fantastic sounds. And during his second song I could smell the Gauloise!

After the break a new duo! Joe Constable and Sophie van der Meeren played two songs, the second of which involved Sophie playing the didgeridoo – a first for the LFC. Luke and Anna from Frenzied etc followed on with a ukulele duet supporting Luke’s voice and other noises!

For the penultimate act of the night Steve West was joined by Dave Broom and Sean Brophy for three great songs including two of Steve’s own. Finally, Darren and Sally Hodson took the stage together with Gavin Wyatt and proceeded with a masterclass in acoustic music. The audience were in raptures. We listened for 40 minutes – it  seemed like 5! It was all over too quickly. (Don’t forget to get your hands on Darren’s new album “Short Stories & Tall Tales” on iTunes.)

Tony Parry made his debut as MC doing a fantastic job piecing together a great night. As always the raffle was run by young Steve West. We all had a fantastic time and look forward to the next session on October 5th for which Warwick Slade and Vicky Kimm are already confirmed.

7th September

The night saw the clubs first venture into ceildh territory. The whole of the second half was given over to the brilliant Jigfoot, a five piece ensemble with a caller. You had to be there to adequately describe the dancing that took place! (See pic below for an idea!!!)

However, a great time was had by all! Jon Ellis & Nicky Martin shared the MC duties for the night and Jon kicked off the evening with one song sang in French Canadian! Next Henry Campion with two songs, one being a personal favourite, Don McLean’s “Vincent”. Nicky sang an unaccompanied song followed by Steve West with two songs, one his own composition, “The Christchurch Smuggler”. Up next was Sean Brophy who sang three modern acoustic classics including another favourite “Romeo & Juliet”, followed by Southbound who performed two country songs in their usual accomplished style. Bob Long took us once again to the delta with two great blues songs and next saw the welcome return of Robin Somes to the local music scene after an absence of over ten years performing two of his own tunes on guitar. Ian & Richard of Light Motive gave us three numbers before Rod Biggs from Ringwood Folk Club finished the first half with two songs. 21 September special guest is Darren Hodson & Friends, he has a new CD, which is receiving very good reviews. I have one, it is very, very good.


I nearly jumped out of my skin as MC Joe Constable leapt onto the stage last night to kick off another evening in his “Boots of Spanish Leather”! Newcomer Will Attard made his debut with a great Tom Waits song and a very nice one of his own. Lost in town, Mark Harris had to phone for directions to the club. Thank god he made it – he brought two wonderful comic songs and really helped to set the tone for the evening. Tony Parry offered his classic iPhone Song and “The Wind Cries Mary” by Jimi Hendrix.

After a previous visit at which she wowed us with both her ukulele and her beautiful voice, Katy Barlow brought us another couple of pearls, this time accompanying herself on a guitar …Fabulous!!! Only half of Southbound was available to us, yet, even recovering from larangytis, John Scott sang a couple of great songsand his usual terrific delivery! The first half of the evening was closed by Bob Long with his cutaway National resonator. Bob slid beautifully through Key to the Highway and into Tampa Red territory. He was joined briefly by Tony Parry on harmonica for his last number.

The second half was opened by the Tallest Man on Earth (well, in Lymington Folk Club) – Joe Constable with his excellent rendition of King of Spain. Taking time out from The Park fm, Cat Lake brought a lovely American bhodran to give us one of her drum masterclasses! Henry Campion took us back to the 60’s with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt and John Denver – terrific! Finally Jason Hinchey took us on a tour of Irish and English folk songs both ancient and modern, and all sung with passion and commitment and Jason’s unique voice. This was a treat beyond our expectations. Wow! Thank you, Jason.

Another Superb Night with an Eclectic Mix of Styles…

MC for the night Henry Campion kicked off the evening with a Dylan song and then Tony Parry performed two of his own compositions extolling the virtues (or otherwise) of owning an iPad and a Sat Nav. Very funny. Vicky & Jamie followed with Let’s Make Hay and Vicky’s Dylan inspired song Left Handed Girl.

Next, a special guest from up north. Liz Thacker from Mansfield sang Black Waters and Saving For Retirement. Steve West and Tony Parry travelled to the delta to perform White Boy Lost in the Blues and then Steve was joined by John & Pat from Southbound to sing Crying Time. Southbound followed with Early Morning Rain, No Regrets and In This Morning of my Life, and the first half was completed by Mike Hammond singing As Time Goes By, Love Henry (with Tony on Harmonica) and Ronnie Lane’s Ooh La La.

