You never know what to expect on any given night. Some nights you might be grateful for one man and his dog! However, last night…. the room was packed!
MC Tony Parry did a great job fitting all the performers in and I can honestly say the performances tonight were right up there with the best we’ve seen.
First up was George Benn with three of his own songs; “Interesting Times”, “Life Goes On” and “The Village Dance”, which had a great chorus with everyone joining in. Following George was Bob McAthey with a selection of classical guitar pieces, much appreciated by the audience.
David Massengill was in the room! He sang “Sightseer” with Lisl Russell, “Our Lady of Shinbone Alley” and “The Great American Dream”. Then it was one of Sussex’s finest, John de Little. He sang a-capella “Old Brown Hen” followed by “You Win Again” by Hank Williams and Chris Leslie’s “My Love Could Be Anywhere At All” accompanying himself on guitar. Tony joined him on stage to play harmonica to Doc Watson’s “Deep River Blues”. To finish the first half, Paul Taylor sang two of his own compositions; “Country Fair” and “Moments” and the classic “You’ve Got A Friend”.
After the break and raffle, ‘Bimbling‘ took to the stage. Sean & Hannah performed Kitty Macfarlane’s “Wrecking Days”, Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” and Hannah’s “Fiddler’s Race”. Next was ‘No Leg To Stand On‘. This very talented foursome features John on banjo, Steve on Mandolin, Pete on guitar and Mike on lap style guitar. They performed the traditional “Jesse James”, Bill Monroe’s “Sitting Alone In The Midnight”, “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie, bluegrass standard “My Home Place” and another Bill Monroe classic, “My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling”.
Following the bluegrass boys was Rod Biggs. Rod organizes Ringwood Folk Club, the oldest folk club in the area. They meet on Tuesdays and have just moved venue to Burley Club, Pound Lane, Burley. He performed “Louis Collins (Angels Laid Him Away” by Mississippi John Hurt”, and a-capella sang the traditional “When The Old Dun Cow Caught Fire”. And last but not least, ‘Nomad‘ finished the evening for us in great style. Al & Heather played a couple of jigs, then performed “The Great Divide” by Kate Wolf and “Beggar Man/Red Head Boy”.
Phew! And… NEXT week (YES NEXT WEEK… 14th February) we have as our very special guest, David Massengill, with support from ‘Milton Hide‘ and one or two locals!