Tonight saw the return of the inimitable Tony Parry as MC. He sang Brian Bedford’s “Wings”, recorded by many artists but probably most famously by the recently departed folk legend, Vin Garbutt. Tony then sang one of his own compositions “Song For June”.
Following Tony was club stalwart Henry Campion. He performed Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”, “Here, There and Everywhere” by Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”. Next up were duo ‘Bimbling‘. Sean and Hannah gave us “Wrecking Days” by Kitty Macfarlane, “She Moves In Her Own Way” by The Kooks, Hannah’s “Time And Tide” and the traditional “Raggle Taggle Gypsy”.
Then it was time for one of our favourite Irishmen to come to the stage. James Rowley is a powerful performer and he sang two John Martyn songs; “May You Never” and “Lullaby”. Following James was ‘Young Bob from Fishbourne‘. Bob sang “First Leaves of Autumn” by Gallagher and Lyle and “Blue Bonnet Spring” by Nanci Griffith.
The penultimate act of the first half were ‘Vanessa’s Villains‘. With Vanessa on vocals, Derek bass, Keith guitar and Richard on sax, they performed; “Honeysuckle Rose” by Fats Waller, “Forever You And Me” by Imelda May, and Django Reinhardt’s “Undecided”.
To finish the half, Jim Brown gave us a couple of songs; “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot, and “Dixie Darling” written c. 1936 by A P Carter of the Carter Family.
After the break and raffle, Tony & Mary Parry sang Jon Cleary’s “Frenchman Street Blues” and then joined by Steve West on “Erie Canal” a song written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen after canal barges were converted from mule power to engines.
Steve remained on stage to gather together ‘The Elderberries‘. Derek (he of aforementioned V.V.’s) on banjo, Carole on uke and Geoff on guitar performed; “Carrickfergus”, “Sway”, a song derived from “¿Quién será?”, a 1953 Rumba instrumental song by Mexican composers Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and famously recorded by Dean Martin, and “Last Thing On My Mind” by Tom Paxton.
And talking of Sway, next up was local bluesman Mike Shipman from the Sway Delta. Accompanied by Tony Parry on Harmonica, he gave us “Everybody Ought To Make A Change” by Sleepy John Estes, “Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters, Bo Carter’s “My Pencil Won’t Write No More”, and his own composition, the hearfelt “Burger King Blues”.
Our final two spots of the evening saw the return of James and Jim. James sang “Peaceful Easy Feeling” written by Jack Tempchin and recorded by The Eagles in 1972 on their debut album, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Jim performed “Mississippi River Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy and “She Thinks I Still Care”, written by Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy and recorded in 1962 by George Jones.
A fabulous evening of diversity. Next time, Wednesday 5th July, special guest Ian W Brown and plenty of floor spots. See you then!