Our guest MC Bill Hesp kicked off the evening with “The Fox”, a traditional English folk song covered in the early days by the likes of Burl Ives and Pete Seeger, “Cindy”, a traditional American folk song, “Raglan Road”, which started life as a poem by Patrick Kavanagh and put to music by Luke Kelly of the Dubliners and “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton.

Next up was Nick West on his piano. He played “The Dance” by Garth Brooks, “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” by James Thornton, “Run” by Snow Patrol and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”. Following Nick was Steve West. He sang the traditional “Lambs on the Green Hills”, Tom Paxton’s “My Lady’s A Wild Flying Dove” and “The Leaving of Lymington” with the help of some of The Hobos!

Then it was ‘Nomad’. Al & Heather performed the Irish traditional “Arthur McBride”, Sean McCarthy’s “Hills of Connemara”, and “Yarmouth Town”, a traditional English folk song. To finish the first half, George Benn sang three songs from his new CD; “California”, “So Many Miles” and “Stonehenge Blues”.

After the break and raffle, Bill recited “The Perfect High”, a poem by Shel Silverstein. He then invited Jim Brown to the “stage”. Jim played a couple of tunes on his banjo which he entitled “The Arkansas Traveller”, then on guitar performed Tom Paxton’s “The Leaving of London”, and Ian Tyson’s “Four Strong Winds”.

Jonathan Klein was next to entertain us. He sang his own, brilliant, “I Hope You Love Me As Much As I Love You”, “Set Me Free”, and Neil Diamond’s “I’m A Believer”. Henry Campion is another of our regular performers. He sang “Changes” by Phil Ochs, the traditional “Black Leg Miner”, and Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis”.

To finish the evening, a selection of The Hobos got together with Bill on banjo to perform; “Carolina Star” by Tony Rice, “Roseville Fair” by Bill Staines, the traditional “Still House”, and as an encore, the traditional “Worried Man Blues”.

Next time, the first Wednesday in January falls on New Year’s Day so the club will meet on the following Wednesday, the 8th, and will be an “Open Floor” with our very own professor as MC, Jonathan Klein. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

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