After the break and raffle, first up Henry with a couple of songs including a Neil Young number and then The Rezzonators all the way from Sway. Former treacle miners Mike and Pete performed three blues songs including the standard Matchbox. Sandy Reid Peters was called in late in the evening to give us two songs including Cocaine and finally our special guest, the lovely Hannah Robinson. Singing mainly her own songs, she transfixed the audience with her sweet voice and easy style. A particular favourite was her rendition of Wade in the Water.

A fantastic night all round. Next week, a young man from the same town as Christy Moore, Jason Hinchey, with an equally beguiling voic

Running out of Superlatives!

The 20th July was another variety-packed night at the Lymington Folk Club.  Jonathan Klein, MC for the evening, kicked things off with a song he wrote over thirty years ago, before handing over to Henry Campion.  Henry gave us a couple of songs , including the Rolling Stones’ Ruby Tuesday, including some background information for those of us who hadn’t read Keith Richards’ autobiography.  Henry was joined by Roni Notcutt to transform into Out Of The Blue and perform a powerful rendition of Angel From Montgomery.

Next up was Luke Futcher, better known to this audience as one half of Frenzied And Diligent.  Which half, he wasn’t saying, but he performed a couple of great songs in the style which has made the duo one of our most eagerly-awaited visitors.  He was followed by Mike Cole on accordion, who treated us to a spirited rendition of Portsmouth. 

We were then in for a extra special treat as Katy Barlow performed a couple of quietly spellbinding songs on yukelele – her modesty only surpassed by her stunning vocals. Jim Anderson, another of our popular regulars, treated us to a selection of melodies from around the world (Scotland and Spain, this time, if I recall correctly) on accordion. Chris Pugh, appearing for the first time at the Club, gave us to a pair of his own compositions, and left us wanting more!

All the way from Southampton, three-fifths of Jigfoot (“Jigfoot Lite”) finished off the first half of the evening with a set of tunes performed in a style that (to my ears anyway) seemed to mix traditional folk with gypsy jazz and undertones of baroque.  Their compelling sound was given real body by the inclusion of a cello (the first we’ve seen on the LFC stage, I believe) in their line-up.

After the break, the fabulous Southbound performed a couple of songs, including Hobo’s Lullaby (written by Goebel Reeves, made famous by Woody Guthrie and many others), which has been haunting me ever since – I can still hear the steel rails humming.  After a short story – another  first for the LFC – from Pete Gritton (I’d like to believe it but I can’t), Bob Long treated us to a pair of the old blues songs, which, as always, he performed with the authenticity you can only get with true love and understanding of your material.

Finally, the stage was taken by Al Kendrick and then Paul Openshaw, who, in an extended pair of sets, performed songs to raise awareness of the charity Diabetes UK (see  I was delighted that Al performed Cousin Jack (the Show Of Hands song), and Paul demonstrated that folk can still be a living and contemporary form of expression with his song about Sir Fred Goodwin – the only one I’ve heard so far, and very much deserving of a wider audience.

The ever-popular raffle (which is of course the real reason people come to the LFC) raised £70 for Diabetes UK.  It was a great night.


Nialls and Lucas lead a great night!

Most folk clubs are pleased to be able to boast one headline act, so to have two on the same night was a real bonus. And free entry, too. As MC, Steve West started the evening off and was followed by regular stalwarts, Jon Ellis and Henry Campion. Sandy Reid-Peters gave us an all too rare performance and Vicky Kimm & Jamie performed a new song – despite having only just rushed back from London.

Otis of Dodge Brothers fame gave us a long awaited set, including one of his own songs – and all without his usual shades!The first half was then completed by a fantastic 35 minute set from Nialls Teague & the Fast Company from Galway. Great songs, great voices and terrific musicians. They went down a complete storm!

After the interval local singer/songwriter Lucas Raye sang songs from his new EP, Solus, plus a couple of requests. Lucas was followed by the long awaited appearance of Sean Brophy who sang a contemporary set culminating with Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, during which he was supported by Steve West on guitar. Bluesman Sugarhand Dave was joined by regular Tony Parry on harmonica, for a terrific set of country blues. Finally, the evening was finished off by good friends John & Pat of Southbound who played a superb closing set plus encore!


