TO NAME BUT ONE!
MC Bob Long took control of the excited mob that had gathered at the Thomas Tripp for May Time celebrations and sang “You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back”, written by Will Shade and first recorded and released by Memphis Jug Band in 1930.
Then it was Nick West‘s turn to placate the growing audience on his harmonica and piano backing track, playing “Somewhere Only We Know”, originally composed by Tim Rice-Oxley but a big hit for Keane in 2014, and Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluja”.
Next up was Paul Taylor. He sang two John Fogerty songs; “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary” and the Jagger/Richard classic, “Brown Sugar”. Following Paul were Jim Brown and Al & Heather Slipper. They sang “The Great Divide” by Kate Wolf, and the traditional “Two Dollar Bill”.
Then it was time for our featured artists of the evening; Innominata. Their first set included; “Banks of Red Rose”, “Here’s A Health To The Company”, “The Water Is Wide”, “Smooch On The Porch/Trip To Sligo”, “My Love’s Like Some Pretty Little Bird”, “The True Lover’s Farewell” and “The Gentleman Soldier”.
After the break and raffle, The John Meriton Trio took to the stage. John, assisted by Ian Maclaughlan on bass and Jon Hardcastle on lead guitar, played a selection of John’s songs; “Rachman”, “Little Dylan”, “This Is The Place”, “Stourton Down” and “Mr Market”.
Our penultimate performer was our very own Jonathan Klein. He performed three of his own compositions; “Farewell Sweet Europa”, “Traveller’s Song” and “Sleeping With The Saints”.
And finally, the second set for Innominata which included; “Slieve Russell/Cock and Hen/Farewell to Whalley Range”, “Blow Boys Blow”, “Exile of Erin/Conlon’s Reel”, “Spanish Ladies”, “Return to Inishmore/The Glass Island Reel”, “McKechnie’s Farewell”, and “I’m A Rover”.
A great evening, busy, exhausting, so much fun! Apologies to the performers we couldn’t get onto the stage. However, June is another “Open Floor” and an opportunity for those who didn’t play tonight to book a slot. MC next time sees the return of Tony Parry to the fold!!!
Thank you again for supporting really live acoustic music!