Last night was one of our ‘Feature Nights’ with special guest Jim Chorley and support from mainly other singer/songwriters.
MC for the night and singer/songwriter Steve West opened the evening with a version of the traditional “Ramble Away” before inviting Rob Fenner to the stage. Rob’s forte is songs from the sixties and early seventies. He sang “Fire Brigade” written by Roy Wood when with The Move, Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Dead End Street” by Ray Davies of The Kinks. Next up was Dave Broom. Solo tonight, often to be found with The Hobos and Fifth Monday, he sang three of his own songs; “Is There Anything Left At All?”, “Storm Is Your Master” and “Hanover Farewell (Unplugged)”. A really good example of intense songwriting. Following Dave, our very own ‘Enry, Henry Campion. He sang Neil Young’s “Old Man”, “You Belong To Me” by Taylor Swift and Liz Rose (I think!) and Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”.
Just before our guest, founder member of the ‘new’ Lymington Folk Club Tony Parry sang a song for his grandchildren, who were in the audience, “If I Had A Hammer” by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. Jim Chorley played for us last year and we were delighted to have him back. From his extensive catalogue of self penned songs he gave us; “Just After Midnight”, “Secrets And Dreams”, “Honest And True”, “Gabby And The Crow”, “Welshman’s Daughter” and “Pull It Up Boys”. Fantastic!
After the break and raffle, Tony Parry returned to the stage to perform “Just Another Heartache” by TP himself, “Orphan Train” by the great David Massengill, and an American traditional song, “Take This Hammer”. Next was Jonathan Klein. He sang three of his own songs; “In The Beginning”, “The Veil Dance” and the brilliant “Naked In A Deck Chair”. Our penultimate act this evening was ‘Mississippi’ Bob Long. Capturing the feel of the early country blues he performed Sail On (My Little Honey Bee) by Muddy Waters, Tommy Johnson’s “Canned Heat Blues” and a request from the audience, the traditional “Midnight Special”, with much audience participation! And finally, the return of our guest Jim Chorley. Many of his songs recount tales form his past and this set was no different. He started with “Where I Was Born” which he followed with; “Painting Circles In The Corn”, “Kind Soul”, “Sweet Lorna June”, “On St Michael’s Square”, “Trying To Find Love”, “Heaven Help Me” and “Across The Fresh Dug Fields”.
A wonderful evening of great songs and great company. And one more thing. In the audience we had two other founder members of the club that we haven’t seen for too long. Mary Parry (much better half of TP) now living in Uckfield (with her husband!) and Joe Constable, who now spends most of his time in Cornwall and is thankfully getting over some serious health issues.