June 15th

Henry Campion did anther fine job as MC on 15th June. Jon Ellis started proceedings with one song & then was joined by Jim Insole. Jim then sang with Nikki & another on his own. Joe Constable followed doing a trio of ‘jolly’ numbers, followed by a self-penned number by Vicky Kimm accompanied by Jamie. Henry Campion was next, and to finish the first half, bluesman Bob Long and harp player Dennis Rigg. After the break & raffle, the fantastic Southbound kicked off the second half, followed by Ged Wilson …all the way from Bury! Henry returned again with two more songs and Bob and Dennis finished the evening.

What a Birthday… 18 performers help us celebrate!!!

With Jon Ellis as MC,  Tony & Mary Parry kicked off the evening with some Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. Nikki Martin gave a lovely rendition of North Country Maid and she was followed by the Frenzied & Diligent driving their new harmonium with some panache (and a familiar song or two!) New grouping, Broom, West & Lee took to the stage with some West songs and possibly the last rendition of “Service with a Smile” by Dave Broom. Ian Halliday led his “Light Motive” in a couple of great songs – they’re always good value.

Two complete newcomers joined us; David Mansell is a local singer/songwriter and sang his own material, and Alex Brackley gave us a great bit of Dylan. Laura on the accordion made a real impression and she was followed by Joe Constable ably assisted by Cat Lake on Bhoran. Finally, the first half was completed by Bluesy Bob Long who knocked out a couple of great numbers on his 60+ year old Gibson guitar. Dave Warburton made his second visit to the LFC with a couple of great numbers and Pat O’Dea (half of Southbound) sang just one beautiful song. Sugarhand Dave – cutting a bit of a dash in his new hairstyle – sang a couple of great blues numbers to his new resonator  guitar. Victor said he couldn’t miss our first birthday and did us proud with his song, “Upside Down & Inside Out”. He was followed by another newcomer, Anita who sang one of her own compositions.

Finally, Paul Openshaw gave us a few of his own songs, poignant, funny and incisive by turns. Terrific. It was time to go, but Tony Parry, Steve West and Luke from the Frenzied etc quickly jumped up with an impromptu (well partially planned) rendition of Goodnight Irene and everybody joined in.


What quality – what variety!

Another spectacular night at the LFC featuring the familiar, the return of some less familiar and some total newcomers. Good friends, Southbound got the evening off to a great start  with a new song or two. Jim Anderson brought his accordion in completely Celtic mood with waltzes, reels and something even faster.  Steamer made a welcome return with a lovely tight set of blues numbers (eat your heart out, Eric) and Ian Halliday  gave us a couple of great songs before Take Thackray took the stage. There was much giggling and chortling over Isobel and Albert, the Lah-Di-Dah and the Jolly Captain.

In the second set Southbound got us all going with a favourite or two; Sandy Reid-Peters did a lovely Neil Young and John Martin, and David Warburton from Chichester played a couple of great songs the more memorable of which involved the legs of a donkey. Bob Whitley – who hadn’t been before – then took the stage for a wonderful set of both comic and serious songs that went down a storm with the audience (and his 2-capo system went down a storm with the guitarists).

The evening was finished off with a rousing set from Steve Donnelly (also new to LFC) comprised of traditional songs and own compositions all beautifully sung. We’ll long remember Eddie’s song “from the heart of olde England”!

We are all indebted to Joe Constable who did a fine job as MC …and good ole Steve West with his raffle.


Possibly the best night yet…

Only 3 weeks back from India, Jon Ellis stepped into the MC’s shoes at the last minute and did a brilliant job on the busiest night we’ve had.

The evening got under way with local favourites, Krystal, with some or their original songs. Pam Dentith from Weymouth took us all by surprise with such an easy style and beautiful voice.
Paul Openshaw again treated us to his lovely wry songs and the familiar “Mr & Mrs Grumbly Bottom”complete with audience participation. Earnie Petley came  from the Foc’sle club in Southampton and gave us a fine impromptu sea shanty.

Luke Futcher – normally part of Frenzied & Diligent – sang a great set to the tune of his homemade ukulele. Sugarhand Dave gave a wonderful slide performance on his National guitar (despite breaking a string whilst tuning)  and Southbound finished the first half in great country style “walking on the moon” (quite a few joining in on the choruses, too).

After the now famous raffle and a very short break Steve West  played songs from his Safety in Numbers CD, brilliantly supported by guitarist Sean Brophy. Bob Long and Dennis Rigg took the stage for a great blues set – utterly Sonny & Brownie. Finally, Victor Checuti played some songs from his wonderful new CD,’Moonbeams’ helped on various numbers by John and Pat from Southbound and Podge from Krystal. A fantastic night. Thanks everyone for making LFC such a great place to be!

