MC Mike “Furry” Atack got the evening underway with two Furry Lewis songs before inviting “Professor” Jonathan Klein to the stage. He performed four of his own songs in his own delicate style; “Winter Child”, “Everything I Build Falls Apart”, “If I Could Make One Wish” and “Devil And The Deep Blue Sea”. Next up was Jim Anderson on his accordion accompanied by Dave Read on guitar. They played various tunes from around the war period from America, France and Belgium, a set of Irish dance tunes, a Jimmy Reed song “Baby What You Want Me To Do” with Dave on vocal, and finally “Nola”, composed by American Felix Arndt in 1915 as an engagement gift to his fiancee, Nola Locke and considered to be the first example of the “ragtime” genre. (Felix’s mother was related to Napoleon III don’t you know!)
After the break and raffle, “Mississippi” Bob Long took over MC duties as poor Mike retired due to feeling unwell (furryitis?) and sang “Stockyard Blues” by Robert Wilkins before introducing Sean Brophy to the audience. Sean sang David Gray’s “This Year’s Love”, “Downfall Tonight” by Del Amitri, and “Roof Is Leaking” by Phil Collins. Following Sean was John Scott. He performed Hal Ketchum’s “Old Soldiers”, “Til I Gain Control Again” by Rodney Crowell, and Raymond Froggatt’s “Wings On My Heels”.
And last but not least, Ian “W” Brown. He performed three of his own songs; the moving “Aunt Margery”, “Me Too” and a song he co-wrote with Steve Knightley, “Thanks For Turning Up”, a most fitting end to the evening.