MC Steve West introduced our support act for the evening, Alex Potter. Alex is a talented guitar player and makes guitars and other instruments for a living at his workshop in Pitmore Lane, near Sway. Alex played three tunes on his tenor guitar, which he built when still a student; “The Shearing’s Not for You/Kit’s Tune/Ookpik Waltz”. He sang Randy Newman’s “Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father” and played “Cold, Frosty Morning”.
Then it was time for our special guest, Robert Lane. Midlands based Robert has just released his new CD “Only A Flight Away” and is on a tour which takes him all over England. He performed ; “Very Own Way”, “Break My Heart Blues”, “Wilful Independent”, “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees (with much audience participation), “Who Do You Think You’re Talking For?”, ”Lost But I Can’t Care”, the standard “Goodnight Irene”, “Bill Frost’s Flying Machine”, “Make It Easy”, “Suspicious Minds” written by Mark James and made famous by, of course, Elvis, and finally this half, a personal favourite, “My Love’s In Deep”.
After the break and raffle, Alex played Elizabeth Cotten’s “Vestapol Blues” and a song based on a poem by Charles Causley, “Ballad for Catherine Aragon”. Robert returned to the stage for his second set. He sang “I Guess I’m Just One of Those Guys”, “It Feels Like 5000 Miles”, “Teardrop Tattoo”, Paul McCartney’s “For No-one”, “Baby Knows”, “Hoping for Anything”, “Pessimistic Me”’ “You Want It Both Ways”, and finally Pete Townsend’s “Squeeze Box”.
A lovely evening showcasing the talents of a local player/instrument maker and an up and coming singer/songwriter. Next time, Wednesday 2nd May, Jim Chorley, originally from Southampton, he now lives in the wilds of Winchester. His songs evoke the style of James Taylor and Ralph McTell. Worth checking out his website.