A Night to Remember!

Another great night at the Thomas Tripp. MC Jonathan Klein got the evening started with a bit of Don Maclean and an interesting song about a naked woman in a deck chair. Regulars Henry and Tony kept off quite such controversial territory with more Americana and folk (Henry). Laura gave us a quite lovely rendition of El Condor Pasa and Vicky Kimm and Jamie brought us a couple of great original songs. Jim Anderson took us to the new world through Mexico on the Orange Blossom Special to a Wilbury finale. Joe Constable finished the first half with a selection of the obscure and unusual …as always!

MC Jonathan again launched the second half and he was followed by the bluesy Mr Bob Long who even played the Rooftop Singers’ “Walk Right in” – taking a few of us back to the early 60’s. Terrific. The evening was rounded off by Gavin Wyatt who took us from childhood to the grave, from laughter to tears all in the space of 40 minutes; a set to be remembered.

Another fabulous night of varied styles…

Again Henry Campion (aka Doc Slim) & Joe Constable (aka Egon Spengler) got the evening off to a great start with some Dylan, some pearls, some Mumford & Sons and The Jam’s “Eton Rifles”.As always, Jim Anderson’s accordion spirited us all to far off places. Jon Ellis – newly returned from India – gave us a couple of songs,  including “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”. Newcomer Take Thackeray had the whole place giggling and guffawing with his renditions of songs by the late Jake Thackeray. Final act in the first half was Lucas Raye who gave us a brilliant set including a fantastic rendition of David Gray’s Babylon and the Bill Withers classic “Ain’t no Sunshine”.

In the second half  Southbound once again played beautifully and demonstated some great harmonies and Victor Chetcuti gave us a couple of his fantastic numbers (we’re looking forward to May 4th). The evening was finished of by Little Abner whose fantastic guitars took us on a journey from the Blue Hills of Kentucky to New Orleans via St Louis. Brilliant! And all acoustic, too.

A Great Night for Seeability….and for LFC!

Joe Constable and Henry Campion got the evening off to a cracking start . Then, Jim Anderson’s accordion took us on a tour of European capitals – as only Jim can! The Frenzied & Diligent again brought their unique approach along and the first half was beautifully rounded off by John & Pat of Southbound.

Les Wild gave us a great set and was very much appreciated. The evening was finished off with a superb 45 minute set by Nigel Waite, singing songs from his new CD “Once in a While”, ably assisted on a couple of numbers by Les Wild. The whole evening was in aid of  the charity, “Seeability” and in total raised over £168, thanks to a generous and appreciative audience. For more info on this wonderful charity go to –

A special thanks to MC Steve “haircut” West who glued the evening together beautifully despite some behind the scenes glitches!

Small but well (per)formed! – 16th Feb

Despite a smaller than usual crowd, there were some great performances. Thanks to Jonathan Klein as MC, and Vicky Kimm, Out of the Blue, Henry, Tony, Steve and of course Southbound. Special mention to Jim Anderson who treated us to a stunning set on piano accordion. No raffle this week (!!!) but there will be one on 2nd March.


February Review …and Preview!

The February 2nd session was another lovely mix of musical styles headlined by the fantastic Paul Openshaw who delighted the audience with a great mix of humour and great playing. It was also great to see some new faces including singer/songwriter Vicky Kimm with her gorgeously quirky songs.

Wednesday also saw the first tentitive steps by the “House Band” (or maybe “House Banned”?) which was recieved really well. As suggested, it is hoped that the band becomes a vehicle for those wanting to gain confidence in playing onstage and so if you fancy singing and/or playing with us then drop us a line! Also, we are still after a name so any suggestions then let us know (the winner may receive one of Steve’s ‘special’ prizes!!!)


The Best Attended Session Yet!!!

Many thanks to everyone who made to the club last night (19th Jan)… it proved to be an incredible night of music from a range of new and regular players enjoyed by our biggest turnout yet!

As well as the usual mayhem from The Frenzied & the Diligent and fantastic ‘Old Timey’ harmonies from the Dodge Family Singers, we were treated to some VERY special moments from James (young John Martyn lookalike!) a welcome first appearence from Darren & Sally Hodgeson and the gorgeous tones of Laina who sang with local singer/songwriter Gavin Wyatt. There were also fantastic contributions from blues duo Steamer, Jonathon Klein, Sandy, Cat Lake and Bob Long.

As last night proved, the club welcomes ALL styles of acoustic music and hopes that this level of interest will be maintained. Thanks again to all the artists, audience and the guys who organised such an awsome night of FREE and FABULOUS musi

New Year Session – January 5th

Thanks to all those who came to the Folk Club last night. MC Steve presided over a varied evening of song topped off with a great set from Southbound (John & Pat). Other performers were: Steve West, Tony Parry, Cat Lake, Out of the Blue (Henry & Roni) Henry did a couple on his own, Mike Richards, and great a-capella tradition from Caroline.

Merry Christmas from the LFC!!!

Those who made it to our Christmas session were treated to one of the best sessions of the year! Of the many acts that played (all of which would have had top billing any other time of the year) special thanks go out to Mike Shipman (The Rezzonators), Southbound, The Frenzied & the Diligent, Victor Checuti, Mike Hammond (Dodge Brothers) …not to mention the fabulous Wheatsheaf Hobos for such an awesome finale!

Thanks to everyone who has helped get the Folk Club off the ground this year. Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New year!!!

Open Floor Nights Go From Strength to Strength!

What another great night! The headliner Jason Hinchey finished the evening in fine style but thanks also to Nathan, Carolan, Charlotte & “Spon” from Brighton, Jonathan Klein, Mary & Tony and Light Motive (Ian, Richard & Jackie) who gave grear support.

Soooooo Much Talent!!!

Those who made it to this weeks LFC session (20th October) were treated to an unbelievable range of musical talent that Jools Holland would have been proud to present! Nine different artists and nine different equally brilliant styles of acoustic music! As well as the usual fantastic contributions from our regulars and some welcome new faces we were also lucky enough to have some sets by local (and not so local) professional acts.

Starting things off were the silky country/folk sounds of Southbound which set the tone for a great evening. Finishing off the first set was a stunning return of The Frenzied & the Diligent with there double bass/ ukelele/guitar based tunes. After the break the unique sound of Krystal was followed by the awesome bluesy picking style of Sugarhand Dave. Next we had the hysterical Warick Slade and the return of Southbound bring a fabulous evening to a finish!

A MASSIVE thanks to everyone who came along!!!


Jim Insole (Oct 6th): Jim was a local legend of the folk / blues scene in Lymington from the 1950’s until the 90’s. Perhaps he still is!  Wielding his mandolin like a weapon he was often found singing for his beer in long gone pubs such as the Bugle, the Old English Gentleman and the Londesborough. He was an anchor of at least  two skiffle/folk bands and three previous folk clubs in the town – the Black Scorpion, the Dodo and the Phoenix, which closed in 1977.

A generation of impressionable minds were affected for life by Jim’s passionate renditions of St.Louis Blues, The Chimes of Freedom, Ring of Fire and a hundred other favourites.

Still in fine voice, though ‘retired’ and living in Neath, South Wales, Jim is returning to finish the evening in rousing style and ensure that we keep the flame of live music burning brightly in Lymington!

Simply Brilliant!!!

Wednesday 1st saw our largest turnout yet get treated to a stunning night of live music…

After some fine floor spots by a few of the regulars, the Rezzonators (all the away from ‘over the grid’!) played their excellent brand of Blues including a highly amusing number charting the travails of Tiger Woods and other ‘luminaries’ such as Imelda Marcos!!!

After the break local singer/songwriter Gavin Wyatt played a number of beautiful ballads which certainly highlighted his vocal and lyrical talents. Gavin often plays locally so keep you eyes open to see him again in the near future.

To finish the evening we were spoilt with a mind-blowing display of slide-guitar and picking from the awesome Lee Collisnson.


Another Great Night…

This Wednesday (21st July) was another great night – well attended and around a dozen great performances!

Particular thanks to Jon for not only showing off his penny whistle skills but being a great MC for the night (…great touch with the stickers!!!) Also big thanks to Steve who treated us once more to some great songs and did a sterling job with the raffle once more!

Also worth a mention is a congratulations to Cy (aka the Silver Fox …aka The Black Bison) for his first ever solo number! Hopefully this will encourage others to play in public for the first time.


The Club Launch a Great Success!

The Lymington Folk Club kicked off on the 2nd of June with a bang. 50+ people turned up to support the event and and we had the pleasure of 16 acts to entertain us. There was a lovely mix of styles, ages and abilities and most importantly a welcoming atmosphere!